The Paleo Diet and Herpes

Lose Weight and Stop Herpes at the same time!

I recently listened to an interesting podcast about the negative impact of wheat on your health. That’s where I first heard that the paleo diet seemed to stop herpes recurrences. That was intringuing enough to get me doing a little research on the subject and I have found other people reporting the same results.

First, let me tell you that the paleo diet is a very strict diet – even stricter that the one I recommend in my Herpes Antidote program. Eating grains and grain-derived foods like bread, pasta, pastries, sushi, rice and even quinoa is prohibited. Beans, black-eyed peas, red beans, garden peas – in fact all forms of bean except for green beans are prohibited. Sugar, sweetener, candies, pastries, cookies, sodas and dairy products are not allowed either. You’re supposed to eat mostly meat, fish or sea food, vegetables, some fruit and nuts.

To me this is too strict a diet to sustain long-term. It would give me major food cravings and I’m quite slim and healthy. Those people following the paleo diet say that craving for any one food usually stops after 21 days, but I think it could be very hard for most of us to reach the end of that 21 day period. I know EFT (emotional freedom technique) could help me but I’d rather follow the paleo diet 80% and allow myself 20% freedom to choose, so as not to feel too restricted.

I must admit that since listening to that podcast I have decided to drastically cut down on grains and especially whole wheat. The author, who was interviewed is William Davis. He wrote “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health”. He explained that wheat made your body more permeable to external pathogens. In other words, a virus, bacteria or toxin that could not usually go beyond certain body barriers can penetrate the body more deeply thanks to the consumption of wheat.She also said that wheat curbed the absorption of healthy nutrients and that whole wheat is to wheat what filter cigarettes are to those with no filter. I think that’s a pretty drastic statement, but really interesting, as everyone in the food industry is pushing whole wheat as a health food.

The results for me are that wheat does seem to cause me a lot of trouble in terms of digestion, which also seems to create some form of stress. Wheat and dairy products are almost completely out of my diet except for some occasional ice-cream, and I feel better. Each and every time I eat dairy products or food containing wheat, I feel worse.

The Author also claimed that removing wheat from the diet seemed to cure incurable diseases like diabetes in less than two months. I cannot help but wonder what it does to the immune system and herpes recurrences. If fewer pathogens can enter the body when wheat is removed from the diet, then the body has more resources to defend itself against herpes.

 The Paleo diet and constant herpes outbreaks:

So what if you suffer from constant herpes outbreaks ? Would you be ready to remove wheat, sugar, dairy products and beans from your diet completely ? I think it would be interesting to give it a try.

My only concern about the paleo diet is with meat. I think the paleo diet makes you eat a lot of meat, which usually contains a lot of unhealthy drugs. I tried to look for a paleo diet where you would have to eat meat only three times a week but I couldn’t find one. I hope someone will come up with an alternative where you only need to eat meat a few times a week. I can’t imagine the level of negative impact it would have on our environment if everyone switched to a paleo diet. Producing meat requires a lot of resources, like water, land to produce wheat to feed the cattle…

Also I strongly suggest you only eat unpeeled almonds if you eat any nuts during an outbreak, because they contain very high amounts of arginine. Arginine assists the herpes in its replication. The skin of the almond has been found to have anti-herpetic properties and therefore may be the only nut consumed in moderation during an outbreak

All I can say is that after trying the diet for about four days, I do feel better. My digestive problems seem improved. Like I said, I don’t think I want to go on such a strict diet for ever but I think it would be interesting to test if you are suffering from constant outbreaks.

I recommend something a bit similar in my herpes antidote program to the Paleo diet during herpes outbreaks only. I think having herpes should not require you to have a very strict diet all the time but only when needed. In the case of constant herpes outbreaks, there is usually a problem of extreme and long-term exposure to stress, sleep deprivation, changes in the hormonal balance or some psychological trigger like the departureof a child from the family home, a break-up, a new job or boss or a big shift in self-image.

If like me you try the Paleo diet for about four days and you start feeling better, why not give it a longer trial ? If you only suffer from occasional to somewhat frequent outbreaks the reccomendations in my program should be more than enough. Some people have to stay on the strict diet much longer to experience results though. That’s when you may want to try to go Paleo or just remove wheat and grains entirely from your diet.

One last word, You are unique, regardless of what the Paleo diet protagonists say. You know better than anyone else what feels good for you You are your best guide. A good diet for you should make you feel calmer, remove bloating or digestive problems, give you sufficient energy and reduce the occurrence of herpes outbreaks after three to five weeks. Give the Paleo diet three to five weeks, if you can, to see if it is the right fit for you. Who knows? Maybe the paleo diet and herpes cannot co-exist.

