The Epstein Barr Virus and You: Symptoms and Antivirals

(c) 2011, Written by Will Blesch

Raise your hand if you like kissing! You do? Me too. I love it. I loved it when I was a teenager, and I love it now. When I was a teenager, I think I probably loved it slightly more. It was new. It was exciting. Thankfully, I never got Mononucleosis…the kissing disease. At least, I wasn’t aware that I’d gotten it.

You see, Mononucleosis, or Mono for short is directly linked to the Epstein Barr virus. According to the CDC, in the U.S. alone, up to 95% of the population over the age of 35 has been infected.

Around the world, many people are infected during childhood, and their symptoms are similar many other childhood colds. In the U.S., this isn’t the case. Many people aren’t infected until they’re teenagers…and then it’s frequently transmitted through kissing since the virus is carried in the saliva. When transmitted during early adulthood, it turns into infectious Mononucleosis about 35% – 50% of the time.

Symptoms can be nasty. They include fever, sore throat, and painful, swollen lymph glands. Additionally, “heart problems or involvement of the central nervous system occurs only rarely, and infectious mononucleosis is almost never fatal.” (CDC.gov)

Yet one other creepy thing about the Epstein Barr Virus is that it behaves in a similar fashion in some regards to the Herpes family of viruses in that it: “… establishes a lifelong dormant infection in some cells of the body’s immune system. …” (CDC.gov)

It can also reactivate later in life and you won’t know it because this time, it doesn’t show any symptoms. However, when it does this (if it does this) it is linked to, “…the emergence of Burkitt’s lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma, two rare cancers that are not normally found in the United States.” (CDC.gov)

So…this chronic infection by the Epstein Barr Virus is something we humans could do without. No?  But, in modern medicine there is no treatment or cure for the virus itself. Antiviral drugs like Acyclovir have little to no effect. (MedLine Plus)

There are only treatments for the symptoms the virus causes.

That’s what the conventional medical pundits would have you believe anyway. The truth is different!

Curcumin was found to be highly effective in decreasing TPA-, butyrate-, and TGF-beta-induced levels of BZLF1 mRNA, and of TPA-induced luciferase mRNA, indicating that three major pathways of EBV are inhibited by curcumin. Electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA) showed that activator protein 1 (AP-1) binding to a cognate AP-1sequence was detected at 6 h and could be blocked by curcumin.” (Molecular Carcinogenesis.)

What’s that mean? It means a common Indian cooking spice contains antiviral properties to such a degree that it prevents the replication of the Epstein Barr Virus. There’re antiviral supplements out there that contain Curcumin.

Just google’em. Read about’em. Then tell others.

Genuine health is better than having medicine “practiced” on you. Wouldn’t you agree?

References:

National Center for Infectious Diseases , “Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis”, CDC.gov, WEB

MedLine Plus, “Mononucleosis”, nlm.nih.gov, WEB
Hergenhahn M, Soto U, Weninger A, Polack A, Hsu CH, Cheng AL, Rösl F., “The chemopreventive compound curcumin is an efficient inhibitor of Epstein-Barr virus BZLF1 transcription in Raji DR-LUC cells.”, Molecular Carcinogenesis, March 2002

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One Comment on “The Epstein Barr Virus and You: Symptoms and Antivirals”

  1. theglyptodon says:

    Hmm, I should eat more Indian food then. I would be interested in comparing the rate of Burkitt’s lymphoma between Indian and other populations. Very neat.


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