The Herpes Virus and Hashimoto’s (2022)

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The herpes virus is an unstoppable biological machine

Like most health conditions, Hashimoto’s has no single cause.

It is the result of the perfect storm of factors that include a genetic predisposition, exposure to some pathogen (often a herpes virus), the breakdown of the gut and barrier systems (without or without the help of gluten), exposure to gluten, environmental toxins like radiation, mercury and other toxic chemicals and often, some particularly stressful event.

In this post we explore one of those causes, the herpes virus.

As many of you know, I have Hashimoto’s and have made it my life’s work to understand everything I can about the causes, treatment and management of this disease.

My Own Experience with Herpes

I also have herpes simplex 1 (along with 90% of the population). While this is not a life threatening disease it can be the cause of shame and embarrassment, especially when I get a more serious outbreak on my face or lips.

As a health care practitioner, there are times when having an outbreak of herpes has made me feel like I’m not very good at my job because it can look much worse than it is.

But the reality is that there are few other biological entities as resilient and unstoppable as the herpes virus. All the technology at our disposal is pretty useless when it comes to trying to eradicate this infection.

And I suppose one blessing of having it is that I can not venture too far from the things I know I need to do to stay healthy. The virus will rear it’s ugly head and remind me to get back in line.

In addition, one thing I have observed in my own life is that an outbreak of herpes can also affect my Hashimoto’s, resulting in a debilitating double whammy that can affect me emotionally, physically and psychologically.

So I thought I would explore this in more depth, and look at the relationship between herpes and Hashimoto’s. You may be surprised by the information and the impact that these various herpes diseases can have.

Herpes Viruses Are Everywhere

There are 8 different herpes viruses known to infect human beings. These include herpes simplex 1 & 2, varicella zoster (which causes chicken pox) also known as herpes 3, Epstein Barr virus (herpes 4), Cytomegalovirus (herpes 5), Human Herpes Virus 6 & 7 and Human Herpes Virus 8 found in people with complications due to HIV.

While the whole herpes family is believed to be linked to autoimmune disease, there is more research into the link between herpes simplex 1 & 2, Epstein Barr, and Cytomegalovirus and autoimmune thyroid disorders like Hashimoto’s.

The common factors that unite them is that all of them remain in the body forever, they can remain dormant for years and then get reawakened (often by stress or stressful events) and they all have the potential to do harm to the brain because the herpes virus has an affinity to nerve tissue.

Herpes Simplex 1 & 2

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are very common worldwide. HSV-1 is the main cause of herpes infections on the mouth and lips, including cold sores and fever blisters. It is transmitted orally (through kissing or sharing drinking glasses and utensils). HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes, although HSV-2 is the main cause of genital herpes.

HSV-2 is spread through sexual contact. You may be infected with HSV-1 or HSV-2 but not show any symptoms. Often symptoms are triggered by exposure to the sun, fever, menstruation, emotional stress, a weakened immune system, or an illness (like Hashimoto’s).

While most herpes infections do not cause serious complications, infections in infants and in people with weakened immune systems, or herpes infections that affect the eyes, can be life threatening. In addition, herpes virus attack nerves so they can do damage to the brain by attacking the ganglia.

In fact, Herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) is an acute or subacute illness that causes both general and focal signs of cerebral dysfunction. Brain infection is thought to occur by means of direct neuronal transmission of the virus from a peripheral site to the brain via the trigeminal or olfactory nerve. The exact pathway is unclear, and factors that precipitate HSE are unknown.

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV)

Epstein-Barr is the virus that causes mononucleosis and is part of the herpes family. Even if you didn’t come down with it in high school or college, you were very likely infected with it, an estimated 95% of US adults have been infected with this virus.

It can present without any symptoms and has been linked to both Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease. In my own patient population about 80% of the people I have worked have been diagnosed with EBV.

I surveyed our Facebook group and asked how many also had the Epstein Barr virus. Of the 131 (and counting) people with Hashimoto’s who responded 85% were aware that they had been exposed to the Epstein Barr virus.

This is obviously not a rigorous study, but it does show you just how prevalent this infection is in this patient population.

It has also been linked to other autoimmune diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome. In addition, both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are also linked to EBV.

Epstein Barr can also lead to inflammation of the brain (viral encephalitis). This is a serious concern with Hashimoto’s because it can also have a profound impact on the brain and this inflammation has the potential to lead to neurodegeneration and cognitive decline.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Most people infected with CMV do not have any symptoms. Acute CMV infection can cause mono-like symptoms such as fever, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, muscle aches, loss of appetite and fatigue.