If you want to learn how I cleared herpes naturally for more than nine years now, read more about my Herpes antidote program now

 

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Herpes and Your Relationship: What herpes can do to your love life and what it can tell you about your partner

I don’t call myself a relationship counsellor, but when it comes to herpes I think I know a few things about herpes and relationships.

I had two relationships after discovering I had herpes. The first ended in divorce. I’ve never really mentioned it until now, because it was a painful time in my life. It certainly wasn’t herpes that caused the problem. Herpes was a problem in our relationship at first, because I was still looking for a formula that would help me minimize the asymptomatic shedding periods and I had one or two outbreaks at first. My husband wasn’t really afraid of herpes, just mostly frustrated by the fact that he couldn’t have sex with me at certain times. I’m glad I refrained from having sex with him though, because today I don’t have to bear the burden of having given herpes to him.

Sometimes, though, herpes would lead to tension in our relationship. I have found that some men can be much more supportive and my husband was a particularly impatient man. Yet I still have female readers who confide in me that they’re going through the same problem.

I understand that sex in a relationship is very important to men, but if you are a woman and really doing your best to become asymptomatic I think you should ask for his support along the way. If he is not supportive, please try and explain to him that his rejection, aggression and withdrawal is not helping you get better. Worse, it’s most likely to create some sort of emotional trauma around sex that will make it harder to enjoy sex with him.

In that situation, herpes is just showing you an aspect of your husband or partner that you may not want to see. Of course, this holds true if it’s a woman putting pressure on her partner.

If you disclosed things clearly at the beginning, you are not responsible for his frustration. He’s a mature adult who made a personal decision to stay with you knowing you had herpes.

For your part, you’re doing your best and he should try to remember that. My husband ended up being verbally abusive in many other respects, so his attitude towards me during herpes outbreaks should really have told me something about his character.

Some women have also told me that their boyfriends or husbands will totally freak out during sex and stop in the middle or just become extremely nervous. I can’t say I experienced that with my latest boyfriend but I can say that he was nervous at first. He got a small yeast infection and called me frantically to ask me whether it was herpes. I was the frustrated one, but I understood his stress and gently explained everything to him. It’s hard when you have herpes not to take things personally but it’s important to stay calm and not feel personally rejected. Your partner is just expressing fear of catching a disease, not rejecting you as a person. The fact that he or she confides that fear in you is proof that they trust you. Be honoured to have this conversation and just look at the fear for what it is – fear.

If you start taking things personally and are constantly obsessing about herpes yourself, your negative attitude may put a big strain on your relationship. I always recommend people who are obsessing on herpes to join a local support group and start taking my herpes antidote. The sooner you start, the faster the results. It’s not possible to eliminate all risks of herpes transmission, but you can reduce asymptomatic shedding time to just a few hours and almost never have any. I did not transmit herpes to my two last partners and that’s a fact I can relay to my next , who I hope will become my next husband.

If you build confidence in yourself and your ability to control herpes, you will be much more likely to attract a supportive, loving partner and you won’t tolerate any aggressive, behaviour. I think we all deserve the best from life and having herpes doesn’t make us lesser people. You deserve to be treated with care and respect and you should remind your partner of that. Hopefully, you won’t have to. It’s not easy to find a balance between lovingly accepting your partner’s fear and setting a limit to any bad behaviour. I think you will know the difference.

I’m happy to say that several women have written to me telling me their husband is the sweetest man on earth and very supportive but they are feeling guilty because they can’t enjoy sex with him all the time. My last boyfriend never had to complain about that. That was because I hardly ever feel potentially contagious, so I never had to tell him “sorry honey, not tonight.” He even told me after we broke up that the break-up had caused him huge amounts of stress, yet he never had the slightest symptoms and believed very strongly in what I did.

I believe the kind of relationship you should aim for is one where your partner feels safe because he sees that you don’t have symptoms and that everything is under control and gives you all his love and support.

Please share your comments below. I’m sure you have plenty to say about this. One last thing, I conducted a survey once to and was very sad to hear that some people had given up on having a relationship because of herpes. I find that very sad. You can find love with herpes and build a great relationship so give love a chance if you haven’t already.

Learn more about how I managed to control herpes symptoms for life.

Love to you,

Nathalie

 

 

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Constant Herpes Outbreaks: Why You Keep Having Them and How to Get Rid of Them Once and For All?

I found that constant herpes outbreaks were the number one frustration for people with herpes when I conducted a small survey on one of my websites.

