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Fatigue causing Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6): A Viral Co-infection of Chronic Lyme Disease

And Its Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Fatigue, and Cancer
HHV-6, a human herpes virus, was first reported in 1986 and is now considered among the most prevalent of human herpes viruses. It comes in two variants HHV-6A and -6B, and though similar, there areclear differences in their epidemiology and pathogenicity. HHV-6B is acquired in early childhood (often in daycare centers) and is responsible for infecting up to 90% of most populations during infancy. HHV-6A behaves quite differently as it is generally not seen until adulthood. Both versions of the virus can be found in saliva and are presumably spread this way as well. Immunocompromised patients including those who have received new organs, bone marrow, or HIV positive have the greatest risk for severe HHV-6 complications and chronic Lyme disease patients.

How Does HHV-6 Work?


HHV-6 attacks diverse types of cells including CD 4 lymphocytes, natural killers, oligodedrocytes, CD 8s, and microglials. The difficulty with treating HHV-6 is the fact that it is not only immune suppressive, but it also can activate other viruses in the body. When HHV-6 is dormant, it can be found in the salivary glands, kidneys, or brain.

CFS, Fibromyalgia, and Autoimmune Disease Symptoms Linked to HHV-6


HHV-6 has been linked to idiopathic illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It was observed in one study that 30 percent of CFS patients tested positive for HHV-6 and after a series of follow-up tests, it was discovered that an additional 20-40 percent were also positive after initially showing no trace of the virus. The obvious association between HHV-6 and CFS reaffirms a much broader link between infection and chronic disease. One study suggests that a "smoldering" central nervous system (CNS) infection may play a role in conditions that plague millions of Americans. A doctor at Jikei University Medical School in Tokyo identified a novel human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) protein, present in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) that is a likely contributor to the psychological symptoms that are so often associated with the disorder. It was also found that 71 percent of Chronic Fatigue Symptom patients had antibody SITH-1. What is so remarkable about this discovery is that 53 percent of depression and 76 percent of bipolar disorder sufferers have the SITH-1 antibody. HHV-6 is one of the infections found invirtually all Chronic Lyme Disease patients a chief contributor to fatigue and other neurological symptoms. Antibiotics do not affect this or other herpetic viruses.

HHV-6 as a Potential Causative to Chronic Lyme Disease, Parkinsons, and Alzheimers


Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinsons, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) increasingly appear to be catalyzed, at least in some cases, by viral infections. Tied to many neurologic problems including encephalitis and mesial temporal lobe epilepsy is neurotropic virus HHV-6. Nevertheless, HHV-6s route into the central nervous system remains inconclusive. However, among various brain regions examined, the highest frequency of HHV-6 DNA can be routinely identified in the olfactory bulb/tract region. While further tests must be conducted, the olfactory pathway does seem likely as at least one pathway for HHV-6 to move into the CNS.

HHV-6 Infection: Its Role in One Childs Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia


Evidence continues to mount that suggests viral infections could play a major causative role in some childhood leukemia. In one recent case, a childs acute lymphoblastic leukemia came only two months after an HHV-6 infection was detected.

HHV-6 Attacks p53 giving rise to cancers


Protein p53 is a critical component of cell cycle regulation. Naturally, it also serves as the bodys premiere tumor suppressor a major player in helping the body prevent cancer growth. How does p53 work? When DNA damage is detected by p53, the protein snaps into action. Its typically low levels rise quickly to initiate effective measure to protect the body by binding to sites in the genome and halting cell division completely, until the damage can be repaired. Should the damage have progressed too far for repair, p53 then triggers apoptosis, queuing cell self-destruction, thus ending the problem in the immediate.

HHV-6 Viral Co-infection of Chronic Lyme Disease: Immunity and Cancer Implications
HHV-6 infection has been shown to be a regular perpetrator in altering regulatory influences in cell proliferation. The more research that is done, the more support is gained for the contention that viral infections exert significant stress in such regard.

Envitas Fully Engages Chronic Lyme Disease Complex and Its Dangerous HHV-6 Co-infection
Envita clinical experience in testing chronic Lyme disease patients shows many have activated forms of co-infection viruses such as HHV-6. That means that many Lyme sufferers are likely carriers of this infection as well as others. Biofilm communities and immunodeficiencies could make HHV-6 and other virus actively replicate. Envita advanced diagnostic tools are capable of testing for a variety of infections like HHV-6, and examine whether it is a causative factor for other maladies, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We utilize the most effective therapies from around the world to modulate and boost immune function in patients suffering with HHV-6 or those who are immunocompromised and at risk of contracting it.

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