Bye-bye HERPES?

by Theodore S. Wentworth, J.D.

This article covers the occurrences of Herpes Simplex Virus -1, or more commonly, the cold sore Herpes. It is estimated that 90% of adults carry this form of the virus. Though results seem to be consistent with suffers of HSV-1, no data exists pertaining to the effects on HSV-2 (genital herpes) suffers  The natural remedies described in this article, as of April 2003 have not been scientifically proven and studied in a clinical and controlled atmosphere.  As of this writing there is no known cure for HSV-1 or HSV-2.

What would you say if I told you I have been a medical and human rights attorney for 40 years? “So what?” But if I convinced you that I’ve learned a lot about “alternative” medicine since my first wife and best friend contracted cancer, you might just probably want to hear my slant on what I found that works for a lot of people. Here’s a find that might be so effective that most sufferers can say, “Adios, Herpes.”

I used to suffer from frequent fever blisters or cold sores. I never knew them as herpes. I never heard that word until my mother contracted Herpes Keratitis on her eye (cornea) in the early sixties. From the medical discussion that followed we both realized we suffered from the Herpes Simplex virus in the form of oral fever blisters.  I couldn’t remember a time when our lips didn’t breakout in a painful blister after sunburn, the flu, stomach flu or suffering a fever. Grapefruit could do it too. We tried to be careful about what we ate, but mostly, we just ignored the problem.

Being outdoors and in the sun was a big part of my life. I sport fished in the Pacific off Southern California all summer. No matter how careful I was, the boating environment generated its share of fever blisters. My fishing partner, Ed had exactly the same sensitivity. Nothing seemed to help. At the time here was no pill to prevent Herpes flare-ups, and while zinc oxide was effective, we tended to rub it or eat it off. Inevitably, the sun¾or reflected sun¾got to our lips. The Herpes blister predictably followed.

Ed and I invented a way to shade our lips by tearing the matches out of a common book of matches. We’d bend the remaining cardboard cover into a flat “W” so we could hold the center of it between our teeth allowing the wings of the W to shade our lips. We looked odd but it worked pretty well. It certainly cut the Herpes outbreaks in half¾but it wasn’t a solution.  TOP

Then, suddenly, my fever blisters stopped for apparently no reason while my partner still suffered badly. A year went by and I had no cold sores while Ed had more than a dozen. Then they returned as often as before. Curious, I thought I might have an answer.  

I had been suffering from a sour, gassy stomach for months before I resorted to a health food store for an alternative to antacids. I had a suspicion that the stuff I had taken on two or three occasions for a month might be the hero in this drama.

From the health food store, in refrigerator section, I bought two bottles of Natren’s “Mega-dophilus” powder. (It’s also available in capsule form).  I kept one bottle and gave the second to Ed. I told him that its ability to re-flora the intestines had greatly improved my indigestion. I told him I’d read if our intestines lose the normal or “resident” bacteria they use to breakdown food and absorb nutrition, that “opportunistic” flora moves in, usually causing the food to putrefy rather than digest. I told Ed that I suspected that Natren’s Mega-dophilus had a side-benefit of being responsible for my dramatic absence of fever blisters the previous year. I showed Ed how, not wanting to kill the new bacteria with chlorine from tap water, I mixed a level half-teaspoon of the powder in a glass of bottled water first thing upon arising and last thing before going to bed. I doubled the dosage for the first week.  He agreed to try a bottle to see if he too, experienced a similar reduction in blisters. 

It worked for both of us! Now I wanted to know why. Naturally I checked with my many medical friends. All of them wrote it off to “coincidence” and left it at that. Nonetheless I pressed on. My mother had suffered a second Herpes outbreak on her eye and absolutely couldn’t eat grapefruit without getting a fever blister on her lip or under her left nostril. She tried using the Mega-dophilus (under protest). While her problems with fever blisters didn’t stop overnight, they lessened, then, within a year, trailed off to zero.

Seriously encouraged, whenever I saw anyone with a fever blister I introduced myself, told them of a possible solution and handed them a 3x5 card upon which I had written the remedy, my name and address, and the request that they let me know how the experiment turned out. Out of about 100, I heard back from 20 people. All 20 reported success.

The obvious success of Natren’s Mega-dophilus was enough for me, “Why,” was still an interest but not a priority. Years went by before I happened upon an article in The New England Journal of Medicine. From that article I learned how important it was to maintain correct resident bacteria in our colon in order to for it to produce and absorb B vitamins. TOP

That was the answer! We’ve been told that stress can cause a Herpes outbreak.

We’ve been taught for longer than I can remember that vitamin B is an important vitamin, critical to protecting nerves against the effects of stress. Herpes once contracted, forms a blister. After the blister heals, while the evidence of the virus disappears, we know that the virus itself has only retreated down a nerve pathway to nerve cells near the spine.

There the virus “hibernates” until our resistance to the virus is weakened from overstress allowing it to return along the nerve pathway to the surface and form the classic blister.  I studied the content of Natren’s Mega-dophilus and learned that it contained the exact beneficial strains of bacteria necessary to inhibit viruses, bacteria and fungi and yet produce vitamin B. I also learned that Natren is certified as International Drug GMP (good manufacturing practices) approved.

Again, should something harm the resident flora of our intestinal eco-system, opportunistic flora invades and can’t produce sufficient amounts of vitamin B to support our immune system. Even if we are taking vitamin B orally, the opportunistic flora can’t prepare the colon to absorb the nourishment.  The depleted supply of vitamin B leaves our body malnourished, which has an important affect on nerves that host and inhibit the Herpes virus. Lacking sufficient vitamin B, a host nerve could be overstressed by sun, fever, flu or particular foods and a Herpes eruption might follow because the body (nerve) lost its resistance and the ability to inhibit the virus. Isn’t it far easier to add colon flora to balance our intestinal eco-system thereby amplifying our immune system through increased production and absorption of vitamin B than it is to avoid stress? 

Whatever overstresses the nerve in which the virus hibernates (sunlight in my case) allows the virus to overpower the nerve’s natural resistance, and erupt on the surface of the skin in the Herpes blister. Vitamin B Complex properly absorbed into the system increases stamina in the nerve by nourishing it, preventing the virus from erupting. 

The remedy works for many others, why not you? Protect your colon eco-system with a daily capsule of Megadophilus, add a little vitamin B Complex tablet to a meal occasionally and never drank 

Lance Williams commented on 06-Feb-2012 09:07 PM3 out of 5 stars
Very informitive Ted, I have not had a cold sore in many years but I know of others who do and will pass this on to them.

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