Our SHINGLES Health Protocol

A shingles infection comes from the varicella zoster virus {more commonly known as Herpes zoster}. In outbreaks, shingles typically appears in areas supplied by spinal nerves and is notably characterized by a horribly painful, blistering skin rash.

The initial viral infection occurs during childhood, long before any shingles outbreak happens. It’s referred to as Chickenpox. For decades following a Chickenpox infection the varicella virus can remain dormant within nerve cells, but then break out of the cell, travel down the nerve axons and cause a shingles outbreak.

When either left alone or treated with Western Medical interventions {analgesics/pain meds, antiviral agents like acyclovir, and corticosteroids} the rash will generally heal in two to four weeks without any significant side effects. Only a small percentage of outbreaks result in postherpetic neuralgia, a residual nerve pain syndrome that can continue for months or even years.

However, if managed naturally, shingles symptoms can be eradicated in as swiftly as a few days.

Step 1. Decrease overall inflammation

  • SBI Protect Powder (Ortho Molecular) 1 scoop 2 times per day – SBI Protect is the only purified, dairy-free source of immunoglobulin G (IgG) available as a dietary supplement. Pure IgG helps to maintain a healthy intestinal immune system by binding a broad range of microbes and toxins within the gut lumen
  • Curcu Clear (Conners Clinic Private Label) 2-4 capsules per day – Curcu Clear contains a unique, bioavailable combination of curcuminoids (the most protective and highly researched parts of the turmeric root): curcumin, bisdemethoxy curcumin and demethoxy curcumin, along with turmeric oil. This patent-pending formula exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pro-apoptotic (aiding in normal cell death) capabilities.
  • Limitless (Alovéa) 4 capsules per day, increase as symptoms require – Limitless contains a targeted concentration of beet root extract—with “nature’s anti-inflammatory,” betalains—found to reduce inflammatory markers by up to 47% in a clinical study.

Step 2. Supplement with Antioxidants & Vitamin D

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  • Clear ImmunoPlus  (Conners Clinic Private Label) take 6 capsules in divided doses per day – Clear Immuno Plus is an herbal formula that is designed to support healthy immune system function during cold and flu season. It contains herbs that support normal natural killer (NK) cell activity and the balance of cytokines, which are the regulatory proteins released by immune cells as part of a normal immune system response.
  • Liposomal Vitamin C (Designs for Health) 4 mL or 4,000mg per day, hold each mL in mouth for 30 seconds before swallowing – Liposomal Vitamin C offers superior absorption and bioavailability including the ability to penetrate the blood brain barrier.
  • Buffered C Capsules (Ortho Molecular) take 4 capsules per day – Vitamin C supports the immune system, adrenal function, collagen formation for healthy skin, cardiovascular health, and the neutralization of free radicals. Buffered C Capsules are balanced with calcium, magnesium and potassium to reduce the potential of gastrointestinal upset.
  • ADK Evail™(Designs for Health) take 3 gel capsules or 15,000 IU per day – ADK Evail provides a synergistic combination of vitamins A, D, K & E to support the balance of fat-soluble vitamins in the body and to help promote bone, heart, and immune health.

3. Increase Intake of Fruits & Vegetables

Diets low in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. can increase the risk of shingles by depressing the immune system.

A British research study found a strong link between low fruit intake and an increased risk of shingles. In fact, people who ate less than one piece of fruit per week had more than three times the risk of a herpes zoster outbreak compared to those who ate more than 3 pieces of fruit per day.

In conclusion the study found that “A cocktail of nutrients such as those found in fruit and vegetables may act together, particularly in older individuals, to maintain immune health and prevent zoster.”

Struggle to eat enough fruits and veggies? These supplements will help:

  • Greens First – Greens First is a complete phytonutrient and antioxidant supplement that provides 49 different super foods, extracts and concentrates including super-greens, organic fruits & vegetables, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids and digestive enzymes.
  • Clear MultiMin Plus (Conners Clinic Private Label) – Clear MultiMins Plus contains highly absorbable minerals in balanced ratios designed to prevent competition between minerals for absorption.

4. Use Natural Topicals for Surface Outbreaks and Postherpetic Neuralgia

  • Peppermint Oil (Young Living) – Used topically, Peppermint oil creates a cool, tingling sensation on the skin, making it a favorite for sports massage and pain relief.
  • Body Pain Relief CBD Lotion (Pavate) – The patent-pending blend contains 2x the amount of CBD and 10x more major and minor cannabinoids that specifically target pain and relief.
  • Capsaicin Cream (Remedy Oil CBD – NOT AVAILABLE AT CONNERS CLINIC) – Apply topically as needed for symptom relief. One can combine with DMSO for deeper penetration and anti-inflammatory support, if desired.

Step 5. Access Light/Light Frequency Therapy

  • Sunlight (Good ‘ol sun-tanning) – Ultraviolet B (UVB) light offers immunomodulatory effects for neuropathic pain and its pathogenesis. Consistent low-dose exposure to ultraviolet light reduces systemic inflammation and improves the adaptive T-Cell and B-Cell immune response to both viral and bacterial infections.
  • Rife Light Therapy Programs (TrueRife Equipment) – Each TrueRife machine comes with built-in programs for a wide array of maladies, with a number of programs specifically designed for Shingles, Herpes Zoster, pain, inflammation and viral infections. Run these programs as often as possible, with the bulb in close proximity to the affected area.

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