The common virus linked to 6 kinds of cancer

There’s a common virus that’s been linked to at least six different types of cancer. Chances are you’ve had this virus, even if you’ve never had symptoms…

That’s because 90 percent of people worldwide test positive for it… and most of them are symptom-free.

It’s Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), the culprit behind the so-called teenage kissing disease — mononucleosis. I had mono when I was 16, and it was terrible. I was completely drained of energy and missed a month of school.

But that’s not the worst this virus has up its sleeve…

In recent years, researchers have linked it to cancer on more than one occasion. So far, they’ve linked it to two types of lymphoma, throat cancer, stomach cancer and connective tissue cancer. And they just added one more type of cancer to the list — breast cancer.

A study published in the journal EBioMedicine found that the Epstein-Barr virus binds to breast cells and infects them. This infection causes breast cells to act like stem cells and continuously divide. Researchers exposed the breast cells to EBV in a petri dish first. They then implanted the cells into mice and they noticed something alarming… these infected cells cooperated with cancer-causing proteins to cause breast cancer.

This means that case of mono I had as a teenager is not as harmless as I thought…

“We think that if a young woman develops Epstein-Barr during her teenage years or later, her breast epithelial cells will be exposed to the virus and can be infected. While for most individuals, there will be no long-term consequences, in some the infection may leave genetic scars and change the metabolism of these cells,” said lead researcher Gerburg Wulf. “While these are subtle changes, they may, decades later, facilitate breast cancer formation.”

If you haven’t already had Epstein-Barr (as far as you know), now is the time to start pumping up your intake of natural antivirals to protect yourself from this malicious virus with long-term consequences.

And that’s as easy as reaching for a familiar vitamin…

Vitamin D may be the most powerful natural anti-viral available. Research in Africa shows that it possesses such powerful immune-boosting benefits, that it can even help the body fight a virulent invader like HIV-1.

But why stop there? Other natural antivirals to protect you from Epstein-Barr include:

But what if, like me, you’re a woman who contracted Epstein-Barr in your young adult years?  You may want to take your breast cancer prevention strategies extra seriously to decrease your risks by:

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Sources:
  1. Hu, M.L. Luo, C. Desmedt, S. Nabavi, S. Yadegarynia, G.M. Wulf, et al. :”Epstein–Barr Virus Infection of Mammary Epithelial Cells Promotes Malignant Transformation.” EBioMedicine, 2016; 9: 148.
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  3. “Olive Leaf Extract.” Cure Zone. http://www.curezone.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  4. “8 ways to Prevent Breast Cancer.” Siteman Cancer Center. https://siteman.wustl.edu. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  5. “Eating Soy May Turn on Genes Linked to Cancer Growth.” BreastCancer.org. http://www.breastcancer.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  6. “Exposure to Chemicals in Cosmetics.” BreastCancer.org. http://www.breastcancer.org. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.