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Hearing you have Epstein-Bar Virus (EBV), Helicobacter pylori infection (H. pylori),  human papillomavirus (HPV) or others can be daunting, but it may not be a point of concern. Addressing the root cause of the issue should be the focus. 


“The typical cause of gastritis is ingesting harmful or irritating substances, such as long-term medications, food additives, processed and denatured foods, alcohol in excess, mercury and other toxins from dental work, and other chemicals. They damage the stomach lining causing inflammation and inviting microbes to join in.,” says Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome. “H. pylori and yeast are typical inhabitants of the stomach (they like to live in an acidic environment), and in the majority of people they cause no trouble. But when the stomach lining gets damaged by chemicals (usually by long-term medication, pain killers in particular) they become active. The natural role of microbes is to clean out chemicals and debris; this cleaning contributes to the inflammation in the stomach with all the typical symptoms of gastritis.”

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Dr. Peter Osborne says, “You can have good bacteria or bad bacteria. In some cases, you can have a bacteria that’s considered bad at certain quantitative levels, and considered a normal part of the gut at other quantitative levels. Everybody should have some degree of H. pylori. The presence of H. pylori does not mean infection, but for some people the presence of H. pylori does not mean infection.” (Retrovirus and Gluten Sensitivity, 7-2-19.)

He goes on to say, “The same thing goes for viruses. If we were to measure the general population for EBV, we would find 90% of the population is infected, but not 95% of the population is sick. There are levels, or titers, of certain viruses that when they get to a certain level, can trigger illness along with gluten sensitivity. There are also viruses that can be construed as good. Some viruses actually eat bad bacteria, that’s part of their job and function. When we measure mucosal linings in the lung and in the GI tract, where our bacteria hang out, we always see next to these bacteria, these viruses called bacteriophage, are keeping some of the bacteria under control.”

Clinical Microbiology Reviews says, “EBV is a gammaherpesvirus that infects a large fraction of the human population. Primary infection is often asymptomatic but results in lifelong infection, which is kept in check by the host immune system.”

They go on to say, “Young children most likely acquire EBV infection from close contact that involves exchange of oral secretions via shared items such as toys, bottles, and utensils. Before the age of 10, primary infection is usually asymptomatic or produces an acute illness that is often not recognized as being due to EBV.”

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A lot of people test for the presence of a virus. “Doing that, to me, doesn’t necessarily dictate, if they find a virus, that the virus is actually part of the problem. It could just be part of the microbiome keeping other bacteria in check. Just like there’s good and bad bacteria, there’s good and bad viruses. It’s a quantitative issue. When the titers get too high, it can trigger replication. Some of the byproducts of that replication can create molecular mimicry, can create breakdowns in the blood brain barrier, can create breakdowns in the gut barrier, and can create generalized inflammation,” Osborne says.

“I see Strep. all the time in healthy guts, I see Staph. all the time in healthy guts,” he adds.

Healthline says, “HPV is nearly universal among sexually active men and women.”

Our goal is to build the terrain which will control the organisms. It’s all about balance. This holds true everywhere in our environment, not just in our microbiome but in the ocean ecosystem, in the atmosphere ecosystem, in the soil ecosystem, etc. 

Doctors often prescribe antibiotics for viruses, however, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says, “Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green.”

Even if the mucous is green – which is common indication of infection.

The Merck Manual says, “Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections.”

The goal is to balance the microbiome of the body, building the good flora so that the body can fight off offenders all on its own. McBride says, “Focus on feeding, nourishing and nurturing your immune system, rather than killing, attacking or eradicating anything.”

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, through The American Naturopathic Medical Association and works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. She serves on the GAPS Board of Directors and has recently been named “The GAPS Expert” by Dr. Natasha and will serve teaching other Certified GAPS Practitioners proper use of the GAPS protocol. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. becky.nourishingplot@hotmail.com

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.

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