Virus Links to Chronic Disease and Ageing

Thanks for taking a look at this Heal Mail - its an important one.  Last week I attended a conference that focused on the role of infection from bacteria and viruses and their impact on your LONG TERM immune health.  In one interesting study, there has been found a strong link between Herpes Simplex Virus (1) antibodies and an increased risk of Alzheimer's.  Another follow on study shows that Herpes drives amyloid plaque formation in the brain - which is a medically recognized hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease.  It is found that something as simple as Lysine could offer protection from this sadly debilitating disease.  We are seeing Alzheimer's occurring in younger patients these days...

In a previous  and recent blog, I spoke about the possibility of an old viral infection coming back to haunt you.  I see many patients who have had a childhood or earlier history of Cytomegalo Virus (CMV), Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Glandular Fever.  Group here Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (often the end result of poorly treated viral recovery) and Lyme Disease - and you have a number of great reasons why you would be having trouble getting over something as simple as a winter cold virus.  Your immune system, when exposed to one of these viruses mentioned in the last two paragraphs, experiences a level of inflammation that can be damaging to your mitochondria - which are the powerhouse and energy production site of your cells.

There is plenty of information available showing the links between certain viruses and chronic disease.  Here are a few of importance and possible relevance to you or someone in your inner circle:

Virus                                                                Chronic Disease

Epstein Barr Virus                                        Burkitt Lymphoma

Human Papilloma                                         Cervical Cancer

Hepatitis B/C                                                 Chronic liver disease/carcinoma

Helicobacter Pylori                                       Chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease

The research into this relationship between infections and long term disease is relatively new and ever developing.  The main message here is to take notice of your health when you do find you have had one of these infections.  You may be 'over' the initial infection and symptoms, but it is very possible you are not over the long term effects should you return to your inflammatory promoting lifestyle.  There is usually a line drawn in the sand so to speak with your health after a viral infection.  From that point on, its time to sweep your body with the nutrients and foods it needs to continue to keep a virus in its dormant state.  If you are concerned, come and chat with me about your health history, family history and current health challenges - we can put the pieces together and proceed forward with an achievable protective program to prevent cellular immune fatigue.

Here are a number of nutrients that may help in the meantime:

1.  Culinary herbs - thyme, oregano, rosemary, turmeric, ginger and basil all have powerful antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.  Recent research has shown that unlike with antibiotics, bacteria have not become resistant to essential oils of these and other important herbs.

2.  Co Enzyme Q 10 in therapeutic doses can help protect the powerhouse of your cell from damage when the infection hits and the post viral symptoms start to kick in.

3.  Lysine competes with arginine in Herpes Simplex Viruses -whilst you are increasing your lysine intake to therapeutic levels, it is also important to reduce your arginine intake so avoid high doses of almonds, chicken and chocolate!

4.  Lecithin granules contain phospholipids that protect the nervous system particularly in the brain from the damaging effects of inflammation.  Add these to your breakfast cereals or smoothies. If you have an active condition, opt for a DHA rich fish oil that also contains phospholipids - it does wonders for your memory and mental processing!

5.  Good old vitamin D from converted UVB rays or supplemented if your blood test shows you are insufficient is a must.  Recent research has shown that vitamin D supplementation reduces MS relapses by 40%.  Not only this, a deficiency in this vital nutrient can result in a multitude of health problems from depression right to cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Remember - viruses respond way better to rest than unrest.  If your energy is down, your body is aching, a fever or night sweat has kicked in - don't push too hard.  Get some rest, hyper soak your system with essential antiviral nutrients and consider testing for some earlier contracted viruses.

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