If you have ever had shingles you will know its no joke. Recurring shingles is even worse. It is very debilitating and uncomfortable. However now there is a tried and tested way of removing the virus from your system for good...naturally.
It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of adults in the U.K carry the varicella zoster BirusVZV) and are therefore at risk for the development of shingles. (2) As you get older, your risk goes up, since studies show that most people (over half) who develop shingles are over the age of 60. This is why adults 60 or older are often advised to get vaccinated against the shingles virus — although as you’ll learn, this isn’t always necessary and shingles natural treatment approaches (like using antiviral herbs) can also be effective for prevention.
Although shingles (also sometimes called herpes zoster) is caused by carrying a virus, certain risk factors make people more susceptible to its effects. Having the virus alone doesn’t guarantee that shingles will develop, and even if it does, certain preventative measures can help keep it from returning once it’s cleared up.
What are some of the most common risk factors for developing shingles symptoms? These include older age, having a weak immune system or poor gut health, a history of a disease that affects the immune system, being under a lot of stress, and taking certain prescriptions, among others.
The virus commonly causes shingles symptoms, including:
• a painful rash that appears as blisters spread throughout the body (including the chest, stomach, face, back and limbs)
• sometimes a stripe of blisters concentrated in one area forms, especially over the trunk abdomen or chest — blisters tend to appear in lines that run from the middle of the body expanding outward to one side
• a good indication of shingles is that it forms on only one side of the body, but not both, since the virus travels along nerve roots that are located in the skin on either the right or left side
• tingling sensations or “pins and needles”
• scabs and redness
• ulcers or small blisters that burn
• pain on parts of the skin that lasts even once the rash clears up (called postherpetic neuralgia)
• fatigue, pains, aches and symptoms similar to a fever
• changes in appetite or weight
• vision-related problems when the blisters appear near the eyes
The most common risk factors for shingles symptoms include:
• older age, especially being over 60. Children and young adults can also get shingles, but it’s usually less severe in younger people and causes less pain and complications.
• shingles is more common in women than in men (especially among the elderly) for reasons not totally understood
• having a history of a disease that affects the immune system, including neoplastic disorders, cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, an autoimmune disorder, HIV or herpes simplex virus. Having received an organ transplant also increases the risk
• taking drugs that affect the immune system (immunodeficiency drugs, including corticosteroids)
• having a family history of shingles. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Clinical Virology found that a stronger association between herpes zoster risk and family history of herpes zoster exists. The same study also found that among 1,103 patients with shingles, the mean age for developing the virus was 51.7 years and patients had about a 9 percent chance of shingles occurrence
• being Caucasian (studies have found that up to twice as many Caucasians than non-Caucasians develop the virus)
• rates of shingles during pregnancy is low but can cause complications when it develops. Low birth weights or premature births have been linked to shingles during pregnancy
• Having experienced injuries or nerve damage also seems to raise the risk for shingles, since within the nerves is where the virus lays dormant. Some research suggests that traumatic stimulation of the nerves in the dorsal root ganglion can trigger the virus to reactive. Some people also seem to be genetically predisposed to the development of herpes zoster to some extent, with research showing that changes in the gene for interleukin-10 (an immune-system mediator) are associated with an increased incidence of herpes zoster, as is a family history of the virus.
• Finally, the impact of high amounts of stress and poor gut health shouldn’t be overlooked. Psychological stress, chronic stress or dramatic life events seem to contribute to VZV reactivation, with studies showing an association between physical, emotional and sexual abuse and higher incidence of shingles. According to a report published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, contributing psychological factors for shingles development include financial stress, inability to work, decreased independence and an inadequate social-support environment
Gut health and Your Risk for Shingles Symptoms
You might not expect that the health of your gut has anything to do with whether or not you’d develop shingles, but the fact is that your microbiome (mostly present within your gut) majorly impacts your ability to stay protected from illnesses of all sorts. How so?
There’s a strong link between the bacteria living in our intestines and virtually every disease that threatens us, since bacteria are what make up most of our immune system. Today, there’s a big emphasis on conducting research that reveals how people with certain diseases have mixes of bacteria in their intestines that are very different than those of healthier people. The belief is that a microbiome that has a greater diversity of microbes and more “good bacteria” present is better able to fight off viruses, infections and illnesses. Conversely, a microbiome with less diversity and more “bad bacteria” can lead to problems, such as leaky gut syndrome, that can increase the chances of developing shingles.
Some of the things that damage gut health most include taking antibiotics often — leading to antibiotic resistance — eating a poor diet and using chemical antibacterial products. Making some dietary and lifestyle changes can help improve immunity against viruses. For example, only using antibiotics when totally necessary, including more high-fiber foods in your diet, taking probiotics and eating natural probiotic foods, and using natural cleaning and beauty products are all ways to help foster a healthier, stronger microbiome, and thus help reduce the likelihood of shingles flaring up.
The Health Transformer Approach
Meta Health Scan 5 Step Protocol
In every case of recurring Shingles there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now do, obviously something has changed in your system in order that these symptoms have been produced. Shingles is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To treat recurring shingles effectively and naturally we need to address the cause. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
5 Step Protocol
1. Detect (In-Depth Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include;
all of which are on offer at this centre.
I am delighted to be able to report that the results our client’s achieve with this approach are outstanding and lasting in the vast majority of cases.