My journey began two years ago this past March when my girlfriend was visiting from another state. I had begun experiencing some strange symptoms “down there” and scheduled a doctor’s visit right away. My girlfriend and I went together and I told her it wouldn’t be but a minute and I’d be right back out.
An hour later – why it took this long is beyond my comprehension – I received the diagnosis of HSV2. WHAT? Are you SURE? Has there been a mistake? But, I’m 64 years old… I’ve been in the same relationship for 9 years and had just remarried a year ago. In a state of shock, I wasn’t able to recover enough to make up a story to my girlfriend about this diagnosis so I told her the truth. It was hard for me, but as I said, I was in a state of shock. Bless her for being understanding, as I was freaked out enough for the both of us!. Since I hadn’t recognized any obvious signs of an outbreak in the past, there is no way to really know how long I had been infected.
My doctor prescribed Acyclovir, which incidentally is not very effective to alleviate symptoms and home I went…stunned. A couple of months passed and since I didn’t feel as if I was getting any relief, I searched the internet and found Christopher Scipio, Holistic Viral Specialist; scheduled a telephone conference and purchased his book. During our telephone call, he listened with empathy and understanding and urged me to ask him any questions I had. He’d heard it all, which I believe, so I could feel free to ask away. Of course, many thoughts were running through my mind so I asked what I could verbalize at that moment. He ran down the list of things I shouldn’t be eating and some things I could do such as exercise, meditate and try to get good restorative sleep.
Well…I started to feel better! Great! And you know what happens when you start to feel better? You begin to slowly forget yourself and tuck that HSV2 away somewhere in a dark corner and before you know it you are back to your old habits of eating inflammatory foods, not taking care of yourself properly and forgetting your important goals to change your habits. I’ve always exercised on a weekly basis so this was no problem for me. I will admit to having a hard time meditating and am still working on this!
Fast forward to two years later and I began noticing outbreaks that just wouldn’t go away with the Acyclovir. So I went back to my local practitioner and she sort of looked at me with glazed-over eyes and said, “well….we could do an ultrasound.” It was my sense that the abdominal issues I was having were related to the HSV2, so I thanked her and said I would think about it.
I went home and called Christopher again. We set up another telephone call. In a gentle but firm manner, he scolded me. “I thought we discussed what you should and shouldn’t eat?” Yes, we did and I became lax, as I hung my head. My sleep was suffering due to some other issues and I knew that this wasn’t good for my overall health and well being. Although I wasn’t eating a lot of bad things, what I did have was definitely affecting me. He patiently went over the list again with me and also suggested a change to Valtrex.
In about a month’s time, I have to say that with my renewed attention to my diet and elimination of foods such as nuts, cereal, purchased salad dressings, sugars, processed foods, etc. as well as the change to Valtrex, my health has done a complete turn-around! I feel so much better! I am still working on meditation, but eat a very healthy diet; a lot of which I harvest from my own garden. I feel that I am stabilized and beyond a doubt, I am reaffirmed. Christopher knows what he is talking about as he guides you through and teaches you how to manage your HSV2.
I won’t say that it was a fun learning experience, but I will say that I have adopted a pledge to myself to take care of my body and mind and live a healthy life. I can’t thank Christopher enough for his kind and thoughtful words when I was first diagnosed. At that time I didn’t want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis, but he really and truly put me at ease. If you rely solely on Eastern medical practitioners, you will be absolutely disappointed in their treatment suggestions. I couldn’t help but feel that they just wanted me to leave the office as they didn’t have any suggestions for me to pursue on my own that Christopher did, other than ineffective pharmacology. Oh yeah…I also want to express my sincere thanks to him for sternly putting me back on the right track with my health decisions. His advice is sound and based on his knowledge of HSV2.
Herpes is one of the infections of the skin and mucous membranes in the genital and surrounding areas (buttocks, inside of the thighs, and anus) which is caused by the herpes simplex type 1 or 2 viruses. The mucous membrane is the thin, moist lining of many parts of the body such as the mouth, nose, genitals, and the throat. Both types of virus can infect the mouth thereby producing cold sores, or the genital area leading to genital herpes. Herpes simplex type 1 virus is quite common in genital herpes in people aged below 25 years, while in people 25 years of age and older, genital herpes is most often caused by herpes simplex type 2 virus.
All animals need sleep, and human beings are no different. Even though we live in a macho culture where we brag about how little sleep we can get by with, the verdict is in. If we want to be holistically healthy and happy, everyone – men, women, and children alike – needs between 7 and 8.5 hours of quality sleep each day.
This is especially important for those of us with herpes. I consider depriving oneself of sleep as a form of self-abuse. Torturers know this too – policemen, intelligence officers, and army interrogators from Guantanamo Bay to Syria, Zimbabwe, and local police stations know that depriving prisoners of sleep is one the most effective techniques in forcing “co-operation.” In as few as four days in a row of less than 7 hours of quality sleep, we start to lose our ability to make sound decisions and have short term memory problems. We even begin to become pre-diabetic.
It’s been clinically proven that you get better results studying or working to a deadline when you get a good night’s sleep instead of pushing yourself to exhaustion with an all-nighter. If you continue to be sleep deprived, you will quickly start displaying dysfunctional, even psychotic behaviour. The sleep-deprived are far more likely to be angry, violent, irritable, and irrational. Brain scans show the brains of sleep-deprived people behave similarly to those with the most severe mental health issues. Sleep-deprivation will diminish men’s sexual performance and reduce fertility for both men and women. That won’t matter much for the sleep-deprived, however, since lack of “beauty sleep” will make you less attractive.
When you are feeling ill, even if it’s just a cold or flu – an essential thing to do is to call in sick, clear your schedule, and get plenty of sleep. This is essential for dealing with herpes outbreaks because sleep deprivation is a common trigger for severe outbreaks. So if you cannot get enough sleep at night, make sure you make up for it with a long nap or extra sleep on your days off – and contrary to the popular myth, naps that are 90 minutes or longer are far more beneficial than ”cat naps.” The best time of the day to nap is the afternoon, hence the age-old tradition of the siesta.
Getting 7-8.5 hours of sleep a day is essential, but it is also vital that we get enough “deep sleep.” Even if you are in bed for the required amount of time but are woken up or disturbed often, you will not get enough “deep sleep.” The older you are, the more critical “deep-sleep” is. A person in their 30’s gets 100 minutes of deep sleep each night; by the time you are in your 60’s, you only get 20 minutes of “deep-sleep.” Without enough “deep-sleep,” you can develop diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and many other health problems. “Deep-sleep” is vital for your immune system and for keeping the herpes virus dormant.
So how do you ensure that you get enough “deep sleep”? Don’t drink or eat anything within 2 hours of bedtime – eating before sleep can give you bad dreams, and drinking may force you to wake up to go to the bathroom. Don’t watch the news, music videos, or disturbing imagery just before going to bed. If you are wound up, relax in a hot bath, ask your partner for a massage, or have sex. (or all of the above!) Make sure you sleep in an environment that is dark, quiet, and comfortable – wear earplugs and/or a blindfold if needed. Don’t allow children or pets to wake you up if you can avoid it, and don’t let someone else’s snoring keep you awake. And if you’ve fought with a loved one, make peace before going to bed. There are a great many reasons why all animals sleep. Lack of sleep now guarantees negative health consequences in the future. I wish you all a lifetime of lovely, restorative, holistically healthy sleep.