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Posted April 17, 2014: by Bill Sardi
The incidence of herpes zoster (the shingles) has risen by 39% over the past decade and a leading medical authority with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says they don’t know why. [Medscape April 14, 2014] The varicella zoster virus is acquired during childhood and emanates as chicken pox and the virus is harbored in nerve sheaths where it erupts much later in life as a painful skin rash.
The Centers for Disease control is a public health agency that serves as a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. So it is no surprise to hear CDC representatives advise adults over age 60 to receive zoster vaccine. However, the vaccine is a little bit of the disease itself and the virus may spread to other family members of the vaccinated.
The increase in cases of shingles should be no surprise to the CDC with the aging of the American population. About 1 in 4 adults over age 80 develop a case of the shingles, largely due to an immune system that is in decline.
Dietarily, adults who consume very little fruit are about 3 times more likely to develop a case of shingles. [International Journal Epidemiology Vol. 35, page 305, 2006]
Dietary triggers for herpes zoster are chocolate, nuts and gelatin, which should be avoided during eruptions.
In most cases of shingles this author has advised sufferers to take 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 and the pain often subsides within an hour or so. This dose of vitamin D3 should continue for a few days and is not harmful. There is evidence that vitamin D3 is helpful for shingles but modern medicine is light years behind the times in adopting this vitamin for widespread preventive and therapeutic use. In one report reoccurrence of shingles almost dropped to zero among patients taking vitamin D.
Intravenous vitamin C has been shown to be effective in treating active cases of the shingles and the science on this dates back to 1950. Even patients who have undergone nerve block and antiviral medications who did not experience relief have been reported to respond to intravenous vitamin C.
Oral vitamin C, 10,000 mg starting dose and then 2000 mg taken every 2-4 hours should be helpful if intravenous vitamin C is not available. © 2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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