A new wave of mosquito borne viral illness has emerged in the past decade in the Americas. West Nile is now endemic in all states and provinces of the U.S. and Canada. Chikungunya and Zika viruses have swept South and Central America, and are now present, along with a resurgent Dengue fever on the Southern borders of the U.S.. Just since 2014, global warming has led to the rapid expansion of the range of the carrier mosquitos Aedes aegypti, and A. arbopictus as far north as New York City and to the San Francisco Bay area. We will offer a protocol of herbal, nutritional, and lifestyle support which may moderate acute symptoms or prevent complications of these viral illnesses and provide a protocol and case studies for their neuroinvasive complications, including meningitis and encephalitis. Based on a review of 30 case studies of WNV and its complications from Colorado (2003-2012), a group of CHIKV patients from rural Nicaragua with chronic arthralgias (2015), and a historical review of treatments for Dengue and Chikungunya in the U.S. in colonial times.
Paul Bergner is a medical herbalist, clinical nutritionist, educator, author, and naturalist. He has studied and practiced natural medicine, nutrition, and medical herbalism since 1973 and has published and edited the Medical Herbalism journal since 1989. He is the director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. He has written seven books on herbalism, nutrition, Chinese medicine, folk ethnobotany, and naturopathic medicine. Paul has taught all aspects of clinical herbalism and clinical nutrition since 1989. He helped to establish and has taught in free or sliding scale teaching clinics in herbalism and nutrition continuously since 1996. He has mentored more than 300 students through 8-month clinical residencies. He lectures internationally on topics in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition.