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HSV-1 vs. HSV-2 - Ozone Therapy

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim

 

Part 1 - Hope For Herpes Series.

Everyday I get calls from potential patients who were diagnosed with Herpes 2 infections. They feel embarrassed, ashamed and beside themselves because the diagnosing doctor usually tells them there is nothing you can do about it; it's for life. Let's examine the medical facts before we jump to conclusions about being hopeless about Herpes.

Herpes Simplex type 1 and 2, commonly know as genital herpes is one of the most common infective causes of genital ulceration in developed countries. At least 50 million people in the U.S. alone are infected. Approximately one out of six people between the ages of 14-49 years in the U.S. have genital HSV-2 infection. The infection is life-long and often goes unrecognized because the infection is often subclinical and asymptomatic. However, in immunocompromised hosts, infections can cause life-threatening complications.

Pathogenesis :

  • Double Stranded DNA viruses
  • Exposure to HSV at mucosal surfaces or abraded skin sites permits viral entry and replication in cells of the epidermis and dermis
  • During latency, HSV is maintained in a repressed state compatible with the cell's survival and normal activities

Transmission of the herpes simplex virus typically occurs from sexual contact with people who have active ulcerative lesions. It can also take place via persons without clinical manifestation of disease who are shedding HSV virus or on whose mucosal surfaces the virus is replicating.Transmission of HSV-2 may be more efficient from men to women. Think about the plumbing. This may partly be due to the higher rate of disease recurrences in men which may make them more infectious. Asymptomatic shedding occurs in both men and women, but is more easily detected in women, mainly from the cervix and vulva.

Don't be fooled by practitioners that promise a "cure". No one can promise a cure unless you completely eradicate the virus and there is no way to predict that outcome for any individual. Be aware of practitioners who charge 10,000 for botanicals from Malaysia that may show some promise, but have not been proven in double-blind studies. Lastly, we follow the guidelines of the American Association of Ozone Therapists and international guidelines as we do not recommend DIV or direct injection into the vein with ozone. This is a dangerous method and has been linked to fatalies, severe herx reactions and pulmonary embolisms.

The transmission from mother to baby usually occurs during vaginal delivery and is dependent on the prevalence of genital viral shedding at the time of delivery. Intrauterine (5%) and postnatal transmissions (10%) are rarer. Intrapartum transmission is rare in recurrent maternal infections (3-5%), but rises to between 33% and 50% where the mother has a first episode genital infection, with the greatest neonatal morbidity following late gestation primary infections.

Typically genital herpes are caused by HSV-2 however in recent times there has been a trend of HSV-1 causing genital herpes in young adults. It has been recognized that HSV-1 herpes infection can be transmitted to the genital area via oral sex.

HSV-1:

  • Acquired in childhood by contact with oral secretions containing the virus
  • 90% + adults have the antibodies to HSV-1 by their 50s
  • HSV-2 antibodies prevalence rates correlate with sexual activity and vary among population groups
    • i.e. sex, age, socioeconomic status, and race
  • Acquired at earlier age than HSV-2
  • In populations of low- socioeconomic status, most persons acquire HSV-1 infection before the third decade of life

HSV-2:

  • HSV-2 antibodies prevalence rates correlate with sexual activity and vary among population groups
    • i.e. sex, age, socioeconomic status, and race
  • Prevalence rates are about 5% higher in women than men
  • Infection can be sign of sexual abuse in children
  • Seroprevalence of HSV-2 antibodies was 45% in blacks, 22% in Mexican Americans, and 17% in whites.

 Now you know that a large percentage of the population has HSV-1 and HSV-2 increases with unprotected sexual activity and the virus can shed even if there is not a lesion present. 

What to do?

Ozone is one modality that works for chronic infections and is very effective for reducing and eliminating high viral loads. Patients bring their documentation of their viral loads and after 3 10 pass MAH treatments, they retest and we see the numbers change. We have seen acute infections or IgM antibodies completely disappear, IgG antibodies from previous infections reduce and if someone is really lucky - they seroconvert; meaning the virus does not show up in their blood labs.

We have specialized medicines specific for herpes (a biochemical look alike from a nosode) from Germany that are put into your MAH treatment to lure the virus out of tissue storage so that high dose ozone can bomb it in the bloodsteam. Herpes does cross blood-brain barrier and is linked to dementia and Alzheimer's in later life. We can review your diet and lifestyle habits and make strategic changes so you are not a good environment for viruses to thrive in.

It's great to be back after the Ozone Master's Class with international doctors from all over the world. There were many case presentations and research to support the use of ozone for herpes infections.Visit our website to get new patient intake forms and digitized information about ozone.www.secondnaturecare.com

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Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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