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Viral Infections: What is a cure?

Many people are asking "I am taking an antiviral treatment. Will it cure me?" The following section is attempting to answer this question.

To start with, it is beneficial to understand that infection with a virus, is "caused by the presence of a virus in the body. ... The vast majority of human viral infections can be effectively fought by the body's own immune system..."(Medterms.com) (1)

"Skin, the largest body organ, provides both a physical and a chemical barrier against the outside world. The skin forms a protective layer that completely wraps around the body, shielding blood vessels, nerves, muscles, organs, and bones." (humanillness.com) (2) Skin is normally the body's first line of defense against viruses.

However, many viruses have learned how to penetrate this first line of defense. In fact, the CDC says that these viruses are transmitted through "... skin that looks normal." (3)

Think of two armies, one is trying to protect a piece of land, and the other is trying to invade and conquer. The protecting army is the immune system, and the invading army is the virus. If the immune system army is capable of preventing the virus army from establishing a post, or a "beach head," on the immune system's territory, then the immune system has won.

Another case is where the invading viral army is able to conquer a small piece of the land and bring it under its control. Let us call this piece of land the home base. Scientists call this case viral latency. Most of the land is free of foreign soldiers, but from time to time, some foreign soldiers sneak out of the home base and attack local targets. The observed damages that these foreign soldiers inflict on local targets, or the observed fights in these local targets between the two armies is what the medical profession calls a symptom. A symptom is no more than a local scrimmage between the immune system and the virus.

A collection of one or more symptoms is called a disease.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a cure as a treatment method that brings about a "recovery from a disease" or "remission of signs or symptoms of a disease especially during a prolonged period of observation." (Merriam-Webster.com) (4)

Using our two armies example, when the immune system army is able to destroy the foreign forces attacking local targets, the symptoms disappear. Such an event is called a recovery or remission.

However, a treatment method that does not destroy the home base is not a cure! After all, the foreign forces can continue to sneak out of the home base and attack local targets, that is, cause new symptoms, outbreaks, flare-ups, outburst, fever, etc. Note that even the Webster dictionary fails to distinguish between cure and remission.

A vaccine is an example of a cure. A vaccine is a "preparation of targeted microorganisms, living attenuated organisms, or living fully virulent organisms that is administered to produce or artificially increase immunity to a particular disease." (Merriam-Webster.com) (5) In other words, a vaccine is a treatment method that boosts the immune system and helps it recognize and completely destroy the invading foreign forces. Since a vaccine prevents the invading forces from establishing a home base it is regarded a cure.

There are other treatment methods, such as drugs, for instance Acyclovir, also called Valtrex, procedures, such as Cryotherapy, Conization, and LEEP, and dietary supplements, such as Gene-Eden-VIR. These treatments target the foreign, viral soldiers.

However, they are different. Current antiviral drugs target the active virus. Gene-Eden-VIR targets the latent virus. In terms of the the two armies, current drugs target the foreign forces outside the home base, those that attack local targets. They are ineffective against the foreign forces in the home base. These drugs are therefore effective in decreasing symptoms and bringing about a remission. In contrast, Gene-Eden-VIR targets the foreign forces in their home base, and therefore, can, in some cases, cure the person from the latent viruses.

In some cases, Gene-Eden-VIR can boost the immune system to 100% efficiency, and help the body eliminate (or clear) all latent viruses of a specific type, that is, those in the home base. When the person is free of all the latent viruses, there are no viruses left, no symptoms will develop, and no disease.

However, sometimes, Gene-Eden-VIR does not boost the immune system back to 100% efficiency. In these cases, some latent viruses still remain in the body. If the immune system is strong enough to hold the foreign forces within their home base, there are no scrimmages, that is, no symptoms will develop, and no disease. When this happens, this person is not free of the latent virus, but he experiences a long term remission.

What about the Cryotherapy, Conization, and LEEP procedures against abnormal cells?

In general, these procedures use liquid nitrogen, a surgical knife (scalpel), a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, or electrical current to remove the abnormal cells. These cells harbor active viruses, such as HPV and herpes virus. The procedures don't target the cells with the latent virus, what we called the home base cells. Since they only remove active viruses, they produce a temporary remission, not a cure.

What about antiviral topical treatments against warts or sores?

When effective, topical treatments, such as creams, foams, gels, lotions, or ointments, target the active viruses in the abnormal growth. Topical treatments cannot be used to target the latent viruses hiding deep in the body. Since they only target active viruses, these topical treatments may produce a temporary remission. They cannot offer a cure.

Only a treatment that targets the latent viruses deep in the body can help a person become free of the virus.

Finally, the mission of the CBCD is to "To advance the research on the biology of foreign DNA, and accelerate the discovery of a cure for the foreign DNA diseases."

We are excited about Gene-Eden-VIR since it fits this mission. It targets latent viruses, and therefore, decreases the number of foreign N-boxes in infected individuals. See more on N-boxes here.

Learn more about Acyclovir, here.

Learn more about Gene-Eden-VIR, here.

References:

(1) http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11557

(2) http://www.humanillnesses.com/General-Information-and-Infectious-Diseases-A-Co/Body-Defenses.html

(3) http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/STDFact-herpes-detailed.htm

(4) http://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cure

(5) http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaccine

 


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