I know how each and every one of them feels and remembered when I had herpes and the shame and social stigma associated with herpes. I felt weak, powerless, at the mercy of this darn virus and I cursed the world and myself for having it. I remember feeling very alone at those times. I was so desperate I could cry. At the time, my herpes symptoms were very painful and covered quite a large area. Each time I feared I was getting an outbreak, I would switch to frantic mode. What would my husband say? Would he get angry at me? (Not a great husband. We’ve divorced since then.) Things have changed a lot now. I can proudly say that I don’t have any outbreaks any more. I never get rejected for having herpes. I even told a couple of friends and of course my sexual partner and there were OK with it. I’m very fortunate to live in Europe where the media are just not as crazy as in the United States, at least not when it comes to herpes. It seems that doctors are much more concerned about hepatitis B and C and other potentially lethal diseases like HIV. I have never seen a media campain about herpes. Yet, when I was in constant herpes outbreak mode I did not need a media campain to keep herpes on my radar. I felt really bad. All the information I could get on herpes just looked really alarming. I felt trapped. Then something just snapped inside me and I said to myself “no more freaking B.S.”. Maybe they can’t find a cure for herpes, a decent herpes vaccine or anything patentable that will make them lots of money, but I’m not going to settle for what the pharmaceutical companies and doctors have to offer. If there is something I’ve learned over time it’s that I could get relief for many ailments without a single one of their drugs, so I started digging and that led to my first book, Herpes Wise, and now this great Herpes Antidote program I’m so proud of.

My first success was to reduce outbreak time to less than 5 to 7 days using essential oils to limit the severity and duration of my constant outbreaks. I would also use them to heal the sores much faster so that I would get back to normal skin in just a few days. I soon understood that topical treatment was not enough and that if I wanted to get rid of my constant outbreaks I would have to treat herpes internally as well. Today, I still have a few people who write to me who expect to get rid of herpes outbreaks permanently just by using a topical treatment. I tell them “That’s not possible”, unless they are very mild. If your outbreaks tend to be painful even without blisters, you need to treat herpes both internally and externally. If you don’t, you put yourself at risk of getting blisters.

Once blisters have appeared you have lost the game, because in 90% of cases herpes blisters will turn into herpes sores. Herpes sores take the longest to heal. I remember a couple of times when I totally aborted the herpes infection at blister stage and I went from blisters back to normal skin without ever getting any sores, but that’s much harder to do. I started looking at internal herpes remedies, but I must say I failed a few times and many did not bring me enough relief.

Then everything changed for me. I created a formula that simply worked each and every time. I went from constant outbreaks to no outbreaks in about six months.

If you’re reading this, I think you probably suffer from constant herpes outbreaks yourself. In that case, I want to be totally honest with you: to me herpes is 80% psychological and 20% physical. What I mean by this is that yes, remedies do work, and menopause or PMS or foods like chocolate can make it harder for you to control herpes, but if you are constantly obsessing about herpes, you will tend to get herpes outbreaks more often no matter what you do . Now you may be thinking “Well, I know that and that’s not helping”, so let me share a great tip with you. It’s one of several great tips I give in my Herpes Antidote. Here it is. Learn everything you can about EFT or emotional freedom technique. I love it so much I have become a practitioner myself. This will help you deal with stress, sleep deprivation and herpes symptoms like never before, especially if your constant herpes outbreaks cause you to obsess about herpes all the time.

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The first thing you must do to get out of the constant herpes outbreak loop is to get free of the stress associated with it. The second thing you must do is figure out how you can stop outbreaks and prevent them and focus on any progress you’re making. You will get results much faster if you try to remain positive about your “herpes recovery”. I witness that each and every time I give private support to my clients.

That’s why I tell people who are in constant outbreak mode that they can take a herpes drug for a few months if they must, but alongside my antidote. You must do anything you can to get your mind off herpes. I just think EFT is very effective in dealing with the emotional aspect of herpes and can help you eliminate all the emotional causes of constant herpes outbreaks like depression, obsession and overwhelming anxiety in just a few minutes per day. From what I’ve seen, my antidote works in almost 96% of cases but it may take some time for the most severe cases. The maximum I have witnessed was 8 months, but what a difference after that! Most people usually see progress within a couple of weeks, if not days .

I recommend you use all the remedies in Herpes Antidote along with EFT. Starting with taking an all natural based vitamin and mineral supplement and extra vitamin C, especially in times of stress or fatigue. Constant outbreaks can soon be a thing of the past but you have to start today.

 

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Vitamin C for Herpes: Learn How to Use Vitamin C to Abort Outbreaks and Heal Blisters Faster

Learning how to use vitamin C for herpes is another valuable tip you can employ to greatly reduce the pain and length of your outbreaks, if not abort them, for just a few pennies.

Can vitamin C cure herpes symptoms in three days? Herpes outbreaks usually last up to three weeks, but taking this easily available vitamin could drastically reduce that time.

These days many people think of vitamin C as a ‘supplement of the past’. Didn’t our great grandparents used to take it to combat scurvy? Wasn’t that way back in the days when ships had enormous wind sails?

Well, yes and no. With a good, nutritionally balanced modern diet, most people will achieve an adequate intake of Vitamin C without the need for any supplement. But what about people who are fighting an infection and whose immune system may be compromised?

