Many of the mysterious, chronic illnesses that plague humans, such as MS and schizophrenia, may be caused by a viral infection.
But not a viral infection caused by being exposed to a virus in our external environment. There’s strong evidence now that these mysterious disorders are arising from viruses that are already encoded by our DNA. The genetic instructions to make these viruses are inherited in our genetic code when we are born, just like any other gene is inherited.
Genetic sequencing of the human genome has revealed that our DNA harbors approximately 100,000 retrovirus sequences that are permanently hard coded into our DNA. They are called, “Endogenous Retroviruses” or ERVs.
For the most part, these sequences are silenced. They are dormant…until awakened.
Once triggered, the genetic instructions in our DNA for a given ERV is turned on and our cells become virus making factories. These viral particles go on to infect other cells in our body. Our immune system is then activated to fight the tissues that are producing the viral infection. This causes inflammation and long-term tissue destruction, which gives rise to disorders like MS and Schizophrenia.
What can trigger ERVs to become activated? The list includes: earlier infections by another virus (herpes, toxoplasma, cytomegalovirus, influenza, and a dozen others); and other stressors on our immune system that cause inflammation (infection, cigarette smoke, pollutants, exposure to toxic chemicals, stress). For example, an early infection in a newborn can awaken an endogenous retrovirus, and cause health issues decades later.
As an example – there is an ERV which is directly associated with MS and Schizophrenia. This ERV is named ‘human endogenous retrovirus W’, or HERV-W, and it is hard-coded into our DNA at specific addresses on chromosomes 6 and 7. Our DNA harbors dozens of copies of the instructions for this particular virus. Normally, this virus is dormant. At least a dozen studies have found that HERV-W is active in people with MS. In addition, HERV-W in found in the blood of 49 percent of people with schizophrenia. These disorders bare the hallmarks of tissue damage caused by inflammation.
These findings raise the question of whether other autoimmune disorders are caused by activated ERVs. For example, there is strong data that correlates Alzheimer’s with an oral bacteria that causes infections in the gums. Could this oral infection be an immune system trigger that allows an ERV to come out of hibernation? What about inflammatory bowel syndrome? Lupus? Type 1 Diabetes? Arthritis? There’s still a lot that we don’t know about ERVs, but we do know that they are wreaking havoc on our health in multiple ways.
So, what should we do when we are battling against information that is already present in our DNA from the time we are born?
Here is what I would recommend:
1. Remove as many toxic chemicals from your diet and household as possible. Replace with natural, safer alternatives. This will lower the oxidative and inflammatory load on the body.
2. Introduce anti-inflammatory foods, oils, and supplements into your nutrition. Avoid frequent consumption of inflammatory foods such as fried foods, white breads, pastries, sugar, margarine, and processed foods. Anti-inflammatory foods that you should incorporate into your health plan include:
- Nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts)
- Leafy greens
- Fruits and vegetables (blueberries, broccoli, oranges, tomatoes)
- Fatty Fish
- Olive Oil
- Green Tea
- Dark Chocolate
3. Introduce antioxidants into your supplement program. Good sources of antioxidants include:
- Reduced glutathione
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Certain essential oils possess very strong antioxidant capabilities due to their conjugated bond structure and phenolic-ring content.
- Coenzyme Q10
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to send me an email at DrDougCorrigan@gmail.com. I will do my best to help.
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