Dr. Oz discussed a highly contagious, extremely exhausting and even deadly virus: The Epstein-Barr Virus. Almost everyone reading this article is infected with the Epstein-Barr virus, and we are only starting to understand it. From the moment you are born, you are the prefect target for Human Herpes Virus 4 or the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Around 95% of us are infected with EBV by the age of 40, and unfortunately we have no cure for the Epstein-Barr Virus. If you catch EBV as a child, you won’t show any signs, until sometimes as a teen EBV will flare up as mononucleosis (“mono” or “the kissing disease”)… did you know that you don’t necessarily get mononucleosis from kissing? In most people though, EBV lies dormant and most people don’t even realize they have it in their bodies. Epstein-Barr Virus is very serious though, because it may be responsible for some cases of multiple sclerosis and even cancer.
Laurie was frequently sick in her early 30’s. Soon after she got married, her sicknesses would not stop; she was sick at least once a month. Laurie was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr Virus. Before too long, she was exhausted constantly, no matter when she went to bed, she could not physically get herself out of bed. One day she finally went to the emergency room and found out she had a large tumor in her chest. All she could think about was her then 3-year-old boy. Laurie had surgery to remove the tumor, which was as big as a football, and she found out it was a non-hodgkin’s lymphoma… cancer. She believes in her heart that this cancer was caused by her Epstein-Barr Virus. Laurie has now been cancer-free for 2 years, but is still exhausted. She says that most people off of chemotherapy this long are feeling much better, but her fatigue is extreme and has only progressed over time (a strong sign of Epstein-Barr Virus).