Vitamin C is known to be one of the body’s greatest natural assets in the fight against disease (not only scurvy) and in the animal kingdom when creatures become sick, their livers and kidneys automatically produce more vitamin C to reinforce the fight against infection. This process, however, does not occur in certain mammals, including primates and humans.

In the 30’s, Dr Isaac Daïnow from Geneva, researched the oral and intravenous use of vitamin C and observed that almost total remission was visible after three days in many cases. In the 1980’s, northern European researchers tried to assess the efficacy of topical vitamin C treatment. They applied a solution of 100mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) dissolved in 3ml of water on herpes lesions for one minute, twice within a 30 minute period They observed that sores healed faster and were less likely to form crusts or become inflamed.

So when you have a herpes outbreak, the vitamin C you have ingested naturally through your diet will get to work in fighting off the infection. The down side of this is that because your liver and kidneys are not naturally producing more, your vitamin C levels are often depleted. And the only way to get those levels back up to fight the good fight is via your diet – or a vitamin C supplement.

Different clinicians have different views about the best ways to supplement your vitamin C levels. I recommend that at the first sign of an outbreak you take 4g of vitamin C. People have told me they have had excellent results with ester-C, but I personally recommend natural or acerola-derived vitamin C only.

Acerola-derived vitamin C does not usually cause the symptoms of nervousness or sleeplessness that artificial vitamin C does. So give it a try.

Next time you feel you are getting a tingling sensation where you are used to getting herpes outbreaks, take 2g of acerola-derived vitamin C. (Please read the label and check for the exact vitamin C content per tablet. 2g of Acerola does not contain 2g of vitamin C.) If you can’t afford it, you can get ascorbic acid powder for a few dollars at your local health store instead. It will still be helpful. I take mine in a glass of water with a dash of apple juice.

After four to six hours, take two more grams. Lower the dose to one gram twice a day after the fourth day and revert to your normal daily dosage after seven days. Please do not take a high dosage of vitamin C long-term without consulting your doctor first.

Used alongside other remedies, Vitamin C makes herpes outbreaks go away really quickly or better still, vanish even before lesions appear. All you will be left with is a vague tingling sensation for a couple of hours. That is it.

Why not try it next time you sense that familiar tingling feeling? Vitamin C alone may not be that helpful but I can guarantee that if you add it to your herpes treatment regimen exactly the way I told you, you should sense some improvement.

If you want a solution that not only will help you cure herpes symptoms from your life and teach you how I never infected my partner in an almost 9 year relationship read more about my herpes antidote. I do not promise a permanent cure but I can honestly say without blinking that it will help you turn your life around in such a way that herpes won’t even be a big deal anymore. Furthermore, my program recommends only safe and all natural remedies like vitamin C for herpes and does not promote dangerous, untested chemicals.

 

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Herpes Itching Relief: Stop Herpes Itchiness Fast & Easy From Home for Just a Few Cents


I know that most people feel that herpes itching is one of the worst external symptoms of the virus. If you have had the sensation of wanting to scratch your skin so much that you no longer care about the consequences, you will be happy to read that there are some solutions available. I have spoken to people who can barely sleep or wake up in the middle of the night because of the urge to scratch their blisters. It is a really frustrating and potentially embarrassing situation for people who get rashes and itching during herpes outbreaks.

Scratching is about the worst thing you can do when a bout of herpes itching occurs. However tempting it may be, the danger of infecting the sores or leaving scars is far worse. Also, scratching sores or rashes and causing bleeding is certainly going to take longer to heal, so you will only be prolonging the outbreak. For people with newly-acquired herpes, there is some good news: the blisters, rashes and itchiness only occur during an outbreak. You can continue with a normal life the rest of the time.

The other good news is that there are some remedies which offer relief from the sensation of itching. Taking a bath with Epsom salts twice a day will do wonders to relieve herpes itching. It is very important to dry the affected area gently but thoroughly afterwards. Don’t forget to change towels and clothing, too.

Another solution to bring relief from pain is to apply ice to the blisters or sores. The ice has the effect of numbing the area, so the sense of itchiness is lessened and so is the pain.

I have heard from readers who find Gold Bond medicated body powder effective in reducing itchiness.
Gold Bond powder also comes in an extra strength version with menthol in it. Mint essential oil has been proven to numb herpes pain and I used it with great success many years ago. It relieves the stinging feeling but not the itching. I’m a bit concerned the extra strength formula may be too strong once you have reached sore stage depending on where your outbreak is located, so I would offer a word of warning.

