Lo and behold, I did show viral reactivation of EBV and HHV6. But the most significant elevation of viral titers was for Coxsackie B3, an enterovirus known for causing myocarditis. I had found the cause of my relapses.
I've been researching the Coxsackie viruses. They have been connected with ME-CFS by Dr. John Chia, who has found that 80% of his ME-CFS patients have either Coxsackie or Echo Virus upon biopsy of the stomach. Coxsackie B Virus 3 (henceforth CBV3) is known to enter the body through the gut and then infect the heart and brain. Like most other viruses, it only remains in the blood stream, detectable by PCR, for a few weeks. Then it hides inside the cells of various body tissues.
The more I read about CBV3, the more it seemed to explain every single relapse I've had since my first recovery from ME-CFS in 1990. Viruses are reactivated by stress, and all my relapses have been brought on by stress. While the first one (1994) was characterized by digestive complaints and emotional turmoil from PTSD, the next two (2000 and 2007) started with cardiac hyperarousal which, after a few weeks, led to an aggravation of brain issues, orthostatic intolerance, digestive issues, endocrine issues, and fatigue. Even when I felt great for a few weeks in the summer of 2007, before relapsing, I was getting frequent tachycardia, palpitations, and chest pain. And my urinary amino acid testings showed evidence of malabsorption, while my stool testing showed a perfectly healthy mix of commensal bacteria and no pathogenic bowel organisms.
Viruses stay in the body forever, although they can be contained by a healthy immune system. Normally, I would have seen this as cause for distress. I would have cried and whined and begun to feel hopeless. But since getting several blessings from Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, I have believed that my body is capable of healing. And Mr. Trivedi is a powerful ally on this path.
Trivedi is an Indian holy man who seems to have direct access to the Divine. He shares his gifts by blessing the earth and blessing people. His passion over the last few years has been to document scientifically the benefits of his blessings. You can read more on the website of the TrivediFoundation, where you'll find data from research studies in agriculture, microbiology, physics, and genetics, as well as human wellness. Of particular interest to me is Trivedi's work with viruses: laboratories tested how he was able to reduce the levels of HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and Cytomegaloviruses in tubes of plasma. At his introductory lecture, he presented a simple graph that made this research accessible to lay people.
Do you now understand why I felt optimistic? If viral reactivation is causing my relapses, and if Mr. Trivedi can reduce my viral load, I can move to a state of increased wellness. Even though I'll always have the virus in my system and therefore always have to be careful, if I get the virus into remission, I can rebuild my strength. I can get stem cells to speed the rebuilding of damaged heart and brain cells. And if I have a big stress and feel any cardiac symptoms, I can flood my bloodstream with herbal and pharmaceutical antivirals. What a wonderful plan!
I didn't have long to wait to get started on the first step. I signed up online for an individual remote blessing with Trivedi, and for a series of two group blessings. I also signed up to attend the retreat in Chicago because he was urging people with serious illnesses like MS and Parkinson's to attend. I knew it would be a stretch for me to travel that far (7+ hours), stay in a hotel, and be present during the retreat, but I felt compelled to do it by a great inner force. Fortunately, I had fantastic results, which is why I'm writing this evening after a full day of travel. But, as it is now 10:30, I am going to retire for the night, and tell you all about my fantastic results in a few days. I can barely wait to see how great I feel tomorrow!!
PS Sorry for the changing typefaces. I can't seem to sort them out now. :)