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March 24, 2021  

THE EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS - MS CONNECTION: An Interview with Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman

March 24, 2021

In this week's episode, I'll be sharing my interview with neurologist, Dr. Bianca Weinstock-Guttman. She's a professor of Neurology at Buffalo University, where her expertise regarding the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and her collaborative research as to how EBV relates to MS is extensive and impressive.

This interview was originally recorded as part of The MS Gym's 2020 virtual Thrive Summit, which I had the honor of hosting last summer. While the rest of the world was on lockdown, we were reaching out to experts to share their knowledge in the fields of Anxiety, Telemedicine, Diet, and in this case, the EBV/MS connection.

EPISODE NOTES:

  • Elements that contribute to EBV being a trigger to MS
  • Questioning if you have MS at all
  • What type of virus is EBV?
  • The focus on B cells
  • Can EBV remain latent?
  • EBV triggers
  • DMTs, immunosuppression and EBV
  • Does having had mononucleosis put you at higher risk of MS?
  • Mononucleosis can be silent
  • Keeping our children too clean
  • The role of T cells
  • Mononucleosis increases risk of MS x3
  • EBV reactivation
  • Aging, immunosuppression and a higher risk of herpes zoster
  • Is there a treatment for EBV?

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