Chronic Fatigue: When to Consider Viruses - Dr. Michael Ruscio, DC

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Chronic Fatigue: When to Consider Viruses

Unpacking chronic viral reactivations and how to overcome them with Dr. Jenny Tufenkian

Patients of Dr. Jenny Tufenkian–Naturopathic Physician and Functional Medicine Educator–often seek her expertise to solve and overcome complex chronic illnesses. By listening to their symptoms and interpreting lab markers, Dr. Tufenkian can determine if a current or reactivated virus like Epstein-Barr or herpes simplex is what’s causing chronic pain, fatigue, and frequent infections. Listen in to learn how to connect the dots between symptoms and viruses, and how to use natural remedies for relief.

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➕ Dr. Ruscio’s Notes

Dr. Tufenkian’s Approach To Treating Patients With Complex Chronic Illnesses

  • Tests 
    • She looks at the following lab markers to determine the overall viral load: 
      • Early antigen-diffuse (for Epstein-Barr virus)
      • Immunoglobulin M (IgM)
      • Immunoglobulin E (IgE)
      • Immunoglobulin G (IgG)
  • Patient Evaluation
    • She listens to a patient’s symptoms and medical history to see if they are saying something that aligns with a chronic virus or a reactivated virus.


Signs of Chronic Viral Reactivation 

  • Skin crawling sensation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Sharp pains that come and go 
  • Sensation of heaviness in the body
  • Frequent sore throats and/or swollen glands
  • Previous history of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) or other viral infections


The Different Kinds of Virus-Related Fatigue 

  • Fatigue that is fairly consistent throughout the day, but can fluctuate throughout the seasons.
  • Fatigue associated with limb/body heaviness.
  • Fatigue that makes it nearly impossible to do regular tasks. 
  • Fatigue that comes on after a traumatic, stressful event. 


Dr. Tufenkian’s Tools For Fighting Viruses 

  • For EBV infection
    • Homeopathic medicine
    • Lysine
    • Valacyclovir 
    • Olive leaf
    • Monolaurin
    • Cat’s Claw


  • For Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection
    • Artemisinin, often known as sweet wormwood
    • Homeopathic nosodes


  • Parvovirus B19
    • Gut support
    • Homeopathic nosodes

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