Before anything else, I must say that this topic is closer to my heart more than any other. Unfortunately, thyroid problems are my family’s best friend. Some people keep cats, dogs… we keep thyroid problems! I have always been the black sheep, the misunderstood, the rebel. I don’t like to follow any patterns so when it is about to go down on traditional roots I change direction!
I have a keen interest to dig deep and find the solution for problems. You can find natural remedies for most of the conditions nowadays, but for some reason when you have thyroid issues it is either pharmaceuticals or endless suffering. I think it is because we talk about an extremely complex organ and no one wants to undermine the opinion/recommendation of “professionals”.
I was always wondering how is it possible that an illness or disease runs through an entire family like a forest fire. I am truly fascinated by the thyroid! This tiny organ that controls so many functions in our body and can cause so many problems in our health and it really can make our lives miserable. At this age, we live in a world of hormonal related illnesses and they are quite common mostly in women, but men do suffer from them as well.
Truth And Triggers
There are misconceptions about what the thyroids true function is. It is believed that manages metabolism: controls weight regulates hunger, ignite libido and elevate energy levels. The thyroid is the body’s data center. It gets messages from every organ and every gland gets delivered to the thyroid. It collects and records data of what is functioning well in your body, what isn’t functioning, what is toxic and what’s not toxic. That is why when it is a problem with it can cause a wide variety of issues that seem like a never-ending story.
The truth is that it is no accurate test to detect thyroid problems. You can have all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or any other thyroid issue yet the results are normal. Your body says completely opposite of what the test result is. I am pretty sure I am not the only one had this experience. It is because they look at the wrong thing! As Anthony said in his book: “A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom ” – yes, it is a symptom of a highly contagious viral infection named Eppstein Barr Virus. If we would get tested for the virus instead of measuring how well the thyroid works or checking how much we have of each hormone, we would get to the bottom of it sooner. I know it is disturbing news! I was in shock first, then everything made sense more than ever!
What triggers the virus?
Having mold in a house or office where you spend most of the days it isn’t too healthy. It is very harmful! It wears out your immune system allowing the thyroid virus to take advantage.
Amalgam fillings (mercury-based)
If you have silver fillings be careful about having them removed. If you have more than one make sure you get them removed all at once. The removal of silver fillings sending the toxic mercury into your bloodstream, which feeds the virus.
Pesticide and herbicides
Exposure to these poisons can damage your immune system and make the thyroid virus very happy.
Even if you get a blood test saying that your B12 levels are fine, it does not mean that it is usable B12 that absorbing where it needs to in your body. Your central nervous system, liver or other organs maybe still deficient which is again good for the opportunistic thyroid virus.
This mineral preventing the virus from multiplying. Deficiency makes the virus’s life much easier.
Any kind of hormonal change offering food for the virus on a silver plate.
Epstein Barr Virus Symptoms
It is a member of the herpes virus family. If any of you have already had it you know how easy is to catch it. EVB is one of the most common human viruses. It spreads through bodily fluids, especially saliva, which is why it is named as “the kissing virus”. Have you shared your drink with a friend? Maybe kissed someone who was in the contagious stage of the virus? Have you got it from your parents as a birthday present? The bad news is once you are infected it stays with you like a memory of a bad date – usually in a dormant state- for the rest of your life.
If the virus made itself more visible we talk about the incubation period, where you experience a month or so extreme fatigue, swollen glands, rash, inflamed throat, weakness, headaches, and fever. With time passing by the virus gets more and more comfortable in our body. It’s goal to reach the central nervous system. It can stay in a dormant stage multiply for months or even decades and when the circumstances are given and get’s the perfect trigger it will show it’s true side.
Stage One: The Fetus Stage
The virus at early stages doesn’t cause that much of a problem, but scratchy throat and a bit of tiredness. For most adults, it’s staying on this stage and doesn’t evolve to the next. People with a compromised immune system are more at risk of reaching the next levels.
Stage Two: The Danger Zone
Stage two starts with mononucleosis that is called “the kissing disease”. This is the most common illness among colleges and university students as they stay up late partying and studying. Their diet is tent to be different from the memory of their mum’s home cook meal. During mononucleosis, your immune system is at war with the Eppstein-Barr virus. This is the stage when it starts releasing chemicals that tell the immune system that an invader is present.
Stage Three: The Thyroid Stage
The virus is very active in this stage. Filling the liver with toxins that end up in the bloodstream and lymphatic system and confuse the lymphocytes (white blood cells occurring especially in the lymphatic system) that protect the thyroid. At this stage, the EBV attacking the thyroid causing even more severe symptoms.
Symptoms you may experience on this stage are brain fog, fatigue, bloating, confusion, hot flashed, mild fever, chronic sore throat, numbness and tingles, dry skin, brittle nails, thinning hair and dizziness.
