As we have already explained, thyroid diseases themselves are not symptomatic to the extent that experts believe they are not really the problem. They are just a signal, a hint, a piece of the puzzle of the much bigger picture that is Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). (To learn more about the connection between EBV and the thyroid gland, read the article "Thyroid Diseases - How It All Begins" .) For this reason, in the list we will be looking at, all diagnoses of thyroid diseases are included as symptoms of this a virus. At first glance, this may seem surprising. When you realize the big picture, you'll understand why it makes sense.

In this list you will also find those health problems that are more familiar as symptoms such as memory loss, body temperature fluctuations, chills, night sweats and palpitations. As you will see, these are almost always symptoms of EBV . Although some of these may have other explanations (for example, muscle cramps can also occur as a result of nutrient deficiencies, or you may develop a mild fever from severe dehydration), if you have come across this article looking for a specific thyroid problem gland or experience multiple problems from this list, there is a good chance that the explanation of a specific symptom below describes what is happening to you as well. Before you read on, there's something important to keep in mind: what you'll find here won't be misinformed theories or standard explanations with unhelpful information. You are about to enter new territory in terms of what causes a symptom or condition.


Hypothyroidism is a mild, early stage of thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland). When EBV penetrates the thyroid tissue, it is damaged and scarred, making it difficult for it to function. In this weakened state, also called underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism, there is a risk of reduced and less effective production of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Hypothyroidism can cause fluctuating body temperature, some tiredness or mild lethargy, and dry skin, that's all. What about all the other symptoms commonly associated with low thyroid hormone levels? They are symptoms of EBV, which ravages the liver and other parts of the body while also infecting the thyroid gland, not really symptoms of low thyroid hormone levels.

Even congenital hypothyroidism, when a child is born with an underactive thyroid gland, is a result of EBV. While developing in the womb, the baby is as vulnerable to infection as we are, and a mutated strain of the virus can end up in the baby's liver or thyroid gland, causing thyroid problems from birth.

Hypothyroidism would be more devastating if it weren't for the adrenal glands (read more about the relationship between the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands in the article "The Truth About the Thyroid Gland" ). Medical studies and science have yet to discover that the adrenal glands produce a hormone mix to compensate for the reduced T4 and T3 - a mix that resembles thyroid hormones, though different enough to sneak in those few symptoms. which we have just mentioned. If the adrenal glands were not performing this function, the low T4 levels from hypothyroidism would cause irregular periods, lack of motivation, higher levels of apathy and feelings of sadness, which are not yet the "classic" symptoms that (incorrect ) are associated with hypothyroidism. Again, these "classic" symptoms are viral or virus-related.

When you have hypothyroidism, it doesn't automatically mean that the entire gland has capitulated. Much of the thyroid gland is still functioning normally. It takes real damage to the thyroid gland that completely disrupts its inner workings to really crash it. You might think that this is your case. If so, be aware that very rarely is hypothyroidism itself the cause of actual symptoms. It takes a combination of physical injury to the thyroid gland (such as choking or a hard punch to the throat), serious trust issues, a tragic loss in life, and tons of stress to destroy the thyroid spirit. (If you're one of those extremely rare people, don't lose hope, you can still recover.) In the majority of people, the thyroid gland, no matter how damaged it is, is able to continue doing its job of monitoring the body. Also, the rest of the body is able to step in and compensate for the low hormone production, and the result is that any symptoms you experience are viral.

Hyperthyroidism and Graves' disease

In some cases, instead of causing an underproduction of thyroid hormones, EBV causes the thyroid gland to overproduce them. This is called hyperthyroidism, and the diagnosis that many people with this symptom receive is Graves' disease, a disease that is defined as autoimmune and leaves too many patients feeling that their bodies have failed them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Graves' disease is not the result of a confused immune system attacking the thyroid gland.

Rather, Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism occur because a certain strain of EBV—slightly more aggressive and fast-moving than the strains that cause hypothyroidism—attacks the thyroid gland, causing it to go into overdrive, rapidly making new cells and tissues. This extra thyroid tissue produces extra thyroid hormones, leading to symptoms such as bulging eyes, an enlarged thyroid gland, a swollen throat, some fatigue, and temperature fluctuations. As with hypothyroidism, most of the symptoms associated with Graves' disease (such as sweating, high blood pressure, and nervousness) are related to viruses and not a direct result of an overactive thyroid.

Although less common, it is possible to diagnose hyperthyroidism along with Hashimoto's thyroiditis rather than Graves' disease. This is because a person can carry two types of EBV at the same time, one of which promotes cell and tissue growth and the other which is destructive to thyroid tissue. This can easily lead to large fluctuations in thyroid hormone readings, as one strain of the virus may be more active in a person's body at any given time, determining whether the thyroid gland is producing too little or too much hormone.