The main ingredient in regular Gold Bond powder is zinc oxide. I have heard similar positive reports about other creams and powders containing zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is well-known for its healing properties when used on the skin, so other products containing zinc oxide may well help prevent herpes itching and soothe the pain of blisters and sores. If you’re not located in the US or can’t find Gold Bond powder near you, you may want to try a very neutral baby powder whose main active ingredient is zinc oxide for similar results. Zinc sulfate creams and powder may work the same way or slightly better. Both are likely to reduce the duration of your herpes outbreaks.

Another helpful solution is to apply a small amount of tea tree essential oil 3 or 4 times a day to a painful herpes rash or blisters. Again this has a soothing effect, but don’t use it for more than 4 days in a row. It’s only helpful if you start using it at the beginning of an outbreak. Tea tree oil becomes ineffective against herpes 24 hours after infection. Several other essential oils provide herpes itching and pain relief. I actually provide an exact formula to treat herpes outbreaks which is great for alleviating all herpes symptoms, pain, rashes and itchiness. You can read more about it here.

Aside from treating the symptoms, it is also important to avoid wearing synthetic fabrics which prevent the skin from breathing and to use cotton underwear. In general, it is better to wear loose clothing during an outbreak to avoid aggravating the symptoms. Tight clothes which cause perspiration will only make matters worse

Sexual activity should be totally off the menu up until your outbreak has fully healed. You will be more at risk of contaminating your partner and spreading herpes during an outbreak. In any case, the friction only makes the itching and the pain worse.

Don’t despair when herpes itching makes you feel like you are going mad. Remedies do exist that can relieve herpes itching and also cut short outbreaks. Use all the remedies and recommendations mentioned above. If this is not enough, I strongly suggest you try my Herpes Antidote program. It contains numerous life-saving tips to prevent itching, stop scratching and to abort an outbreak of herpes in just a few hours.

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Herpes, Women and Hormones: Don’t let your hormones curse you with constant outbreaks!

What women with herpes need to know if they have frequent outbreaks before or during menstruation or at menopause

Women often report to me that they are more prone to herpes flare-ups in the week prior to and during menstruation. I have also noticed that most of my former outbreaks occurred between four to five days before or during the first three days of menstruation. Preliminary research indicates there may be a link between herpes and naturally occurring female hormones. That link it seems is not always very clear except in the case of prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are substances found all over the human body. Some small studies have shown that a certain type of prostaglandin known as E2 can exacerbate herpes while another, E1, can suppress the virus. During menopause and ahead of menstruation the levels of prostaglandin E1 decrease and other kinds of prostaglandins increase. That is why women with high prostaglandin E2 levels suffer from more severe symptoms of herpes in general and in particular during PMS.

Women can regulate their levels of prostaglandins E1 and E2 through supplementation. Some dietary supplements can be taken to inhibit the production of E2 during PMS. For example, fish oil has been demonstrated to modulate the production of interferons and the proliferation of lymphocytes in a way that decreases prostaglandin E2 production. Flaxseed oil supplementation has a similar effect.

Herbs like curcuma and St John’s Wort can also influence the level of prostaglandins in the female body. The traditional remedy, St John’s Wort or Hypericum perforatum, is known as an antiviral and antidepressant. Naturopaths often recommend taking St John’s Wort in oil form to treat an outbreak of herpes, but it can also be taken internally. It has the effect of calming the nerves and of lowering the PGE2 levels, so it is doubly beneficial.
Aspirin has also been medically proven to inhibit production of prostaglandin. A 2002 study in the US made a connection between aspirin and the prevention of cytomegalovirus or CMV. Some evidence shows that this could be the same for the herpes virus.

Some foods on the contrary can exacerbate the problem, promoting prostaglandin E2 production. The most obvious one is chocolate. Chocolate is known to stimulate the production of herpes activity promoting prostaglandin. Women who are victims of PMS or who are going through menopause should avoid chocolate as much as possible. To make things worse chocolate contains high arginine content, making it best avoided by both men and women with herpes especially during outbreaks.

Women with herpes who have PMS are also advised to stay away from tea and coffee during the days prior to menstruation as these beverages increase symptoms such as breast tenderness and irritability. However, white and green teas both contain catechins which have been found to inhibit the production of prostaglandin E2 and also inactivate the herpes virus in test tubes. That’s why I used to recommend it and still do but in more moderate amounts and outside of PMS or menstruation. Women are just much better off taking an herbal tea like St John’s Wort that soothes the nerves, reduces prostaglandins E2 and fights herpes at the same time.

Other hormones may also be responsible for an increase in susceptibility to herpes in women, especially to the genital herpes virus, HSV-2. Scientific research is contradictory, but progesterone has been singled out as a potential contributing factor. Many women have themselves indicated that taking progesterone supplements has caused herpes infections to return.

Links have also been made between other hormones like estrogen and the HSV or herpes simplex virus, suggesting that it may be reactivated after a period of latency by taking oral contraception which contains high levels of synthetic estrogen. Scientific research has not yet proven such links, however.