Stage Four: The Mystery Illness Stage
Fortunately, not many people reaching this level, but if you are don’t worry it is a way back.
So many people experience, especially youngsters in its 20s dealing with mystery symptoms like confusion, fatigue, anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, stomach aches. These problems often ignore or named as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, Candida, Depersonalisation Disorder (the person feels detached or disconnected from one’s self). Prescriptions often follow these diagnoses, but for obvious reasons, they don’t help.
The above mentioned symptoms occur when the virus makes itself at home in your nervous system.
Three Month Thyroid Detox
FIRST MONTH – LIVER, LYMPHATIC SYSTEM AND GUT RELEASE
- Start the day with 450 ml fresh celery juice on empty stomach (wait 15 minutes before you eat anything after drinking the juice).
At midday drink 450ml lemon or lime water from half lemon/lime and water.
Every evening drink around 450ml aloe water or cucumber juice.
Skip eggs, dairy (including cream, yogurt, ghee, milk, cheese, kefir), gluten, canola, corn, soy, and pork this month.
SECOND MONTH – HEAVY METAL DETOX MONTH
- Start the day with 450 ml fresh celery juice on an empty stomach.
Every day drink the heavy metal detox smoothie:2 bananas, 2 cups of wild blueberries, 1 cup cilantro, 1 teaspoon barley grass juice powder, 1 teaspoon spirulina (Hawaiian recommended), 1 teaspoon Atlantic dulse, 1 orange, 1 cup water.
At midday drink 450ml lemon or lime water from half lemon/lime and water.
Sip roughly 450ml ginger water in late afternoon (1-2 inches of fresh ginger and water, honey and lemon are optional).
Every evening drink 450ml or 16 ounces thyroid healing juice: 1 bunch of celery, 2 apples, 1 bunch cilantro, 2-4 inches of fresh ginger.
Stay away from eggs, dairy (including cream, yogurt, ghee, milk, cheese, kefir), gluten, canola, corn, soy, and pork. Also, skip tuna, swordfish and sea bass this month.
THIRD MONTH – THYROID VIRUS CLEANSE MONTH
- Start the day with 450ml celery juice on an empty stomach.
Every day drink 450ml thyroid healing juice (find recipe above).
At midday sip 450 ml lemon or lime juice.
Sip one cup of thyroid healing tea: 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1 teaspoon lemon balm, 2 teaspoons raw honey.
No eggs, dairy (including cream, yogurt, ghee, milk, cheese, kefir), gluten, canola, corn, soy and pork. Also, skip tuna, swordfish and sea bass this month. Reduce your meat intake by 25%!
Thyroid Healing Foods, Herbs
Every each organ has its food which helps them to feed them and help with recovery. The thyroid needs to be fed too, especially when it has been fighting with EBV for a month or even years.
Here you can find foods and herbs that you can include n your diet for best results:
Aloe vera, apples, asparagus, Atlantic sea vegetables, avocados, bananas, basil, berries, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, coconut, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, dates, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, hemp seeds, kale, lemons and limes, lettuce, mangoes, maple syrup, nuts (especially walnuts, Brazil nuts, almonds and cashews), onions, oranges, papayas, parsley, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, radishes, raw honey, sesame seeds, spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, thyme, tomatoes, turmeric, watercress, wild blueberries.
Thyroid Support Supplements
Apart from healing foods and herbs it is very effective supplements can really help you make yourself whole again:
- Vitamin B12 – Protecting the whole body from EBV’s neurotoxins.
- L-Lysine – Inhibiting and reducing the EBV viral load.
- Ashwaganda – By stabilizing the adrenal glands it’s taking the food away from EBV.
- Omega-3 fatty acid – Protect the endocrine system and help strengthening the nervous system .
- Chromium – Aids pancreas and liver function, supportive for adrenals and thyroid.
- Selenium – Strengthening the thyroid and protecting it from scaring, help stimulate T3 and T4 production .
- Vitamin-C – Helps the entire immune system.
- Spirulina – Getting rid of heavy metals (favourite food of EBV).
- Licorice root – Destroy EBV cells in the thyroid, liver and spleen.
- Lemon balm – It kills and repels viral and bacterial cells in the thyroid.
- Chaga mushroom – Kills off EBV driving it out of the liver and thyroid.
- Curcumin – Anti-inflammatory and reduces nerve swelling caused by the virus.
- Vitamin-D – Helps stabilise the immune system and prevent it from overreacting against invaders like the virus.You can find a detailed description of some vitamins mentioned in my previous article here.Important Few WordsThyroid problems start when the Epstein Barr Virus attacks the thyroid on the third stage.You can find all the essentials above to restore your health and get your life back.The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone and it is a way back regardless of which stage you are on.
Thank you for reading and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to message me! 🙂
P.S.: If you are considering to stop your medication please consult with your medical practitioner first!