by Dr. Bill Rawls
Posted 12/22/21

Chronic Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) often seems to go hand in hand with Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses. Here, Dr. Bill Rawls discusses why some people struggle with the virus more than others and herbs you can take to help normalize your immune system functions. Check out our guide to EBV here.

Video Transcript

Question: What is the best treatment for chronic Epstein-Barr virus?

Carin Gorrell: Let’s talk a little bit about EBV. This is one Epstein-Barr virus. We get a lot of questions about this one. We know a lot of people struggle with it. So Wendy asks, “What is the best treatment for chronic EBV since it’s a virus and not a bacteria?” I think that’s an interesting question.

Dr. Rawls: Well, that’s a nice thing about the herbs again, is you have really wonderful antiviral properties. Reishi mushrooms, which I consider mainly an immune-modulating or immune-balancing adaptogen, have some really nice antiviral properties that have been well documented. Andrographis, wonderful antiviral properties. Neem, wonderful antiviral properties against herpes-type viruses.

So when you have reactivation of many of these viruses like Epstein-Barr and CMV, the antiviral drugs don’t work for them anymore. They will for acute infections, and they do for certain chronic infections like genital herpes or herpes zoster with shingles, but they don’t work for Epstein-Barr, and they don’t work for CMV. It’s really because each of these viruses has particular characteristics of what types of cells they stay dormant in and where they’re located in the body.

So Epstein-Barr typically stays dormant in salivary tissue and lymphoid tissue in the body. But everybody’s got this thing. Most of it, we pick it up when we’re children. We don’t even know about it. If you happen to not get it as a child and get it as an adult when your immune system is down, you can end up with mononucleosis. Mononucleosis does respond to antiviral therapy.

Reactivation of Epstein-Barr as a chronic infection does not. So, typically, if you look for it, most people will have reactivation of Epstein-Barr, and it is because of this whole thing that once you disrupt the immune system, the immune system cannot contain these things anymore so they come back out. But it’s not just Epstein-Barr. It is other viruses, too. You’ve got a full range of viruses, and I think there are probably a lot of things that we don’t know about. Viruses are still undiscovered country. We’re just understanding viruses.

Our environment is littered with viruses. Every surface that you touch has viruses. There are viruses everywhere outdoors. Every time you take a breath, you get viruses that you inhale. Now, fortunately, the thing about viruses is they’re cell specific so most of the things that you pick up can’t connect with your cells, so they can’t do anything to you. But viruses have been loading up in the environment. They’re very resilient. The entire earth is covered in viruses.

But I think there are viruses that we don’t know about yet that do affect us that can cause chronic infections. So, again, that’s a really nice thing about the herbs. The herbs have some direct antiviral properties, but the big thing, the key to this thing is restoration of normal immune system function. So once you get your immune system back, it can contain these things again. You’re not going to eradicate them. I mean, that’s just all there is to it. You have to have a healthy immune system to contain these things. Remarkably important.

Dr. Rawls is a physician who overcame Lyme disease through natural herbal therapy. You can learn more about Lyme disease in Dr. Rawls’ new best selling book, Unlocking LymeYou can also learn about Dr. Rawls’ personal journey in overcoming Lyme disease and fibromyalgia in his popular blog post, My Chronic Lyme Journey.



Great article that makes some important points.  Viruses are everywhere and you are NOT going to eliminate them.  A ZERO COVID policy is impossible for this reason and all the lockdowns, masks, and human endeavors fly in the face of this scientific fact.  We’ve lived with viruses from the beginning and we will continue to live with them till we are 6 feet underground.  Get used to it.

The important point of getting your immune system to function normally is the most important take-away, and is being completely ignored and denied by mainstream media and medicine alike.  They are ignoring hundreds of years of science and logic to push the very products they have patents on, while banning and censoring actual treatments that work.

I just read an article by Lyme literate Dr. Cameron on how he feels the threat of COVID itself is far greater than the experimental, ineffective, fast-tracked gene-therapy injections, never before used in humans, that he fully admits do not have any safety data supporting them.  He also is being completely illogical, is denying science, and the fact that people are being maimed and killed by these things. He also is denying the importance of getting the immune system back functioning normally – instead of presenting it with another threat – which is how the body responds to “vaccines.” They serve to provoke the immune system into action, and can serve as a trigger that can cause all manner of ill in patients with already dysfunctional immune systems – including reactivating latent infections,  which I’ve personally witnessed.

EBV appears to be a key player in chronic illness.

Succumbing to an experimental injection that doesn’t stop infection or prevent transmission and has the highest recorded adverse reactions & deaths than any other vaccine in the history of VAERS, is foolish considering the risks involved, when there are effective, cheap, safe treatments should you get COVID.  Learn all you can before you need to act. 

Discuss options with your doctor and have a plan before you need it.

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