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Let’s Talk Shingles

shinglesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

One of every three people in the U.S. will develop shingles during their lifetime, the majority of whom are over 50 years of age. Shingles, which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same herpes virus that causes chickenpox, is characterized by a painful, blistering rash that can have long term consequences after the rash resolves. While chickenpox is highly contagious, shingles is not. However, anyone who has ever had chickenpox is at risk of having shingles, as the virus lies dormant in nerve cells and can reactivate many years later. The probability of having shingles increases with age, and is highest for those with compromised immune systems, those taking immunosuppressant medications, and those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

A case of shingles begins with redness followed by blisters, and usually appears on just one side of the body. The rash typically follows the path of the nerve where the virus has hibernated, with the breakout generally occurring on the trunk. However, shingles may occur on the face and neck and may also involve the eyes or ears. There are warning signs of aching or burning in the area where the rash eventually appears several days later. The area may be very sensitive to touch or may feel itchy or numb. Some people develop additional symptoms such as headache, fever, swollen lymph nodes or general flu-like symptoms. The itchy, painful, inflammatory condition generally runs its course over three to five weeks.

Although shingles is not life threatening, about 20% of the people who develop shingles are left with a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia, which causes burning or deep aching pain to remain long after the rash has healed. The condition, which is diagnosed after 3 months of recurring or persistent pain, occurs when the shingles outbreak damages the nerves that register pain, pressure or touch, creating an interference with normal nerve messaging. Unfortunately, the condition, which can be excruciating, can last for months and in some cases a year or longer. The risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia increases with age, the severity of the shingles rash, the location of the rash, and the current state of health.

Antiviral medications taken within 72 hours of developing the rash can lessen the risk of complications and lingering pain. Because more than one million new cases are diagnosed each year and there is no cure, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone over 60 years of age, with the exception of those with immunodeficiency or a history of allergic reactions to vaccine components, receive the shingles vaccine. The vaccine has been shown to be 70% effective in preventing shingles, and those who do develop it often have a limited outbreak, decreased pain and a reduced chance of developing postherpetic neuralgia.

Alternatively, micronutrient therapy may provide safe, natural and effective methods for treating shingles outbreaks. Some studies have demonstrated that vitamin C with bioflavonoids provides immune support, boosting white blood cells that fight the virus, while reducing postherpetic pain. B complex vitamins support nervous system function and promote healing. Vitamin B12 in particular has been shown to provide pain relief, reduce duration, and help prevent a painful aftermath. Lysine, an essential amino acid, has been shown to effectively inhibit viral action to reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. Lactoferrin, an antimicrobial glycoprotein found in colostrum, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps protect against microbial infections. Vitamin E helps to control and alleviate pain and prevent scarring. Colloidal silver, a natural antibiotic, may be applied topically to help heal the rash.

If you do get shingles, be sure to keep the rash covered, avoid touching or scratching the rash which can cause scarring, and wash your hands often to prevent the spread of the virus. Avoid contact with pregnant women, premature infants and people with compromised immune systems.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality products to support healing and overall wellness:

l-Lysinel-Lysine by Pure Encapsulations – As an essential amino acid, l-Lysine provides nutritional support for the body’s defense systems, supports healthy protein synthesis and arginine production and promotes calcium absorption. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Vitamin C with...Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids by Vital Nutrients – These powerful synergistic nutrients enhance immune function and antioxidant activity. One capsule provides 500 mg of vitamin C as ascorbic acid along with 250 mg citrus bioflavonoid complex. Gluten free.

 

Beta 1,3-D GlucanBeta 1,3-D Glucan by Professional Complementary Health Formulas – This enhanced, bioavailable professional formula supports immune as well as cardiovascular function.

 

E-400 Natural...E-400 Natural Vitamin E by Douglas Laboratories –  This important antioxidant nutrient protects healthy cells from oxidative and free radical damage. Vitamin E helps to stabilize and protect cell membranes, red blood cells, tissues and organs. This all natural formula supports immune and cardiovascular health. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

Argentyn 23 Vertical...Argentyn 23 Vertical Spray by Natural Immunogenics – This easily absorbed exclusive proprietary formulation provides safe and precise levels of actively charged functional silver for short and long term immune support. Gluten, allergen and GMO free, vegan formulation.

 

References:
Facts About Chickenpox and Shingles for Adults. http://www.nfid.org/publications/factsheets/varicellaadult.pdf
Shingles (Herpes Zoster). https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/overview.html
Varicella-zoster virus. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/varicellazoster-virus
Postherpetic Neuralgia. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/postherpetic-neuralgia/basics/definition/con-20023743
Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN). http://www.medicinenet.com/postherpetic_neuralgia/page4.htm
Antiviral Activity of Lactoferrin and Ovotransferrin Derived Peptides towards Herpesviridae. http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs-wm/31269.pdf
Shingles. https://nihseniorhealth.gov/shingles/aboutshingles/01.html

 

Ideas For A Healthier, Less Stressful Holiday Season

Healthier_HolidayJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

The last few weeks before the holidays always seem to fly by, especially when many of us still have a seemingly endless to-do list to finalize that may include, among other things, holiday shopping, wrapping, decorating, planning, baking, traveling, celebrating and entertaining. With all that we would like to accomplish, time spent on maintaining our health may fall by the wayside. You skimp on sleep, eat unhealthy food on the run and forgo exercise. Before you know it, you’ve come down with a cold or other illness, adding additional stress to your holidays and sabotaging your best laid plans.

