Sweet Relief From Dangerous And Growing Epidemic
Do you know how to protect yourself from shingles? Don’t rely on the drug companies, because their drugs only work for half the people. And they come with dangerous side effects. Yet shingles outbreaks are on the rise. And in many cases it can progress from painful to life-threatening.
You need better than 50 percent odds when it comes to your health. You need safe, natural, reliable ways to help yourself, and that’s what I’m going to share with you today.
I’m going to share with you an important two-step process for protecting yourself. Read on to learn how.
Shingles is a Reawakening of the Chickenpox Infection
With each passing year the average man’s chance of having a shingles outbreak increases dramatically. And in those over the age of 50 the rates are extremely high. Shingles is more than just painful. It can be a dangerous disease. By relying on natural solutions like I’ll be sharing with you in this article, you’ll be ahead of the pack.
First of all, it’s important to understand what shingles is. Everybody has heard of chickenpox, which is an infection by a virus called Varicella zoster. Later in life, that same dormant infection can resurface as the more dangerous disease called shingles.
After you have had chickenpox the virus remains dormant in your body for many years. Emotional or physical stress, among less common issues like chemotherapy, radiation, and steroids, can reawaken the virus. When that happens it surfaces as shingles.
A Savage Enemy
The first indication that you’re getting shingles is an itching, tingling, or stabbing pain on your skin, typically only on one side of your body. A painful red rash with blisters usually follows, and the pain can be very intense. Normally it’s all over in 3 to 5 weeks. After the infection, you may experience skin discoloration, permanent scars, and numbness.
However, when people with weakened immune systems get shingles it can develop into a severe, life threatening illness. Plus, roughly 20 percent of all shingles outbreaks turn into a condition known as PHN (post-herpetic neuralgia). When this happens, pain can last from a month to years after the rash and other symptoms have healed.
So shingles is certainly something to be avoided if at all possible. The good news is it often can be avoided.
The Vaccine Maker’s “Solution” to the Shingles Epidemic
There has been a recent epidemic in shingles outbreaks. The rates of shingles outbreaks climbed a whopping 90 percent between 1998 and 2003.
In response the drug companies were practically giddy to unveil a shingles vaccine. The FDA approved it in 2006. Unfortunately this vaccine has been linked to serious problems, including dangerous side effects.
Cost is one big issue. The vaccine costs $200 each, a price point many people find excessive and unaffordable. The bigger issue is its effectiveness. The vaccine merely decreases the incidence of shingles by 51 percent in adults over 59, according to the CDC. And nobody seems to know how long the protection from the vaccine lasts. The truth is, for all we know, it may not even work for long enough to be useful.
But the biggest negative issue of all are the physical side-effects of the vaccine, which include:
- Joint pain
- Skin rash that mimics shingles
- Respiratory issues
- Abnormally swollen glands
Fortunately, the vaccine isn’t necessary. Drug companies and the FDA have colluded to convince people to get the vaccine. This results in everyone taking more drugs and boosting the drug companies’ bottom lines, but not your health. Instead of listening to the advertising dollars of the drug companies, you need to listen to what real science and common sense has to say.
The Best Protection Is Natural
Clearly, relying on drug companies to protect your health is not smart. You've got to look out for yourself. And the best way to do that is to take care of your health naturally using sound advice like I give you in these articles.
When it comes to shingles, stress and trauma are the worst problems. The latent virus is not harmful. But when you become severely stressed, you'll put yourself at risk.
The best things you can do to protect yourself include getting enough sleep, getting out in the sun daily, walking, and eating adequate amounts of natural foods. It's also important to find ways that help you to build emotional health and balance. Strong emotional health and balance keeps stress at bay, even under stressful conditions. So take the suggestions I've offered you in previous articles such as practicing relaxation, engaging in meaningful relationships, and finding hobbies that are enjoyable to you.
Additionally, if you are prone to shingles outbreaks or if you are at risk (i.e. you received a chickenpox vaccine instead of getting the disease naturally, the latter of which would offer some protection), you may need to take extra care. Remember that the balance of lysine and arginine in your diet can help or hurt you. Viruses feed on arginine but are suppressed by lysine. You may want to revisit that article in which I gave you those important tips.
Still, what if you do get a shingles outbreak? In addition to increasing your lysine intake and getting adequate rest, there's more you can do. I want to share with you a powerful, proven remedy that can dramatically help to stop the outbreak.
A Honey of a Way to Deal With Shingles
If you’re suffering from shingles, you are just plain better off staying away from the prescription drugs. Or, if you’re thinking about getting the shingles vaccine in the hopes of avoiding an outbreak, you might want to rethink your plan.
You may be surprised to learn that one of the most effective ways of dealing with shingles is applying honey to the afflicted area. Honey has been shown to be effective in treating shingles as well as other kinds of herpes-related outbreaks. In fact, honey was used as a regular treatment for infection until the beginning of the 20th century. The drug companies then used their clout to convince people of the superiority of their drugs. As a result, honey was all but forgotten.
But watch out, because not all kinds of honey battle infection equally.
It turns out that only raw honey is approved for medical use due to its well-known healing properties. Top quality raw honey is excellent for treating most kinds of wounds, including shingles rashes, because it not only draws fluid away from the wound site, but it is also high in sugar, which restrains the production of damaging microorganisms. Bees secrete a unique enzyme, glucose oxidase, which causes raw honey to create low levels of hydrogen peroxide when it interacts with your shingles.
One of the types of raw honey that has been most studied for this purpose is called Manuka. It has all of the essential wound-healing traits, as well as antimicrobial elements. Studies have shown that Manuka honey can kill as many as 250 kinds of bacteria. Not least of which is the antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aurelus.
But just because Manuka honey is the most studied doesn't mean it's the only type that is effective. All raw honeys will be useful. So if the price of Manuka honey is offputting, start with a local raw honey. And only if you really need the extra oomph, step it up to Manuka.
If you have shingles you might want to avoid the drug route. Instead, get your hands on some Manuka or other raw honey and apply it in its natural form directly to the afflicted area. Keep this up at least four times daily in order to insure the blisters are continually covered in honey. This is by far the most effective treatment for shingles.
The absolute best defense against the chickenpox and shingles viruses is strengthening your immune system. Remember that unhealthy lifestyle options like not getting enough sleep and not exercising are the shortest route to a compromised immune system.