Dr. Laura: Epstein Barr Virus Linked to Several AutoImmune Diseases

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) we know mostly as “mono” yields connections to several autoimmune diseases.

Who Gets EBV?

More than 90% of the world’s population is infected with EBV. The age of contraction varies and for many it lays dormant for years. Like other human herpes forms of virus (EBV is HHV4), it reactivates in times of stress or trauma. Typical symptoms are what you hear from the college student and their “kissing disease” – tired, sleep a lot, muscle aches and pains, swollen glands/lymph nodes, altered sense of taste and the list goes on.

It seems that if such a large percentage of the population has EBV, it’s easy to pin it to any disease. Recent research at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital sheds some light on how EBV affects our genome.

What Diseases Link to EBV?

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Celiac Disease
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Graves and Hashimotos thyroiditis

“This discovery is probably fundamental enough that it will spur many scientists around the world to reconsider the role of this virus in these disorders,” said John Harley, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology (CAGE) at Cincinnati Children’s.

How does EBV Increase Risk for Autoimmunity?

EBV alters the human DNA in ways that weaken the immune system’s ability to combat certain diseases. We all have imperfect genes with variances called SNP’s (pronounced “snips”) that may give us advantage or risk over others in certain situations. EBV tends to change the genetic transcription of DNA to suit its own vitality and puts us more at risk for certain diseases.

What Can Increase the Risk of EBV Sickness?

  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Poor nutrition
  • Eating the wrong foods
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor  sleep
  • Lack of spiritual connection

More research is required in this area of science for our full understanding of how to combat this detrimental virus. A Naturopathic Doctor like Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND can help balance lifestyle, diet, nutrition and immune boosting profile to keep the Epstein Barr and other forms of Human Herpes Virus (warts, shingles, cold sores) dormant in your system. Dr. Laura M. Brown, ND can also order and inert genetic tests to help you evaluate your risk for certain autoimmune diseases. Knowing your risk factors can contribute to proactive wellness plan that is tailored specifically to you.


Dr. Laura’s Natural Solutions to Cold and Flu

Dr. Laura’s Natural Solutions to Cold and Flu

Dr. Laura M. Brown will share some unique tips to keep you and your family healthy through the winter.


This free practical workshop and informative seminar will teach you:

  1. Hydrotherapy at home
  2. Common cold remedies
  3. Immune boosters
  4. Flu fighters

Wednesday December 14th, at Goodness Me! Guelph from 6:30-8pm


Could the Flu Shot Make You Sick?

A recent Canadian Study Shows of those who received both the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 flu vaccine were actually more susceptible to getting the flu.

Over the past number of years, the flu vaccine has not always been as effective as planned or hoped. This article from Global News is only one of many stating some facts. People often feel they are immune to getting the flu if they get vaccinated. Evidently, this not always the case.  Studies have shown, it usually reduces your chances if the strain in the vaccine closely matches the strain in circulation. It is impossible to forecast 100% what the strain will be, so it is usually the best odds calculation of how the strain will mutate, then the vaccine is created based on the best educated estimate.

At the end of the day, there are other things we need to do to prevent getting sick. Remember that antibacterial hand washes are for bacteria, not viruses and the flu is a virus. Think about long enough while you are washing your hands properly with soap and water. Boost your immune system to keep it strong to fight against any bacteria or virus, eat a healthy diet, sleep well and exercise regularly. If you need help on any of the above, see your naturopathic doctor. There are some great botanicals, mushrooms, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy treatments that can keep you healthy through the cold and flu season.

If you do get sick (we are human after all), please stay home, rest, and drink your chicken soup broth.