Here are some simple ways to help you stay healthy and reduce stress so you can finally relax and enjoy the holidays:

  • Seriously, make a list. Having a plan allows you to focus on and finalize the task at hand and can help you use your time more efficiently, thereby reducing your stress load.
  • Feel free to respectfully decline some invitations or skip events. Running yourself ragged wears down your immune defenses. Reduce your stress load by taking a breather. Good basic preventative advice includes staying home, relaxing and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Yes, you do need to prioritize sleep. When you are well rested, your body has a better chance to defend itself against viruses. Research has shown that adequate sleep enhances our immune defenses and aids our overall wellbeing.
  • Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more. Alcohol consumption can result in dehydration, so remember to drink water in addition to those holiday cocktails. Staying well hydrated, especially during air travel, can help to keep mucous membranes moist so they can better do their job of keeping germs and pathogens out of your system.
  • Wash your hands frequently with good old soap and water. Cold viruses easily spread through hand-to-hand and hand-to-surface contact. Avoid touching your face and mouth when you are out and about and consider carrying a hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly.
  • Make time for some activity, as exercise reduces stress and produces feel good endorphins, further helping you to relax and boost your mood.
  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, slow it down a bit. Deep breathing can help to keep your emotions in check and your stress and anxiety levels down. Concentrating on your breath, even for a few minutes, helps to keep you centered, grounded and calm.
  • Make reasonably healthy dietary choices. Of course, we are all going to indulge in some holiday treats, but save those indulgences for the really special ones. Keep some healthy snacks on hand and bring something with you when you go out to shop or run errands. Having an apple instead of running through the drive though will help to keep your defenses up and any holiday weight gain down.
  • Engage family members as much as possible to put everyone in the holiday spirit and free up more of your own time.
  • Be realistic about what you can actually accomplish to allow you more time to enjoy family and friends. It’s okay to decline some invitations or cut back on other obligations to give yourself time to be present, mindful and grateful.
  • Consider taking quality probiotics to boost immune support. Beneficial bacteria positively influence immune function. Antioxidants such as selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins C and E have also been shown to aid immune health.

To help you stay well throughout the holiday and winter seasons, here are some great suggestions for supplements that support immune health:

Probiotics:

UltraFlora Balance (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT)UltraFlora® Balance by Metagenics – This top selling nutraceutical probiotic provides 15 billion CFU of live microflora per capsule in support of daily gastrointestinal and immune health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Frontier BioticsFrontier Biotics by Nutritional Frontiers – Recommended for children, adults and seniors, this non-dairy pre- and probiotic blend of 8 strains of beneficial microflora provides 5 billion CFU per capsule in support of digestive regularity and immune health. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Antioxidants:

Ultra Anti-Oxidant (7470)Ultra Anti-Oxidant by Douglas Laboratories – This potent, wide spectrum antioxidant nutritional formula includes synergistic vitamins, minerals and active nutrients to support the body’s antioxidant defense systems. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

AntiOxidant FormulaAntiOxidant Formula by Pure Encapsulations – This broad spectrum formula offers a range of antioxidant nutrients to promote cellular health and support and enhance the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Vitamin C:

Buffered Vitamin CBuffered Vitamin C by Integrative Therapeutics – This pure, crystalline ascorbic acid, buffered with calcium and magnesium for sensitive stomachs, provides 1 gram of vitamin C per capsule. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports a healthy immune response, healthy skin, connective tissues and bone tissue. Gluten, dairy and soy free formulation.

 

C Food ComplexC Food Complex by New Chapter – This activated whole food complex contains a blend of vitamin C, organic herbs, superfoods and adaptogens in support of immune and cellular health. Naturally gluten free, 100% vegetarian formulation. Contains soy.

 

Vitamin E:

E-400 Natural Vitamin E (7098-)

E-400 Natural Vitamin E by Douglas Laboratories – This all natural vitamin E provides antioxidant nutrients in support of normal immune function and cardiovascular and cellular health. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

Ultimate-E (E143)

 

Ultimate-E® by Thorne Research – This pure, undiluted mixed tocopherol formula contains all the natural isomers of vitamin E, vital to the overall antioxidant capacity of the tissues and blood. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

References:
10 ways to beat holiday stress with fitness and nutrition. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/10-ways-to-beat-holiday-stress-with-fitness-and-nutrition/2015/12/14/d2de44c0-9dec-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html
How To Cope With Holiday Stress. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/holiday-stress-cope_n_2279208.html
Holiday Health and Safety Tips. http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/
Sleep and Immune Function. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3256323/