Does the Epstein Barr Virus Cause ITP?
I have mentioned here at Earth Clinic my history of ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenia – or, low platelet count for no known reason.)
It appeared that regular use of coconut oil “accidentally” cured my ITP.
Apparently, coconut oil kills lipid coated viruses, like Epstein Barr.
And if you look at a symptom list for Chronic Active Epstein Barr, it includes the symptoms below.
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Mouth ulcers
- Hypersensitivity to mosquito bites
There are other symptoms as well. But I had each of the above symptoms for many years.
I know that Dave has mentioned the viral connection to ITP before and it made sense.
Now I may have narrowed it down to a specific virus for me, anyway – Epstein Barr. I wonder if I was ever tested for it back when I had a gazillion tests for my ITP (including a bone marrow biopsy! ) Of course, I suppose it is irrelevant as I wouldn't have been prescribed coconut oil as a treatment. ðŸ˜Š
And my original question doesn't quite make sense. Idiopathic means the cause is not known. If it is known that Epstein Barr causes ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenia) it wouldn't be “Idiopathic” thrombocytopenia, it would just be thrombocytopenia, which is a known symptom of Epstein Barr.
I have mentioned before that my children had mono several years ago. Only one was tested (the child who was not getting better from a “cold.”) and he tested positive for mono. Coconut oil was his amazing cure. A different one of my children (now an adult) seems to get mono like symptoms now and again. (Even though you “can't” get mono twice.) EVERY time, coconut oil turns him around in 12-36 hours. So I suspect he is dealing with an Epstein Barr Virus flare up.