In people with compromised immune function, CMV infections can attack different organs and systems in the body and can lead to blurred vision and even blindness (CMV retinitis), lung infection, diarrhea, inflammation of the liver, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). In more severe cases it can lead to behavioral changes, seizures and coma (again highlighting the impact of the virus on the brain).

How Do These Viruses Lead to and Impact Hashimoto’s?

It is not believed that the herpes viruses directly cause autoimmune disease. But they do play a part in it’s initial onset and progression and they can certainly make symptoms more intense and be a barrier to healing and feeling better.

There are many reasons for this and I will discuss them in a moment, but first let’s take a look at antigens and antibodies so that you can understand how these viruses cause problems in the body.

Antigens Trigger an Immune Response, Antibodies Bind to Antigens

An antigen is a substance that produces an immune response. So for example, foreign substances such as chemicals, bacteria, or viruses are all considered antigens. Foods can also be seen as antigens by the immune system.

However, an antigen can also be produced inside of the body, and even the tissue cells can be considered to be an antigen at times, which is what happens with autoimmune conditions such as Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s.

An antibody is a protein which is produced by the immune system, and this antibody binds to a specific antigen. Once the antibody binds to the antigen other immune system cells (i.e. macrophages) attempt to engulf and destroy the antigen.

How These Antibody Reactions May Lead to Autoimmunity

There are number of theories about the different mechanisms that can lead viruses to trigger autoimmune disease. A couple examples are: direct bystander activation, and molecular mimicry.

Direct bystander activation: This describes an indirect or non-specific activation of autoimmune cells caused by the inflammatory environment present during infection. Think of this as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, just like being caught in a drive by shooting.

In this case, one part of the immune system becomes activated and this turns on other parts which can kill both viral-infected cells, and healthy cells as well.

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So, for example, virus-specific T cells might migrate to the areas of a viral infection, and when these T cells encounter virus infected cells they sound the alarm and release immune proteins (called cytokines), which not only kill the infected cells, but also leads to “bystander killing” of other healthy cells nearby.

Molecular mimicry: This is a process where a foreign antigen shares an amino acid sequence or has a similar structure to self-antigens. So for example, a certain virus can have an amino acid sequence that is very similar to the amino acid sequence of human cells.

This can result not only in the production of antibodies against the virus, but can also lead to auto-antibodies against the human cells due to the similarities in the proteins.

Something else that can occur is that viral fragments can attach to human tissue and result in a hybrid that is part virus and part human and this can also be attacked by the immune system.

Here Are The Possible Steps to Autoimmunity

The mechanisms mentioned above really the end of a series of potential steps that lead to autoimmunity. There are some interesting theories about how this happens. This matters because if we can figure out how it is happening, it can help us figure out what how to treat it.

And what’s also interesting is that this same process takes place with all herpes viruses, it’s not unique to the ones that we’re looking at as examples.

It Starts with CD8+ T-cells

CD8+ T-cells are a kind of cell which inhibits viruses. Basically, once activated they kill bad cells.

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Cells infected with the virus are used to make more virus.

Cells which viruses have infected are one example. These cells will be used by the virus to make more virus, so they must be killed by the immune system.

Having a deficiency of them is a common characteristic of virtually every chronic autoimmune disease (including: multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic sclerosis, dermatomyositis, primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, vitiligo, bullous pemphigoid, alopecia areata, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, type 1 diabetes mellitus, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, myasthenia gravis, IgA nephropathy, membranous nephropathy, and pernicious anaemia).

Some scientists believethat this CD8+ T-cell deficiency may be partially responsible for the formation of these chronic autoimmune diseases, as well. And one reason is that they aren’t able to control theEpstein-Barr virus (EBV) or other herpes infection.

If EBV isn’t controlled, it can cause all kinds of problems in the body. When EBV infects B cells it can make them “auto-reactive”, which means its products (antibodies) target our own tissues.

According to a paper called “CD8+ T-Cell Deficiency, Epstein-Barr Virus Infection, Vitamin D Deficiency, and Steps to Autoimmunity: A Unifying Hypothesis” by Michael P. Pender, one theory is that autoimmunity occurs in the following steps:

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1. First you have CD8+ T-cell deficiency – this has a genetic component.

2. Then, EBV (or other herpes virus) infection and spread of EBV because of CD8+ T-cell deficiency (there aren’t enough of these cells to kill these virus infected cells).

