ews from the Herpes Nation
Where Healing Lives
Published by Christopher Scipio
Homeopath, Herbalist, and Holistic Viral Specialist
A Story from One of My Patients
I am a 44-year-old woman, short and slight, and I have genital herpes. But herpes does not define me. I am not my condition. It is just one minor nuisance, annoyance. It wasn’t always that way. I was diagnosed when my 13-year-old daughter was 5 months old. It was a horrible outbreak, the worst my doctor had ever seen. I was married. The doctor assumed my husband had cheated on me. That is not the case. Although he never told me, I knew my husband had had it all along. I was simply in denial. I remained married for six more years. My herpes is the main reason I didn’t divorce sooner, and almost didn’t divorce at all. After all, who would want me? Damaged goods? I believed that for many years. For six years following my divorce, I rarely dated and when I did, I didn’t go on more than one date with the same guy. I just didn’t want to have a conversation. I didn’t want it to get to that point.
Then I decided I was tired of being alone. I wanted a positive male role model in my life for my girls to see. I wanted them to see me happy in a relationship. So I started dating. I dated a few guys before meeting a really good one. My entire attitude changed after reading several books on herpes, including Christopher’s. He tells you not to “ghettoize” yourself, not to limit yourself to dating within the herpes pool. Why? Because you are not your herpes. You are so much more than that. So I did some online dating and I did it on mainstream sites, not sites for people with herpes. And that’s where I met my special someone. After almost a month of going out on dates with him, I decided it was time to have a talk. Christopher, in his book, talks about Her Peace, meaning the condition gives women inner peace because you are forced to take it slow, to get to know the man you’re dating. When you tell him, if he really cares about you, he won’t care that you have herpes. And that is what happened in my situation.
Now I want to talk about my health. I have to admit that I am healthier than your average person. I am vegan (have been for three years), and I eat a mostly whole foods, plant-based diet—as opposed to a diet full of processed foods. I eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables. I avoid coffee, chocolate, yerba mate, green tea, black tea, caffeine, alcohol, nuts, raisins, etc.—to follow Christopher’s recommendations. I took his lists of foods to avoid and to eat and I veganized them. I take all of his recommended supplements, available at any vitamin shop, and I put avocado and hemp seeds in my green smoothies, which I have usually five days a week. And I do yoga, though I need to do it more often. My blood pressure and cholesterol are on the low side. Stress does bring on outbreaks, but I only get a few a year, and they last three days tops.
I am happier than I have ever been, and that includes life before herpes.
Quick Herpes Facts:
1. Liquid remedies are far superior to capsules or tablets. You body is mostly water, plants are mostly water, the planet is mostly water- herbal medicine should be liquid for the most effectiveness. Liquid remedies are easier for your body to absorb because they do not need to be broken down by your digestive system. Liquid remedies also have a much larger surface area to deliver the active ingredients. Your body will only usually digest 20% of a tablet and 30% of a capsule but will absorb 98% of a liquid remedy. Liquid remedies may taste bad but they are more effective and are what your body wants and needs.
2.Condoms only offer a 30% protection from herpes. “Researchers combined data from six different studies of HSV-2 incidence and condom use, including 5,384 people in total, to provide a more definitive answer. All study participants were free of HSV-2 infection when the studies began. During follow-up, which averaged just over a year, 415 contracted genital herpes.
People who reported always using condoms were 30 percent less likely to contract the infection than people who didn’t use condoms, Martin and her team found, while the risk of becoming infected rose steadily with the number of unprotected sex acts.
Condoms are only partly protective, the researcher noted, because HSV-2 can spread by skin-to-skin contact, which could occur in areas not covered by the condom. Also, she pointed out, even when people with genital herpes don’t have a visible outbreak of infection, they may be able to infect others with the virus.”
