Even though we almost exclusively blog about our Western titles, we do have other titles in print, and a most remarkable one is by P.A. Arnold who wrote Getting a Handle on Herpes.
How we came to publish this small ebook is a long story, but we did, and we
are happy we did. When the author approached me with the project, my immediate reaction was no, not for us, but because she was such a kindly older woman I gave her manuscript a perusal, and I was blown away by what she'd written.
Arnold, a "woman of age," as she describes herself, has written not just an
informative book about genital herpes, but an engaging, positive, and somewhat
Arnold deals with every aspect of genital herpes, from what exactly a virus
is, to how it is spread (and she has documentation showing it is not always and only
through sexual contact as almost all doctors insist) and various protocols for treating this condition. She
is wonderful at encouraging the reader to keep the "disease" in perspective and to keep a positive attitude.
But Arnold goes way beyond this. The author quotes extensively from authors
such as Dr. Thomas Levy (now considered by many to be the leading vitamin C guru
in the country), Linus Pauling, a former leading expert on vitamin C
therapy, and Dr. Eric Braverman (The Healing Nutrients Within).
The book, sometimes humorous but always sincere, discusses how each person may have to spend some time finding their own treatment protocol. While it is tempting to rush from one promising product advertised on the web to another, she feels the time a person spends figuring out what truly works for them is invaluable. She also discusses how to accept the condition and not let it take control of your life and happiness.
Arnold's goal in writing the book was not monetary. She wanted us to "give the book away," but we did have substantial costs in putting the book out (for one thing I had to buy and read all the books that Arnold references, plus pay for the cover design, editing, etc.) but we did agree to charge only a nominal fee. I suspected it would take years to get our money back. Was I ever wrong. Even at $3.95 we had recouped our expenses within the first quarter of the book's release.
You see, it turns out that 1 out of 4 women carry the genital herpes virus, and about 1 out of 7 men (some statistics say 1 out of 5 men). That's a lot of people, many of whom have no idea they are carrying and unwittingly spreading the virus. For many women, their first pregnancy is a shocker when their hormones rapidly change, giving the herpes virus a chance to raise its ugly head. For others, menopause is the welcoming time. The point is, a person can have herpes for decades and not know, yet be "shedding" the virus regularly.
Some people, obviously, discover they have herpes very soon after a sexual encounter. Many are very young and struggle with horrible depression and low self-esteem because of it. This is not necessary.
Arnold herself has not had a herpes outbreak in many years. Ultimately she started taking large doses of vitamin C every single day. She did this for two years and remained herpes free. Eventually her body began to rebel against such large doses of the vitamin and she was forced to cut back. She still takes the vitamin, between 2 and 4 grams per day, but spreads it throughout the day and has had no trouble...and no outbreaks. She works to keep stress at a minimum, since stress is a major cause of outbreaks. She eats well, exercises, and basically takes good care of herself. Her herpes has remained dormant. She admits her protocol may not work for everyone, but she believes that everyone can find the right treatment that will work for them.
Getting a Handle on Herpes is available in all e-reader formats for $3.95. If you have genital herpes, or you know someone who does, we think it's well worth your time to take a look at what Arnold has to say. She discusses many options a person may never have considered.
It is important to note that Arnold never advocates a specific remedy. She is upfront about the fact that she is not a medical practitioner. She simply shares with readers valuable ideas she has garnered from many resources. She hopes the ideas she presents will spur readers into exploring on their own and finding a natural way of treating their own herpes.