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The silent spread of herpes.

For over a decade, readers and researchers throughout the country have written us about their successful experiences in treating herpes simplex I (oral herpes), most commonly recognized by the fever blisters and cold sores associated with the disease. By increasing lysine intake and reducing dietary arginine intake, many have told us that they never had another pesky fever sore on their lips.

Now, we would like to know how many of you have tried the high-lysine, low-arginine regimen in treating herpes simplex II (genital herpes). A current New England Journal of Medicine states that one in five Americans ages 20 to 40 are infected with herpes simplex virus II (HSV-II). They further report that many of these people are asymptomatic, but unknowingly pass on the virus to an unsuspecting spouse. The finding explains why some of our readers have written to us that they have contracted genital herpes but insist that they nor their spouses had ever been unfaithful. One of the married partners could have been harboring a dormant herpes simplex II virus that "came alive" at some point when the immune system was compromised or weakened.

The NEJM article read: "Understanding the biology of HSV-II can help reduce mistaken accusation of infidelity. Silent spread is the rule for HSV-II, not the exception."

Silent HSV-II might not be so serious were it not true that for newborns, it can be deadly.

We would like our readers to urge prospective parents to increase their lysine and lessen their arginine intakes before conception. Of course, a pregnant woman should get permission from her obstetrician before supplementing with lysine.

Our favorite lysine authority, the late Dr. Richard Griffith, claimed that he gave his anti-oral herpes lysine regimen of 1,500 mg lysine--20 mg per pound of average body weight--to pregnant women, including his daughter. He joked that his daughter's only side effect was twins. In other words, he vouched that is a safe regimen for pregnant women. We would still want any reader to present Dr. Griffith's evidence to her obstetrician and receive the obstetrician's permission before taking lysine.

We invite any readers who have had experience with the Dr. Griffith/Saturday Evening Post recommended regimen for HSV-I to let us know if they have experimented with the same regimen to treat HSV-II. In your reply, let us know:

1. Was it successful?

2. How much lysine was taken?

3. Were high-lysine foods consumed? Which ones? How much? How often?

In exchange for your reply about your experiences, we will send you upon request our previous articles on lysine and herpes from the SatEvePost.

Send your letters with this information to: The Saturday Evening Post, 1100 Waterway Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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Date:Nov 1, 1997
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