Always Tired? It Might Be Your Medication; CBCD Reviews the Medical Evidence

Industry: Health & Fitness

Side effects of most drugs can weaken the immune system allowing reactivation of the Epstein Barr Virus, which is linked to chronic fatigue. CBCD reviews the evidence.

New York (PRUnderground) July 3rd, 2014

“Infected with the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.”  – Greg Bennett, CBCD

Many drugs cause chronic fatigue by weakening the immune system, which allows latent viruses like the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) to increase in number. These drugs include antiviral drugs used to control the active herpes viruses, drugs to control blood pressure, drugs to control cholesterol, drugs to control stomach acids, sleeping pills, antihistamines, and antidepressants (1). In other words, most prescription drugs can weaken the immune system, increase the numbers of latent viruses in the body, and cause fatigue. Click to learn more about latent viruses and fatigue.

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) therefore recommends that individuals infected with a latent virus, such as EBV, take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR. The formula of these natural antiviral products was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against EBV and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs. Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with EBV …reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (2) The study authors also wrote that, “Following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR, the participants reported a statistically significant decrease in every aspect of fatigue tested in the study.” (3) In addition, this natural antiviral was recently proven to reduce mental and physical fatigue in a post-marketing clinical study that followed FDA guidelines.

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses. To date, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are the only natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

Individuals can check if their medication causes fatigue by inserting the name of the drug in the search bar located here:

How do these drugs cause chronic fatigue?

These drugs weaken the immune system. As a result, according to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s theory of Microcompetition, the decrease in the immune system will increase the number of latent viruses in these patients. One typical virus that infects most people is the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). Research shows that in high concentrations, these viruses cause fatigue. Therefore, polyDNA suggests reducing the numbers of latent viruses in the body to reduce physical and mental fatigue. Individuals can read more about Dr. Polansky’s theory here:

How do these drugs weaken the immune system?

The drug classes mentioned above can depress the central nervous system, or they may deplete vitamins and minerals that the body uses for producing energy. They also can interfere with the activity of immune cells. For example, a blood pressure drug specifically “reduces inflammation by suppressing the activity of immune cells.” (4) Suppressing the immune system can lead to an increase in the number of latent viruses in the body. In addition to blood pressure drugs that lower the immune system, a study found that drugs to reduce cholesterol have, “immunomodulatory properties that may favour reactivation of latent…virus infection.” (5) Drugs to control stomach acid production Proton can suppress the immune system too. Another study showed that these drugs “appear to favor immune suppression.” (6) The list goes on and on.

“Studies associate the feeling of fatigue with a sense of tiredness, lack of energy, a feeling of exhaustion, and impaired physical and/or cognitive performance. (2)

Many medications actually harm the immune system. This weakening of the immune system can allow an infection with a latent virus, such as with EBV, to create conditions favorable to viral reactivation and to feelings of fatigue. In fact, the virus itself is responsible for feelings of “extreme fatigue.” (7)

In light of the above information, the CBCD recommends that individuals infected with a latent virus, such as the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), take Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.

Click to read more about Novirin and EBV, or Gene-Eden-VIR and EBV.


(1) 9 Types of Medications That Can Lead to Chronic Fatigue. Published on June 12, 2012.

(2) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Decreased Physical and Mental Fatigue in a Post Marketing Clinical Study That Followed FDA Guidelines; Results Support Microcompetition Theory. Published in March 2014.

(3) Polansky H, Itzkovitz E Gene-Eden-VIR Decreased Physical and Mental Fatigue in a Post Marketing Clinical Study That Followed FDA Guidelines; Results Support Microcompetition Theory. Published in 2014.

(4) – leflunomide, Arava. Last reviewed on April 23, 2012.

(5) Statins and the risk of herpes zoster: a population-based cohort study. Published November 13, 2013

(6)  Potential immunological consequences of pharmacological suppression of gastric acid production in patients with multiple sclerosis. Published on June 7, 2012.

(7) CDC – Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.



About CBCD

About CBCD

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease ( is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS tax code. The center’s mission is to advance the research on the biology of chronic disease and to accelerate the discovery of a cure for these diseases. The CBCD first published Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Purple” book, entitled “Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease” in 2003. In this book, he explains how foreign DNA fragments can cause many major diseases. The book has been read by more than 5,000 scientists around the world, and has been reviewed in more than 20 leading scientific journals. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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