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Food is no substitute for a sex life, nor is it a substitute for a social life. Food cannot heal poor self-esteem. Eat for your body not for your mind. Give your body the love and respect it deserves.
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Blogarama Food is no substitute for a sex life, nor is it a substitute for a social life. Food cannot heal poor self-esteem. Eat for your body not for your mind. Give your body the love and respect it deserves.

christopher scipio
herbalist
holistic viral specialist
http://www.natropractica.com 
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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A New Year, A New Immune Formula

One of the benefits of my healing practice is that I get feedback from you - my patients. I have regular contact with all of you throughout the year. Sharing your experiences and outcomes helps me evolve and improve my remedies. Two years ago, your feedback helped me shift from liquid remedies to powdered remedies. This year, your feedback helped me develop a new, improved immune formula.

This new formula is the nineteenth improvement of the immune formula since it's inception in 2003. Most of the changes occurred in the first two years, with fourteen different immune formulas developed and tested. The new immune formula includes additional herbs to help alkalize your body ph. If your body is too acidic, you are vulnerable to several diseases. There are also herbs to help digestion and liver function because your body cannot adequately absorb and utilize any medicine without these organs functioning well. Often, you've asked why the formula tastes bitter and it’s important that it does - bitter flavours stimulate your liver to produce more bile. Many of you using the immune formula report long-term benefits of staying on the formula even after your herpes outbreaks have stopped. You tell me that staying on the formula helps you with your energy level, digestion, allergies and overall health. Many of you continue using immune formula for safer sex, combined with the antiviral gel, to prevent infecting others with herpes and to protect yourself from HPV, HIV and Hepatitis.

The new immune formula is available now - I encourage those of you who are having symptoms and those of you who are not, to embrace the short and long-term benefits it brings. Think of it as a daily health and immune strengthening tonic. The immune formula is available in four or six month quantities. Until January 14th, you will receive a complimentary bottle of Milena Cold and Flu formula (a $70 value) when you order. If you haven't checked in with me for more than a couple of months, please do drop me a note so I know how you are doing.

Wishing you a healthy new year.
 christopher scipio
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holistic viral specialist
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Food Repentance

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I had a sad experience today. I was in a dollar store buying envelopes when I saw a family buying their groceries there. The cashier said lots of families buy their groceries there. There was nothing remotely healthy there. In the future I"d like to start an NGO to help poor people buy organic foods and/or lobby the government to start subsidizing organic food and heavily taxing junk food.

Somehow the message isn't getting through. Eating badly is self-abuse. We don't allow people to ride motorcycles without helmets, we restrict and tax cigarettes and alcohol, but we don't even tax junk foods as a disincentive. I also think we should restrict the advertising of junk foods especially targeted to children.

So even if no one"s listening I will regularly post my suggestions for living a holistically healthy life.

15- fast at least 1/2 day a week

You need to give your digestive system a rest just like every system in your body. In our society we eat too much so our digestive system is under way more pressure than ever designed for. And fasting is good for the soul as well.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The Big Shift

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The Big Shift

I’ve been resisting switching to powdered remedies for a long time- more than two years, because switching from my liquid remedies to powdered remedies meant more work and more expense for me, I was also not convinced that they would be as effective.

So I skeptically tested powdered remedies on many patients and was more than a little surprised to find out that they seem to be even more effective than the liquid remedies.

There were still other obstacles. Powdered remedies require 3-4 times as much herbs as do liquid remedies so I had to make sure that I could have a reliable and sustainable supply chain.

Powdered remedies are nothing new. Herbal draughts have been used for thousands of years in African, Chinese and Amazonian traditional medicine. They are versatile and can drunk like a tea, or added to water or oil or cream to be used topically, snorted as a snuff, burned like incense, bathed in, etc. My new powdered remedies are meant to made into a tea and made into a paste for use on sores. After getting the herbs, I wash the herbs, dry the herbs, grind the herbs in my Vitamix professional blender, and then custom blend the herbs for each patient’s specific needs, then bottle the herbs.

What finally convinced me to make the big shift is that I have several patients who are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq in difficult conditions. They asked me to make remedies for them that didn’t require being in a fridge and could withstand high heat without spoiling. The powdered remedies were perfect for the situation. I have also had patients who were traveling who also asked for powdered remedies.

My powdered remedies are alcohol free so they adhere to the stricter standards being enforced by the U.S. Postal Service and many airlines for hazardous goods and they do not conflict with people who cannot have alcohol for health, addiction or religious reasons. They are half the weight and so are easier to carry around. There’s no issue with the herbs settling at the bottom of the bottle. And they can last at least twice the time as liquid remedies without spoiling.

From now on and for the foreseeable future powdered remedies will be what I will be making for almost all of my Herpes and HPV patients.

Please do continue to give me your feedback and critique of the remedies, because of your feedback I am able to continue improving the effectiveness and ease of use of the medicine and that’s the whole point.

If you have never tried my immune formula or haven’t purchased any in the past 90 days and want some, I want you to experience my herbal draughts and will refund you back 50% of the cost of your first month of remedies if you order by August 7th. (There are other major discounts available if you buy a four or six month package of remedies).



Christopher Scipio

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Friday, November 07, 2008

First Four Editions of My Holistic Herpes Newsletter

I no longer have the time to blog regularly so I have started a monthly free holistic herpes newsletter instead. The first four editions are now on my site at http://www.natropractica.com/writings/index.html

There is also a link to subscribe to the newsletter if interested.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008

New Holistic Herpes Newsletter

I have started a new holistic herpes newsletter to broaden the message of de-stigmatizing herpes and to share insights, advice, recipes, encouragement and empowerment to our herpes community. I am especially trying to reach out to those who feel isolated or ashamed of having herpes with the message that there is support and solidarity to be found. Please do email me at holistic@natropractica.com if you'd like to receive the first edition of the newsletter and be added to the mailing list. And I would love your contributions if you are inspired to send in articles, poems, songs, laments, jokes, interviews, news, anything and everything to do with holistically living with herpes. Your contributions can of course be anonymous or under a pen-name. There are already more than 900 subscribers and the feedback from the first issue has been great so please do join us.
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Monday, April 14, 2008

Do You Dare to be Outbreak Free?

Do You Dare to be Outbreak Free?

It has been said that often what you get in life is what you expect to get. This is the root cause of why for example so many people who are born in poverty die in poverty, or why someone who has failed several times to quit a bad habit has a hard time believing that he or she can succeed the next time. Certainly the past doesn’t equal the future- sounds reasonable enough on paper. But whom am I trying to kid? We are emotional creatures and logic often cannot stand a challenge from deeply embedded feelings.

