Ian, before I forget, I just wanted to mention how stupid it was for me to say that I was thinking that my daughter's early exposure to EBV might protect her from MS. I mean, early exposure was what you said you had
But, will still try to maintain my hope for her
Sure appreciate you sharing your experiences, both with anti-virals and antibiotics. I found your thread in the Regimen Module. Wow!
I wish my labs had come back positive for chlamydia, or some other infection, instead of stupid EBV. Then, maybe, I'd have more hope for treatments.
Here is a link I found when I did a quick Google search before bed, last night:
Seems to explain things in layman's terms to me, rather well. And raises many questions:
"The alpha and beta Interferons
are cytokines which are secreted by virus infected cells.
They bind to specific receptors on adjacent cells and protect them from infection by viruses.
They form part of the immediate protective host response to invasion by viruses.
In addition to these direct antiviral effects, alpha and beta interferon also enhance the expression of class I and class II MHC molecules on the surface of infected cells, in this way, enhancing the presentation of viral antigens to specific immune cells. Their presence can be demonstrated in body fluids during the acute phase of virus infection."
OK, so if Interferons are only effective before a virus invades, how can Betaseron help, AFTER viral invasion
This was the question that I fell asleep with, last night, and one I'd like to find time to study, today.
Lots to do