3. Increased antibodies against EBV (kind of like a second line of defense), your body responds and tries to bring in more help.

4. EBV infects a specificorgan– and, particularly,B Cells in that organ. Thiscorrupts the B cells to attack our own tissue. (One theory is that since viruses and bacteria have proteins similar to our own proteins, we mistakenly attack our own proteins. This confusion by our immune system is the ‘molecular mimicry’ I described above.)

5. B Cells proliferate in the infected organ (your antibody numbers increase)

6. T cells are drawn into the organ and also attack our tissue. Antibodies signal the attackers.

7. Development of ‘structures’ inthe target organ, which causes B cells to attack ourtissues. (This is dependent on Th17 cells ) This process repeats and builds on itself.

What Factors Push Autoimmunity?

Some common factors that push autoimmunity are:

Low Vitamin D
High Estrogen
High Chronic Stress

Low Vitamin D

Vitamin D and sunlight are very important for CD8+ T cells production, which may explain why countries that get less sunlight have a higher occurrence of autoimmunity. People with Hashimoto’s commonly have low Vitamin D levels.

High Estrogen

Estrogen also decreases CD8+ T cells, which may explain the higher incidence of autoimmunity in females. Women with estrogen dominance and/or impairment of detoxification pathways in the liver may have too much circulating estrogen and this can cause problems with the immune system.

High Chronic Stress: High Cortisol/Low Pregnanolone

Chronic stress can cause reactivation of EBV, probably by downgrading the TH1 immune response. (TH1 are T helper cells that sound the alarm and also induce destruction. They are like the elite soldiers of the immune system.)

When you have chronic stress, your body keeps pumping out cortisol. Cortisol is made from cholesterol and a hormone that helps make cortisol is known as pregnenolone.

Pregnenolone is a neurosteroid and is important in the creation of other hormones like cortisol.

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When your body is under constant stress (which is the state of living with an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s) and needs to keep producing more and more cortisol something called the “pregnenolone steal” can happen.

This is where cortisol is ‘stealing’ or diverting pregnenolone for cortisol production and depleting it. When pregnenolone is depleted, there will, of course, be less of it to produce more cortisol in the future.

Viruses Hijack the Mevalonate Pathway

When aviral infection becomes active it takes control over what’s known as the “mevalonate pathway.” Virusesuse thispathway to make their protective outer coats.

In answer to this, your body makes interferon, which shuts down the mevalonate pathway, which in turn suppresses the virus. However, inhibiting this pathway may also lead to a reduction in synthesis of pregnenolone and Co-enzyme Q10 (which also may be depleted in Hashimoto’s).

One of the most commonviruses that causes this pathway to be inhibited is Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).

There’s also another problem.

When you’re underhigh stress the body releases cortisol, which suppresses yourimmune system.

Specifically,the TH1 (or T Helper 1) part of the immune system is suppressed by chronic stress. This aspect of the immune system (Th1) protects us from viral reactivation. Cells and proteins in this family sound the alarm and kill viruses.

When this part of the immune system is suppressed, viral infections can then reactivate-including EBV, herpes and a host of other viruses.
What’s really interesting about this is that Hashimoto’s was originally thought to be a TH-1 dominant disease and some people with Hashimoto’s do have TH-1 dominance.

And here’s where it gets tricky. If you stimulate TH-1, then you may risk firing up the part of the immune system that is destroying your thyroid. So this requires some real skill in dealing with with both Hashimoto’s and EBV or other herpes viruses at the same time.

Other Things EBV Can Disrupt

There are some other things that EBV can cause problems with and these are really significant because they are also common problems with Hashimoto’s.

EBV can cause problems with serotonin, methylation, and can compromise the blood brain barrier and, as we have already seen, lead to neurodegeneration.

This is really interesting because with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism, serotonin can also become depleted. This one of the reasons why some people with Hashimoto’s experience depression and a lack of motivation and enjoyment in things. So the combination of Hashimoto’s and EBV can lead to some serious emotional issues.

Methylation issues are also quite common with Hashimoto’s and some people have MTHFR gene mutations which can exacerbate this problem. In addition, dominance of the TH1 part of the immune system can lead to methylation problems, as well.

And, finally leaky gut and intestinal permeability are the hallmark of virtually all autoimmune diseases and this is sometimes the sign of a larger systemic problem involving all the barrier systems of the body.

The gut and the brain are very closely related and the same proteins that protect the barrier of the intestines also line the blood brain barrier. When one area is compromised the other can be as well.