I see this challenge affecting many of my herpes patients and it affected me for many years too. In the film “The Shawshank Redemption” there was an older prisoner who had been in jail his whole life. When he was finally paroled he was petrified of the outside world and even tried to get himself re-admitted to prison. Finally he hung himself. The character played by Tim Robbins asked why this happened and Morgan Freeman’s character replied that it was “institutionalization”.

Anytime you get used to a certain series of events occouring whether it be the daily routine in prison or regular herpes outbreaks your mind becomes convinced of the certainty of those events repeating themselves. One of the hardest things to do in the world of human behaviour is to break the pattern of these expectations. It takes a lot of imagination and daring.

To be free of outbreaks one has to believe in a future without outbreaks. One has to see it, feel it, believe it. It has to be an unshakeable conviction because your mind knows when you are just going through the motions.

It’s hard to be convinced that outbreaks don’t have to be part of the experience of a life-long herpes infection- but it’s not impossible.

One approach that I know can work is what I call “incrementalism” or taking “baby-steps”. You may not be able to get to your goal in giant strides, but you can get there one tiny step at a time. If you are having outbreaks every month if you can manage to go one month without an outbreak that is a step in the right direction and a confidence builder, then make a two month reprieve from outbreaks happen, then try for three. Even if you have an outbreak after two or three months, don’t despair you are making progress and you can build on this. If you persist and don’t fall into despair with a set-back soon you will be going longer and longer periods of time without outbreaks.

In manifesting a different future for yourself it’s important to have the full support of your lover. One of the biggest obstacles to imagining an outbreak free future is the fear of giving herpes to your partner. Please do treat your herpes and please do practice safer sex with a condom/dental dam and an anti-viral gel, this will ease your mind, but it’s not enough. I stopped having outbreaks when my girlfriend at the time told me that she wasn’t afraid of getting herpes from me. This powerful declaration set me free.

I was no longer anxious when we were having sex. I never had an outbreak in the time we were together and have only had three in the past seven years, with only one in the past three years despite having a very busy and demanding holistic viral practice which often leaves me with no sleep and little time to eat on a regular schedule. If you have a partner who is very nervous about getting herpes from you, you may want to consider getting another partner or finding a way of addressing your partner’s fears because the anxiety from a fearful partner and your own fear of infecting an uninfected person will often be enough to keep the cycle of outbreaks happening.

The last piece of advice I have to offer in this note is to stop seeing yourself as a victim. You are a human being. You have power. Use your power. You can reprogramme your mind. You can change your expectations. You can make a peaceful accommodation with the herpes virus and ask it to stay dormant. You can holistically manage your herpes with diet, holistic stress management and herbal medicine or drug therapy. You can practice safer sex to protect your lover/s and yourself.

In fact you can do almost anything you believe you can. What a human being can do is almost unlimited. What most people choose to do is disappointing. Choose differently. Dare to live outbreak free.

Christopher Scipio
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Friday, April 11, 2008

90% of the Cells in Our Bodies are Viruses and other Microbes

From Discover Magazine

Your Body Is a Planet
90% of the cells within us are not ours but microbes'.
by Josie Glausiusz

We may not realize it, but each one of us is a walking ecosystem. Minuscule, eight-legged Demodex mites nestle head down inside the follicles of the eyelashes, feasting unnoticed on skin cells. Microscopic yeasts live on the tongue, teeth, and skin and in the intestine. Dormant viruses like herpes simplex may loiter for years inside nerve cells, and are in your body for life. Perhaps strangest of all are the self-replicating, viruslike pieces of DNA that infected ancient humans and still make up about 8 percent of our genome.

Most of the time we share our bodies harmoniously with the 90 trillion or so microbes. But sometimes the arrangement turns contentious, as when blood-sucking bedbugs, fleas, and lice invade, or when herpes simplex or human papillomaviruses cause surface membranes to erupt in nasty pustules or warts. Just taking antibiotics may disturb the ecosystem in our gut by killing not only disease- causing organisms but also good bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Living with microbes demands a biological balancing act. For the most part, though, we are blissfully oblivious to the microscopic life we carry around with us. Considering what those organisms look like, that may be a good thing.

1 Athlete’s foot fungus Trichophyton and Epidermophyton are filamentous, parasitic microbes that latch onto bare feet in communal showers. These species and their relatives can creep under the toenails and invade other areas of the skin, including the scalp and genitalia, where they trigger ringworm and jock itch.

2 Vaginal flora Beneficial bacteria—notably members of the Lactobacillus family—inhabit the vagina, secreting lactic acid and fending off hostile invaders like the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans.

3 Firmicutes and Bacteroides At least 500 species of bacteria, weighing about 3.3 pounds, live inside the human gut. The majority are from one of two phyla, the Firmicutes and the Bacteroides. They break down carbohydrates and make essential nutrients like vitamins K and B12. They also crowd out harmful bacteria. As Cynthia Sears at Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health says, “Just by mere force of numbers, the bad bugs are beat out by the good bugs.”

4 Human papillomavirus More than 100 types of human papillomavirus (HPV) can infect humans, causing a variety of warts from the common wart to plantar and flat warts. At least 30 strains of HPV are sexually transmitted, and the CDC estimates that at least 50 percent of sexually active men and women will be infected with genital HPV at some point. Of greatest concern are HPV types 16 and 18, which can cause cancers of the cervix, penis, vagina, anus, and rectum. The new vaccine Gardasil protects against the cancers caused by both HPV types.

5 Head lice Pediculus humanus capitis (the head louse) has been around for a long time: One ancient louse egg has been found attached to a strand of hair 10,000 years old. The flat, wingless insects are tiny (between one and two millimeters long—less than a tenth of an inch), suck on human blood, and cement their eggs, or nits, to our hair.

6 Dental streptococcus If you don't brush regularly, you probably have a biofilm of bacteria 300 to 500 cells thick on the surface of your teeth. The dominant species in this dental plaque are Streptococcus sanguis and S. mutans. Even if you brush diligently, these bacteria will still be there: They arrive soon after your teeth do and stay until they fall out. The bacteria ferment sugars and secrete gluey polymers that form the basis of plaque.

7 Demodex mites A little arthropod most likely lives in the follicles of your eyelashes, eating, mating, breeding, and rarely leaving—except perhaps for a sporadic nighttime walk around your face. Demodex mites—cigar-shaped, stumpy-legged parasites about 0.3 millimeter long—infest about 20 percent of people under 20. They are more likely to infect us as we age, so nearly all elderly people carry them.

8 Shingles Once you have had chicken pox, the virus, called herpes varicella-zoster, a memeber of the ehrpes family of viruses stays inside you forever, lying dormant in nerves near the spinal cord. Stress, aging, or a weakened immune system may reactivate the virus, which can then slink along nerve tracts, causing persistent pain and nasty skin rashes—a condition known as shingles. Research suggests that widespread vaccination against chicken pox, now common in the United States, may lead to a significant increase in shingles among the elderly.