Overall, I strongly suggest that women modify their diet and use supplementation to positively impact on levels of prostaglandin E2 and E1 in order to have outbreak free PMS, menstruation and menopause. I also suggest that women with sudden or unexplained regular outbreaks try going off synthetic or natural progesterone and estrogenic drugs for at least three months to follow how they may be impacting their symptoms.

If you suffer from constant outbreaks, I strongly suggest you try my Herpes Antidote program. Here is what a young lady who has been having outbreaks twice a month for months recently said to me.

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Dear Natalie:

Just want to give you an update how things are going. I have not had an outbreak since March 9th and I am in the middle of my time of the month. I would have had one now.

I am using …

I notice that my symptoms are less and less. This never happened before. … I know that your program is working I can tell.

I would like to know what your daily routine is and how you incorporate all your remedies and foods into your day? Just for more ideas.
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So if you want to treat herpes naturally and rid yourself of herpes symptoms even during menstruation, I strongly suggest you try my Herpes Antidote program.

Like I always say, it may take some time to get rid of herpes symptoms entirely but you should experience gradual improvement over time even if you’ve had outbreaks for  years.

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Is It Genital Herpes? Very Mild Herpes Symptoms? Yeast or just a Rash? Understand the Difference Now!

I get asked this question a lot ” Is it genital herpes?”. I don’t just get asked it by people who don’t know they have it but also by people who have already been diagnosed and especially from people who have tried my Herpes Antidote for a few weeks. Sometimes, these people will feel a constant or recurring itch or a rash, but blisters will never appear.
It usually means that they are well on their way to controlling herpes but have not reach full control yet.

I’m against providing any form of herpes diagnosis on line because it’s already hard enough to identify at the doctor’s office. For me, it’s just unrealistic to think one can diagnose it on line. You can get a guesstimate but nothing really conclusive.

So I am going to focus here on people who already have herpes. The main issue when you’re becoming more and more asymptomatic – and that’s what happens when you follow my Herpes antidote program – is that it becomes more and more difficult to assess whether it is herpes causing a mild rash or just something else. Often at these sub-levels of symptoms a doctor’s examination will not bring you any form of clarity or relief.

In the light of a recent independent study, it seems that most asymptomatic shedding episodes last only 7 to 13 hours, whether you’re taking suppressive therapy or not. Asymptomatic shedding symptoms are very mild or non-existent. They’re called asymptomatic because the person suffering from herpes does not notice anything. If you’ve read my first book, Herpes Wise, or even my newsletter, you know that one of the first, but very important steps you can take to prevent herpes transmission is to learn how to identify the mildest symptoms. In my new program, Herpes Antidote, I even teach you how to identify the triggers that have the greatest probability of leading to symptoms. Why is that? Just because I have observed countless times that the sooner you treat a herpes outbreak, the sooner it goes away.

But let me return to the core of the subject “Is it genital herpes?” Some people feel they are constantly in between outbreaks and suffer continually from constant itching or a constant rash. Others have intermittent symptoms. Current research confirms that asymptomatic shedding or very mild symptoms usually only last half a day. This indicates that if you have long-lasting symptoms, you probably have several issues at the same time.

The main difference between a herpes infection and an allergy, for example, is its location. If you feel a mild itch in a small area where you previously had symptoms then you are very likely to be suffering from herpes. If you’re not sure, you may want to run to the lab and take a PCR test. If herpes is present then you can be absolutely sure it is herpes related.

In other situations it might be that herpes has damaged your nerves a bit and what you’re feeling is the lingering sensation of a previous outbreak. I remember feeling this during my first and second year of herpes, but not all the time. I think it might have been because my symptoms were quite severe at that time.

It may also be because some other illness or condition like the menopause may be causing herpes to shed more often. In that case you might feel symptoms for one or two days then nothing, but in very short intervals.

However, if your symptoms are constant, not really evolving much and occurring in short bouts, it’s probable that it’s something other than herpes. This doesn’t mean herpes will not infect you on top of that. With herpes you should feel a short peak that lasts no longer than 12 to 48 hours where you had a previous outbreak or in a rather small area.

If your symptoms affect all of your genital area and anus and you’ve had primo-infection and are not immuno-compromised then again it’s quite unlikely that what’s at play is genital herpes.

Of course if your symptoms are followed by a normal outbreak with blisters and wet sores or just one bigger sore, you can be quite certain it is very likely to be herpes related.

I have given support to many people who stopped having outbreaks or just weren’t sure the symptoms they were having between outbreaks were herpes related. They have usually found these guidelines quite helpful. However, if you really want to be certain because you’re concerned about transmitting herpes to your partner or your partner just can’t stand that you have to refrain from sex so much, my only advice is to try and get PCR tests a few times. I know they can be quite costly but I think it could be a great investment. Understanding symptoms is your first way of protecting your partner and yourself from further herpes symptoms.

