I started reading the book Medical Medium this week and was immediately intrigued by the story of the author, Anthony William. At an early age Anthony was connected with what he refers to as the spirit of compassion, or simply, “spirit”.
Through this connection with this divine being, Anthony is able to immediately read a person and know what their health issue is and how to heal it. As early as four years old, he diagnosed his grandmother with lung cancer. She had no idea that she had it, since she was symptom-free at the time.
Anthony depicts how his connection with the spirit of compassion has been a blessing and a curse. He’s not able to control this gift. He reads every person he sees. He can even tell how a person died. Well, it’s not him, but rather spirit whispering this knowledge into his ear.
And spirit is never wrong.
Because of this connection, Anthony has helped thousands of people heal from mystery chronic conditions. These are conditions that the doctors are stumped by. Your lab tests come back, “normal”. There’s nothing wrong with you. Worse yet, “It’s all in your head.”
Given that it takes an average of eight years for women to receive a proper endometriosis diagnosis, I bet you can probably relate with the frustrations that come with having a mystery, invisible illness.
Impacts of the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)
While I’ve only begun to dig into the wealth of knowledge Anthony shares in his book, he’s already pointed out a big factor that’s plagued my life: the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV).
According to Medical Medium, roughly 70% of Americans have some form of EBV. It creates fatigue and pain that goes unnamed, or named incorrectly. This leads to ineffective treatments.
The medical community is aware of only one form of EBV, but there are actually over 60 different kinds. The virus has evolved since its initial appearance in the early 1900’s, and each generation it gets harder to contain.
According to Anthony, EBV is the reason behind many chronic conditions including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It can also cause thyroid disease, vertigo and tinnitus.
How do you get the Epstein Barr Virus?
You can pick up EBV in many different ways. That’s why it’s so common. It can be transferred to you as a child if your mother had it, through a blood transfusion, from fluid exchange during sex or through a simple kiss.
I first became aware of EBV as a teenager when I had Mononucleosis (mono), otherwise known as glandular fever or “the kissing disease.”
I got super sick for months. I could barely get up from off the couch. The glands in my neck got so swollen I could hardly breathe. I couldn’t eat. I was miserable. All I did was sleep, like all day.
I haven’t been the same since. I’ve had consistent swollen glands in my neck and my left tonsil has been inflamed, enough to freak out my dentist. Ha.
Since that time I’ve been diagnosed with both endometriosis and Hashimoto’s. I get periods of fatigue that are really bad. It feels like a flare-up. My brain gets foggy. I have a hard time focusing. I just want to sleep.
I’ve wondered about the role of EBV. I’ve heard that it can flare up like this, but when I went to see my primary care doctor about it, she tested my blood and told me that I was “fine”. Ha. She told me that EBV was not a factor.
Different Stages of EBV
In Medical Medium, Anthony reveals that there are actually four stages of EBV.
Initially the virus is relatively dormant. It silently replicates itself and builds up its numbers so it’s prepared to do a number on your body. This stage can take days, months, years, or even decades. This first stage of EBV is not detectable on tests.
EBV advances to the next stage when your body is weaker from stress, overwhelm, or exhaustion. It’s also triggered by major hormonal changes in your body from puberty, pregnancy or menopause.
“Hormones are a powerful food source for it – their abundance acts as a trigger,”
This makes me wonder if there’s a relation with EBV and the hormonal disruption that’s alive with endometriosis?
When EBV moves to the next stage, Mononucleosis is the result. I contracted this as a teenager, since I’d wore down my immune system with excess alcohol and sugar.
It’s during this second stage that EBV makes it’s long term home in major organs, commonly in your liver and/or spleen. It loves these areas because it feeds on toxins, dioxins and mercury.
Once it settles here, then EBV will no longer pick up on the tests the doctors do. So, the virus lives on, causing new symptoms and staying off the doctor’s radar.
EBV’s Poisonous Byproduct
EBV releases a poisonous byproduct that has the ability to generate a neurotoxin, which disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system.
When EBV is ready to make itself known, it excretes this neurotoxin, adding a great burden to your body. It secretes this during stage three, to prevent your immune system from attacking it.
Eventually all the poison in your body triggers your immune system, but it’s confused. It doesn’t know where the toxin is coming from. Anthony says that when this happens, most doctors misdiagnose the effects as Lupus.
If EBV advances to a more aggressive stage then your liver becomes sluggish and struggles to release toxins from your body. If this vital organ slows down, your body’s systems are deeply impacted.
Your liver plays a key role in digestion. If it’s blocked up or inflamed from EBV, then bloating or constipation ensues. You may develop more food sensitivities that you didn’t have before.
Your liver also plays a key role in the detoxification of growth promoting estrogen, and subsequent impacts on the growth of endometriosis.
When EBV Gets Aggressive
While your immune system is confused, EBV travels to your thyroid where it materializes as thyroid disorders and diseases. This includes Hashimoto’s.
I’ve heard and believed that Hashimoto’s was the action of my body attacking my thyroid. According to Anthony, this is incorrect. It’s EBV that’s been attacking my thyroid.
Once it makes itself home in your thyroid, EBV’s goal is to inflame your central nervous system, resulting in heart palpitations, aches and nerve pain.
EBV advances when your body’s in a vulnerable state. If you’ve undergone surgery, been in an accident, or gone through a super stressful event in your life then EBV thrives.
If EBV advances into the final stage four, then you may experience muscle pain, joint pain, back pain, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, migraines, chronic fatigue, dizziness, eye floaters, insomnia, unrestful sleep and night sweats.
Ding. Ding. Ding for me.
These symptoms often lead to misdiagnosis of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or rheumatoid arthritis. These are all syndromes that the medical community doesn’t understand, nor have viable solutions for.
On the Positive Side?
EBV is a smart virus. There’s a reason why they say that once you get EBV it never leaves your body. Turns out, that’s wrong too.
There are ways that you can heal. This starts by addressing your immune system, so that your body can rid itself of EBV. It takes time to do this. It could take up to a year.
I’ve been implementing many of his suggestions including drinking fresh organic celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning and taking recommended supplements here, which have helped me feel so much better. It’s helping to kill off this stubborn virus.
Have you read Medical Medium? Were you aware of the impacts of EBV? Have you had Mono? How has EBV impacted you?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.