9 Fossil viruses About 1/12 of our genome consists of stretches of DNA from viruses that infected our ancestors millions of years ago. According to epidemiologist Prescott Deininger of Tulane University, these and other parasitical, self-replicating pieces of DNA have evolved with us and can insert copies of themselves into our genome...

10 Staphylococcus On average, the skin supports about 1 trillion bacteria. The most common include staph, Streptococcus, and Corynebacterium, which metabolize sweat to produce body odor. Microbiologist Martin Blaser of the New York University School of Medicine sequenced the DNA of bacteria from the forearms of six people and discovered 182 separate species of bacteria. Most of those bacteria actually help to keep the skin healthy by competing with dangerous pathogens for nutrients. As Blaser explains, “I would hate to live without them.”

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Negotiation is the Path to making Peace with Herpes

Negotiation is the Path to Making Peace with Herpes

You need to make peace with your herpes. I understand the instinct to want to fight herpes, to “annihilate it” as one young man told me. I fought herpes for nine years and lost. I didn’t start winning my own personal battle with herpes until I made peace with it and with myself. You cannot win a war against herpes. Like Israel and Hezbollah or the Hutus and Tutsi or the Catholics and Protestants in Ulster you will have to find a way to peacefully co-exist. Herpes is for life, but how peaceful that life is up to you.

Negotiation is the path to herpes peace. Here are some rules of herpes diplomacy that I learned during my nine-year struggle. The same rules can apply when dealing with HPV or any other disease.

1. Treat your adversary with respect. Understand and recognize what herpes is and what’s its purpose in your body. You can review the chapter in my book entitled “The Mystical-Magical Herpes Virus” for a refresher.

2. Be willing to speak and listen openly and sincerely with the virus. There is a visualization exercise in the book to aide in this.

3. Negotiate in good faith with the virus to come up with a win-win situation for your mutual benefit. The deal I stuck with the virus was this: “I understand that you are in my body for life and I will stop projecting anger, bitterness and resentment towards you and in return I require that you conduct yourself like a well-behaved guest. If I treat my body well with the right diet and not allow myself to get too far out of balance you must agree to stay dormant”.

4. Practice Patience. Real peace agreements rarely happen overnight. Being impatient and anxious will show the virus that you are weak and desperate and will reduce your leverage in the negotiation.

5. Practice Perseverance. You must be in it for the long haul. You must have the commitment and stamina to see the peace process through. Whenever peace negotiations break down usually the situation on the ground worsens.

Peace is always better than war, especially a war you cannot win. With all the strife and suffering in this world, why not make your own body into a haven of peace?

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Christopher Scipio
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Holistic Viral Specialist
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why Some People are Afraid of Natural Medicine

My Top-Ten List of Why Some People are Hostile to Natural Medicine

Laziness

In this quick-fix, instant-gratification society some people are too lazy and too spoiled to do the actual work required to be healthy. It’s so much easier and so tempting to simply pop some pills hoping that that will somehow deliver health.

Drug Addiction

Between Coffee, Chocolate, Green Tea, Black Tea, Cola Drinks, Yerba Mate, Cigarettes and Alcohol, some people don’t go a day without some sort of stimulant drug or alcohol. For the people already addicted to these legal drugs embracing prescription or over-the-counter drugs is the natural choice.

Racism

Herbal Medicine and most of the holistic health modalities whether it is yoga, acupuncture, tai-chi, qi-gong, meditation, etc. were developed by the non-White, Non-European peoples of this world. Some people hostile to natural medicine are simply hiding a racist attitude that if something isn’t validated by a white man in a white labcoat then somehow it’s isn’t valid. I would much rather trust in the integrity of a Akan, Ibo, Mayan, Aborigine, Cree or Tibetian Bush Doctor/Traditional Healer than I would any scientist or drug company. Ironically the same scientists and drug companies that discredit the knowledge of the indigenous peoples of the world are the same ones dispatching ethnobotanists to every remote corner of the world to learn the secrets of Bush Doctors so they can patent them.

Sheep-ism

Some people are sheep and usually will only follow and seldom lead. They are not independent thinkers, and haven’t spent the time and energy needed to challenge the information being spoon-fed to them by the corporate media and the scientific community. This society is very affluent and if you don’t ask too many questions or make any trouble there are vast rewards available to you. Unfortunately holistic health isn’t one of them. For holistic health you need to listen to you body instead of authority figures. You need to connect to nature and to some sort of spiritual core. You need to be the leader of your own life.

Snake-Oil Salesmen

As written in my article “ The Natural Health Products Hustle”, there are too many snake oil salesmen in the natural health products market making false claims and dubious products. For anyone with a natural tendency to be skeptical of natural healing this provides all the excuse they need to be hostile.

Godlessness

Some people just don’t believe. Some people don’t believe in respecting nature, in respecting their bodies, in experiencing the connectedness between all things. For unbelievers such as these they will have a challenging time suspending their negativity and disbelief towards holistic healing and thus may never benefit from it fully.

The Anti-Christ Factor

Some people do believe. What they choose to believe in are the Gods of Science and Industry. They believe in the rape and pillaging of the environment, in factory farming, in genetically modifying food, in pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Their belief system compels them to see all things natural as heresy.

Stubbornness

Like George Bush with his Iraq War and Napoleon in his Russian Campaign, some people are too stubborn to admit when they’ve made a mistake or are on the wrong side of an issue. Forsaking Natural Medicine for synthetic factory medicine was a mistake and is a mistake. There is a place in healing for high tech equipment and synthetic drugs. In my opinion those options are for emergency situations or in situations where natural therapy has failed. They just have everything ass-backwards. Natural medicine is the real medicine and Allopathic Medicine should be used as “Alternative Medicine” and treated with the degree of skepticism currently reserved for Natural Medicine by the mainstream.

Fear

Some people are afraid of nature. They are afraid of anything untamed by man. If it isn’t slickly packaged, sterile, and dead, they are afraid. If it doesn’t come with the seal of approval of the government or the scientific community they are also afraid. Their fear keeps them dis-empowered.

Factory People Need Factory Medicine?

If you have lost your individuality and become a mass-produced factory person, eating mass-produced factory food, having mass-produced factory thoughts, then perhaps only mass-produced factory medicine will resonate with you. Perhaps it’s wrong to even try to convince you to eat organically or to heal yourself holistically. Maybe you have evolved into some kind of Darwinian nightmare that can only live on synthetic pleasures.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

On Herbal Medicine

On Herbal Medicine

On Herbal Medicine

In most cases getting an opinion on herbal medicine from a medical doctor is like getting an opinion on the bible from an atheist, or like getting an opinion on the talmund from an islamic cleric. It takes just as much if not more years of training and experience to become a competent herbalist as it does to become a competent physician.

