Missing Pieces Part 3 - Retroviruses

By Thomas Splettstoesser -, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Human Retroviruses

This information is critical if you or someone you know is struggling with any of the following:

  • Autism

  • Autoimmune Diseases (e.g. Lupus, Sjogren’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders)

  • Cancer (e.g. Leukemias, Lymphomas)

  • Chronic Fatigue


  • Lyme Disease

  • MTHFR and other genetic polymorphisms

What is a Retrovirus?

Scientific Definition: A retrovirus is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus with a DNA intermediate and, as an obligate parasite, targets a host cell. Once inside the host cell cytoplasm, the virus uses its own reverse transcriptase enzyme to produce DNA from its RNA genome, the reverse of the usual pattern, thus retro (backwards). The new DNA is then incorporated into the host cell genome by an integrase enzyme, at which point the retroviral DNA is referred to as a provirus. The host cell then treats the viral DNA as part of its own genome, transcribing and translating the viral genes along with the cell's own genes, producing the proteins required to assemble new copies of the virus. (Wikipedia)

In short: these are viruses that use crafty methods to insert their DNA into a host’s DNA, ultimately creating genetic mutations. These mutations change how a body functions and can lead to a number of serious diseases (see above list).

Many of these retroviruses are passed to us from infections acquired generations ago. Others can be newly acquired, especially from insect bites (ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, spiders). The end result is the same, a change in genetic code. Many of these changes have little to no impact on health, many of them create significant disease processes, and some of them improve our health. This is one of the ways in which nature facilitates genetic changes.

If you or loved ones are struggling with the above conditions, it is relevant to consider anti-retroviral therapies, as they may be the underlying cause.

Please note: much of this information is cutting edge and continues to be investigated. We do not yet know the full depth and impact of retroviruses, though recent research suggests that they can play a major role in disease processes. As such, it makes sense to do laboratory testing for markers that would suggest retroviruses are and underlying cause of your health concerns.

Laboratory Testing for Retrovirus Activity

  • CD 39

  • CD 73

  • CD26/DPP4

  • IL8

  • Nagalase


Treatments for Retrovirus Causes Disease

As treatment should only be conducted under the supervision of a physician with a working knowledge of these processes, only very safe therapies are mentioned below. For a comprehensive treatment plan, please see an appropriate physician.

The goal in treating this type of disease process is to silence the genes that are causing symptoms. This can be done with both pharmaceutical drugs and natural substances from nature.

Below are some of the safe, natural anti-retroviral agents:

  • Broccoli Sprouts – anti-retroviral, improves purine metabolism, helps with detoxification.

  • Cistus Incanus Tea (from Sardinia) – potent anti-retroviral, anti-borrellia (Lyme), biofilm breaker, and tick deterrent.

  • Ecklonia Cava – a brown algae capable of binding heavy metals such as Aluminum and Mercury, is a potent anti-retroviral, and one of the most powerful anti-oxidants to date.

  • Pantethine (B5) – essential vitamin, anti-retroviral, energy production, many health benefits.

  • Selenomethionine – prevents expression of retroviral genes.

Credit: the majority of this information was collected by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt who is leading the field in treating retroviruses as the underlying cause of autism, lyme, chronic fatigue, and neurological conditions.