So, the combination of EBV and Hashimoto’s certainly has all the ingredients of a potent vicious cycle that can create a downward spiral of difficult to resolve physical and psychological health problems.

What To Do If You Have EBV and Hashimoto’s

Treating both EBV (and other herpes viruses) and Hashimoto’s at the same time can be tricky because herbs and supplements that are known to prevent reactivation of the virus can also stimulate parts of the immune system.

And if these parts of the immune system are causing tissue destruction and flare ups of your symptoms, then you are simply trading problems. And this approach may actually make matters worse.

So, let’s take a look at some obvious and less obvious treatment strategies that can keep EBV or other viruses at bay and not stoke the fires of autoimmunity.

Lifestyle Interventions

One of the most important treatments for EBV (and other herpes viruses) is having stress relieving hobbies. Many people are aware of the destructive power of stress, but it always amazes me how little they are willing to do about it.

If you have Hashimoto’s and EBV and you don’t do things to reduce stress daily, you are setting yourself up for failure. It’s like walking into oncoming traffic and expecting not to be hit by a car or truck. You are going to be in a world of hurt if you don’t have daily habits for reducing stress.

These include meditation, yoga, qi gong, music, art, relaxation, massage, acupuncture, spa days, mineral baths, etc. These are not luxuries, they are necessities for someone living with Hashimoto’s and EBV.

I’m giving you permission to indulge yourself. If you need a note from your doctor for this, email me and I’ll be happy to write one for you. 🙂

Foods to Avoid with EBV and Herpes Viruses

Another thing to be conscious of are foods and supplements that can feed and encourage the herpes virus. The most common are foods that are low in lysine and high in arginine.

These include:

• chocolate
• coconut (coconut oil is fine since it has no amino acids)
• seeds and nuts
• orange juice
• wheat products and products containing gluten
• oats
• lentils
• protein supplements: casein, the protein found in milk may also increase arginine levels.
• gelatin

What’s interesting to note here is that some of these foods are foods we commonly avoid with Hashimoto’s while others are staples of the Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo diets. (This emphasizes the importance of being flexible and of the highly individualized nature of the problem.)

Highly acidic foods and those laden with chemicals can also exacerbate viral infections and lead to outbreaks.

• alcohol
• caffeine
• all junk food
• too much red meat
• processed/white flour products
• food additives
• artificial sweeteners.

These are all also foods that can exacerbate your Hashimoto’s. So there’s no love lost here. Caffeine can potentiate or increase the utilization of arginine so that should be done in moderation.

Herbs for Treating EBV and Herpes

There are several different strategies for treating EBV and other herpes viruses. Novice herbalists will often throw lots of immune stimulating herbs at the problem like astragalus, ashwaganda and medicinal mushrooms like maitake and reishi.

These are great herbs, but can be a really bad idea for some people with autoimmune disease.

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Instead a more targeted approach of attacking the virus and strengthening different parts of the immune system with a more nuanced approach is a much, much better idea. The Chinese Herbal Materia Medica is full of herbs that can accomplish these tasks beautifully.

Here are some herbs that specifically attack EBV and other herpes viruses:

Anti-EBV Herbs:

Angelica sinensis, chrysanthemum, citrus, lithosperum, milletia, paedria, picrorhiza


Isatis root, baphicacanthes, cnidium, lithosperum, forsythia, gardenia, chrysanthemum, vitex, dandelion, epimedium, lonicera

Anti-Herpes Herbs:

Belamcanda, clove, crataegous, dandelion, epimedium, houttuynia, inula, lonicera, portulaca, prunella, rhubarb, salvia, scrophularia

It’s important to note that many of these herbs have multiple pharmacological properties and can therefore be used to accomplish more than one thing if combined properly.

Herbs for Safely Strengthening the Immune System

It’s important to strengthen the immune system to treat these herpes viruses, as well, but it must be done carefully.

As we saw before, Vitamin D is important for strengthening CD8+ T cells, as is glutathione and superoxide dismutase, EPA and DHA.

Turmeric is helpful because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Also, there are couple of essential oils that I have found are very effective for first attacking the virus and, then healing the sores.

Ravensara is an excellent anti-viral oil that may applied topically directly on the lesions. Heliochrysum is an oil that helps regenerate flesh and can help to heal the sores more quickly.

My partner, Olesia Farberov makes a fantastic herbal salve with some of Chinese herbs mentioned above and both these essential oils called The Healer.

