Managing Herpes

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Managing Herpes

The first line of defense is prevention. Here are some pointers to avoid developing recurrent herpes infections:

- Keep the immune system strong with a healthy lifestyle

- Avoid colds and flu

- Avoid lengthy exposure to the sun s radiation

- Protect lips from exposure, especially if chapped

- Avoid bodily contact with anyone who has a herpes outbreak

- If your partner has genital herpes, get treatment too

- Keep good general hygiene measures

One authority consulted for this newsletter recommended that any virustatic agent be used "immediately and regularly, i.e., hourly if possible."

A number of years ago, I wrote a newsletter about herpes titled "Beat Herpes Two." It featured the use of the common food antioxidant BHT as a herpes combatant. Need and practicality have kept it in circulation. My research indicated that BHT had been given a bad rap and quoted one chemist as stating, "...tests carried out in professional labs at the cost of millions of dollars have found BHT to be not only safe but possibly even a wonder drug."

In a role apparently different than its role as an antioxidant, BHT inactivates the herpes simplex virus (as well as other lipid containing

viruses) by changing its structure so that it cannot replicate. Dr. Wallace Snipes, who was the head of the original investigating team, explained, "Apparently, BHT is attracted to the oils in the lipid membrane where it somehow changes the herpes virus structure so that it loses the ability to infect the host."

Physicians consulted during the writing of that newsletter had patients take two 250 mg capsules every four hours four times daily for two weeks during their outbreak.

One case demonstrates the effectiveness of BHT in a particularly dramatic way. The patient had a severe outbreak of genital herpes accompanied by a fever of 104. Within 48 hours of the BHT regimen, her lesions were gone and her temperature had returned to normal.

It is not known whether BHT attacks the virus at the nerve site. BHT is available at the health food store.

Another preventive or restorative step is taking the essential amino acid lysine as a supplement while simultaneously avoiding foods containing high amounts of the amino acid arginine which apparently fosters and aggrevates outbreaks. This can best be done by totally eliminating nuts and peanuts from your diet. A gram of lysine taken daily either as divided doses or all at once during an outbreak has been shown to accelerate healing. Individuals using 300-500 mgs of lysine on a daily basis found it to be an effective preventive. No reoccurrence developed as long as the maintenance doses were taken.

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