Most people know someone who has had mono—perhaps during college years or adolescence. The symptoms of mono can include sore throat, pharyngitis, cervical lymph node enlargement, fever, significant fatigue, myalgia (muscle pain), and even vomiting. Some individuals may become temporarily bed ridden, literally feeling fatigue too overwhelming that they cannot leave the bed.
Mono can have many complications, the most common being a ruptured spleen, followed by trouble breathing due to a swollen throat and, more rarely, jaundice, pancreatitis, rashes, seizures, and/or encephalitis and even acute hepatitis (self-limiting).
As you can see, even mono is quite grave. It is supposed to last about six weeks. Unfortunately, while for some people mono will end as expected, there is a sub-population that may develop what has been called “chronic mononucleosis syndrome,” which the medical community knows nothing about!
It can occur long term, which includes typical symptoms of weakness, aching legs, low-grade fever (sometimes also intermittent), and depression as well as headaches, myalgia (muscle pain), persistent fatigue, lymphadenopathy (a disease affecting lymph nodes), and a prolonged recovery period that takes more than the typical month plus.
The tragedy of the current standard of care in medical practice is that while mono is recognized, it is not well known that most of EBV’s activity lies not in mono but in chronic reinfections. These eventually lead to the complicated medical conditions and even cancer that I mentioned before.
In fact, researchers now refer to this as Chronic Active Epstein-Barr Virus Infection (CAEBV), and even Severe Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Infection (SAEBV).
In this scenario, I do not understand why the current explanation of autoimmunity refers to its “unknown causes” and explains that autoimmune disorders mean that “the immune system becomes confused and attacks itself,” when there is ample evidence in medical literature indicating that the immune system is fighting a pathogen, which in some cases is the EBV, and not “its own.”
If a patient is lucky to be diagnosed with chronic or reactivated EBV infection, the only current standard of care is antiviral medications. Again, all you need to do is check medical literature to see that medications have limited efficacy, while there is an abundance of research for formidable, natural, nutrient-based antivirals. I have followed that path meticulously over the last few years, and we are now able to help many calm down the autoimmune signaling, regain functionality, and recover their lives.