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The Healer, made with anti-herpes herbs and essential oils

This is an absolute must for your purse, pocket and medicine cabinet. I prescribe it to all of my patients with herpes and use it myself because it just plain works.

Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements:

Research has shown that a daily intake of at least 1250 mg of lysine supplements can help control herpes outbreaks.

Zinc, Vitamin C and B vitamins may also be helpful.

Other supplements that can help increase CB8+ cells include:

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), butyrate, andrographis, and gynostemma

Western Medication

One area where I actually advocate using Western pharmaceutical drugs is in the treatment of these viruses. Acyclovir is a potent anti-viral and for some people who have really stubborn hard to treat outbreaks, it can be an effective tool in your arsenal.

Another drug to consider is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). It has the ability to modulate immune function and calm physiological stress. It can also be effective in helping the body to deal with the herpes virus.

Bottom Line: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

At the end of the day, the reality is that these viruses are here to stay. They are remarkably adaptable and persistent and they have there own insidious intelligence.

We can not hope to defeat them, we have to accept them, live with them and adapt our lives to them. And the good news is, the most effective treatments for them like stress relieving hobbies and a healthy diet are also important ingredients in our long term health, happiness and well being.


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The Herpes Virus and Hashimoto’s? ›

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most frequent autoimmune disease with genetic and environmental aetiologies. Viral infections have been postulated as one of the factors that may trigger autoimmune diseases. Many studies suggest that Herpes simplex virus infections are involved in a variety of autoimmune diseases.

Can herpes virus cause Hashimoto? ›

Several studies indicated that HSV and H. pylori infection enhanced the risk for Hashimoto thyroiditis. [36, 37] These infections may trigger the production of autoantibodies, which often destroy multiple organs. ...

Can the herpes virus affect the thyroid? ›

Human herpesviruses (HHVs) are ubiquitous with widespread tissue tropism and have been found in the thyroid, which can be a reservoir of latent HHVs (9). HHVs have been isolated from 72.22% of thyroid tissue blocks of patients with Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (10).

What virus triggers Hashimoto's disease? ›

Recent findings: Components of several viruses such as hepatitis C virus, human parvovirus B19, coxsackie virus and herpes virus are detected in the thyroid of Hashimoto's thyroiditis patients. Bystander activation of autoreactive T cells may be involved in triggering intrathyroidal inflammation.

Can hypothyroidism cause herpes? ›

It has been reported that thyroid hormones contributed, at least in part, to herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), an α-herpes virus, replication and reactivation 1016. An epidemiology study from a rural medical center showed that patients with hypothyroidism were prone to shingles 8.

What virus attacks the thyroid? ›

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder. The immune system creates antibodies that attack thyroid cells as if they were bacteria, viruses or some other foreign body.

What STD causes thyroid problems? ›

Thyroid dysfunction is more common in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. But the effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and hepatitis B/C virus (HBV/HCV) coinfection on thyroid function is unclear.

Can hormones cause herpes outbreaks? ›


Hormones such as progesterone play a significant role in the outbreak of genital herpes. Prostaglandins determine whether or not the woman will have herpes outbreaks. Women with high E2 prostaglandin levels are more prone to epidemics than those with high E1 prostaglandin levels.

Can Hashimoto's be dormant? ›

Hashimoto's can lay dormant for years before it begins its destructive process. When the autoimmune process is activated, thyroid tissue is destroyed and released into the blood often causing hyperthyroid symptoms such as anxiousness, nervousness, heart palpitations and even night sweats.

Can underactive thyroid cause cold sores? ›

Sadness, depression, irritability. Memory loss or fuzzy thinking. Dry, rough skin and brittle nails. Persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts.

What is the root cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis? ›

What is the cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. Normally, your autoimmune system protects your body by attacking bacteria and viruses. But with this disease, your immune system attacks your thyroid gland by mistake.

Should I get the Covid vaccine if I have Hashimoto's? ›

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Does Hashimoto's mean I'm immunocompromised? ›

However, the immune system is complex, and having autoimmune thyroid disease does not mean that a person is immunocompromised or will be unable to fight off a viral infection.

What are side effects of levothyroxine? ›

Levothyroxine may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
  • weight gain or loss.
  • headache.
  • vomiting.
  • diarrhea.
  • changes in appetite.
  • fever.
  • changes in menstrual cycle.
  • sensitivity to heat.
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Is Hashimoto's an autoimmune condition? ›

Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder that can cause hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. Rarely, the disease can cause hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid. Thyroid hormones control how your body uses energy, so they affect nearly every organ in your body—even the way your heart beats.

