July 22, 2018 10:00 pm

Retroviruses, Mast Cell Activation, Autoimmunity, Alison Vickery Health

I have studied retroviruses and their link to chronic illnesses, including mast cell activation syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, for some time now.

Specifically, they cause inflammation, autoimmunity, and mast cell activation in my client base.

In fact, a recent analysis in 2022 of my last 40 clients showed that retroviruses triggered inflammation in over 60% of my clients.

Therefore, they are a primary driver of ill health and a high-priority issue that requires treatment before addressing other concerns.

What are Retroviruses?

We all have retroviruses.

Interestingly, retroviruses comprise an estimated 8-15% of our DNA. Fortunately, most people live in harmony with retroviruses.

According to Dr. Judy Mikovits, a world-leading expert on retroviruses, only 5% of the population is at risk of chronic illness due to a compromised immune system.

In contrast, more familiar viruses like Epstein Barr and the herpes family are DNA viruses, not retroviruses. Viruses reside in our DNA until reactivated and do not change our DNA since they are already part of it. In contrast, retroviruses work their way back from RNA to DNA and then forward again to RNA, creating viral proteins. 

Retroviruses alter our DNA to make us better hosts, and once embedded in our DNA, they can be passed on to future generations. For example, they can change our methylation, acetylation, and pyrroles (or any other) genetic status.

For instance, HIV is a well-known retrovirus. However, many others exist. Some may be beneficial, while others can be harmful and involved in cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, and chronic illnesses.

Ultimately, restoring health does not depend on identifying the specific retroviruses, as the treatment remains the same.

Transmission of Retroviruses

We can acquire new retroviruses through various means:

  • Firstly, human transmission (via bodily fluids, notably in hospitals), such as the flu
  • Secondly, insect bites and flea dirt, and
  • Thirdly, vaccines (which are inadvertently contaminated with retroviruses0.

Importantly, it is not the viral load that poses an issue. Instead, the critical issue is the alteration in our detoxification capacity (specifically, methylation, acetylation, or pyrroles) or the immune system’s inability to silence the retroviruses.

Reactivation of Retroviruses

In practice, Dr. Klinghardt reports that a synergy of environmental exposures can reactivate retroviruses, including:

  • Wi-fi
  • Glyphosate (and likely other chemicals)
  • Aluminum and mercury
  • Co-infections (parasites, Lyme, and co-infections, yeast, and mold)
  • Cavitations (from teeth extractions), and
  • Perceived stress

This means that once we treat retroviruses, they may reactivate if the environment does not remain clean.

Testing for Retroviruses and Overview

Commercially, no direct testing for individual retroviruses is available. Furthermore, testing for hundreds of different ones individually is impractical.

Instead, we can use tests that look for overall retrovirus loads. For example:

  • Firstly, elevated Nagalase (above 0.6) is typically used alone or with other markers.
  • Secondly, elevated RANTES serves as a marker of retroviruses in dental infections and cavitations, as well as pandemic-related retroviruses.
  • Thirdly, autonomic response testing.

In my practice, I use autonomic response testing to identify retroviruses and verify it with either nagalse or RANTES testing, where it is available. 

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Treatment Protocols For Retroviruses

Plant-based approaches for retroviruses are highly effective. In fact, studies have found that herbal treatments can be effective even when traditional medicines have failed.

Here are some plants researched for their effectiveness against retroviruses:

1. Cistus Incantas Tea

A 2016 study in Scientific Reports shows that Cistus Incantus Tea is effective against the worst retroviruses and the most drug-resistant cases. 

Additionally, it protects DNA from retroviruses. Notably, Cistus Incantus Tea (or drops) forms the backbone of Dr. Mikovits’ and Dr. Klinghardt’s treatment protocols. 

Dr. Klinghardt recommends reusing the tea to extract all the plant’s compounds.

2. Broccoli Sprouts

Sulforaphane, found in broccoli sprouts, treats retroviruses and protects cells from DNA damage.

While natural broccoli sprouts are ideal, they can also be supplemented. When consumed in their natural form, they need to be chewed to convert the sprouts to sulforaphane.

Importantly, only one heaped tablespoon twice a day is needed to treat them.

3. Other Nutrients

Several other herbs have shown to treat retroviruses, including:

  • Baicalin (Skullcap Root) – Liftmode
  • St John’s Wort
  • Green Tea
  • Reishi Mushroom
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Olive Leaf
  • Bitter Melon
  • Pantethine (B5) – slows replication
  • Selenium
  • Luteolin – NeuroProtek®

Systemic Support in Anti-Retroviral Protocols

The protocols outlined above specifically target retroviruses.

However, retroviruses can dysregulate many of the body’s systems. Therefore, most functional health practitioners evaluate and support the whole body to address them effectively.

In addition to deactivating them, Dr. Mikovits has worked extensively on restoring homeostasis. This includes supporting the endocannabinoid system, the microbiome (throughout the whole body, not just the gastrointestinal tract), and the immune system.

Moreover, CBD often preferentially tests for reducing inflammation in my client base. It is often the missing link to integrating other aspects of the treatment protocol seamlessly.

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For the majority of people, retroviruses do not pose a significant issue.

In fact, Mikovits estimates there is less than a 5% lifetime chance of them causing chronic health problems.

However, in his practice, Klinghardt finds a strong correlation between retroviruses, mast cell activation, and the cell danger response.  Indeed, they are highly present in my client base.

Therefore, if you have a chronic illness or struggle to clear other infections, they may be the missing link.

To learn more about how to support gut health for retroviruses read my blog post Recent Advances In Understanding Gut Health.

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Additional Reading

Rebensburg, Stephanie, et al. “Potent in vitro antiviral activity of Cistus incanus extract against HIV and Filoviruses targets viral envelope proteins.” Scientific reports 6 (2016): 20394.

Castillo, Pablo E., et al. “Endocannabinoid signaling and synaptic function.” Neuron 76.1 (2012): 70-81.

Trivedi, Rashmi, et. al. (2011). Momordica charantia: A Natural and Safe Approach for the Treatment of HIV Infection. International Journal of PharmTech Research. 3.

Mehla, Rajeev, et al. “A flavonoid, luteolin, cripples HIV-1 by abrogation of tat function.” PLoS One 6.11 (2011): e27915.

Ko, Yeon-Ju, et al. “Flavonoids as potential inhibitors of retroviral enzymes.” Journal of the Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry 52.4 (2009): 321-326.

Ehrhardt, Christina, et al. “A polyphenol-rich plant extract, CYSTUS052, exerts anti-influenza virus activity in cell culture without toxic side effects or the tendency to induce viral resistance.” Antiviral research 76.1 (2007): 38-47.

Lee-Huang, Sylvia, et al. “Anti-HIV activity of olive leaf extract (OLE) and modulation of host cell gene expression by HIV-1 infection and OLE treatment.” Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 307.4 (2003): 1029-1037.

Nelson, Paul N., et al. “Demystified… Human endogenous retroviruses.” Molecular Pathology 56.1 (2003): 11. 

Baeten, Jared M., et al. “Selenium deficiency is associated with shedding of HIV-1–infected cells in the female genital tract.” Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999) 26.4 (2001): 360-364.

Li, B. Q., et al. “Inhibition of HIV infection by baicalin–a flavonoid compound purified from Chinese herbal medicine.” Cellular & molecular biology research 39.2 (1993): 119-124.