I was born in 1965- a year often considered the first year of “generation-x”. The previous generation- the baby-boomers like my parents, grew up in a time of free love. My mother didn’t take advantage of this but my father sure did, but that’s another story.
Us gen-x’ers were the first generation to have to deal with AIDS and the fallout from it. Instead of the sexual revolution we had fear and loathing in our own pants.
Now as a Holistic Herpes Treatment Specialist I treat a lot of teenagers and people in the early twenties who are exploring their sexuality in a time were we are no longer nearly as afraid of AIDS as we were in the eighties but where almost everyone has herpes.
I often see girls as young as 15 who already have herpes and who got it from their first sexual experience. No one told them they could get herpes from fellatio. No one told them much of anything about sexually transmitted infections. It’s a sad sad thing to have to tell a teenager that they now have a life-long incurable disease and have to warn potential sex partners about it beforehand. This sentence drives many to the brink of despair. One 17 year old who got herpes from her first and only sex partner was crying hysterically on the phone with me, asking how in her small town of 1500 people can she tell anyone that she has herpes? She said she won’t date or have sex again until she moves far away, and I believe her.
With oral sex being as common as hand-shakes used to be, why aren’t we educating grade school students about sexually transmitted infections? Very few of the most at-risk population know that they can catch or pass on herpes when there are no signs of an outbreak. They don’t know that they can get herpes on their genitals from contact with people who get cold sores on their mouth.
They aren’t empowered to say no way when they encounter sores and rashes and are told that “they are nothing”.
Further exasperating the situation is the porn industry being a bad role model. Like myself and most my generation, young people these days get a lot of their sex education from being exposed to porn. In the adult film industry condoms are almost never worn during oral sex and only worn during anal and oral sex about 40% of the time. I did three years of research into the adult film industry and learned that porn performers are tested monthly or more often for HIV but are rarely tested for herpes or HPV. Very few porn performers admit their herpes infections for fear of losing work and a backlash from their fans. What kind of society do we live in where even porn performers are afraid to admit that they have herpes?
My older patients don’t tend to fare much better than the younger ones. They don’t know the facts about love in a time of herpes and most didn’t do much to try and educate themselves. And for the ones that do try to educate themselves through the internet they are confronted with a wilderness of websites saying many contradictory things, spreading a lot of misinformation and luring people with magical quick-fixes and snake oils. The message doesn’t seem to be getting out to people that there are no quick-fixes for a life-long viral infection, that herpes cannot be managed with topical oils, or creams or liquids and that herbal medicine or drug therapy combined with proper diet, stress reduction and making peace with herpes are the only ways I have seen in my 15 years of experience to successfully manage herpes over the long-haul.
Because the fear of catching the HIV virus isn’t what it used to be, too many people are becoming complacent about practicing safer sex. Many tell me they don’t want to use condoms because of the lack of spontaneity. Many want the risk and pleasure of unprotected sex. I can relate to all of this, I don’t particularly like condoms myself. But in this day and age it is not smart to have unprotected sex with someone you are not very sure you are in a monogamous relationship with. Unless this is the case do use a condom/dental dam or anti-viral gel or better yet use them both together. Oral sex is sex and is risky sex so do practice safer sex with fellatio and cunnilingus as well.
Before the sex comes the sex-conversation. A conversation many people never have before getting together. It is your right and responsibility to ask a potential sex partner what their history of sexually transmitted infections is, and use your best lie-detecting skills when listening. You must volunteer the same information yourself. Please do understand that most people have never had a real herpes test in their life. Regular STD testing panels do not test for herpes or genital warts. Swabbing is an unreliable way of testing for herpes. So unless your potential sex partner has had a recent type-specific serum blood test for herpes like the western-blot test, they have no way of knowing if they have herpes or not and so then neither do you.
Unless someone has had a recent herpes test, I recommend that you assume that they have herpes and use a condom/dental dam combined with an anti-viral prophylactic gel. Government statistics show that anyone who has had more than 2 sex partners has a 20% chance of having herpes. More than four sex partners gives you a 40% chance of having herpes and more than 6 sex partners gives you a 60% chance of having herpes. And of course herpes is only one of many sexually transmitted infections a person could have.
I invite you to read my articles called “I have Herpes, Don’t You” and “The Demonization of Genital Herpes”.
