A lifetime of feeling crappy and not knowing why was driving me crazy. After a few decades of searching I finally figured out it was Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) causing my problems. Below is my take on EBV and what to do about it.
Epstein-Barr Virus is wreaking havoc on people’s bodies and they do not realize that this little sinister virus is what’s making them so miserable. It shows up in many ways after being dormant for a long time. You know you have it if you have had mono. Another sign: are your organs pooping out? Liver thyroid, adrenals, spleen? For instance, we chase thyroid numbers, go on meds and leave it alone, but something is pulling on them…it’s not your organ failing or attacking itself. It’s EBV that has been in your body for a long time. It wreaks havoc on the liver which is reflected in so many things. Do you have fatigue, tinnitus, vertigo, aches and pains, swollen glands, problems with your tonsils, feeling like you “got hit by a truck”, hormonal changes hit you hard or depression? They can all trace back to EBV. The same goes for devastating illnesses and autoimmune diseases like MS, Chronic Fatigue, RA, Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Lyme’s Disease. If you know anyone who can not figure out what is wrong them, has never felt the same after being sick, has been to dozens of doctors, had endless tests, tried different diets and potions and has not been able to get better, there is a good chance the root can be traced back to EBV.
According to the Medical Medium, EBV also releases waste by-products and toxic by-products from cell die-off which both create neurotoxins. The virus is not the only problem. Coupled with EBV you will usually see parasites, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, a problematic digestive system and as mentioned, a sluggish liver and sub-optimal organs.
The above explains me and my plight to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. No matter what I did or where I searched, I could not find an answer. The pain, fatigue, organ problems, weight gain, digestive issues, feeling on the verge of a flu all the time, breathlessness and so much more plagued me my entire life, getting worse as I got older. A very clean diet, supporting my organs, exercise and various other techniques and lifestyle changes helped me to a point (I could have been SO much worse), but never fixed my growing list of ailments. THEN, I saw THIS article from goop.com about Mystery Illness. Anthony Williams, aka, The Medical Medium, goes through the Stages, varieties and consequences from Epstein-Barr Virus. That was a major “A-Ha” moment for me. Going down the list I said, “that’s me, that’s me, that’s me…”. Phew, I finally had a starting spot, but it took me a little while to figure out what was best for me.
While the Medical Medium has brought the severity and complexity of EBV to the surface, conventional medicine does recognize that it can become a major problem, such as spleen issues, cancers like Lymphoma and they are even recognizing its connection with MS. EBV, however, is generally believed to be done once your mono symptoms are gone (sore throat, fever, weakness, swollen glands, etc). The problem is that when it’s done and forgotten, it may be causing so many more problems in your system that you would never guess is related.
The virus needs to be killed and your immune system needs to be rebuilt.
How do you know if you have it?
1. Symptoms. Read The Goop article mentioned above. A good indication is when you start to have so much go wrong with you and there’s no explanation to why. Did you have mono? Do you have a mystery illness? Do you get “flares” that pop up for no reason and make you miserable? Do you have an autoimmune disease or Lymphoma?
2. You can get a comprehensive EBV panel blood test which includes and what it measures:
Epstein-Barr Virus Viral Capside Antigen (VCA) AB (IgM): Early phase, acute, reactivated
Epstein-Barr Virus, Early Antigen D Antibody (IgG): Acute, past infection, reactivated
Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigen (EBNA) AB (IgG): Acute, past infection, reactivated
Epstein-Barr Virus Viral Capsid Antigen (VCA) AB (IgG): Past infection, reactivated
This video from Attune Functional Medicine does a wonderful job in explaining the test results.
Immunoscience Labs also adds the antibody EBNA IgM.
The problem with the tests are that most doctors, even functional, are confused by them. They will tell you that it only shows you have had EBV in the past and do not recognize that is chronic and causing all of these seemingly unrelated health issues. If you do not have active mono, chances are you will be dismissed.
Another problem I saw with the test are once you start treating it and feeling better, your numbers may be through the roof. I see other people in support groups saying this too. I’m guessing that we are driving the virus out of the organs and that is why we start seeing such high serum numbers. Another thing it could mean is that your levels were so high that they did not register, and you are just working your way down to a readable range.
