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November 3, 2010

Herpes – secret no more

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Herpes—Why is Conventional Medicine Ignoring the Obvious Solution?

November 2, 2010

Vit DSearch the mainstream medical journals, even search the Internet, and you won’t find this undeniably simple answer.

Everywhere you look, conventional medicine is singing the same tune: the Mayo Clinic, the Berkeley Wellness Letter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health all say that even though there is no cure for  herpes, the best way to prevent or treat the symptoms is with antiviral medications like acyclovir (sold under the trade name Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex).

They recommend one of two basic approaches: episodic therapy (that is, taking the medicine whenever you experience an outbreak) or suppressive therapy (taking the medicine daily to minimize the chances of recurrent or future outbreaks). Suppressive therapy for herpes means huge profits for drug companies, particularly since these medicines are expensive—there is no generic version for Acyclovir as yet, and a one-month supply of Valtrex costs around $200. There is also the small problem that these drugs do not work very well—and antiviral drugs tend to lead to drug-resistant superbugs.

But conventional medicine ignores the obvious natural prescription: get a vitamin D test!

Vitamin D is a powerful natural antiviral, which is why we bang the drum about vitamin D therapy for colds and especially flu every chance we get. Research from the University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin D activates the immune system by arming T-cells to fight off infections. Without vitamin D, the immune system’s T-cells remain dormant, offering little or no protection against invading microorganisms and viruses. But with vitamin D in the bloodstream, T-cells begin seeking out invaders, which are then destroyed and carried out of the body. You may recall the Japanese study we told you about in June which found that vitamin D was more effective than a vaccine in preventing flu, including pandemic flu. The report, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that school children taking vitamin D were 58 percent less likely to catch influenza A. By contrast, antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) reduced rates of infection by only 8 percent. Even vaccines had success rates significantly lower than the 58 percent achieved by vitamin D.

Our vitamin D–mediated immune response has been with us through more than 60 million years of pre-human and human evolutionary selection, as research from Ohio State demonstrates. Vitamin D is critical to our survival.

The problem is that a whopping 59 percent of the population is deficient in vitamin D, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Moreover, nearly 25 percent of the study subjects were found to have critically low levels of vitamin D.

According to John Cannell, MD, founder of the non-profit Vitamin D Council, “Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least seventeen varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.” All of this is in addition to viral and bacterial infections.

Type 1 herpes (cold sores) is thought to afflict a majority of the US population, genital herpes perhaps a quarter. For anyone plagued by herpes, and for everyone as we head into flu season, it’s essential that you are getting enough vitamin D. So please get your vitamin D level checked! If it is less than optimal—levels should be between 50–80 ng/ml, year-round—take a vitamin D supplement (be sure it’s D3—cholecalciferol), get your blood retested to verify that you’re taking the proper dosage, and get sufficient exposure to the sun. (Such exposure may not produce vitamin D in the winter, depending on where you live, or if you sunbathe too early or too late in the day.)

Besides vitamin D, there are a number of other natural ways to increase the odds of avoiding herpes outbreaks:

  • Eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet. They interfere with your immune system’s ability to fight outbreaks and new infections.
  • Identify any food allergies or sensitivities, and adopt an allergy-free diet.
  • Avoid foods (like cashews) that contain L-arginine, because this amino acid may facilitate outbreaks. (This is too bad, because L-arginine may also increase sexual arousal!)
  • Take natural vitamins and minerals: lysine (another amino acid, and a longtime favorite to control herpes), vitamin C, selenium (inhibits the ability of all “herpes-family” viruses to reproduce), lithium (slows down formation of the viral capsid), zinc (boosts the infection-fighting capability of immune system), and vitamin A.

Among natural treatments for active herpes lesions are vitamin C powder and propolis, a natural product found in beehives. The two can be combined. This is somewhat more realistic than the often-mentioned peppermint oil and tea tree oil, because their pungent odor announces their presence—not something you want during a herpes eruption. Lemon balm oil also has some research behind it.


(I can’t believe that I didn’t do a post on this – where was my mind?   Genital Herpes is a curse beyond description.  I thought I had done  a post on Colloidal Silver for Genital Herpes.  This has to be the simplest  possible treatment ever.  Once can just buy it at a local health food store, or better yet,  learn how to make your own.     (I’ve had a life long belief that a worker or artisan is no better than the tools he uses,  so I have never compromised on things like this  which I regard as important.)

When the commenter  below expressed her  difficulty finding relief, I responded with what I knew to be “what is” and maybe that is why I never did my own personalized post on this subject.   Felt I had covered it.   But I had not placed it in category or Tag for anyone to find.  I have often wondered why this post was not covered more than it is, as I know how important such information is.   This is easy to do. and it works – – nothing iffy here.  Get a bottle and check it out – male or female.  Works for you, can buy a machine and make your own.  I probably paid about $225.00 for the Silver Gen back in 1995 .  There are many cheaper little machines one can buy.  I wanted to be able to control a few of the variables and have been very satisfied with what I chose.  

