Did you know that 95% of people with Hashimoto’s have EBV – Epstein–Barr virus.
But so do millions of people who don’t have an autoimmune disease – EBV is an extremely common virus.
So why do some people suffer with on going issues and not others?
Is EBV a ticking time bomb that can cause issues down the track?
And how can we live with an infection that is affecting our health?
Let’s answer these questions today.
Have You Had an EBV infection?
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a member of the herpesvirus family that can infect humans. EBV infections are very common, and many people don’t even know they have had it. Many people become infected with EBV in childhood. EBV infections in children usually do not cause symptoms, or the symptoms are not distinguishable from other mild, brief childhood illnesses. People who get symptoms from EBV infection, usually teenagers or adults, get better in two to four weeks. However, some people may feel fatigued for several weeks or even months.
After you get an EBV infection, the virus becomes latent (inactive) in your body. In some cases, the virus may reactivate. This does not always cause symptoms, but people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop symptoms if EBV reactivates.
EBV can lay dormant in the system and present at a later date, usually triggered by a stress event. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses.
Researchers have begun looking into the EBV/thyroid connection. In 2015, a team from Slovakia found signs of EBV in in thyroid samples from 81 percent of cases with Hashimoto’s disease. In 2016, Polish scientists concluded that there’s enough evidence to suggest that EBV plays a role in autoimmune thyroid diseases. And in 2018, scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital linked EBV to at least seven conditions, highlighting the possibility that it plays a much larger role in disease than previously thought.
So the evidence is pretty clear.
Management and Treatment
Patient centered treatment is usually multi-tiered as there are often co-infections also involved, especially if you have very severe symptoms. Natural medicine has excellent strategies and treatment options to rebalance a depleted and immune challenged system, and then structured maintenance with herbs, diet and lifestyle can keep you symptom free.
Essential Herbal Remedies:
We create herbal remedies for our clients based on their individual needs. Some regularly used herbs for EBV clients are; Turmeric, Ginger, Japanese knotweed, Withania, Golden Seal, Bacopa, Hemidesmus, and Echinacea.
Deficiencies need to be addressed according to need, but key nutrients to address include; All the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Iodine, Selenium, CoQ10, Vitamin D, Omega 3s, and probiotics
Essential Diet Changes for Healing
This is usually the hardest change, next to stress management. Non-negotiable diet changes include:
- No gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods.
- Purchase organic produce and free range meats and fish.
- Eat more alkalising vegetables in the diet/
- Bone broths with medicinal ingredients: shitake mushrooms, garlic, ginger and turmeric.
- Quality Himalayan salt
Stress and EBV
Stress weakens the immune system. Some experts claim that stress is responsible for as much as 90% of all illnesses and diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Stress triggers cortisol which triggers insulin, that, among other things, decreases white blood cells and NK cells (special cells that kill cancer), increases tumor development and growth, and increases the rate of infection and tissue damage.
There are many strategies to manage stress, and if you are dealing with strong feeling of overwhelm, fear, or stress, then your practitioner can assist with adaptogen herbs and lifestyle support. We have powerful meditations to release these strong stress inducing emotions in HealthHub, our member site.
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