This virus, also known as human herpes 4, can cause a variety of conditions and symptoms. It is transmitted through casual contact, saliva. You can be exposed through a cough, a sneeze or anything that has saliva on it, like glass, straws, or using the same eating utensils. They symptoms can range from mild to severe. It’s very common.
This is one of the viruses that can cause nerves to degenerate, behave differently, can mimic autoimmune disease, can cause problems with your emotions such as anxiety, depression or cyclic mood disorders and is the primary cause of fatiguing illness. Please see the attached reports from the British Journal of Medical Practitioners. It’s a serious condition.
Traditional medicine has a tendency to brush off or downplay the significance of this infection with statements such as “although the symptoms of mononucleosis are uncomfortable; the infection resolves on its own without long-term effects. Most adults have been exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus and have built up antibodies. Therefore, they’re immune and won’t get mononucleosis.” This statement is not always accurate.
EBV/HSV4 can cause debilitating health care problems.
Once you have been exposed, the virus has an incubation period of approximately four to six weeks, although in young children this period may be shorter. Signs and symptoms such as a fever and sore throat usually lessen within a couple of weeks, but fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes and a swollen spleen may last for a few weeks longer.
The symptoms may include:
- Sore throat, perhaps misdiagnosed as strep throat, that doesn’t get better after treatment with antibiotics
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck and armpits
- Swollen tonsils
- Skin rash
- Soft, swollen spleen
HSV 4 or Epstein-Barr virus is found all over the world. Nearly everyone has been infected but the majority of people do not have symptoms. The virus may recur months or even years later. This can lead to a chronic active EBV infection and although not common can be severe. People that have the chronic infection experience the above symptoms continuously.
Complications of mononucleosis can occasionally be serious.
Enlargement of the spleen
Mononucleosis may cause enlargement of the spleen. In extreme cases, your spleen may rupture, causing sharp, sudden pain in the left side of your upper abdomen. If such pain occurs, seek medical attention immediately — you may need surgery.
Problems with your liver also may occur:
- Hormone imbalances
- Hepatitis. You may experience mild liver inflammation (hepatitis).
- Jaundice. A yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice) also occurs occasionally.
Mononucleosis can also result in the following less common complications:
- Anemia — a decrease in red blood cells and in hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein in red blood cells
- Thrombocytopenia — a low count of platelets, which are blood cells involved in clotting
- Heart problems — an inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
- Complications involving the nervous system — meningitis, encephalitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Swollen tonsils — which can block breathing
The Epstein-Barr virus can cause much more serious illness in people who have impaired immune systems, such as people with HIV/AIDS or people taking drugs to suppress immunity after an organ transplant.
Mononucleosis is spread through saliva. If you’re infected, you can help prevent spreading the virus to others by not kissing them and by not sharing food, dishes, glasses and utensils until several days after your fever has subsided — and even longer, if possible. The Epstein-Barr virus may persist in your saliva for months after the infection. No vaccine exists to prevent mononucleosis.
Treatment for chronic Epstein Barr virus includes:
- Lifestyle – please see the eating clean handout
- Oral supplements as listed below:
- Physiologic rest
- In office treatments that may be desirable
- Nerve system reset (neural therapy)
- Intravenous vitamin C therapy
EBV exists inside the cell so the stimulation of cell mediated immunity can occur. Humoral immunity (outside of the cell). This means you need to stimulate the thymus gland.
Oral Supplements for EBV
- Immune Power – a combination formula for the immune system
- Deep C – a liposomal vitamin C (liquid Vitamin C)
- Lymphatic Drainer – something to drain the lymph nodes
- Complete Mineral chelates – a comprehensive mineral program
- Monolaurin – a conjugated essential fatty acids
For severe and/or chronic infections, the following has worked well:
- 10 IV vitamin C treatments (see handout)
- Include dilute hydrochloric acid (see handout)
- Neural therapy – see video and handout
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Dr Jason West
Private Practice, West Clinic
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Pocatello, Idaho 83201
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