Can hormone imbalance cause cold sores? ›

The rise and fall of hormones during a natural menstrual cycle can be a cause of cold sores, too. Cold sores are often experienced just before or during your period as a result of the hormonal changes. Some women also experience outbreaks during pregnancy.

What can make Hashimoto's worse? ›

Stressful events or chronically high stress levels can aggravate your immune system and increase autoimmune activity. 6 Research has linked stress to lower thyroid hormone levels as well. 7 Given this one-two punch, it's possible that stress could cause a Hashimoto's flare-up.

How long does it take for Hashimoto's to destroy your thyroid? ›

It takes an average of 10 years to be diagnosed with Hashimoto's between the start of the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland, and when the person is diagnosed.

Can Covid 19 trigger Hashimoto's disease? ›

Since COVID-19 outbreak, various case reports have been reported that SARS-CoV-2 is thought as a possible trigger [7,8]. Furthermore, recent reports showed that Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis might occur following COVID-19 infection.

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Can emotional trauma cause thyroid problems? ›

Stress alone will not cause a thyroid disorder, but it can make the condition worse. The impact of stress on the thyroid occurs by slowing your body's metabolism. This is another way that stress and weight gain are linked.

How can I cure my thyroid forever? ›

There are plenty of ways to naturally treat hypothyroidism:
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  2. Supplements like iodine, probiotics, and curcumin can do wonders for your thyroid.
  3. Reduce daily stress.
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Why do I keep getting herpes outbreaks all of a sudden? ›

Many factors can trigger reactivation and subsequent cold sore outbreaks, including: hormonal changes, such as those associated with pregnancy or menopause. another viral infection or illness. exposure to sunlight, wind, or cold.

What foods cause herpes outbreaks? ›

Some people with herpes have found that avoiding foods high in the amino acid Arginine, may reduce recurrences. Higher levels of Arginine are found in foods such as chocolate and many types of nuts. Excessive coffee (caffeine), red wine and smoking are also triggers for some people.

Why do I get herpes outbreaks so often? ›

Triggers can include illness, stress, and hormonal changes. When the virus is active again, it travels along the nerves, back to where it first entered the body, and causes a new outbreak of sores and blisters (one of the symptoms of herpes). This is called a recurrence.

What is end stage Hashimoto's? ›

Overt hypothyroidism or full-blown disease

The end-stage of Hashimoto's is when your thyroid has become so damaged that you no longer have enough thyroid hormones and have to go on medication.

What is the final outcome of Hashimoto's thyroiditis? ›

In Hashimoto's disease, the immune system makes antibodies that attack and damage the thyroid tissue. As a result, the thyroid gland becomes inflamed and the ability to make thyroid hormone becomes damaged, eventually leading to hypothyroidism.

What autoimmune diseases are associated with Hashimoto's? ›

Hashimoto's disease can increase the risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, including:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Addison's disease.
  • Graves' disease.
  • Type 1 diabetes.
  • Lupus.
  • Pernicious anemia.
  • Vitiligo.
  • Thrombocytopenic purpura.

What does a thyroid rash look like? ›

Some people with hyperthyroidism develop a rare skin rash called pretibial myxedema (thyroid dermopathy). The rash is characterized by red, swollen skin and commonly appears on the shins and tops of feet.

Can Hashimoto's cause joint pain? ›

Hashimoto's disease is not a connective tissue disease. However, it can cause muscle pain, joint pain, and other symptoms similar to those of certain connective tissue disorders. People with Hashimoto's disease show signs of connective tissue diseases more often than the average person.

Is hashimotos serious? ›

If Hashimoto's is left untreated, complications can be life-threatening. Because the hormones produced by the thyroid are so vital to the body's functions, untreated Hashimoto's can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.

Is Hashimoto's a disability? ›

Hashimoto's Disease is not included in the SSA's listing of conditions that qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Even though it is not considered a disability by the SSA, if you have Hashimoto's Disease and it affects your ability to work full time, you could qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Will Hashimoto's eventually destroy my thyroid? ›

The disorder causes the body's immune system to produce antibodies that attack thyroid tissue and eventually destroy the thyroid gland, leading to hypothyroidism, or the underproduction of thyroid hormone. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common form of autoimmune thyroid disease.

