They are small, blind and stupid. And they can cave in a whole section of your
home without you ever even noticing it by methodically eating away at the
structure of your house until a wall or beam buckles. Yes, I'm talking about termites.
Termites are an excellent analogy to what has recently been discovered about many
bacteria and viruses in the last ten years. It's possible for us to get
"termites" as well and I call them the Silent Killers.
How do these Silent Killers do their dirty work? For the most part, it is
through heart, cancer and autoimmune disease. This makes knowledge of these
critters critical, because a strong immunity and decreased inflammation can help
with in all cases. This is why I recommend that you read my links on How
to Boost Your Immunity and How to Decrease Inflammation.
of the Silent Killers below have vaccines and/or drug therapies that can help as
well, but, of course, only if there is awareness.
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Below are some of the more significant examples:
1. XMRV. There has been some controversy regarding XMRV, but the
general scientific consensus is that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is
likely often caused by this retrovirus.  (Yes, they mean retrovirus as in
HIV.) This bad boy actually stands for "xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related
virus," which isn't a terribly comforting name to squelch public fear
about our contaminated
blood supply and this potentially deadly health
2. HSV-1 and HSV-2. These herpes simples viruses, associated with
cold sores and genital herpes, increase risk for heart
disease  and
oral cancer , respectively. SOLUTION: One study found that Mercury and
other heavy metals were a root cause of recurring herpes (and chlamydia) infections and used Chinese
parsley as a treatment protocol.  The reason? Chinese parsley binds
to heavy metals so that they can be eliminated from the body. Other plants
with evidence of similar properties are cilantro and regular parsely. SOLUTION
2: A recent study found that mugwort components helped with herpes. 
3. HPV. HPV is an STD that can increase risk of oral cancer ,
anal/penile cancer  and skin cancer.  NOTE: There is currently
a vaccine for males that protects against two of the most virulent strains.
4. Periodontitis. As we have mentioned in our link on Natural Ways to
Prevent Gum Disease, periodontitis is now considered a risk factor for heart
disease.  The reason? It leads to increased Inflammation and
inflammation increases endothelial damage and arterial plaque buildup.
5. Mycoplasma. Mycoplasma is the smallest pathogen and has no cell
wall. It has several variants, including Mycoplasma pneumonia, which cause
walking pneumonia and M. hominus and Ureaplasma urealyticum, which are
quasi-STD's. Mycoplasmas are nasty and can hide deep within cells, such as
white blood cells, making them at time notoriously hard-to-detect. This is
such an important topic that we cover it in a separate link called
Undetected Mycoplasma Will Kill You, but suffice it to say that it likely
contributes to prostate cancer, certain arthritises, chronic fatigue, male
infertility and a host of other issues that we do not know or understand yet.
NOTE: In women, mycoplasmas can lead to PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)
6. SV-40. This monkey virus was accidently given to millions of us
humans in polio vaccines and some researchers feel that "SV40 in humans is
associated with inflammatory kidney diseases and with specific tumor types:
mesothelioma, lymphoma, brain, and bone."  NOTE: Some researchers feel
SV-40 is only a problem for monkeys and does not cause cancer-related issues in
7. Epstein-Barr. This herpes virus is best known for causing Mono, i.e.
mononecleosis. It turns out this ubiquitous bug is a powerful trigger for
many autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis , lupus ,
arthritis  and possibly Type I diabetes.  It is also linked to
various cancers. Almost everyone (about 90% of the population) is
infected and there are no direct treatments. See the comments at the
bottom, though, for some exciting research breakthroughs.
8. Coxsackie Virus. This virus generally produces mild symptoms but in some
inflames the heart, a condition called myocarditis. This can be
debilitating for some and even life-threatening for others. There is no
known cure. 
All of this underscores the need to Maximize
Immunity. Scientists recently found that when they blocked the ATM and
CK2 kinases (enzymes) that cell growth grew at a very rapid rate, something
linked to various cancers. What increases these same kinases? I3C,
the famous phytochemical in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, activates
these two and may explain some of its cancer-fighting powers. 
2) Circulation, 2000;102:2335, "Chlamydia pneumoniae, Herpes Simplex Virus Type
1, and Cytomegalovirus and Incident Myocardial Infarction and Coronary Heart
Disease Death in Older Adults"
3) Arch Intern Med. 2009, 169(13):1233-1240, "A Pooled Analysis of the Effect of
Condoms in Preventing HSV-2 Acquisition"
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2006, 98(6):389-395, "Human
Papillomavirus Infection and Incidence of Squamous Cell and Basal Cell
Carcinomas of the Skin"
8) Virology, Jan 2004, 318(1):1-9, "Simian virus 40 infection in humans and
association with human diseases: results and hypotheses"
9) ANN NEUROL, 2010;67:824–830, "Primary infection with the Epstein-Barr virus
and risk of multiple sclerosis"
10) Journal of Clinical Investigation, Dec 1997, 100(12):3019-3026, "An
increased prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus infection in young patients suggests
a possible etiology for systemic lupus erythematosis"
11) Journal of Clinical Invest, 1981 April, 67(4):1134–1140, "Elevated Levels of
Antibodies to Epstein-Barr Virus Antigens in Sera and Synovial Fluids of
Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis"
12) Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, April 2002, 958:7-25,
"IMMUNOLOGY OF DIABETES: AUTOIMMUNE MECHANISMS AND THE PREVENTION AND CURE OF
TYPE 1 DIABETES"
13) Circulation, 1999, 99:1091-1100, "From Myocarditis to Cardiomyopathy:
Mechanisms of Inflammation and Cell Death"
14) Cell Host & Microbe, Dec 2010, 8(6):510-522, "An ATM/Chk2-Mediated DNA
Damage-Responsive Signaling Pathway Suppresses Epstein-Barr Virus Transformation
of Primary Human B Cells"
15) Cancer Prev Res, Jul 2010, 3:818, "A Novel Mechanism of Indole-3-Carbinol
Effects on Breast Carcinogenesis Involves Induction of Cdc25A Degradation"
16) Acupunct Electrother Res, 1995 Aug-Dec, 20(3-4):195-229, "Role of mercury
(Hg) in resistant infections & effective treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis and
Herpes family viral infections (and potential treatment for cancer) by removing
localized Hg deposits with Chinese parsley and delivering effective antibiotics
using various drug uptake enhancement methods"