Inflammation, enlarged thyroid and Hashimoto's thyroiditis

When EBV targets the thyroid gland, the immune system goes into overdrive and the result is inflammation. Inflammation is the body's natural response to invasion and/or injury. Have you ever had a thorn get stuck under your skin and soon the skin around it becomes red, hot and swollen? Thus, the body responds with inflammation to a foreign object (invasion) that causes damage to cells (injury). The same goes for the thyroid gland. If EBV enters thyroid tissue, the immune system immediately becomes aware of its presence (invasion) and when cellular damage (injury) begins, the gland becomes inflamed. This inflammation is characterized by a feeling of pain in the throat, pressure when swallowing or a strange sensation in the neck. It can also lead to an enlarged thyroid gland. Also, you can have an inflamed thyroid without any symptoms because every person is different and every case of inflammation is different. It all depends on which part of your thyroid gland is inflamed - front, back, top, bottom or both sides - and how inflamed it is.

If you are diagnosed with thyroiditis, understand that this is a sign that your immune system is working hard for you, doing everything in its power to fight off the virus. It's not your body malfunctioning. Inflammation doesn't occur because your immune system produces "auto-antibodies" to go after your own cell tissue. The antibodies that show up on thyroid tests are there because the thyroid is fighting a battle between EBV cells and your immune system. That is, your immune system produces antibodies to seek out and destroy the Epstein-Barr virus that causes thyroid damage or inflammation.

Let's think for a moment about the name Hashimoto's thyroiditis. While it may seem long and scary and panic-inducing, if you look at it in parts, it will lose some of its startling face. Thyroiditis simply means inflammation of the thyroid gland, and Hashimoto's is nothing more than the name of the doctor who first identified the swelling of the thyroid gland in his patients. While this was a remarkable discovery at the time, it was not a spectacular revelation of what lies behind inflammation. Rather, the doctor felt his patients' necks, detected the swelling of the thyroid gland by touch, realized that iodine deficiency did not fully explain the problem, and said to himself, "Something is wrong here!" – though he hasn't determined what. The diagnosis names only the symptom of the inflammation, but not the root cause. These initial cases of Hashimoto's were actually the first cases of EBV (having turned from a "good" virus into our enemy) taking advantage of iodine deficiency and a weak immune system. If "Hashimoto's disease" starts to sound like a frightening diagnosis, remember that the discovery was made more than a century ago. Now is the time to take the next step and discover the answers.

It wasn't until the publication of Anthony William's first book, The Healing Medium: What's Behind Chronic and Mysterious Illnesses and How to Heal Ourselves , which included a chapter on hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease, that the truth about EBV as a real, underlying cause finally came out. to the public. It's time to take back your power and understand that Hashimoto's is just a diagnosis, not a life sentence. The cause of your suffering doesn't come from within. Your immune system isn't out of whack and out to kill you. It's this virus is causing damage, making you feel miserable and hindering your normal life.Your body just needs proper support to beat the virus.

Thyroid nodules, cysts and tumors

If you've ever been diagnosed with a thyroid nodule or cyst, the diagnosis probably alarmed you. After all, none of us want to hear that we have a growth, much less one that mysteriously appears with no answer as to how to make it go away. Here's the truth about these lumps: they're another sign that your body is working hard against the Epstein-Barr virus .

When the immune system is unable to destroy the virus completely, it uses an alternative option: it tries to build calcium walls in front of the virus. These are the nodules of the thyroid gland - calcium walls in front of the EBV cells. Unfortunately, this does not eliminate the virus because (1) most of the EBV cells escape being enclosed and (2) those EBV cells that do become trapped take up residence in the calcium walls, continuing to be fed by the thyroid gland and deplete it. If the viral cells grow too much in the nodule, they can turn it into a living growth - a cyst - which puts even more stress on the thyroid gland. It is also possible to get a keloid scar on the thyroid gland, although doctors will not identify it as such. These keloids form when EBV creates extra tissue at the site of damage to the thyroid gland, whether it is from external influences or from the virus itself.

If you have had larger thyroid tumors that are cancerous, know that they are caused by rare, specific strains of EBV. Their formation usually indicates that a person also has toxins, such as an increased content of heavy metals and pesticides in their organs. (For more information on thyroid cancer, expect a special article on the topic on our blog .)

Meanwhile, all that calcium that surrounds the virus has to come from somewhere. If a person with a thyroid nodule or cyst doesn't have enough calcium in their body because they don't eat enough calcium-rich foods, then the immune system will pull calcium from the bones, which can lead to osteopenia or, worse, osteoporosis. Don't be misled when you hear that thyroid problems cause osteoporosis. When hypothyroidism and bone density problems occur at the same time, it is because EBV is behind both. For information on how to counteract calcium loss with the right foods, see the article "Powerful Thyroid Healing Foods" .

The continuation of the article with an explanation of many more symptoms: "Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 2)" .

Other Thyroid Articles:

"The truth about the thyroid gland" ;
"Thyroid diseases - how it all begins" ;
"Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 2)" ;
"Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 3)" ;
"Thyroid cancer" ;
"[Video] Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis? - Anthony William talks" ;
"Anthony William on Life Without a Thyroid Gland" ;
"Anthony William reveals the truth about iodine" ;
"Anthony William reveals the truth about zinc" ;
"Powerful healing foods for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements for the thyroid gland" ;
"How celery stem juice helps with thyroid diseases" ;
"Tea for the treatment of the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal broth for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal juice for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal Thyroid Smoothie" .

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