That said, those guidelines should really help you answer the question “is it genital herpes” and make things a bit clearer for you. Maybe you’ll find it reassuring to know that I have had two partners in the past ten years and neither has gotten herpes from me. However, I cannot stress enough that the more you know your body’s herpes signs, the better chance you have of protecting your partner. You can greatly reduce herpes transmission risk this way. Actually some doctors believe it cuts them by 50%.

If you want to learn how I remained symptoms free and never infected anyone in ten years, you can read more here

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Herpes Transmission and Suppressive Therapy: Why it Fails at Protecting Your Partner and What You Can Do

A recent study has tried to explain why suppressive therapy only cut herpes transmission risks by half. Suppressive therapy is the term used to describe taking herpes drugs like acyclovir or valacyclovir (also known as Zovirax and Valtrex) daily. This herpes treatment usually stops most herpes outbreaks.

Twenty years ago doctors used to believe that herpes could only be transmitted during herpes recurrent or first episodes. This belief has been challenged ever since and research has demonstrated that herpes can be transmitted without any visible signs. This usually occurs during asymptomatic shedding. Asymptomatic shedding is quite simple to understand. It means shedding without symptoms. In other words, it means that the virus travels down the nerve paths where it usually remains inactive all the way to skin cells where it can be transmitted.

Asymptomatic shedding has been the ’accepted’ 20th century scientific explanation of otherwise unexplained herpes transmission. Herpes drug companies have, since then, concentrated their efforts on demonstrating that their drugs reduce the risk of herpes transmission by reducing asymptomatic shedding. I remember reading that asymptomatic shedding could be reduced by up to 90%. But if asymptomatic shedding is cut by 90% then why are transmission risks cut by only 48%?

According to this new study, this could be explained by the fact that most asymptomatic episodes last less than 7 to 13 hours, depending on whether the subject is using medical suppressive therapy or not. The number of asymptomatic shedding days varied from 10 to 22.6 days for those undergoing suppressive therapy and 28.7 days per year for those not undergoing therapy. The best results where obtained for standard dosage acyclovir. High dose valacyclovir or acyclovir therapy did not seem to improve things much from standard dosage. Suppressive therapy did not seem to impact the prevalence of the virus in tissue samples.

So what does this mean for you and me? It means that we have to be extra careful about these very short and mild symptoms. It seems that herpes can become infectious for only half a day and then leave the skin.
I have noticed in the past that I would get some mild itching for three hours and then nothing at all. If you know what to look for, you have a greater chance of protecting your partner.
If you are taking suppressive therapy, please be aware that it is only cutting your number of shedding days by half.

Now, I can’t help but wonder why I did not transmit herpes to my former partner of almost nine years and why several women who have written to me also stayed several years with the same partner without transmitting herpes? I think there must be something more to herpes transmission than is presented here. Someone told me that another person who sells herpes recovery advice online claims that it is all a big conspiracy and that asymptomatic shedding does not exist. I don’t think that is the case. I do, however, wonder if asymptomatic shedding may not always be contagious.

Until a new vaccine hits the market or some suppressive therapy becomes effective at stopping all shedding without any potential long-term side-effects, like kidney failure, I invite you to try the all natural suppressive herpes treatment I’ve been using and which has now helped me prevent transmitting herpes to two men in 10 years. You can use it alongside your medical treatment to make it even more effective or choose like me to quit using any herpes drug. Find out more “>here

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What Do You Mean By “Cure Herpes”?

This is a reply to a question posted on my new herpes questions and answer plugin. My reply was so long that I decided to turn it into an article and place it here.

What Do You Mean By “Cure Herpes”?

I don’t mean anything. I don’t say that I can help you cure herpes, rather I say that I have found a method to help control herpes to the point where it does not matter whether you have it or not. What I mean by that is that you can live without worrying about experiencing herpes symptoms. I cannot claim that my program removes all transmission risks, but what I can say is that I have never transmitted herpes to anyone in ten years. I have only had two partners during that time but neither of them displayed any herpes symptoms and one took a blood test with a negative result.

Many people ask me whether my program is a herpes cure that will eradicate the virus from the body or that can turn their herpes blood test negative.

No one can tell you with certainty whether the virus is present in your body. What doctors assume is that as herpes has been observed to cause symptoms throughout a lifetime, it never leaves the body. This seems a sensible assumption. However, doctors or scientists cannot prove whether a virus has left a person’s body. What they can determine is whether the virus has been detected in the genital or oral area.

The herpes virus is often detected from tissue samples even when no visible symptoms are present. This is referred to as asymptomatic shedding.

