A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Epstein-Barr Virus
I had a question the other day about Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
Epstein-Barr is the virus causing mononucleosis.
You might know it better by its nickname, “mono.”
It’s also sometimes called the “kissing disease,” because of one way you can spread it to others.
Even though Epstein-Barr virus isn’t a household name, you’ve probably been infected without knowing it.
Lots of people carry the virus but don’t get sick.
Once you’re infected with EBV, symptoms can take 4-7 weeks to show up.
When they do, they’re often mild, especially in young children.
Kids’ symptoms may be more like those of a cold or flu.
Teens often have more obvious symptoms of mono.
The virus is found in saliva, so you can catch mono from kissing someone who’s infected.
You can also get it from drinking from the same glass or using an infected person’s toothbrush.
Like other viruses, Epstein-Barr can’t be treated with antibiotics.
It should clear up on its own without treatment in a few weeks.
Although no medicine cures an EBV infection, you can take steps at home to ease your symptoms.
To deal with Epstein-Barr virus it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Astragalus and echinacea boost your immune system (don’t take astragalus if you have a fever; don’t take echinacea for longer than 3 months or if you’re allergic to ragweed).
*Cat’s claw has immune-enhancing properties and acts against viral infection (don’t take if you’re pregnant).
*Goldenseal fights infection. If you have a sore throat, place a dropperful of alcohol-free goldenseal extract in your mouth and hold it there for a few seconds, then swallow. Do this every 4 hours for 3-5 days. (Don’t take internally on a daily basis for more than 1 week at a time. Don’t use during pregnancy or if breastfeeding, and use with caution if you’re allergic to ragweed. if you have cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use only under a doctor’s supervision.)
*Olive leaf extract appears to help inhibit the growth of viruses like Epstein-Barr.
*Pau d’arco balances the bacteria in your colon.
*Spirulina contains phytonutrients that appear to boost your immune system.
*Eat a diet composed of at least 50% raw foods. Eat as much of your food raw as possible. Also emphasize wholesome soups, root vegetables, and 100% whole grains, including brown rice.
*Don’t consume any coffee, fried foods, processed foods, soft drinks, stimulants, sugar, tea, or white flour products. These depress immune function. Any omega-6-rich fat (found in most vegetable oils) is immunosuppressive and should be avoided.
*Eat 4-6 small meals daily. Avoid overeating at any one meal.
*Get plenty of rest. Round-the-clock bed rest is a good idea during the acute phase of this virus.
*Gargle with a glass of warm salt water to relieve sore throat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle several times a day.
*Use a protein supplement from a vegetable source.
*Use chlorophyll in tablet form, or in a liquid form like “green drinks” made from leafy green vegetables or wheatgrass.
*Don’t strain when having a bowel movement, as this may injure an enlarged spleen.
*Don’t give aspirin to a child or adolescent with EBV, as it may lead to Reye’s syndrome.
*Avoid close physical contact with others as much as possible. Flush all tissues after use, and don’t share food, eating utensils, or towels. Wash your hands frequently.
*Avoid strenuous exercise and competitive sports until you’re completely recovered.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
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