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Tim Boyd was born and raised in Ohio, graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in computer engineering, and worked in the defense industry in Northern Virginia for over 20 years. During that time, a slight case of arthritis led him to discover that nutrition makes a difference and nutrition became a serious hobby. After a pleasant and satisfying run in the electronics field, he decided he wanted to do something more important. He is now arthritis free and enjoying his dream job working for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
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Eczema herpeticum driving me insane i take 3000mg lysine daily. What else can i try. Thanks
John Hingson says
I would recommend that you should try several things which are good for shingles, assuming you’re already on a WAPF diet. (At this stage I assume that herpes viruses should be treated similarly.)
The black seed product called SOUL (made by Rain International) has had great success with shingles. I learned about it originally from G. Edward Griffin who made a testimonial video about it curing his case of shingles at the recommendation of Dr. Bradford Weeks. Dr. Weeks has seen this work for a lot of people. There is sugar in that product, evaporated cane juice. It might be best at this time for you to make your own in a mortar and pestle, or coffee grinder (but don’t drink caffeine). SOUL is made from 3 blended up seeds: black cumin (nigella) seed, black raspberry seed and chardonnay grape seed, plus some sugar for flavor. I don’t know why it works for shingles.
Olive leaf extract is also supposed to be excellent for shingles. At this time I lean toward Seagate and Olivus. I asked Seagate about the upper limit on their product and they said people could take as much as they want to (“it’s not a medicine,” they said) — but wouldn’t get additional benefit beyond 12 capsules per day. Olivus is standardized for oleuropein and Seagate is whole extract. There has been a debate as to which is better. Olive leaf is so gentle and could also be applied topically in addition to taking internally. Rumor has it that Upjohn Pharmaceuticals tested it against 3000 viruses back in the day and it killed all of them — in test tubes, of course. I haven’t found a primary source for that claim so I don’t know if that one is true.
I have heard from one person who had genital herpes and the friend of another who had genital herpes that taking lycopene really helped a lot. It can be found as a supplement. Also note that orange tomatoes have 10 times more lycopene than red ones, and that lycopene in simmered tomatoes is 100 times more absorbable than in raw tomatoes. Since lycopene is a carotenoid, it makes me wonder: have you tried taking a little extra cod liver oil?
Also I have read that reduction in arginine-rich foods can help with herpes viruses. Nuts and chocolate probably would be the biggest offenders if arginine would make a difference in your case.
Let me know if any of this helps. I may be able to give more advice if you ask. I make all of my reports available for free.