Because more and more people are returning to herbal medicine because of the failure of synthetic medicine to treat their chronic health conditions, more and more medical doctors are becoming instant “experts” on herbal medicine offering their opinions to their patients without being qualified to do so. Most of their knowledge of herbal medicine comes second or third-hand since they have usually never made any herbal medicine themselves and have no clinical experience or training in practicing herbal medicine. Their training as a scientist is in complete opposition to holistic healing and the principles herbal medicine is based on.

So if you are interested in using herbal medicine to improve your health speak to an herbalist first, and if you can’t find an herbalist speak with a naturopath, but whatever you do, understand that your medical doctor is probably unqualified to speak with any authority about herbal medicine.

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Herpes: The Great Illuminator

Herpes: The Great Illuminator

I have written before about the positive aspects of having a life-long herpes infection, and there are several, today another one has made itself known to me.

Herpes can be a great illuminator.

When you are having an outbreak or herpes-related symptoms it can bring to the surface some of your deepest, darkest fears, insecurities and neuroses.

Some of the ones that my patients tell me that come up most often are insecurities about body image, memories of past sexual abuse, fear of not being desired/being unattractive, fear of rejection, fear of infecting others, fear of ridicule and fear of being outed.

If you were struggling with your body image before having herpes, having outbreaks sends that fear right up into the stratosphere. This is the proverbial double-whammy. For some people until they make peace with their feelings about their body they will not have the virus under control. For others, until they make peace with herpes, having outbreaks will make the schism between themselves and their body way worse and there will be no reconciliation between themselves and their body until making peace with the virus first.

For those who were the victims of past sexual abuse or who were coerced into sex-work as young people, having symptoms of outbreaks can bring some ugly, terrifying or emotionally paralyzing feelings up to the surface, some of them long-buried. If the person was infected with herpes as part of the sexual abuse or exploitation, that adds another huge layer to the issue. This is the most daunting of the herpes illuminations but it is better to have this illuminated and on the surface rather than repressed. Herpes can provide an opportunity to understand and work on this issue. Holisticallly healing your herpes can help change your relationship with yourself in an empowering way which can be part of a larger programme of healing these past wounds and vice-versa.

It’s very challenging, obviously to feel attractive and desired when having regular outbreaks or symptoms, this is one of the many reasons why having a supportive, understanding partner/s is crucial for someone with herpes and why I encourage people to let go of anyone they are having an intimate relationship with who isn’t supportive and understanding.

As human beings we tend to fear rejection more than almost any other fear. The advertising industry is largely propelled by re-inforcing this fear in order to sell everything from antiperspirants to plastic-surgery. It is especially crushing to be rejected for something you have no control over like race, height, or having herpes. Twinned with this fear of rejection is a fear of ridicule. There are a number of cruel people out there (thankfully only a small minority) who have said and continue to say harsh things about people with herpes. Most people are far more loving and tolerant than this but the fear of being ridiculed like the fear of rejection can get blown up way out of proportion.

The fear of infecting others in and of itself can trigger symptoms and outbreaks.
This is a healthy fear in so far as it can be a motivation for treating your herpes and practicing safer sex but you should not allow it to become an overwhelming fear or it may get in the way of reclaiming your sex life which is a important step in living a holistically healthy life with herpes.

We could all make the fear of being outed a thing of the past by coming out of the closet and talking about herpes, educating the general public about herpes and herpes prevention and by claiming our place in the sun as a majority of the population, but because we don’t do this, we have self-imposed on ourselves the status of a dis-empowered ashamed community. I am always amazed by how far some people will go to not have to out themselves as a person with herpes. People have the right to keep their private lives private, but many of the people in the public arena who willing admit to me in private that they have herpes won’t admit it in public and this includes radio and television talk show hosts, porn stars, sex-educators, health-care workers, etc.

Until gays and lesbians started coming out of the closet in the 60’s and 70’s they had no rights or influence in this society and so it will continue to be for us until we decide to change.

No matter how well you feel that you are doing on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels in dealing with herpes it won’t be until you are tested by outbreaks and symptoms that you will know where you truly are. Herpes is the great illuminator shining a piercing light on your deepest and darkest fears and insecurities related and un-related to “the gift”.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Please Help Tell the Truth About Herpes

6 out of 10 people have herpes.
Not 1 out of 5

Please do help spread the truth.
One of the ways of stigmatizing herpes and misleading the public
is pretending that people who get herpes on their face are somehow
not included in herpes statistics. This is especially dangerous when the majority of new cases of herpes above and below-the-waist are from oral sex by people who get herpes on their face.

Please do help spread the truth about the real herpes statistics. Post it on your blogs, tell your friends and loved ones, talk about it at herpes support groups and on online discussions, forward it to your email list, do whatever you are inspired to do. We will all be better off if the truth about herpes is more widely known.

I am starting a holistic herpes newsletter to help tell the truth about herpes, de-bunk the many myths and de-stigmatize herpes. If you may be interested in writing about your experiences, thoughts or feelings about herpes, wish to share your herpes diet recipes, or contribute in anyway, do let me know and your submissions can be anonymous or under a pseudonym to protect your privacy if need be.
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Saturday, October 20, 2007

A Clinical Study on the Stigma of Genital Herpes

Chronic genital herpes and disclosure…. The influence of stigma

Itnl Jf STD & AIDS, Sept 2007;18(9): 589-592 Bickford J.
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/rsm/std/2007/00000018/00000009/art00002
The objectives of this study were to assess the nature and effect of stigma
on disclosure of diagnosis to sexual partners among those with problematic
disease. Data from questionnaires and semistructured interviews were
collected and analysed. Data regarding anxiety were also collected using a
validated tool. Ethical approval was received from the Chelsea and
Westminster Healthcare National Health Service (NHS) Trust. Disclosure of
diagnosis tended to occur in the context of established relationships.
Herpes-related stigma was associated with non-disclosure of diagnosis to
sexual partners. The point prevalence of moderate to severe anxiety in this
sample was 32%. The use of suppressive medication did not affect anxiety
scores. In conclusion, the reaction to a diagnosis of genital herpes is
influenced by a socially constructed understanding and the decision to
disclose or not is influenced by this. Stigma is a barrier to disclosure of
genital herpes diagnosis. Management strategies aimed at encouraging
disclosure to partners must address perceived stigma.

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Herpes and The DMSO Deception

Herpes and the DMSO Deception

DMSO is a Dangerous, ineffective, un-natural and illegal therapy for the treatment of herpes.

I wrote an essay over a year ago called “The Natural Health Products Hustle: False Prophets chasing Profits”, to describe my dismay at seeing all the unethical businesses jumping into the new gold rush which is the “natural health products” market. You can read that essay here- http://www.natropractica.com/Natural%20Health%20Prducts%20Hustle.htm

What mostly happens with these companies is that they over-hype the effectiveness of their products which give cynics an excuse to criticize vitamins and supplements, but rarely are the products dangerous.

