Epstein-Barr Virus: Part 2 with Dr Mark Donohoe

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Epstein-Barr Virus: Part 2 with Dr Mark Donohoe

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is a great barometer of the health of the host.

Following on from the immensely popular podcast Epstein-Barr Virus Part 1, Dr Mark Donohoe continues the story of EBV, focussing on the many medical and integrative interventions that have merit or promise for the EBV sufferer. In Dr Donohoe's own words, "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer - EBV transforms people". 

Covered in this episode

[00:50] Welcoming back Dr Mark Donohoe
[01:10] Picking up where we left of in EBV Part 1
[01:32] Expanding on: EBV incorporates itself into our DNA
[03:13] EBV: Naive B-Cells and Burkitt's Lymphoma
[04:33] Anti-viral drugs
[05:54] EBV is a barometer
[09:11] How big of a role does stress play?
[12:45] Antibiotics are immuno-suppressive
[14:48] Poor methylators tend to fare worse with EBV
[15:27] We don’t just "kill the virus"
[20:20] EBV correlates with High School Certificate (HSC) in teens
[25:33] Improving circadian rhythms
[26:30] Working on the gut
[27:14] Vitamin C: the final step, not the first?
[29:14] Dr Donohoe's key therapeutic recommendation's
[35:41] Women's immunology
[37:10] Screening vs. taking a detailed case history
[39:19] Nutritional interventions
[41:12] Interventions for pain
[46:25] Stewed apples for mucosal tolerance
[48:32] Unravelling zinc deficiency
[50:56] The take home messages
[54:52] The final wrap up

Research Explored in this episode

Orem J, Mbidde EK et al. Burkitt's lymphoma in Africa, a review of the epidemiology and etiology. Afr Health Sci. 2007 Sep; 7(3): 166–175

Ash, M. Is this a perfect functional meal for mucosal tolerance? Clinical Education. April 2011

Khanna R. Kissing the Epstein-Barr Virus Goodbye? Nova Podcast, Australian Academy of Science

Additional Resources

Dr Mark Donohoe
Dr Donohoe's Research
Dr Tom Borody - Faecal Transplants
Escherichia coli strain Nissle 1917
Dr Richie Shoemaker - Surviving Mold

Other podcasts with Mark Include:


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