Glandular fever is the common name for Epstein-Barr virus. It is one
of a group of viruses, which includes herpes simplex types 1 and 2, chicken pox (varicella zoster) and cytomegalovirus.
A common factor of these viruses is their ability to stay in the body as a latent
infection. The immune system will normally keep a latent infection under control, but if the body at any time, becomes tired, run down, overworked, over stressed, undernourished or the immune system is compromised in any way, the virus can again become active.
See pages on ‘Cold Sores’,
‘Genital herpes’ and ‘Cytomegalovirus’.
Treatment centres around optimising health and immunity in all aspects.
This means maintaining at all times a diet that is high is fresh wholesome, unprocessed foods.
Avoiding excessive stress and being sure to get enough rest and adequate sleep.
Exercise also needs to be undertaken, but not to the point that the body becomes overtired. Go carefully.
Vitamins and minerals are extremely important in the healing process.
Especially zinc, selenium and chromium. These can easily be obtained in colloidal minerals, take 5-15ml daily – long-term.
See page on ‘Minerals -why we need to supplement’.
These should also be used at any other time that the body becomes tired or in any way unwell.
Lysine (an amino acid) is a must when the virus is active as it helps stop the virus replicating. It can be taken in relatively high doses initially then continued at 500mg daily to help prevent reoccurrence.
Extra vitamin B12, B6 and folic acid are also recommended. These will greatly improve energy and help the nervous system.
When energy remains very low it would be a good idea to use a little extra Iodine. Simply rubbing 1-2 drops of Iodine tincture onto the skin will supply enough for most people or alternatively a kelp tablet daily or any preparation that contains a small amount of Potassium Iodide.
See page on Vitamin B12
Initially, while still unwell, also take extra vitamin C, given as a time release tablet, Liposomal 1000mg+ or at 250 mg every few hours plus a herbal extract containing herbs that can help the immune system fight viral infection.
Herbs that work well in this respect are Echinacea, Phyllanthus, Andrographis, Astragalus, St John’s Wort, Golden Seal and also Liquorice. If necessary, other herbs can be added to help support the immune system. An herbal extract of this type needs to be taken over several months to ensure adequate recovery.
I also find that Quercetin can work extremely well as it greatly reduces glandular inflammation.
Up-dated October 2016