8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

8 Proven Ways to Prevent and Ease Shingles

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  Effective therapy is limited. Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

One in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster) during their lifetime.  It occurs when latent varicella-zoster (chickenpox) virus reactivates along sensory nerves to the skin. It causes a painful, blistering skin eruption that lasts for two to four weeks.  But long-term effects including chronic pain can last for several months or years and seriously impair quality of life.

Studies show that the rate of shingles is on the rise.  And the cause may be the widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. An Australian study demonstrated that as the use of chickenpox vaccine rises so does the incidence of shingles.

But shingles is a far more serious condition than chicken pox. It can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss, and blindness.

Here are 8 proven ways to prevent shingles and to ease the symptoms without drugs or vaccines.

1. Vitamin C Therapy (more…)

Vitamin C More Effective than Vaccines for Shingles

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Vitamin C, Shingles, and Vaccination

by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
GreenMedInfo.com

The pharmaceutical industry, and many doctors, appear to be making great efforts by to get as many people as possible vaccinated against shingles. Even if such an intervention was highly effective in preventing shingles, which certainly has not been shown to be the case, the information below should make it clear that such vaccinations are unnecessary. The side effects that would be suffered by a significant number of individuals need never occur in the first place. The real problem is that what is discussed below generates relatively little income for anybody in the healthcare industry. Regardless, you need to decide for yourself.

Shingles is an infection resulting from the varicella zoster virus, usually manifesting in areas supplied by spinal nerves, known as dermatomes. More commonly known in medical circles as Herpes zoster, the infection is typically characterized by a blistering skin rash of extraordinary pain for most individuals. The initial infection with the virus is usually remote from the shingles outbreak, typically occurring in childhood when chickenpox is contracted. For years the virus remains latent in nerve cell bodies or autonomic ganglia. It is when the virus, for unclear reasons, breaks out of these storage sites and travels down the nerve axons that shingles occurs.

Left to itself along with mainstream therapies that include analgesics, antiviral agents like acyclovir, and corticosteroids, the rash will generally resolve in two to four weeks. The pain is generally lessened little by analgesics. Some unfortunate individuals can experience postherpetic neuralgia, a syndrome of residual nerve pain that can continue for months or years following a shingles outbreak.

Treatment of Shingles with Vitamin C (more…)

A Pox on the CDC’s Vaccination Agenda: The Rise of Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Sayer Ji
Activist Post

A new systematic review published in PLoS titled, “Herpes Zoster Risk Reduction through Exposure to Chickenpox Patients: A Systematic Multidiscplinary Review,” confirms that the widespread adoption of chickenpox vaccine over the past 30 years, which has resulted in a decline in chickenpox cases associated with infection from the wild-circulating virus, has led to a concerning increase in the incidence of herpes zoster (shingles), a far more serious expression of chickenpox virus (varicella zoster) infection.

This new review brings to the forefront a few critically important questions: are natural infectious challenges essential for establishing a healthy immune system, and is the chicken pox vaccine doing more harm than good?

The Vaccines Don’t Work As Advertised (more…)

Shingles Goes Epidemic: Chicken Pox Vax to Blame

Chicken pox vax gives little protection, kills & maims many, and treatment may kill children who’d have lived through the disease. So more children probably die now from vaccines & chicken pox than died of chicken pox before modern medicine. Worse, the vaccine may be triggering a new epidemic of shingles.

Merck Profiteeringby Heidi Stevenson

Shingles is rapidly becoming epidemic, and the indirect cause is the chicken pox vaccine. Since shingles is the reemergence of chicken pox, that does seem counterintuitive. Nonetheless, the facts do prove the connection. (more…)

Study suggests chicken pox vaccine responsible for triggering nationwide shingles epidemic

For the past several years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been actively promoting the shingles vaccine as the solution to what some experts say is a building shingles epidemic. But a new study published in the German medical journal Der Hautarzt, or “The Dermatologist” in English, has revealed that the childhood vaccine for chicken pox, a common viral disease related to shingles, may actually be directly responsible for triggering this epidemic. (more…)

More Pseudo Science to Give Another Vaccine: This Time It’s Shingles

More and more people are afflicted with life-sucking chronic diseases as a result of vaccinations. So, pseudo science is trying its best to deliver support for the party line: Find more reasons to give more vaccines more often.

Slow Kill Vaccine, by Dees Illustration

by Heidi Stevenson

Shingles is a painful nerve disease that results from the same virus that causes chicken pox. It tends to strike people whose immune systems are compromised, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or Crohn’s disease. These are all autoimmune conditions and, as Gaia Health has documented, are associated with vaccinations. They are, in fact, largely caused by excessive vaccinating.

Therefore, the common response of health regulatory agencies has been to … give another vaccination?!!! That’s right. Logic is not a strong suit of these agencies. They’re set up to promote vaccinations, and they’re going to promote them no matter what the evidence shows.

Herpes zoster, Chicken Pox, and Shingles

Both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the Herpes zoster (HZ) virus. It was once a common and generally mild childhood disease that causes an itchy rash. In people who have either had chicken pox or the vaccine, it can manifest again later in life as shingles, which also includes a rash, but instead of covering much of the body, it runs along the path served by a spinal nerve root and causes pain instead of itching.

Silly Study

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Association Between Vaccination for Herpes Zoster and Risk of Herpes Zoster Infection Among Older Patients With Selected Immune-Mediated Diseases, attempts to document the need for and safety of a shingles vaccine in people over age 60. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t come up with much. Here’s their stated conclusion:

Receipt of HZ vaccine was not associated with a short-term increase in HZ incidence among Medicare beneficiaries with selected immune-mediated diseases, including those exposed to biologics. The vaccine was associated with a lower HZ incidence over a median of 2 years of follow-up.