DMSO (di-methyl-sulfoxide) is an exception. DMSO is not an herbal medicine, vitamin or a supplement. It is a man-made solvent derived from the pulp and paer industry. Its main use is as an industrial solvent to clean heavy equipment. DMSO does have some medicinal uses, primarily for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, and to help race horses cope with the strain on their unnatural bodies.

Only pharmaceutical grade DMSO (USP) which is 99.9 pure is safe for use with humans, and it is only legal to sell or buy it with a prescription and it is only approved for human use by the FDA for use in the treatment of interstitial cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder).

Greedy companies unconcerned about the danger of DMSO get around this law by selling industrial and veternarian grade DMSO which is only 99% pure on the internet by pretending that they are selling it as a solvent for industrial use. No legitimate company or healthcare professional is involved in the promotion of DMSO as a treatment for herpes only the convicted felon Kevin Trudeau and another dubious author with a book fancifully entitled “Never and Outbreak”.

You may think that 99% pure DMSO sounds pretty pure, but actually it isn’t. DMSO is a great sub-dermal delivery system. It penetrates through your skin, through your cell membranes and is one of the few substances that penetrates your blood-brain barrier which protects your brain. 1% impurity makes any non-pharmaceutical grade DMSO too dangerous for human use. DMSO will also carry anything on the surface of your skin right into your body with it- bacteria, viruses, and toxins. DMSO also can burn and cause severe irritation to your skin.

DMSO has never been shown to be an effective therapy for the treatment of herpes either in peer-reviewed clinical studies or in clinical practice by those treating herpes. In my 16 years of treating herpes I have never met or heard of any herpes treatment specialist advocating the use of either DMSO or DMSO and hydrogen-peroxide therapy.

It’s bad enough to promote ineffective treatments to the general public but I consider it a crime to promote the use of unsafe therapies just for the sake of taking advantage of the huge population of herpes sufferers.

But some of the blame has to be placed on the shoulders of those who are buying DMSO for herpes treatment. Herpes is a lifelong viral infection and there are no-magical quick fixes for herpes. Those who either in desperation or ignorance look for gimmick treatments on the internet are putting themselves in a bad situation. If you need help with your herpes treatment plan turn to a professional instead of a anonymous internet company.

Herpes can only be managed over the long-term by either drug therapy or a holistic protocol involving dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes, and anchored with real-herbal medicine. Treating herpes naturally isn’t complicated at all but requires patience and effort on your part.

These are some of my thoughts on herpes and the DMSO deception. Below is some additional reference material on the dangers of DMSO.

Christopher Scipio
Homeopath/Herbalist
Holistic Viral Specialist
http://www.natropractica.com
http://www.herpesbook.com
http:://herpesnation.blogspot.com

“The major thing (outside of the fact that it is an *extremely* powerful solvent... which can carry any solute directly into the bloodstream) is that on exposure to air it forms a very high and toxic level of peroxides.
DMSO frequently causes a garlic-like body odor and taste in the mouth. Other reported side effects include stomach upset, sensitivity to light, visual disturbances, and headache. Skin irritation can develop at the site where DMSO is applied topically. Only highly purified, properly diluted DMSO should be used and the skin site as well as the applying hand should be thoroughly cleaned before application, because the solvent properties of DMSO allow contaminants to be absorbed through the skin and transported into the bloodstream. Improperly diluted DMSO can also burn the skin. Severe consequences could result if the impure industrial or veterinary grades of DMSO are used on humans.
Dr. James R. Crook, professor of medicine at the University of Alaska and a specialist in human diseases, expresses the fear that users of DMSO may be unaware of how fast the solvent and materials dissolved in it can penetrate the skin and other parts of the body. Because of the fast action, a substance which by itself might have limited or no effect could cause serious damage or death if accidentally or intentionally applied to the body in a DMSO solution.”

http://dogbert.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF4/442.html

“PRECAUTIONS
DMSO is neither a nutritional supplement nor an over-the-counter product; its use for the treatment of interstitial cystitis—performed by interstitial instillation—requires a physician with expertise in this procedure. Bladder instillation may be harmful in patients with urinary-tract malignancy. Those who receive long-term treatment with intravesical DMSO should have liver and renal function tests as well as ophthalmologic evaluation performed every six months during treatment. DMSO has been associated with lens changes in animals.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid using DMSO.
DMSO used as an industrial solvent is not medical grade.
ADVERSE REACTIONS
Adverse reactions reported in those using DMSO for treatment of interstitial cystitis include garlic-like taste, transient chemical cystitis, bladder spasm, discomfort, allergic reactions and anaphylactoid reactions. Adverse reactions for topical use include garlic-like taste, local dermatitis, nausea, vomiting, headache, burning eyes and sedation. Concomitant use of DMSO and sulindac may cause peripheral neuropathy.”

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/dim_0098.shtml

“DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE (DMSO):

DMSO is a by-product of the paper industry and is able to carry some drugs rapidly through the skin and other tissues. There are no FDA approved uses for DMSO in food-producing animals. Approvals do exist for uses in horses and dogs. Industrial grade DMSO is widely available for various non-medical uses such as paint remover and other solvent uses. DMSO is often found stored on dairy farms or mixed with other drugs intended for use in dairy animals. Such use may lead to an increased chance of drug residues, off odor and off flavor milk.

FDA considers the use of DMSO for any veterinary purposes other than approved uses in dogs and horses to be illegal. DMSO is an unapproved new animal drug which is unsafe to use in food-producing animals.

The storage or use of DMSO is a violation of itme 16 r.”

http://www.justsaywhoa.org/DrugReport.asp

“Dimethyl sulfoxide is a by-product of wood pulping and is frequently used as solvent in a number of chemical reactions. In particular DMSO proved to be an excellent reaction solvent for SN2 alkylations: it is possible to alkylate indoles with very high yields using potassium hydroxide as the base and a similar reaction also occurs with phenols. DMSO can be reacted with methyl iodide to form a sulfoxonium ion which can be reacted with sodium hydride to form a sulfur ylide. The methyl hydrogens of DMSO are somewhat acidic in character (pKa=35) due to the stabilization of the resultant anions by the sulfoxide group.
It is important to use caution in handling dimethyl sulfoxide, due to its strong solvent power and the ease with which it penetrates the skin. It is especially important to avoid contact with the mucous membranes.
In certain conditions, dimethly sulfoxide can produce an explosive reaction when exposed to acid chlorides.”

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to have Holistically Safer Sex

A Holistic Guide to Safer Sex

Have Sex:

A happy and life-affirming sex life is your God/dess given right. Don’t feel that you have to opt out of the joys of life just because you have a life-long herpes infection. It’s not easy to feel sexy when you are having regular outbreaks, especially if you are a woman, but it’s important to feel like a whole, clean, desirable person.

