by Meiling Lee and Jan Jekielek
Updated: May 4, 2022
Dr. Richard Urso
Houston, Texas, on April 8, 2022.
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reactivation of latent viruses
may be the cause
of long COVID
Some viruses, after initial infection, remain latent in the body for
a lifetime and may reactivate to cause infection again or a
These kinds of latent
viruses are being reactivated in a large number of people following
their booster COVID-19 shots, causing symptoms of long COVID and
other health conditions, according to Dr.
Long COVID is a condition where people experience ongoing,
recurring, or new health problems weeks to months after first being
infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes
Symptoms may include
brain fog, fatigue, chest pain, and insomnia, among others.
"So in my clinic
right now, I am seeing three to five people a week because they
know that I am taking a lot of time in my practice to do COVID,
and they're coming to see me with long COVID and... with
problems after the vaccine," Urso, an ophthalmologist, a drug
design and treatment specialist, and co-founder of the
International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists,
told EpochTV's "American Thought Leaders" program.
"And what I'm finding
is a huge number of them have reactivated Epstein-Barr, herpes
simplex, herpes zoster, CMV."
Of the more than 100
herpesviruses, eight are known to infect humans and
remain in the body for life after the primary infection has cleared,
and which can reactivate later under certain conditions:
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a common virus that causes
infectious mononucleosis and is associated with several
types of cancer and multiple sclerosis. It is estimated that
90 percent of healthy adults have been infected at some
point in their lives.
virus is another common virus that primarily causes
chickenpox and when reactivated, causes shingles in adults.
Herpes simplex virus types 1
and 2 cause oral
and/or genital herpes, and it is estimated that 67 percent
(3.7 billion) people worldwide under the age of 50 are
infected with herpes simplex virus 1, whereas 13 percent
(491 million) globally have herpes simplex 2.
(CMV) is a common virus that infects people of all ages
causing symptoms of fever, sore throat, swollen glands, and
fatigue. It can also occasionally cause mononucleosis or
herpesvirus-6 and Human herpesvirus-7 cause
roseola, a mild infection that mainly occurs in children
between the ages of 6 months to 2 years.
the endothelial cells (that line lymphatic and blood
vessels) which can become cancerous, a disease known as
A screenshot of the list of the herpesviruses
that infect humans and the disease they cause.
Most people are
unaware that they've been infected with some of these viruses as
they experience no symptoms.
"A lot of
people are looking at this long COVID as if it's all viral
related problems, specifically to the spike protein or to other
They don't know
that we're seeing this huge reactivation in the herpesvirus
family and we have treatment for it. It's been working really
really well," Urso said.
While there is
still no standard clinical definition or treatment for Long COVID,
Urso says that there are many different repurposed drugs doctors can
prescribe off-label to treat the syndrome, such as those used in the
I-RECOVER protocol, developed by The Front Line COVID-19
Critical Care Alliance.
For long COVID
symptoms caused by one of the reactivated herpesviruses, Urso says,
Valtrex and supplements like lysine and
"We use lysine
because it's one of those nutritionals that's good against the
herpesvirus family. The ratio of lysine-arginine seems to impact
the ability of these viruses to replicate," Urso said.
"I tell people
vitamin D is your data analyst.
It allows the immune system to
make good decisions... And when vitamin D is around, your immune
system can recognize,
is pollen, let's leave it alone. Let's attack this pathogen,
let's attack this cancer'."
A container of Vitamin D capsules.
(Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)
Urso said he's been
recommending vitamin D since 1995 when he was the chief of orbital
oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
He came upon a
study that showed the supplement "had some impact on a tumor
recognition protein" and began to test all of his patients' vitamin
percent of the patients were vitamin D deficient with cancer,
colon cancer particularly, we became aware of it," Urso said.
that vitamin D has
for allergies, it's amazing for prevention, and resistance
against cancer, particularly lymphomas and breast cancer."
Treating COVID Patients
When the pandemic
began, Urso said that he couldn't stay quiet knowing that COVID-19
can be treated early with various repurposed drugs and "reluctantly
started treating" patients as a result of other doctors refusing to
prescribe early treatment.
"I told my
patients if you have COVID, nobody is going to help you. I said,
first go through the chain, [and] if no one's going to help you,
I'll help you," Urso said.
More than two years
into the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) continues to tell people to
stay home unless they show "emergency
warning signs" that include difficulty breathing, new confusion,
and persistent chest pain or pressure...
The health agency
only began recommending in January 2022 that individuals at high
risk of developing severe disease should seek early treatment with
one of the emergency authorized medications when they test positive
the CDC has not recommended people to take vitamin D...
Studies have shown
that vitamin D can help
prevent COVID-19, reduce admission to the intensive care unit,
study from Israel found that people who were vitamin D deficient
were 14 times more likely to have severe COVID-19.
(LPNs) are tiny particles made up of lipids or fat that act as a
delivery system by encapsulating the mRNA that encodes the
SARS-CoV-2 spike protein into the human cells.
Without the LPNs,
the mRNA would degrade in a matter of seconds once injected into the
Studies have found
that the LPNs are not degrading and being eliminated from the body
in the 36-hour time frame the FDA recently told
The Epoch Times about, nor do they stay only at the injection
regulatory agency's biodistribution study (PDF)
Pfizer vaccine showed that some of the mRNA moved from the
injection site and through the bloodstream, and was found in various
organs such as the liver, spleen, adrenal glands, and ovaries of
rats 48 hours following injection.
something that I would have known quite readily because I work
with lipid nanoparticles," Urso said.
"I could have
told you that lipid nanoparticles, I usually say, they need a
door crack [to leave the injection site], whereas a virus needs
an open door."
Since a normal
vaccine requires an "open door" to distribute to other parts of the
body, Urso says,
vaccine stays in the arm, pretty much 99.9 percent or 99
percent," while "a large majority" of LPNs will not stay in the
"In fact, we
now know that a large part of it goes into the lymph node right
underneath here, and is still making spike protein
60 days later," Urso said.
that the spike
being found up to 15 months later, in monocytes and other cells,
it's not being degraded."
Urso says that the
persistence of spike protein in different parts of the body is
interfering with the immune system's normal functions and causing
important tumor repairing genes called p53, it's blocking BRCA
[genes], it's also messing with microRNA-27A, which is causing
upticks in colon cancer cells," Urso said.
Urso says that the
presence of spikes and LPNs is also,
Toll-like receptors 7 and 8," which are "important for immune
surveillance for viruses."
"So we're going
to see this huge uptick in all the viruses that lay kind of
dormant in our body like herpesvirus family."