If anyone is elusive or sketchy about wanting to discuss their sexual health it’s best to assume that they have something they are trying to hide. I don’t mean to sound harsh or cynical- I’m an idealist by nature, but I have listened to too many of my patients grieving over the fact that they were deceived by the person who infected them with herpes. You lose nothing by being careful and looking out for your own best interests.
In both the swinger and BDSM communities people are reluctant to admit to casual sex partners that the have herpes for fear of “ruining the party” or being excluded. It is rarely discussed at sex clubs, at orgies, or “play parties”. People are having sex with others without warning them that they have herpes. Out of fairness I must state that some people in these communities do advise potential sex partners that they have herpes-but they are in the minority. I have seen very few leaders in these communities publically discuss herpes awareness. Again I find it very vexing and disappointing that even the most sexually adventurous people in our society are afraid to talk about herpes or are too complacent about it.
I know it’s a bummer but this is the reality of love and sex in a time of herpes. Love and love abundantly, but please be careful out there.
Kombucha Starter Kit
You Can Do It YourselfCommercially-produced kombucha is widely available today and can be found in most supermarkets and health food stores. However, it’s actually easy to make your own fizzy kombucha beverage right at home using only a few necessary ingredients.. All you need is: • A large clean glass jar • Green or black tea • Sugar • Water • Wooden spoon • A coffee filter or cheese cloth • A rubber band • 1 SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) The SCOBY is responsible for the fermentation and production of healthy probiotic bacteria. You can purchase a SCOBY online or ask a friend who already makes their own kombucha. After that, it’s as easy as following a few simple steps until you’ve got your own homemade kombucha tea beverage.
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Personal Experiences ....Frau T. S. from P., Germany, writes: "I have had it (the Kombucha tradition) for 6 months now, and my well being is bettering at all times, In short, I believe nice. I additionally handed it directly to buddies who're additionally more than happy with it and feature been cured of rheumatic pains and liver court cases, for instance.(...) I would not love to must surrender consuming the beverage." "Since consuming Kombucha Tea I've spotted a drastic aid within the signs of HAY FEVER AND SINUS that I have been experiencing. I've a big VARICOSE VEIN on my proper calf All over the time I've been consuming the Kombucha Tea, I've spotted that it's been shriveled and it does now not itch or pain because it used to. I actually have a SENSITIVE STOMACH which has been relieved, and I'm additionally in a position to deal with REGULAR BOWEL ACTIVITY."
Mr H. Wilkins... Springwood, Qld.
"For about 17 years I have been affected by serious MIGRAINE HEADACHES, no less than thrice per week at a minimal. I used to be completely resigned to the truth that I'd proceed to be afflicted by this criticism and ache for the remainder of my fife. When visiting some buddies one night time I used to be requested if I would really like to take a look at one of the most " MIRACLE" drink referred to as Kombucha Tea. I used to be hesitant, however I did take a look at it anyway. It tasted fairly refreshing, however unknown to my buddies I had a ache in my higher gastric area which have been there many of the day. To my astonishment, inside part an hour of consuming this Kombucha Tea my ache had completely disappeared. After starting up to drink this tea two times day-to-day for the closing two and a part months I HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ONE MIGRAINE AT ALL. I'm so extremely joyful so to percentage this enjoy and inform other folks how this Kombucha Tea has benefited me and CHANGED MY LIFE."
Fay Haddrill ... French's Wooded area
Kombucha Tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Although it’s sometimes referred to as kombucha mushroom tea, kombucha is not a mushroom — it is a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. Kombuca Tea has been taken for its natural probiotic healing properties for thousands of years and due to recent information provided by RainTree Nutrition and The National Health Sciences Institute, there has been tremendous excitement to take this ancient elixir. Kombuca Tea is a powerful herbal supplement that the Shaolin Monks and Eastern Mystics have used for centuries to strengthen the body’s natural defenses including memory problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), joint pain and rheumatism, appetite loss, high blood pressure, constipation, arthritis, hair growth, immunity issues and cancer. Kombucha Tea can be brewed in your home with a Kombucha SCOBY. It produces a sweet, slightly sour Elixir that you can drink at anytime. Kombucha (formal name: Medusomyces gisevii, also called tea mushroom and manchurian mushroom) is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). What makes Kombucha Tea so unique is its wide variety of bioactive phytonutrients, which work naturally at the cellular and systemic levels.