What foods to avoid if you have Hashimoto's? ›

Foods to Avoid

On the autoimmune protocol diet, you remove all grains, legumes, nightshades (such as eggplant and peppers), dairy, eggs, coffee, alcohol, sugar, oil and food additives from your diet.

Can the Covid vaccine damage your thyroid? ›

2 Thyroid-manifested AISA was also identified in four patients following administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; however, unlike our patient, three of these cases fell within the expected age range often associated with the onset of autoimmune disorders and the other presented in a similarly aged ...

Can Hashimoto's go into remission? ›

Background: Although it is known that Hashimoto's thyroiditis in children and adolescents can go into long-term remission, and that treatment with thyroxine (T4) may not be necessary, it is difficult to quantify changes in the degree of autoimmune destruction of the thyroid.

Can Covid mess with your thyroid? ›

Overall, the results of this study indicated that abnormal thyroid function is common in patients with COVID-19, particularly hyperthyroidism, and that TSH suppression appears to be associated with higher levels of the inflammatory cytokine IL-6.

Should Hashimoto's patients avoid gluten? ›

If you have an autoimmune condition, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, gluten can trigger inflammation, and lead to gut dysbiosis. Eliminating gluten can decrease symptoms, but it is not only gluten that causes these issues. The inflammatory state that can increase symptoms is driven by more than gluten alone.

Can Covid make thyroid worse? ›

Infection with SARS-CoV-2 may aggravate existing diseases in endocrine organs or cause new abnormalities. In turn, such endocrine diseases may worsen the prognosis of COVID-19. Because ACE2 receptors are abundant in the thyroid parenchyma, the thyroid gland may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Why was levothyroxine taken off the market? ›

Westminster Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levothyroxine and Liothyronine (Thyroid Tablets, USP) Due to Risk of Adulteration | FDA.

What should I avoid while taking levothyroxine? ›

calcium-rich foods, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and broccoli, can reduce the amount of levothyroxine your body takes in. Leave at least 4 hours between taking levothyroxine and eating calcium-rich foods. soya in food and supplements may stop levothyroxine working properly.

Can levothyroxine cause dementia? ›

Higher total and free thyroxine levels were associated with an increased risk of dementia and AD (age and sex adjusted hazard ratio (95% confidence interval) per SD increase in free thyroxine: 1.21 (1.04; 1.40) and 1.31 (1.14; 1.51) respectively).

Why don't doctors treat Hashimoto's? ›

Thyroid disease is easy to diagnose

Or you may have Hashimoto's disease, but since your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is in the reference range, your doctor won't treat you.

Are you born with Hashimoto's? ›

Some children are born with it — this is called congenital hypothyroidism. Others develop it later, usually late in childhood or as teens. The most common cause of hypothyroidism in kids and teens is the autoimmune disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Why is Hashimoto's so common? ›

The exact cause of autoimmune diseases isn't known, but genetics are thought to contribute. Hashimoto's tends to run in families, so you may be at risk if a close relative has the condition. (3) Hashimoto's thyroiditis is most common in middle-aged women.

Is there a vitamin to prevent cold sores? ›

Vitamin C plus flavonoids may help speed cold sore healing. Vitamin C has been shown to inactivate herpes viruses in the test tube. In one study, people with herpes infections received either a placebo or 200 mg of vitamin C plus 200 mg of flavonoids, each taken three to five times per day.

Do you have to take valacyclovir everyday for the rest of life? ›

Valacyclovir is an oral tablet that only needs to be taken twice daily, compared to five times daily for acyclovir. This makes it more convenient for people to take. Treatment may last from one to 14 days depending on the condition being treated and the immunocompetency of the person being treated.

Can Vitamin b12 deficiency cause cold sores? ›

Vitamin B deficiency has been linked with cold sore outbreaks.

Does Epstein Barr cause Hashimoto's? ›

There is a possible association between Epstein–Barr virus infection and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. The significant relation between anti TPO titer and serum EBNA-1 IgG levels in healthy control subjects may suggest a possible association between EBV and thyroid autoimmunity.

Can Hashimoto's be dormant? ›

Hashimoto's can lay dormant for years before it begins its destructive process. When the autoimmune process is activated, thyroid tissue is destroyed and released into the blood often causing hyperthyroid symptoms such as anxiousness, nervousness, heart palpitations and even night sweats.

Can underactive thyroid cause cold sores? ›

Sadness, depression, irritability. Memory loss or fuzzy thinking. Dry, rough skin and brittle nails. Persistent cold sores, boils, or breakouts.

