- Herpes virus that has infected 60% of the US population
- One in three children have contracted CMV by five years old
- Passed around in child daycare centers
- Positive CMV on the GI-MAP indicates active infection of the GI, NOT past infection
- Active infection may be asymptomatic or cause mild flu-like symptoms
- CMV can also cause viral pneumonia, transaminitis, splenomegaly, colitis, fever, and encephalitis
- Common in inflammatory bowel disease, immunocompromised patients
- CMV colitis has a similar presentation to Clostridium difficile infection
- CMV has been implicated in autoimmune diseases: lupus, systemic sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis
Therapeutic Options and Considerations:
- No treatment is needed if asymptomatic
- Prevent spreading CMV with regular handwashing
- Antiviral herbs such as cat’s claw, osha root, reishi mushrooms, vitamins A, C, and D, zinc, Echinacea
- Address other imbalances on the GI-MAP and use 5R Protocol (see 5R Protocol blog entry) to rebuild gut health and gut immunity.
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