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Revolutionary insights into the cause of thyroid issues suggest that a virus may be to blame for gland slowdowns in 95% of women. Discover the plan that revitalizes health!
As scientists work to develop the latest “miracle drug” to help the millions of us battling thyroid issues, women from coast to coast are reporting their own miracle—a plan that has freed them from tiredness and stubborn pounds. It doesn’t come in a pill—it doesn’t even come from a medical doctor. Yet thousands of women and their doctors swear by it. The man behind the plan: Anthony William, author of the wildly popular book series Medical Medium (including his latest installment, Thyroid Healing), who says a voice (which he calls the “spirit of compassion”) tells him cutting-edge health information.
It may be unconventional, but it’s caught the attention of the medical community. “Every time I read one of Anthony William’s books…I learn something new—something that rings true that they don’t yet teach in medical school,” says Christiane
Northrup, M.D., author of Dodging Energy Vampires. “I actually apply a great deal of what I’ve learned to my own life.” One new thing doctors are learning about: thyroid virus as a cause of chronic health issues.
What is thyroid virus? William contends that an unreported epidemic of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is behind nearly all thyroid problems— he’s dubbed this the “thyroid virus.” Best known as the cause of mononucleosis (aka “the kissing disease”), EBV is common—95% of adults are infected, according to the National Institutes of Health. But unlike other viruses that run their course and go away, EBV remains dormant in the body after infection.
At any time, the virus can reactivate and turn into chronic EBV. Mainstream doctors acknowledge that this does happen but say it’s rare. William, on the other hand, feels the establishment underestimates how damaging EBV is. His belief: EBV can attack the liver, then move into the thyroid, disrupting the gland’s ability to make hormones. Since common blood tests don’t detect EBV, doctors conclude the problem is with the thyroid itself. This, he argues, leads to a diagnosis that is all wrong: a thyroid problem, not a viral problem.
Left untreated, the virus continues to damage the thyroid and organs, William says, pulling women into a health spiral that can lead to a range of symptoms, including hair loss, fatigue and weight gain. These symptoms are largely unrelated to the thyroid, he adds. Instead, they’re mostly due to the virus. Underactive (or overactive) thyroid is just one more symptom of EBV.
Researchers have begun looking into the EBV/thyroid connection, and science shows there is a link. In 2015, a team from Slovakia found signs of EBV in thyroid samples from 81% of cases with Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism). In 2016, Polish scientists concluded there’s enough evidence to suggest 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.
That’s led doctors to change the way they approach thyroid problems. Andrew Lenhardt, M.D., a functional medicine practitioner and professor at Tufts University, says he now tests for EBV in some patients. “Does [EBV] have the potential to be important relative to thyroid dysfunction, Hashimoto’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other issues? There’s no doubt in my mind,” he says. “The next question, which for me is the hardest, is how do we manage it?”
A big part of recovery is building immunity, experts say, and immune support is also key to prevention— when the immune system is compromised, the body may be more susceptible to the virus. The good news: Women all over the world are saying William’s plan can help. Read on for their insights—and for the easy how-to that’s working wonders!
“Does [a virus] have the potential to be important relative to thyroid dysfunction? There’s no doubt in my mind.”
—Andrew Lenhardt, M.D.