Want  to mention also, that there is a post up in the pages >  FIND IT  >   EFT How to’s  which discusses Herpes – Shingles.  Don’t let that stop you from experimenting to get the correct frequency while using the Zapper.   I bought one from Dr Clark many years ago and love it.  I see David Wolfe is using her Zapper too and sometimes crediting her accomplishments and inventions.  This woman was magnificent.    Jan)



  1. No matter what dosage of Vitamin D I am on, such as it being included in Calcium tablets and now, the 50,000IU of D2 monthly I am on to raise my level that was 9 and is now 26.4, I am plagued with Herpes 1 and 2 constant outbreaks.
    I have found only one site where other people have this problem with supplemental Vitamin D and it has taken exhaustive research about this malady to know I am not alone with this. The posters on that site are taking D3.
    I am female aged 64 and as I have aged, my outbreaks were few and far between and now to take this much needed vitamin and to have these outbreaks is very upsetting to me.
    Any ideas about why this is happening and how to stop it?

    Thank you, zasubella

    Thank you, zasubella

    Thanks, zasubella

    Comment by zasubella — November 8, 2010 @ 4:09 am | Reply

    • Sorry, I didn’t mean to leave all of those thanks!

      Comment by zasubella — November 8, 2010 @ 4:11 am | Reply

      • Zasubella – no problem. . . .but you are so welcome. Thanks for sharing and contributing, and you got me to open up even more than I would have intended. My best to you. . .Jan

        Comment by Jan Turner — November 8, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    • Zasubella, I hear you. Vitamin D3 makes a big difference! But one must take sufficient D3 to get the job done. I freely discuss my own symptomology and history as I am not a physician; therefore, cannot prescribe anything – but am free to discuss (via constitutional rights) my own experiences and opinions. So, with this in mind, here goes.

      Hopefully, you will help yourself to the excellent website of Dr Cannell of the Vitamin D Council shown below in my blogroll. I have also run a number of his periodic newsletters here at smokinchoices (go up to the FIND IT page and search the Chronological ALL section for more of them). Having discovered this vital resource I requested my personal physician to test my own levels and she was stunned to find my level to be at 13 which is exceedingly low, but at 9 – – you are even lower and desperate for supplementation My doc put me immediately on a weekly dosage of prescription 50,000 units of D. Tested again a month later, I had come up to 40, but that is when I discovered what I was taking was D2 and what I desired was D3. So I stopped the prescription and helped myself to 2,000 I.U of D3. (I must inform you that prescriptive D is going to be D2 – not what we want) I began taking 2 in a.m. and one in the evening. Then I decided to take 5K pills -1 or 2 in AM and 1 @ night. Now I am up to 70 which is about where I wanted to be. 70 to 100 is finally getting to the “healthy level. Do not expect your doctor to go along with this as they are just not informed and most of them will take a decade or so to catch up to the inside poop of what the people really need and want, but more importantly – – where the science is. (check out my recent post of “OK, Lets talk Vit-D”) Therein I relate how D3 has helped me and has maybe given me more time on this plane – with greater security. That’s a good thing.

      One final note. My doc had recommended that I go to Puritan’s Pride online to order my fish oil. She insisted that only one was the one she wanted me to have. Omega-3 Supreme, 1360 mg. She has me taking 2 in Am and 1 at night. It helps with arthritis, brain, cardio and so many things. Apparently these people do a good job and I must say, their prices are to me unbelievable. I only buy their specials = buy one, get one free or buy2, get 3 free. It works for me and protects my budget

      (An aside: I bought a small generator [Silver-Gen] some years ago in order to make my own Colloidal Silver. In truth there are 1001 things to be done with this stuff. Its great. Doesn’t hurt, not caustic, is anti-septic, I can not go into all the reasons why – one either gets it or not. I have an amber-colored dropper bottle in kitchen and bathroom medicine cabinet. Put it on anything open, inflamed, bleeding or infected. Costly to buy in health food stores and quality varies, hence – made my own and saved huge amounts. With the herpes, first cleanse with ordinary soap, then as many drops as can get on the surface which is broken out. Do this several times a day and it is gone in short order, but pain is down immediately. Try it if you can.)

      Don’t be afraid of taking much bigger doses. To re-assure yourself, go to (8-31-10) Gary Null and Vitamin D. That’s a real eye-opener. Would also like to suggest you stop the calcium supplementation if you are with pain due to arthritis. You are involved with inflammation and “CALCIFICATION”. Got this covered too – – see the David Wolfe posts most especially the one on aging and calcification. Your problems relate to minerals – not getting enough due to current farming methods. Need organic or at least much more plant based food.

      Zasubella, I hope this helps. I would be pleased to know how you are doing with all this. Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — November 8, 2010 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  2. herbal remedies and supplements is most healthy to me. Because herbal supplements is natural.
    Thanks. Dennise

    Comment by dennisehunter — November 27, 2010 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

    • Denise, thank you, . . . I am sure most of us would agree with that. This has been one of those subjects which is seldom talked about, but far too many people suffer with. . . and lets face it – those expensive prescription meds take longer, don’t do much on relief and cure nothing!

      Once I started making the colloidal silver at home (easy to do, but must be done with unfiltered “distilled” water which I also do at home and have for 20 years) I just got creative and learned to try it on anything that was serious enough to perhaps see a doctor about. Its great to use on kids cause it doesn’t “hurt” (boo-boos and bloody anything). When it cured an eye infection I had one time that even my eye doctor couldn’t seem to resolve (with prescription drugs in the eye), well it became my friend for life. So easy (and painless). Thanks for saying hello. Jan

      Comment by Jan Turner — November 27, 2010 @ 11:59 pm | Reply

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