October 5, 2014
The Coxsackie Virus
I decided to check in with my main naturopath, Dr. Rich Olree regarding my Pericardial Effusion. He told me that the extra fluid could be a result of a virus called Coxsackie. His recommendation was to take a specific type of Golden Flower Chinese herb. Never having heard of such a virus I immediately turned to Google as my research tool! Below is information from Web MD,
What is coxsackievirus?
Coxsackievirus is a member of a family of viruses called enteroviruses. Enteroviruses are made up of a single strand of ribonucleic acid (RNA). The enteroviruses are also referred to as picornaviruses (pico means “small,” so, “small RNA virues”).
Coxsackievirus was first found in the town Coxsackie south of Albany, New York.
There are two different types of coxsackieviruses: A and B. Type A viruses cause herpangina (sores in the throat) and hand, foot, and mouth disease. Type B viruses cause epidemic pleurodynia, and inflammation in the chest. Both types A and B viruses can cause meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord or brain), myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), and pericarditis (inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart). They also may have a role in the development of acute onset juvenile (type 1) diabetes.”
Wow, I couldn’t believe I had just read that…Perhaps this was the cause of my Pericardial Effusion!