Herpes Simplex Greetings to all our subscribers, Today we will be focusing on a problem that afflicts many of us, enough to spoil the "quality of life" for a few days.. Herpes Simplex Probably fever blisters might be considered the most common affliction of man, and it is especially common among children in the 1 to 5 age group. It is characterised by groups of small, very itchy lesions, which appear on the lips. With children, but more often among adults, these lesions may occur on the nose, face, ears, genitals, or any of the mucous membranous surfaces. They are considered by medical science to be the consequence of an "attack" by a virus but, strangely enough and unexplained by medical authorities, the condition is "self-limiting", that is, it usually disappears, the lesions healing, within a week or two. In medicine, this is known as "spontaneous healing" The virus is thought to remain dormant in the tissues, becoming active in the presence of "trigger mechanisms", these being fever, physical and/or emotional stress, overexposure to sunlight, certain foods and, perhaps, even drugs. Medically, the disorder is known as "herpes simplex" We know now that the skin reflects the condition of the body and it is interesting the process of degeneration within humans to realise that, following enervation of the nervous system, that the digestive system is the first to give way to a condition, which obviously can lead to widespread malnutrition. But, we must also note that enervation and reduced energy flow are due primarily to errors in nourishing the body leading to built-up of toxic metabolites. When the liver gets so overloaded with these metabolites, that it is really struggling to maintain the "status squo," then it is that the "trigger" may tip the scales with resulting diversion of excess debris to the pore exit points. Obviously, the method of "cure" should not be massive doses of this or that the application of topical salves or ointments, but rather to get the source of the trouble, poor nourishment and an intoxicating lifestyle. When the individual adopts a correct way of eating and living, the fever blisters and cold sores, and other skin disorders, soon become a matter of history and no long a matter of concern. It is interesting to note that the skin is notoriously sensitive to nutritional lacks. The tongue, lips and gums are favourite regions where nutritionists look to detect evidence of malnutrition. Diseases of the mucous membranes lining the oral cavity affect 75% of all adults over 50 years of age. Periodontal disease is the most common condition afflicting these people. Medical science attributes such conditions to long-term reactions of the body to certain bacteria and their products. However, more recently, four researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in which they stated that "very few people became sufficiently deprived of vitamin C these days to develop scurvy, which results in severely damaged gum tissues, but many individuals may not consume enough fresh fruit and vegetables to maintain adequate levels of this vitamin. So... This coming week, I, for one, will definitely upper my fruit and veggie intake. Until next week, The Crazy Nut Team.