I’ve written before and I’ll write it again that having herpes or hpv doesn’t make you any less attractive, or sexy or moral or clean as you were before you got herpes or hpv. Perception can be very deceptive; especially the way many people choose to see themselves. You have the power to change how you see yourself for the better. If you want sex and are not having any symptoms of an outbreak or prodrome there’s no reason in the world not to have sex. Beyond the physical pleasures, intimacy is vital in this all too cold world.

Have sex but be responsible with your sexuality.

Whether or Not to have Safer Sex:

In my opinion, it is the right and responsibility of any two or more consenting adults about to start a sexual relationship, even if it’s a casual one, to have a conversation about whether or not they wish to practice safer sex. I encourage people to have safer sex but no one has the right to tell anyone what to do with their own body. Some people like taking risks; some are down-right self-destructive and destructive to others. Some choose to smoke cigarettes or do recreational drugs. Some eat junk food. Some watch Wrestlemania.

Whatever the two or more people about to begin a sexual relationship decide it should be a mutual agreement. Don’t leave it to assumptions or reading between the lines. Don’t have your head in the sand. Don’t fantasize that God or Spirit or good luck is a substitute for a safer sex strategy. Talk about it openly and decide what level of risk is appropriate for the situation.

Know Your Partner: Get Tested

Having sex with any person who hasn’t recently been tested for sexually transmitted infections including having blood tests for herpes, hepatitis, and HPV is like playing Russian roulette. Not only would you not know what you may be exposing yourself to, but the person in question may be in the dark themselves. Some people would rather not know than know. Knowledge is empowering and in this matter not knowing is simply foolish.

Don’t be intimidated to ask. In this day in age it isn’t disloyal or rude or unromantic to ask about someone’s sexually transmitted infection status. Make sure that you have been recently tested yourself if you are not in a long-term monogamous relationship.

If you do not know your partner’s test status it’s best to assume that they have at least one sexually transmitted infection and to govern yourself accordingly. If you do not know your test results you should also assume that you have at least one sexually transmitted infection and should take the appropriate precautions to inform and protect your partner/s.

Know Your Limits: Stick to Your Comfort Zone:

A lot of people, especially women, get intimidated by their partners into engaging in sexual acts that are outside of their comfort zone. Do not allow anyone to pressure you into doing anything you are not ready, willing and able to do. It’s your body, exercise the fullness of your rights.

It’s all a matter of choice. No one is less cool or less committed to any relationship by sticking to their own sexual boundaries.

Use a Condom/Dental Dam:

Safer sex means using a condom for genital, oral and anal sex if there is a penis involved or a dental dam or saran wrap if there isn’t a penis involved. If someone is allergic to latex there are polyurethane condoms available. For oral sex there are flavoured condoms as an option.

Please don’t use a condom that contains a spermicide as these tend to irritate your mucous membranes and make the people involved more likely to get a sexually transmitted infection.

Don’t develop a false sense of security with condoms/dental dams/saran wrap. These do not cover areas of the body that can still transmit and be vulnerable to infection, using an antiviral gel on possible transmission and infection sites can help lessen this possibility. For example if a man gets herpes sores in his pubic hair area or perineum or buttocks, wearing a condom will not protect his partner; using an antiviral gel will.

Condoms can also break or slip off. Using an anti-viral gel underneath a condom will help protect in the case of a broken or slipped-off condom. Using a water-based lube or anti-viral gel outside of the condom will reduce the likelihood of the condom breaking.

The condom should go on as soon as the clothes come off if not before.

Once a man has ejaculated, he should remove the condom from his penis and remove his penis from intimate contact with his partner as condoms are very likely to slip off as the penis becomes flaccid.

If you are practicing fisting, latex gloves are recommended.

Use an Antiviral Gel:

I have been treating herpes holistically for 16 years now, starting with my own. Even during the heady days four years past when I finally was able to put together an effective protocol for controlling herpes outbreaks, I was still left with a daunting challenge.

Yes, now I knew I could greatly limit the frequency and severity of outbreaks with the virus for myself and others, in fact I could keep many people outbreak free for vast stretches of time, but that still wasn't enough of a safeguard against infecting others with this lifelong viral illness.

The fear of passing herpes on to loved ones kept myself and keeps many others reluctant to have a sex life at all, and ironically, having a happy and active sex life is one of the best ways to keep the virus dormant. Happy, sexually active people are less likely to have outbreaks.

Condoms are of course a great tool in making sex safer. But there are problems with condoms, they can break or slide off. They don't offer much help if the man's site for herpes or genital warts are in locations other than the penis, i.e. buttocks, legs, etc.

We developed our own microbiocide with Carrageenan and other substances we were already working with in the protocol and developed our own formula. Our Red Marine Algae and Carrageenan Anti-Viral Gel is edible, completely non-toxic and can act as a lubricant. It is not meant as a replacement for condoms, it's designed as a supplement to condom use to make it less likely to infect your loved ones. It's effective for genital, anal and oral sex.

You use the gel as a barrier so the best way to use it in terms of heterosexual sex is for the man to put some on his penis and then put a latex condom on the penis. Then a small amount of gel would be applied to the labia of the woman and also inside her vagina. The gel should be reapplied every 30-45 minutes. Even after being sucked or licked there is enough of a coating of the gel to be effective for 30 minutes. The gel can be used as a barrier in anal sex, oral sex, lesbian oral sex and even for kissing.

The gel must be used with a latex condom or a dental dam/saran wrap. The gel is not a contraceptive and will not prevent pregnancy.

If you are a woman, regardless of whether or not you are sexually active you should place a small amount of the gel inside your vagina three times a day every day to help prevent outbreaks and viral shedding. If you are a man and have symtpoms after sex or masturbation you should apply the gel three tmes a day to the areas where you have previously ahd sores.

To inquire about ordering the gel email me or visit http://www.antiviralgel.com


Urinate After Sex:

It is crucially important for women to urinate as soon after sex as possible. I recommend that it be within 15 minutes of completing the act. Failing to do so on a regular basis can lead to urinary track and bladder infections.

I recommend that men follow this advice as well.

christopher scipio
homeopath/herbalist
holistic viral specialist
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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Risk and Herpes

I believe that it is misleading not to disclose risk even if that risk is considered to be small.

This is why the government requires drug companies disclose side-effects even when they are rare- so that people can have the information and make their own decisions on whether or not they wish to take that risk.

There is no such thing as perfect immunity, that is a myth. Having herpes does not guarantee that you cannot auto-inoculate yourself or be re-inoculated by someone else with the same or a different strain of herpes after antibodies are formed. The consensus is that the risk is small but there is no quantitative proof of just how small. We warn people to be careful of auto-inoculating their eyes and other body parts even though the risk is small. We warn people not to share wet towels or face-cloths even though the risk is small. We warn pregnant mothers about the risk of having an outbreak during delivery even though neo-natal herpes only happens in 1 out of every 5500 births.

