by Julie Powell
You remember the uncomfortable experience of having chickenpox as a child. And itís just that, a memory that marks your childhood. Think again. After you get chicken≠pox, the varicella-zoster virus becomes dormant in certain nerve cells, yet the same virus can cause shingles to occur years later when it reactivates in the nerves. Although the reason the virus becomes active again is unclear, there is no doubt that shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash. In severe cases, shingles can cause debilitating pain and even temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis in the area where shingles occurred.
Shingles can occur at any age, but those who had chickenpox before age one, who are older than 60, or have a weakened immune system are more likely to develop the condition. Commonly prescribed treatments include antiviral drugs, such as acyclovir and/or anti-inflammatory medicines like prednisone. Unfortunately, these medicines can cause negative side effects and create a resistance to viruses over time.
Healthy Living recently interviewed renowned homeopath Robert Scott Bell, D.A. Hom., on the benefits of silver hydrosol and silver first aid gel for addressing the virus that causes shingles.
Why should we be concerned with the commonly prescribed drugs for shingles?
Antiviral drugs have a deleterious impact on normal, healthy cellular reproduction, along with an increased burden on the liver. Over time, antivirals have also stimulated resistance, rendering them pretty much useless, similar to what has happened with overprescription of antibiotics.
How does silver work against viruses?
Actively charged silver nanoparticles or cations (positively charged ions) can bind to the protein capsid structure surrounding the virus. This interaction renders the virus unable to replicate. Along with the active charge, if the particles are small enough, as they are in a bio-active silver hydrosol, they can penetrate the virus and bind to the genetic material, again rendering the shingles unable to replicate.
Does silver have any side effects?
I would call them side benefits, because once the viral particles are no longer viable, your immune system can return to watchdog status. Now, the excretory pathways have to be up to speed. It is important to recognize that with successful immune intervention, circulating viral debris must be removed from the body. This is why I recommend increasing selenium levels in the body. We need at least 200 mcg daily, preferably from brazil nuts or a 100 percent whole food supplementation. Homeopathic liver drainage remedies are also a good consideration.
What protocol do you recommend for silver?
Where is the point of foci? Topical application of Sovereign Silver First Aid Gel would be appropriate to address an outbreak of shingles wherever it is visible. There is always a systemic immune component with the reactivation of the varicella virus, so oral consumption of the silver hydrosol is equally important. Just one teaspsoon held sublingually for about a minute before swallowing every waking hour while in the throes of the outbreak can help. Spread doses out as symptoms improve. You may also wish to include some homeopathic medicines as a powerful adjunct in recovery. These might include Rhus toxicodendron, Hypericum perforatum and the herpes varicella-zoster nosode. (A nosode is a homeopathic remedy created from some element of the disease itself.)
What is your personal experience with patients?
I have seen silver hydrosol application and ingestion shorten duration and severity of outbreaks. In cases where response seems sluggish, it is typically due to a congested liver, which exacerbates an already overloaded and stressed system. It is important to also consider the emotional stressors that play a significant role in viral reactivation of latent or dormant chicken pox virus. Why?
When you live in a prolonged state of high stress, it depletes the key minerals that tend to keep viral activity to a minimum. So remineralization is always recommended for recovery.
If you feel like you may be susceptible or on the verge of a shingles attack, you can prophylactically begin frequent dosing with silver. Longer term prevention for those vulnerable would include using one teaspoon three to five times daily.
Do you recommend a particular silver supplement?
I do because of the purity, particle size and energy. I always try to be efficient with anything I use for healing. Sovereign Silver isolates only the active state of silver in the smallest particle size and purest of water, thus allowing only 10 parts-per-million to behave as if it were 500 parts-per-million without concern for bio-accumulation. Thatís why I am even comfortable giving it to my children in support of their immune system.
Sovereign Silver, Silver Hydrosol and Silver First Aid Gel are available at health food stores, natural lifestyle retailers and select natural pharmacies nationwide. Visit www.SovereignSilver.com or call 888-328-8840.
Homeopath Robert Scott Bell hosts the fastest two hours of healing information on radio, dealing with everyday health issues from the perspective of alternative/ holistic health care. The Robert Scott Bell Show airs weekdays on www.NaturalNewsRadio.com and Sundays on www.GCNLive.com. Learn more at www.RobertScottBell.com
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