So, they could not find an increase in shingles after the vaccine. That’s nice, but not terribly exciting. However, they claim to have found a lowered incidence of the disease. The question is, of course, how much lower? That’s where the study starts to look suspicious. They did not report their results in terms of how likely any one individual might come down with the disease. Instead, they reported their results in terms of person-years. Do you live in terms of person-years, or do you live in terms of years? As we’ll see, using person-years gives an impression of much greater benefit than is actually provided.

The study states:

In the United States, the incidence rate of HZ in the unvaccinated general population 50 years or older is estimated to be 7.0 cases per 1000 person-years. A live attenuated vaccine reduces HZ risk by 70% and 51% among immunocompetent individuals 50 to 59 years and 60 years and older in 2 randomized blinded trials, respectively.

7.0 cases per 1000 person-years. That gives the impression that there’s a high risk of developing shingles if you don’t accept the shingles vaccine. Reducing the Herpes zoster risk by 51-70% sounds like a big deal, but what does it actually mean in terms of the likelihood of getting shingles? Health Sciences Institute did the math and found that 175 people must be vaccinated to prevent one case of shingles.

That’s 174 people who must take the risk of the vaccine so that 1 person is protected from shingles.

Worse, the study only followed patients for 2 years. We already know that the chicken pox – shingles vaccine is temporary, but we don’t know how temporary. More and more vaccine repetitions are being added to the recommended dosage list as the reality that they neither last a lifetime—as had once been promised without a shred of evidence—nor that they’re all that effective.

In the case of Herpes zoster vaccine for shingles, they’re effective only 61% of the time! So, if you do get the vaccine after the age of 60, as the study’s scientists suggest, then you really don’t know if you’re protected or not. But you do know that your risk of developing a chronic autoimune disorder has increased, or if your immune system is already deranged, then you may be making it worse.

Conflicts of Interest

Such nonsensical results are unsurprising in light of the massive conflicts of interest that the paper’s authors disclose:

  • Jie Zhang, PhD (one of the lead authors): research support from Amgen.
  • Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MS, MPH (another lead author): research grants and consulting fees from Amgen, UCB, Abbott, Genentech/Roche, Centocor, BMS, and Merck.
  • Elizabeth Delzell, ScD: research support from Amgen.
  • Kevin L. Winthrop, MD, MPH: consulting fees from Pfizer, Amgen, UCB, and Abbott and grants from Pfizer.
  • James D. Lewis, MD, MSCE: research grants from Centocor, Takeda, and Shire and having served as a consultant for Amgen, Abbott, Pfizer, and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
  • Kenneth G. Saag, MD: consulting fees from Merck.
  • John W. Baddley, MD, MSPH: consulting fees from Abbott and Merck.

Pseudo Science and Shingles

Shingles is surely a miserable condition to have. That cannot—and should not—be argued. It is, though, a disease of older people and largely ones who are immune compromised. The particular diseases included in the study were rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. All of these have been growing more and more common as the rate of vaccines has increased. Research now clearly shows that all of these are associated with, if not outright caused by, vaccines—and the more vaccines given, the more likely any individual will be afflicted with at least one of them.

Consider, too, that these are only a fraction of the total number of autoimmune diseases—but they weren’t included in the study. That is yet another fact skewing the results. What disorders were suffered by those the authors deemed unaffected by autoimmune disorders? And how did they affect the results? How can this study be considered anything but pseudo junk science?

Now we’re in a situation where we can expect more and more cases of shingles because more and more people are afflicted with life-sucking chronic diseases that have resulted from vaccinations. So, pseudo science has been hired and is trying its best to deliver support for the party line: Find more reasons to give more vaccines more often.

And, y’know, bless their little hearts, those scientists are doing their very best! Those scientists are certainly well motivated. The kind of money they get for producing pseudo science to support what their masters want must be worth it. It seems that, no matter how ridiculously weak the study is, they’ll spin it whatever way their masters want.

Of course, the pseudo public health agencies jump on it and push for everyone to get yet another vaccine. In this case, it’s a vaccine for shingles, which will likely increase the burden of chronic disease that’s the primary reason behind most cases of shingles.

Sources:

http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2012-08-01/more-pseudo-science-to-give-another-vaccine-this-time-its-shingles/

Bad news for Eli Lilly Drug Trial/ More thought about beta-amyloid and infection

The Eli Lilly drug that has been in phase III trials has been stopped due to increased risk of skin cancer and, even worse, an acceleration of deterioration of AD compared to the placebo, the opposite of what was hoped for. This is yet another sad turn of events. Steve was in this study but we stopped in the winter due to several side effects; I believe he was on the actual drug for only about a month at that point. His hair started to grow out a very light gold color (one of the known effects that didn’t bother us)and when we stopped it, the darker hair grew in again. He had a half inch white stripe work its way out to the tips of his hair! I no longer have any regrets that we pulled him out of the study. (more…)

Natural Help for Beating Painful Shingles Outbreaks

Every year, millions of people suffer from outbreaks of shingles, a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox). Mainstream medical science tells us that there are no cures for shingles and that only mainstream drugs can effectively manage symptoms. In actuality, there are a number of natural remedies, which can help manage and relieve shingles and possibly even eliminate the virus.

The medical term for shingles is “herpes zoster”. After having chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant in nerve tissue – but can be reactivated years later as shingles. Shingles are most common in adults between 60 and 80 years old and those with weakened immune systems. (more…)