with this reoccurring problem for almost 2 decades. My introduction to shingles was with face sensitivity/pain, sometimes across my eye, and throbbing head pain. A canker sore (even though they are not associated with the herpes simplex I virus) would show up on my gum or near the back of my throat on the side of my head with pain. After some research I determined this was shingles without a rash or, zoster sin herpete. To my dismay, the episodes were becoming more and more frequent. Taking large doses of l-lysine, 500mg 4-5 times a day greatly helped shorten an attack and 500-1000 mg daily proved useful in preventing one. But sometimes the daily dose didn't keep the onset of a throbbing pain from poking through, neither did watching my lysine/arginine ratio which kept me from eating some of my favorite foods, nuts and chocolate. The episodes seemed to be occurring more often. Was my immune system low, too much stress, or my diet causing the problem? It really was distressing to think I'd have to get used to this as part of my life. Even though I could keep an episode brief, each time it happened flu like symptoms and fatigue would accompany it.
But by chance, I stumbled on to something new that really seems to be preventing outbreaks. When I had a cold at the end of March one of the "remedies" I started to use was grapefruit seed extract. I had read about its many uses when I worked at Whole Foods and kept some on hand. It is safe and effective to use externally and internally against 800 different types of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi. There is much good information on the internet and the brand I use is, Nutribiotic Gse Liquid Concentrate. My cold passed and I discontinued using GSE. But when I felt a shingles outbreak trying to come through during the middle of April, I started using it again and have continued to do so. It is now the middle of July and I haven't had any signs of shingles trying to break through. It is pretty amazing to me, especially since I am only taking 500 mg of lysine once a day and have also been eating nuts and chocolate. Could it all be a coincidence?
Well, I am going to continue using the GSE every morning, 10 drops in about 1/3 cup of water. The information I have says to discontinue its use after several months. Maybe September will be a good time for me to stop using the product and see what happens. But I will be quick to start it again if I have any signs of a shingles attack. It is also noted that GSE acts much like an antibiotic in killing off harmful bacteria and occasionally may wipe out some of the good flora in the intestinal tract. Because of this, it is recommended to take a probiotic when using the extract long term.
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I am not a doctor and do not claim to be one. These are just my experiences and conclusions.