For decades now The American Cancer Society has maintained “a healthy person cannot “catch” cancer from someone who has it.” [American Cancer Society]
Herpes lip cold sores (herpes labialis), shingles (herpes zoster) and herpes simplex are common in humans. Once infected, humans live with herpes viruses the rest of their lives as these viruses hide in nerve sheaths during dormancy. Arginine-rich foods (chocolates and nuts) induce eruptions of herpes viruses.
However, herpes viruses, which infect 80% of the world’s human population, are transmitted from person to person via kissing or sexual contact and help cancer spread throughout the body. Herpes viruses trick cells to grow new blood vessels (called angiogenesis), a process that occurs during wound healing, and in so doing, delivers nutrients to cancer cells. [Daily Mail UK July 20, 2016]
The best way to address herpes infections is to optimize the immune system. Supplemental zinc is critical to control herpes viruses. [Dental Research Journal Jan 2012; Metal Based Drugs 2000; Journal Oral Pathology & Medicine 2005]
Another approach is to consume natural molecules such as quercetin that inhibit both herpes virus replication and angiogenesis, like quercetin, a natural antioxidant found in red onions and red apple peel and also available as a dietary supplement. [Acta Microbiology Hungary 1992; Journal Medical Virology 1985; European Journal Pharmacology June 2016] The red wine molecule resveratrol has similar properties. [Antiviral Research Oct 1999; Anticancer Research Jan 2015]