What doctors have found is that even people who have never had a clinical history of herpes shed herpes on a certain number of days. They used PCR (Polymerase chain reaction)  tests which are believed to return extremely reliable positive results. For example, in this study only one person out of 53 who had been diagnosed with herpes through a blood test did not show any form of herpes shedding. In other words, once you have herpes you have a greater than 98% chance of shedding herpes and therefore you have it, whether you have symptoms or not.

PCR tests are quite costly and I don’t think many people could afford to get a PCR test in several locations at the same time every day for a year just to check whether they had got rid of herpes or not. I know I’m not willing to spend that kind of money. That’s why most people rely on blood testing these days.

The most reliable herpes test is the Western blot test. It’s very expensive. That’s why most people rely on more affordable tests even though their level of accuracy may be a little inferior. Some studies have tried to benchmark commercially available herpes blood tests to the Western Blot tests. Some are just much better than others.

After receiving so many emails asking me whether you could cure herpes with my program, I decided to take the test. My test was found to be 98% as sensitive as the Western Blot test from Washington University. I was found equivocal for HSV-2 and negative for HSV-1. Equivocal means uncertain. In other words, despite my formerly extremely painful herpes history, my blood test did not show enough antibodies to make me herpes positive. This has never been my goal. My goal was not to have any pain and not to transmit herpes to anyone else. That is already the case.

This blood test shows me I must be doing something right. I will take another test in a year or so to see whether it is still equivocal. If so, I will try to get a Western blot test, though I’m not sure that is possible in Europe. I won’t be doing this for my own benefit though, just for the people who read me.

Do my results mean you will be getting the same results – and if so when?I know some people love to jump to conclusions. Maybe my result is a significant one and maybe not. Whatever the case, it does not mean you will get the same results. I have been asymptomatic for eight years now, so it might take many years before your herpes blood test is no longer positive. I don’t know.

What I do know is that most people who adhere diligently to my program experience significant improvements in their situation. For some women, it may take weeks before they see results and for others just 24 hours. It seems that menopausal women are the ones who are having the hardest time. If this is you situation, it may not be wise to expect immediate results. Men seem to obtain good results faster.

Whatever your status, my Herpes Antidote  program can help you improve your situation. I will never claim it can cure herpes. I can only talk about my experience and my readers’ experiences. All I know is the kind of results we have seen, i.e. no symptoms and no herpes transmission. I think that is really fantastic.

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How to Have a Herpes Outbreak Free Christmas and New Year?

It’s no secret, the holiday season is often a major cause of unhealthy eating, excess alcohol consumption and good old-fashioned stress. This is the perfect combination to invite back our old friend, Mr. Herpes Outbreak. So if you really don’t want Miss Blister and Mr Sore tagging along with Santa this Christmas, read on.

When you’re under stress, with lots to do and a lot of chocolate, cakes and sweets just asking to be eaten you put yourself at risk of having a major outbreak. Sugar, alcohol and stress all lower your immune system. Chocolate may also be a big herpes trigger. I know it is one of mine, and eating lots of meat will give the herpes virus energy to replicate itself.

So how do you do to go through this Holiday Season smoothly? You prepare. I have always been a strong advocate of taking remedies, no matter which treatment at trigger time. What I mean by that is that you don’t wait for that familiar tingle or rash. You take those herpes remedies when you think you have a strong probability you might have an outbreak. I’m not going to go into more detail here. I give all details in my new program Herpes Antidote. If you apply this basic principle, you are much more likely never to experience any outbreak or to experience something so mild it will be gone in a few hours.

Here are some of the things I recommend you do. Drink a lot of water – not fruit juice, tea or coffee – plain water. Take 4g of vitamin C per day in 1g dosage throughout the day until the end of New Year and a few days after that. Take a multi-vitamin supplement daily as well. Try to find one that is not made out of synthetic vitamins. I always think it is best to get a natural based one. If you have lysine at home, take it as if you were having an outbreak. I know, I usually don’t recommend it, but I think lysine is OK in the short-term and I know a lot of you are taking it or have tried it so there is a fair chance you may have some lying on the shelf somewhere. Scientific studies indicate that it works better if used before any herpes symptoms appear. Don’t go out of your way to buy it specially, but if you have it at home take at least 2g a day and double that if you feel the slightest tingle. Stop taking lysine around the 6th of January.

I’m not going to tell you to try and stay calm and get some rest because I’m sure you already know that is what you really should do and I’m equally sure that you probably won’t be able to do that before the end of the season. However, one simple thing you can do is to calm yourself down with this cool little technique.

Put your hand on your heart. Close your eyes. Breathe in to the count of six. Breathe out to the count of six. You can start at a lower number if you’re stressing out. Repeat that a few times. It will calm you down in a very short time.

I wish you a wonderful time, shared fun, love and warmth. If this is not a holiday time for you and your family, you can always go back and read this article when it is.

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