24% of people with CFS have Epstein-Barr virus.
A new study using sensitive PCR testing found that 24% of people with CFS/ME tested positive for Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) compared to only 4% of healthy people. The testing showed cytomegalovirus (CMV) positive in 3.4% of cases and HHV-6 positive in 1.7% of cases. That compared to 0% positive of either in healthy people. Fifty-eight people were in the CFS group, while 50 were in the healthy control group.
These findings are consistent with a 2017 study by Dr. William Pridgen that suggested taking the anti-EBV medications Famvir and Celebrex for six months can help a subset of people with CFS and fibromyalgia. I've also seen this in thousands of people that I've treated.
Meanwhile, another recent study shows that an old diuretic called spironolactone (Aldactone) is also active against Epstein-Barr syndrome. Combining it with other antiviral treatments may enhance their effectiveness, although this must be done cautiously, as the diuretic can lower both testosterone and blood volume. And both of these are already low in people with fibromyalgia.
Optimizing Immunity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Several months ago, I talked about ViraPro™, my favorite supplement for optimizing immunity, and its benefits in helping to keep people safe during our current pandemic. A single pill provides most of the key nutrients needed to help protect you from virus infection. After my discussion on it, it sold out within a week and hasn't been available for quite a while. But I'm excited to announce that it's finally back in stock! I personally take one pill every day. And I expect I'll increase to twice a day if I develop any suggestive symptoms.
A recent study showed that in households where a family member has COVID-19, other family members have less than a 12% risk of contracting the virus. Furthermore, another study suggests that even for those who do contract the virus, 90% of cases experience either no symptoms or symptoms so mild that medical treatment is unnecessary. So the key is to try to be part of that majority of people who remain safe from coronavirus, and that starts by optimizing immunity with helpful tools like ViraPro.
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Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.