Dr. Kasia Kines has helpful information to understand your test results.
How do I treat it?
Get serious about a clean diet. Tons of fruits and vegetables. Base your meals around them.
Lemon water and 16 oz of celery juice in the morning and the Medical Medium’s Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie.
No eggs, cheese, corn, soy, canola oil, pork, farmed fish, gluten, MGS, natural and artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, processed food…these all feed the virus.
If this sounds daunting, my Upgrade Your Life Program eases you into it.
I used and love MediHerb’s Stealth pathogen protocol (purchase through holistic health practitioners). It includes myrrh, Artemisinin (sweet wormwood and sarsaparilla), Viranon (licorice, St. John’s Wort and Thuja) and Echinacea Premium. You will rotate these herbs for a few months.
Other herbs and supplements to use: Cat’s Claw, Silver Hydrosol, Lemon Balm, Monolaurin, L-Lysine, Olive leaf, lemon balm, zinc, selenium, elderberry to name a few. Do not try to do all of this at once. Rotate your supplements with this in mind: keep the viral load down and the immune system up.
UBI/O3 is Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation with ozone.
It’s a therapy where about 30-40cc of blood is taken out and mixed with saline, the RN injects it with ozone (O3 which is different than Oxygen O2 ), the blood and ozone goes through the ultraviolet blood irradiation machine and then back into me. This boosts the immune system and kills infections, improves circulation and oxygenates, among other healing properties.
I learned about this from a friend’s husband who had fantastic results. See Marty and Danielle’s story here.
This should be main stream treatment! Make sure you do both UBI and Ozone together.
You most likely have a build-up of heavy metals, parasites and a very tired liver. Drink the Heavy Metal Smoothie I had previously mentioned. TRS (Toxin Removal System) to remove metals. There are many ways to clean your liver with food. make sure you get lots of cruciferous vegetables to keep the toxins moving through and eliminated by your body. Once again, Medical Medium has an amazing liver cleanse in his Liver Rescue Book. I have done it several times and will continue to do it often to really get in there and get to all the levels.
They have been proven to help with pain reduction, COPD, blood pressure, weight loss, dementia, immune system (it increases white blood cell production). A variety of environmental toxins, including heavy metals, were shown to be released by infrared sauna. Dr. Christiana Northtrup has a comprehensive article on the benefits.
The first one was rough as I released too many toxins too fast. It left me dehydrated, achy and with a headache until the next day. I love them now and look forward to my sessions.
We hold on to crap that no longer serves us. It’s those stressful times in our lives that are the exact reason for our flares. LET THAT STUFF GO! Energy work will help you relax. You need to be as stress free as possible to heal.
Give these a try: reiki, NET, Access Bars, Acupuncture, sound and light therapy, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, chakra balancing, tapping and chanting to name a few. Look for local classes and healers near you. Facebook is a good place to find local events.
You can not heal if you are not sleeping. Do not feel guilty if you sleep a lot. Let your body do what it needs to do.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try mango before bed, CBD/Hemp oil, chamomile tea, minerals (calcium/magnesium), meditation/breathing, obviously turn off the screen and keep phones away from your head before bed and while sleeping. A clean liver will give you a better night’s sleep too! There are many different factors and solutions depending on if you are trying to fall asleep or stay asleep or if your mind is racing. Start with the clean diet where your sugar levels are in check and the above recommendation as a start (and be consistent!).
Deep breathes all day long. I have some videos on my YouTube playlist to follow.
Move Your Body
Instead of going full throttle on the workouts, take it easy on your body. Walk a lot, do yoga, dance, even lift weights, just keep it gentle. You are working towards healing which requires your body to be nurtured, not beat up.
Know and Act
You can beat this. Your mind can determine if you are going to heal or stay sick. If you say that “nothing will work”, “I’m never going to get better or have a normal life”, then you are right. Turn the thoughts around. Turn your self talk into “I am healing”. BE the person you want to be.
Be an advocate for yourself.
Don’t give up. It takes time, but you will start to feel better and have a normal life back.
I’m here to help and support you.