Boost Your Immune SystemThose who love to look for natural health remedies will love the fact that kombucha is actually a natural antibiotic. This is because of the process of fermentation and its by-products. One of which is acetic acid, which creates a kind of sterile environment which inhibits the growth of unhealthy bacteria. The probiotics also fight the bad bacteria so whereas pharmaceutical antibiotics kill off all the bacteria in our systems, kombucha leaves the good and kills the bad. No bad bacteria means no infections which equals a healthy, happy immune system!
Helps With DigestionSpeaking of those probiotics…kombucha is full of healthy bacteria that do plenty of good for our bodily functions. One of kombucha's primary benefits is that its probiotics, yeasts, and enzymes help with digestion by breaking down food for better nutrient absorption. They also promote the growth of healthy gut flora, which help us to digest our food better and maintain a healthy pH level. Your gut also gets a break because it doesn’t have to work as hard to break down fermented foods because the bacteria have already done some of the work.
It’s AlcoholicIf you’re familiar with the brewing processes of beer, wine, or spirits, you’ll know that fermentation involves alcohol. This is because as the yeast breaks down the sugar, they release two things: carbon dioxide and ethanol (aka: bubbles and booze.) The level of alcohol is fairly low because the fermentation time isn’t that long and while commercially made kombucha beverages have found ways to reduce their alcohol content in order to comply with sales regulations, if you brew a batch at home there will definitely be some alcohol present. Something to keep in mind for pregnant or nursing mother
Kombucha Cocktails Anyone?Here’s a fun fact: kombucha can be used to make cocktails! Not as the alcohol component, but rather as the mixer. Its sweet, sour, tangy flavor makes it a perfect compliment to your favorite spirit and can be used to make drinks such as a Kombucha-Rita (kombucha, ice, lime juice and taquila), Kombucha Sour (kombucha, whisky and lemon juice), or a kombucha version of a Shandy (half beer and half kombucha.) Furthermore, when you make your cocktails with kombucha rather than soda, you’re less likely to experience that dreaded hangover! This is because the antioxidants and detoxifying properties help combat the symptoms that lead to that terrible morning after feeling.
Loaded With B and C VitaminsIn addition to being full of many other beneficial nutrients, kombucha is loaded with Vitamins B and C, both of which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin B helps to ease stress levels, curb sugar cravings, lower your risk of heart disease, and help memory functions. It’s clear that B vitamins are pretty powerful, but those C vitamins present in kombucha have their own set of benefits. Among them are increasing the strength of the immune system, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and playing an important part in the improvement of eye health. That’s a lot of benefits in one bubbly beverage!
It Can Help With Stomach IssuesWe mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is more easily digested. We mentioned before in the digestion slide that kombucha is very easily digested. This is because the fermentation helps to pre-digest some of the enzymes, which means your pancreas doesn’t need to work as hard or secrete as much digestive fluid. Kombucha also helps to achieve a healthy PH balance in the gut and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria. For these reasons, the beverage has been known to help those suffering with stomach issues such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and Candida overgrowth. It Strengthens Your Stomach Walls Another component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Strengthens Your Stomach WallsAnother component of kombucha is a substance called Butyric Acid, which is another by-product of the fermentation process. Butyric Acid is known to have antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being known to strengthen the walls of your gut, kill parasites and protect against yeast infections. It’s an interesting substance that promotes overall digestive health from the inside out.
It Helps With Joint HealthYou may have heard of the amino sugar called Glucosamine, you may even give it to your elderly pets (or family members) to help with stiff or sore joints. In fact, glucosamine is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral supplements used by adults in the USA today. Another amazing fact about kombucha is that it contains naturally occurring glucosamine which means this drink can help keep your joints healthy and moving correctly and even prevent arthritis. This is an especially appealing aspect for athletes who need to keep their bodies in top shape for as long as possible. It’s no secret that antioxidants are good for you. They neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which can cause cell damage relating to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other ailments.
The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables but Kombucha is also full of these hard working little compounds which means that kombucha actually has detoxifying properties, which can help cleanse the liver and prevent cancer.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast” (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.
Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu. It is commonly It is commonly drunk in the United States.
Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a "symbiotic 'colony' of bacteria and yeast" (SCOBY). Actual contributing microbial populations in SCOBY cultures vary, but the yeast component generally includes Saccharomyces and other species, and the bacterial component almost always includes Gluconacetobacter xylinus to oxidize yeast-produced alcohols to acetic and other acids.