I also believe that it is unethical to not warn people of your herpes status before being intimate with them, no matter if it's only for casual sex or sex-for-hire.

I understand the temptation to try and downplay the risks of herpes.

It's easier to stay in the closet and not advise people of the full spectrum of risks associated with herpes but I cannot support that practice. I believe in disclosure and allowing individuals to decide what risks they are willing or not willing to take.

Christopher Scipio
Homeopath/Herbalist
Holistic Viral Specialist
http://www.natropractica.com
http://www.herpesbook.com

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Love Can Set Your Free from Herpes

Love Can Set you Free from Herpes

The best prescription I can offer to anyone with herpes is find yourself in a relationship with someone who loves you unconditionally and isn't afraid of getting herpes from you.

Hear me well, I'm not saying someone who wants to catch herpes from you, but someone who isn't morbidly afraid of catching herpes from you.

The onus is still on you to protect your lover by managing your herpes.

The unconditional love from a non-fear based relationship will help set you free from herpes or anything else that may be ailing you.

christopher scipio
homeopath/herbalist
holistic viral specialist
http://www.herpesbook.com
http://www.natropractica.com

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Herpes Blog

Herpes Blog

Telling it like It Is

Holistic Herpes Treatment
Empowerment
Encouragement
Inspiration
Safer Sexuality

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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Herpes Treatment

Natropractica- The Holistic Herpes and HPV Specialist

A Simple, Natural, Herbal Medicine-based Treatment Plan for The Herpes family of Viruses from an Herbalist/Homeopath who has specialized in the Holistic Treatment of Herpes for 17 years.

Christopher Scipio , is the most experienced holistic practitioner treating the Herpes virus.

A homeopath and herbalist who hails from a long line of Caribbean natural healers, Scipio has during the last 15 years developed a very successful natural protocol in treating the Herpes family of viruses, which also include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epstein Barr, Shingles and HPV.

Scipio’s approach features a four step program which includes diet, appropriate exercise, supplements and individual herbal remedies which he creates himself. Although he has achieved remarkable results with this protocol, Scipio is the first to admit that he is not offering a magic bullet.

“We may not have a cure in our lifetime and I’m not really focussed on that. Rather my emphasis is on improving the quality of daily life for those people who are suffering from herpes or the related family of viruses. The resultant strengthening of the body’s immune system also insures that it is able to fight off anything else that it might be exposed to, and my safer sex protocol and antiviral gel ensures that the risk of infecting others is minimized.”


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Friday, August 03, 2007

What Most People are Afraid of Isn't Herpes

What most people are afraid of or hostile to isn't really herpes at all, but "the others". Our society is still very intolerant of anyone identified as "the others". Sometimes the others are a different race, sometimes they are people with mental illnesses or visible handicaps, sometimes they are people who make different sexual choices, often they are those who choose to believe in a different religion, sometimes it's those who believe in natural medicine rather than drugs. This time around its people with herpes. Intolerance is an epidemic disease that does far more damage than any medical disease. Being black I know what it's like being on the receiving end of intolerance, being a black man with herpes gives me a double dose of it.

Many people with herpes are afraid to disclose their herpes status even to lovers because of fear of being identified as "the others".

Don't let the haters of this world bring you down. Love yourself, love this world, love life itself.

Christopher Scipio
Homeopath/Herbalist
Holistic Viral Specialist
http://www.herpesbook.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Herpes: The GReat Illuminator

Herpes: The Great Illuminator

I have written before about the positive aspects of having a life-long herpes infection, and there are several, today another one has made itself known to me.

Herpes can be a great illuminator.

When you are having an outbreak or herpes-related symptoms it can bring to the surface some of your deepest, darkest fears, insecurities and neuroses.

Some of the ones that my patients tell me that come up most often are insecurities about body image, memories of past sexual abuse, fear of not being desired/being unattractive, fear of rejection, fear of infecting others, fear of ridicule and fear of being outed.

If you were struggling with your body image before having herpes, having outbreaks sends that fear right up into the stratosphere. This is the proverbial double-whammy. For some people until they make peace with their feelings about their body they will not have the virus under control. For others, until they make peace with herpes, having outbreaks will make the schism between themselves and their body way worse and there will be no reconciliation between themselves and their body until making peace with the virus first.

For those who were the victims of past sexual abuse or who were coerced into sex-work as young people, having symptoms of outbreaks can bring some ugly, terrifying or emotionally paralyzing feelings up to the surface, some of them long-buried. If the person was infected with herpes as part of the sexual abuse or exploitation, that adds another huge layer to the issue. This is the most daunting of the herpes illuminations but it is better to have this illuminated and on the surface rather than repressed. Herpes can provide an opportunity to understand and work on this issue. Holisticallly healing your herpes can help change your relationship with yourself in an empowering way which can be part of a larger programme of healing these past wounds and vice-versa.

It’s very challenging, obviously to feel attractive and desired when having regular outbreaks or symptoms, this is one of the many reasons why having a supportive, understanding partner/s is crucial for someone with herpes and why I encourage people to let go of anyone they are having an intimate relationship with who isn’t supportive and understanding.

As human beings we tend to fear rejection more than almost any other fear. The advertising industry is largely propelled by re-inforcing this fear in order to sell everything from antiperspirants to plastic-surgery. It is especially crushing to be rejected for something you have no control over like race, height, or having herpes. Twinned with this fear of rejection is a fear of ridicule. There are a number of cruel people out there (thankfully only a small minority) who have said and continue to say harsh things about people with herpes. Most people are far more loving and tolerant than this but the fear of being ridiculed like the fear of rejection can get blown up way out of proportion.

The fear of infecting others in and of itself can trigger symptoms and outbreaks.
This is a healthy fear in so far as it can be a motivation for treating your herpes and practicing safer sex but you should not allow it to become an overwhelming fear or it may get in the way of reclaiming your sex life which is a important step in living a holistically healthy life with herpes.

We could all make the fear of being outed a thing of the past by coming out of the closet and talking about herpes, educating the general public about herpes and herpes prevention and by claiming our place in the sun as a majority of the population, but because we don’t do this, we have self-imposed on ourselves the status of a dis-empowered ashamed community. I am always amazed by how far some people will go to not have to out themselves as a person with herpes. People have the right to keep their private lives private, but many of the people in the public arena who willing admit to me in private that they have herpes won’t admit it in public and this includes radio and television talk show hosts, porn stars, sex-educators, health-care workers, etc.

Until gays and lesbians started coming out of the closet in the 60’s and 70’s they had no rights or influence in this society and so it will continue to be for us until we decide to change.

