Alternative Herpes Treatments
recently, with the advent of new and effective specific antiherpes drug
therapy, alternatives to drugs were the only forms of treatment
available. Now there are several very safe drugs that have been PROVEN
effective for the treatment of herpes.
Alternative treatments are
generally NOT as effective as the proven ones. Thus, you should give the
alternative route very careful thought before embarking on it,
especially if by choosing it you would be keeping yourself from
receiving a treatment KNOWN to be effective.
Some of the alternative chemicals listed
here are not drugs in the legal sense. A drug has to undergo rigorous
testing before it is allowed to be licensed and sold for physicians to
prescribe. In order to gain the license, the drug must be shown to be
effective in the treatment of the disease for which it is being
recommended and safe enough that the benefits of treatment outweigh the
risks. Alternative drugs and chemicals DO NOT have to meet these
criteria. Some reasons that alternative chemicals may remain available
are as follows:
The chemical was given drug status
before government control came into effect - i.e., the "grandfather
The chemical is considered safe without
testing because it is a food by-product. An example is
L-lysine, in some countries; in others it is not available.
The chemical is considered safe because
it is an accepted food additive.
BHT is an example.
The chemical is licensed by a
government in another country and is imported for personal use.
The fact that you are able to buy a
chemical that someone says you can take as medicine does not necessarily
mean that anyone knows it is safe or effective. It is only tested for
safety and efficacy if it is called a drug and taken through drug
clearance channels. BHT and L-Lysine, among others, have never been
shown to be safe or effective in humans in the doses recommended by some
people for herpes. Nevertheless, just like drugs in the pharmacy, these
chemicals go into the body, circulate in the blood, deposit in body
tissue, and so on.
The list of potential alternative
treatments for herpes is very long. Alternative treatments may involve
potential dangers. For example, if ineffective alternatives are sought
in lieu of proven treatments for a life-threatening but potentially
curable disease, needless deaths may result. Of course, this is not the
case with herpes, because herpes is not normally life-threatening. But
pursuing ineffective treatments because they may seem more "natural" or
less expensive can victimize people and cause significant harm because
they can rob people of money, time, and even hope. Standard therapies
used incorrectly can do the same, of course. Be selective and careful
when choosing alternative or standard therapies. The alternatives
arousing the greatest interest are listed below. This is not
to be a complete list. (If you want to see that list you'll have to
order the book)
Stephen L. Sacks MD was a great clinician
and specialist in infectious diseases as well as a renowned expert on
sexually transmitted diseases. I have his book in my home library and
often refer to bits and pieces of it for educational purposes to share
with you, to make a point, or refer folks to. There are some topics that
do come up on the
message boards from time to time that I feel very
strongly about. Having read this book and other materials in my home
library I was able to understand where my own thoughts and opinions were
at with regard to alternative therapies.
I am not against alternative therapies OR
over the counter treatments. In fact, I have used OTC stuff for various
reasons at one time or another. However, I do NOT believe that just
because something is called "alternative" or "natural" as compared to
prescription medications that it is necessarily safer. Too many times
people will speak negatively of prescription meds and use the excuse
that pharmaceutical companies are making too much money and that's why
they want you to take them. No, that's not how it works.
Pharmaceutical companies are in the middle
of trials, studies, and research to come up with drugs that will
hopefully improve the quality of life for millions of people that suffer
from various illnesses. Some of these illnesses or diseases are fatal
and others not so much. Money in my opinion has nothing to do with it
and anybody that is against prescription medications strictly for that
reason alone should rethink this.
Lives are saved every single day because
of clinically proven medications. Can we really say the same thing about
alternatives? When was the last time an alternative therapy that you
were taking was proven to be clinically effective for the specific
reasons that you are taking it for? To me, the difference between a
prescription medication and an alternative therapy is that the
prescription medication has to live up to certain medical standards and
the alternative does not. If you are worried about your boy, you overall
health, and your immune system don't you want to know EXACTLY what that
substance is doing when you ingest it into your body? I know I do!