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Craig Rohne

Condition: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)

Diagnosed Year: 2010

Foods I Love:

Coconut kefir
Bone broth
Organic non-GMO raw honey (before bed)
Hawaiian Sea Salt

Foods I Avoid:

Anything in a wrapper
Peanuts and peanut butter
Olive oil for cooking
Most dairy, especially pasteurized milk

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My Story

In the summer of 2010, right before the 4th of July, I was diagnosed with Mononucleosis caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). While mono is also known as the kissing disease, I can assure you I was not infected through any late night make-out sessions. Over the prior year I had worked an average of 90-100 hours a week. My energy was unfortunately focused 100% on work, and 0% on my personal well-being. It was unhealthy combination of my lack of sleep, intense desire to stand out in my job, and the complete lack of regard for my health that resulted in a flare-up of EBV (which 95% of the population already has as a latent virus). One morning I just woke up and felt like I had not slept for two days (I knew intimately what that felt like). I ended up having to take a three week leave of absence from work after the mono diagnoses. When I returned, I felt better than I had three weeks prior, but I still was very fatigued. I was now more conscious of my sleep patterns since I was tired all the time, and would even fall asleep in the bull-pin in the middle of the day while sitting. But I just assumed I would get better over the next couple months, as the doctors had said.

Fast-forward five-years, and I am just now about fully recovered from the post-mono fatigue that had plagued me. I was severely ashamed and embarrassed of my initial diagnoses and more so of my inability to recover quickly. As such, I largely kept my ailments to myself and used work as an excuse not to spend time with friends or family. My life was consumed with trying to sleep as much as possible. I realized my health was not going to improve if I did not personally take responsibility for it. I read nearly a hundred books on health and well-being, primary research documentation, and have listened to voluminous lectures. I have lived through the healing process. You can get better, but you have to be willing to try and acknowledge that it is possible—sounds cheesy, but it is really true.


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