The above studies only confirm what we in the holistic herpes community have known for decades and that is condoms are not a complete safer-sex solution for herpes. If you are sexually active I encourage you to use my antiviral gel as part of your safer-sex toolkit- even if your partner also has herpes. The best way to use the gel is to apply a small amount to the inside of your vagina nightly or if you are male to apply to anywhere on your skin you have had sores nightly in both cases every night whether you are having sex or not and to also use the gel during sex as a lube on your genitals and also everywhere you have previously had sores. You can also use the gel on your mouth and anus to protect those areas as well. http://www.antiviralgel.com
Herbal Medicine for Every Day of Your Life
One of the biggest myths about herbal medicine is that you only need it when you are sick. Herbal medicine is plant-based medicine. Plants are and have always been part of our everyday lives. Hopefully your diet is at least 80% plants, you house is probably largely made of wood and furnished in wood. Your baseball bat and tennis racquet are made from plants. The condom you may or may not be using is made from plants. You wash your body and maintain your beauty with plants, and even you car runs on plant fossil fuel.
Sadly some people abuse plants- some are addicted to coffee and cigarettes, some drink too much alcohol, some smoke marijuana. I am personally against the abuse of plants in anyway as it ultimately is self-abuse, and herbs can benefit us in so many ways so why not make positive use of them?
Herbal medicine can help you body cope with stress better.
Herbal medicine can help women balance their hormones, which can ease symptoms of P.M.S. – help prevent cramping, excessive bleeding, endometriosis, uterine, cervical and breast cancers, and can reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis, miscarriage, birth defects and early menopause.
Herbs can effectively treat insomnia without dangerous side effects and drug-dependency.
Herbs can help prevent and treat sports injuries and improve your performance and endurance.
Plant medicine can be very effective in treating anxiety and panic disorder.
Plants can help you cleanse and detox your body and help protect you from radiation poisoning.
Herbal medicine can help your vision.
Herbs can help increase your mental alertness and acuity and can prevent and treat short-term memory loss.
Herbs can enhance your sexual experiences.
Plant medicine can help enhance your skin and beauty.
Plants offer us exquisite sensual experiences through their physical beauty, fragrances and flavours.
Herbal medicine can help you through all the stages of pregnancy and nursing.
Herbs can help you with al aspects of aging to give you maximum quality of life in your later years.
Herbs can help you enhance your religious practices and meditations.
Herbs can help you prevent radiation poisoning, heavy metal poisoning and other negative effects of pollution.
Herbal medicine is for every day and every aspect of your life. If there’s something in your life that you are struggling with or need to see improved that you think herbs might help you with please ask for a phone consultation with me and let’s discuss it.
I Want to Speak with You.
I got herpes in 1990 when I was 25 years old. The physical symptoms were never the worst part of the experience for me. The true ordeal was that I was alone in my herpes. I didn’t have anyone to talk to about it. I didn’t get any moral support, or advice, or good information or encouragement. I suffered for nine years like this feeling ashamed and isolated.
I wish there was someone like me back then for me to speak with. It would have spared me a lot of needless guilt and anger. I would have stopped me from trying useless and risky gimmick treatments.
What I do best as a holistic healer is advise my patients. When people come to me they often not only need information and advice, they also need a lot of emotional support and encouragement. Sometimes that means I’m a shoulder to cry on, sometimes it means I have to give them a kick in the butt. Mostly it means being there for them, reminding them that there’s absolutely no need for shame, that herpes is easy to control naturally, that safer sex does exist and they need not infect anyone and that not only can they live the same lives as they did before- but their lives can be even better than it was before herpes. Having herpes isn’t or should it be any kind of big deal.
I love helping my patients embrace a healthier diet and yoga. I love helping them develop a more positive and optimistic attitude about their herpes experience. I love helping people cope better with stress and improve their sleep. I love hearing about their great progress and improvement. I love helping them learn how to tell their future lovers about their herpes without shame or fear. I love helping people with herpes rebuild and enjoy their full sexuality.
If you are in any way struggling with herpes- whether it be the physical symptoms or on the mental and emotional level, please do book a consultation with me by emailing me at Christopher.scipio at gmail.com. If you’ve had a consultation before and haven’t had one recently it’s likely time for a follow-up. To encourage you all to reach out to me if you purchase a consultation by the 20th of April 2011, I will give you a 30min consultation for $20 (regular price is $50) or a 60 min consultation for $45 (regular price is $90). This offer applies to anyone who hasn’t had a consultation in the past two months.
And it doesn’t have to be about herpes. You can book a phone consultation with me for any health issue or any ways that herbs may help improve your life. Call me.