Fighting and Treating Chronic Epstein Barr Virus (CEBV)

Fighting and Treating Chronic Epstein Barr Virus (CEBV)

It is estimated that 90% percent of adults show a current or past EBV infection. #readthatagain. We have successfully helped many patients who suffer from this mostly undiagnosed/misdiagnosed illness.

What is Epstein-Barr?

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of the most common viruses around the world. Nearly every human is exposed to EBV at some point in their lives, with children being infected most often. Adults and teenagers usually get better in two to four weeks, but some can experience symptoms for months. When symptoms become chronic, a functional medicine approach can prevent further consequences of the virus. Once the symptoms have ceased, EBV becomes dormant and inactive in the body. However, it can reactivate at a later time. Once reactivated, the carrier can again pass the virus to others, no matter how much time has passed since the initial infection. 

The Symptoms of EBV 

Although the symptoms are closely related to other illnesses, a diagnosis of EBV can be made via blood tests that detect antibodies. Initial infections of EBV are often mild and closely parallel the symptoms of a common cold. Some of the general symptoms of an EBV infection include:

Low-grade fever
Body aches
Chronic Fatigue
Sore throat
Swollen tonsils
Nasal congestion
Lack of a social life 🙁 

In teenagers or young adults that develop mononucleosis, symptoms of an infection often set in around four to six weeks after exposure to the virus, and some of these symptoms can be more severe. Earlier symptoms are similar to those of a cold or the flu, and as the illness progresses, they can increase in severity.

Some of the additional signs of an advanced infection may include:

Chronic Fatigue
Inflamed or sore throat
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
Enlarged spleen
Swollen liver
Heart Palpitations


Why do so many EBV patients travel to see us?

This is not a supplement and diet treatment. EBV patients come to us from all over the country after being told there was nothing they can do, wasting time and money and even being told it is in their head. Well, it certainly is not. We get consistent results because Dr. B asks the higher level question… Why did you immune system stop working and allow this wicked virus to flourish? And then knows what to do with the results. During treatment, Dr. Bauerschmidt will augment the immune system, while helping to remove toxins released by the virus. Using state-of-the-art light and oxygen therapies and cleansing protocols Dr. B helps patients suffering from EBV+ regain their health and overall quality of life. What sets Deeper Healing apart is the disciplined approach, detailed intakes and lab analysis to get to the root cause and treat in the right order with tools that work. 

Vacation: Time for a breather, right?

Summertime is traditionally vacation time; however, you should never take a vacation from clean air. If you’re like me you have an air purifier in your car that you can transfer to a hotel room. However, air filters can be somewhat cumbersome to pack on a plane. So, here are a few tips to help keep your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) healthier while on vacation.

Ventilation Airflow affects how bacteria and chemicals travel through the air. When you arrive at your vacation destination, properly vent the rooms and check for unusual odors or chemical smells. If you are sensitive to chemical smells, that is you get nauseated or have headaches you should ask to be relocated to another room. I have been to many hotel rooms that have been over fragranced which in itself can be a serious problem. However, you also have to ask yourself what other odor are they trying to cover up with the use of that fragrance. Overall, poor ventilation may cause a buildup of moisture and mold and promote dust mite growth and can potentially ruin an otherwise great vacation. Encourage hotels to use natural cleaning products, it will take consumer push back to get them to stop spraying everything with harmful chemicals. 

Outdoor Air Depending on your vacation destination, the outdoor air can be hazardous to your health and affect the quality of the indoor air where you are staying. Remember your indoor air had to come from outside to begin with. Particulate matter (PM) from car and diesel exhaust is a known health risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer and other pulmonary diseases. If you are in or especially close to a city, airport or highway, be sure to keep the windows closed during peak traffic times.

Mold Mold can be present in any indoor environment, creating potential health risks. You can assess this possible IAQ hazard by checking common locations for mold, such as bathrooms, sinks, walls and other places where moisture may be present. If mold is present, ask to be relocated. If you are one of the 20% of the population that has sensitivity to molds failure to relocate could absolutely spoil your vacation as well as weeks or months after your return home.

Vacations are known as times when you can sit back, relax and bend or break a few rules. The air we breathe is the single biggest toxicant exposure we have. I urge you to follow the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and take these three simple steps to a healthier vacation. Especially since that pound of cure can be more expensive than a pound of silver!