No matter how well you feel that you are doing on the emotional, mental and spiritual levels in dealing with herpes it won’t be until you are tested by outbreaks and symptoms that you will know where you truly are. Herpes is the great illuminator shining a piercing light on your deepest and darkest fears and insecurities related and un-related to “the gift”.

christopher scipio
homeopath/herbalist
holistic viral specialist
http://www.natropractica.com
http://www.herpesbook.com
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Another Reason to Avoid Prescription Drugs Whenever Possible

Drinking water contains traces of nine drugs, new study finds

The Vancouver Sun 2004

Sarah Staples
CanWest News Service

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The federal government's first study of pharmaceuticals in drinking water will confirm traces of common painkillers, anti-cholesterol drugs and the antidepressant Prozac are ending up in the treated water that Canadians drink, CanWest News Service has learned.

A study by researchers from the National Water Research Institute for Health and Environment Canada, designed to gauge how efficiently plants removed traces of drugs from drinking water, found nine different drugs in water samples taken near 20 drinking water treatment plants across southern Ontario.

The drugs were mainly from a class known as "acidic pharmaceuticals," and included the painkillers ibuprofen and neproxin, and gemfibrozil, a cholesterol-lowering medication. Concentrations were in the parts per trillion -- comparable to one cent in $10 billion. "Barely detectable" levels of Prozac were also found.

The worst contamination came from treatment plants located near rivers or downstream from sewage treatment plants, as opposed to those plants sourcing water from lakes or groundwater.

The study has been submitted to the British scientific journal Water Research and is expected to be published sometime in the New Year.

While the amounts are well below prescription doses, experts from the NWRI say confirmation of even scant levels of a burgeoning assortment of drugs in Canada's drinking water is a troubling find warranting further investigation.

"It's kind of a brand new ball game and we don't know enough," said Jim Maguire, director of the institute's aquatic ecosystem protection research branch.

Residues of hormones are well known to disrupt the reproductive abilities of amphibians and fish. There is also suspicion that antibiotic residues working their way up the food chain may promote resistance to the drugs, while many other medications could harm fetuses, and people who are ill or infirm.

The effects of pesticides are better understood and regulated in Canada than personal care products, such as lotions and cosmetics, or prescription pharmaceuticals, said Maguire.

"You need to know how long lasting [the contamination is], and if it's being continually reintroduced -- but there's no country in the world that has enough information," he said. "We're kind of like where we were 25 years ago with PCBs and dioxides."

The government study is the first official acknowledgement of long-standing suspicions voiced by Canada's water-quality experts.

Transcripts obtained by CanWest News Service of a Health Canada-sponsored international workshop in 2002 show government chemists voicing serious concern over the possible negative effects of trace pharmaceuticals, at a time when U.S. and European studies were starting to reveal antibiotics and chemotherapeutics, drugs for epilepsy and depression, anti-inflammatory drugs, veterinary drugs, fragrances such as musk, and hormones in treated sewage runoff and tap water.

Informal private testing carried out last year on behalf of media outlets revealed residues of gemfibrozil and the anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine in tap water from towns and cities across Canada.

The federal government isn't testing for the full range of drugs that could be in Canada's potable water supply, preferring initially to limit its search to "acidic" drugs because they are easiest to spot using existing pesticide analysis techniques, said Kent Burnison, an NWRI microbiologist who co-wrote the study.

Ontario's water was surveyed not because of any special concern over its safety, but because samples had to be taken near NWRI's laboratory to preserve their integrity, he said.

The United States and Europe -- which acknowledged pharmaceutical accumulation several years before Canada began studying the phenomenon -- have already begun releasing the first disturbing results of experiments to understand the impact of drugs in the water on fish and wildlife.

In October, for example, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Environmental Protection, revealed 42 to 79 per cent of the male smallmouth bass from a section of the Potomac River known to harbour nicotine-related chemicals and caffeine traces have started producing eggs.

Studies in Colorado waterways recently encountered more examples of "intersex" males, as well as female fish that are having trouble reproducing.

The working hypothesis is that leftover estrogen from chicken droppings or human hormones, not traditional pollutants from agriculture or mining, are disrupting the fish's reproduction.

In Europe and Japan, scientists are turning their attention to devising ways of cleaning drinking water using new, hypersensitive nano-scale filtration materials.

Burnison's lab is in the midst of a multi-year study of the environmental impacts of the drugs found so far in Canada's drinking water.

With a growing and aging population of baby boomers who will rely increasingly on medication, water experts fear the problem may only get worse.

"You may prove that individual pharmaceuticals aren't doing that much [to the environment], but when you've got a 100 or more compounds together, what is the synergistic effect?" he said.

"Is it one plus one equals two, or does it equal three and four?"

FOUND IN THE WATER

Detectable levels of many common drugs have been found in Canadian drinking water.

- Analgesics ibuprofen and neproxin.

- Antidepressant Prozac.

- Anti-cholesterol medication gemfibrozil.

- Anticonvulsant drug carbamazepine.

- Traces of nicotine, caffeine and estrogen are detectable in some wildlife.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why I am not ashamed to Have Herpes

Why I am not Ashamed to have Herpes

Why Should I be?

I will not allow myself to be ridiculed, stigmatized or disrespected by others for having a disease. Disease is a natural part of life whether you are human, animal or plant. Nobody is exempt from disease, almost no one will live their full life without getting at least one sexually transmitted disease. These are the facts.

Some people are afraid of diseases and those who have them, that is an ancient, primal fear and one I understand well, but it doesn't excuse anyone from mean-spirited, ignorant behaviour towards those with diseases.

When I was a kid we made fun of "retarded" and "handicapped" people. i am deeply ashamed of that now, but children can be quite brutal. adults need to hold themselves to a much higher standard.

Those who make sick jokes about herpes are not only aping the same mentality as those who make racist or sexist jokes but they are also exposing their own lack of courage. It's much easier to ridicule the things you are afraid of rather than having the courage to face those fears. They are creating a stigma that causes millions of people with herpes unnecessary grief.

At least 60% of the population has herpes above or below the waist.
70% of the population will get hpv as genital warts or cervical dysplasia. 80% will get chlamydia at least once- most women will get it more than once.

All animals with backbones get herpes including cats, horses, elephants and salmon. Most animals without a backbone get herpes including worms.

Having herpes doesn't make me less moral, less attractive, less ethical, less worthy of respect, less sexy or less of a great catch, so why would I be ashamed to have herpes?

I am not afraid of my body. I know that sometimes I will get sick.. I know that my faculties will decline as I age and that i am destined to die. This is the beauty of life- the contrast and balance between health and disease, between happiness and sorrow, summer and winter, fullness and emptiness, life and death.

I am a natural person, I am not shamed or at war with any part of my body, including the herpes virus. I am at peace with the virus, my body and my place in this world as a person with a lifelong herpes infection.

I am most definitely not ashamed.

christopher scipio
homeopath/herbalist
herpes treatment specialist
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