What is the root cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis? ›

What is the cause of Hashimoto's thyroiditis? Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder. Normally, your autoimmune system protects your body by attacking bacteria and viruses. But with this disease, your immune system attacks your thyroid gland by mistake.

Does Hashimoto's cause muscle aches? ›

When Hashimoto's thyroiditis flares up, you may begin to feel some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. These can include things like: fatigue. aches and pains in your muscles and joints.

What diseases are associated with Epstein-Barr virus? ›

EBV-related diseases
  • Infectious mononucleosis. IM usually occurs during adolescence or adulthood but can occasionally affect children and the elderly. ...
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma. ...
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. ...
  • Burkitt's lymphoma. ...
  • Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease. ...
  • Nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

Where did the herpes virus originated? ›

The virus originated in chimpanzees, jumping into humans 1.6 million years ago.

How does an adult get herpes 6? ›

However, HHV-6 can also cause fever without rash or rash without fever. Human herpes virus 6 is spread from person to person via secretions from the respiratory tract.

How do I get rid of HHV-6? ›

Antiviral Therapy

In immunocompetent patients, no antiviral pharmacologic therapy is recommended. In immunosuppressed hosts with HHV-6 encephalitis, antiviral therapy is recommended. Foscarnet, ganciclovir, and cidofovir are the three antivirals that have in vitro activity against HHV-6.

What is end stage Hashimoto's? ›

Overt hypothyroidism or full-blown disease

The end-stage of Hashimoto's is when your thyroid has become so damaged that you no longer have enough thyroid hormones and have to go on medication.

What can make Hashimoto's worse? ›

Stressful events or chronically high stress levels can aggravate your immune system and increase autoimmune activity. 6 Research has linked stress to lower thyroid hormone levels as well. 7 Given this one-two punch, it's possible that stress could cause a Hashimoto's flare-up.

How long does it take for Hashimoto's to destroy your thyroid? ›

It takes an average of 10 years to be diagnosed with Hashimoto's between the start of the autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland, and when the person is diagnosed.

Is Hashimoto's considered a chronic illness? ›

Chronic thyroiditis is caused by a reaction of the immune system against the thyroid gland. It often results in reduced thyroid function (hypothyroidism). The disorder is also called Hashimoto disease.

What does a thyroid rash look like? ›

Some people with hyperthyroidism develop a rare skin rash called pretibial myxedema (thyroid dermopathy). The rash is characterized by red, swollen skin and commonly appears on the shins and tops of feet.

Is hashimotos serious? ›

If Hashimoto's is left untreated, complications can be life-threatening. Because the hormones produced by the thyroid are so vital to the body's functions, untreated Hashimoto's can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.

If you have Herpes and any thyroid issue whether it is Hashimoto’s, low thyroid or Graves'. You will have an issue with gluten sensitivity.

Dr. David Peterson, Living Wellness Thyroid Nation The link between Hashimoto’s and the Herpes rash is this: If you have any thyroid issue, whether it is Hashimoto’s , low thyroid or hyperthyroid, you will have an issue with gluten sensitivity.. Those with a sensitivity to gluten often develop blistering rashes that are often mistaken for a herpes outbreak.. Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), an itchy, stinging, blistering skin rash, occurs when your skin reacts to gluten antibodies circulating in your system.. Some people call dermatitis herpetiformis a “gluten rash” or a “celiac disease rash” because it occurs in conjunction with a sensitivity to gluten.. Regardless of the presentation or symptoms, a positive diagnosis of DH always indicates that a gluten sensitive enteropathy is occurring.. Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) can often be misdiagnosed and frequently confused with skin conditions such as: allergies, bug or mosquito bites, contact dermatitis, diabetic pruritus, eczema, herpes, shingles, hives and psoriasis.. People with long-standing dermatitis herpetiformis usually have continuously reddened skin where the rash occurs.. Unlike gluten sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease, which is diagnosed more often in women, dermatitis herpetiformis is more common in men.. Dermatitis Herpetiformis is an autoimmune blistering disorder associated with a gluten sensitive enteropathy.. People with DH have a condition of the intestinal tract identical to that found in gluten sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease, although gastric symptoms might be absent.. When a person has gluten sensitive enteropathy and consumes gluten, the mucosal immune system in the intestines responds by producing a type of antibody called Immunoglobulin A.. As IgAs enters the bloodstream, they can collect in small vessels under the skin, triggering further immune reactions that result in the blistering rash of DH.. Although DH is not caused by a herpes virus, its lesions resemble those of herpes and hence the word herpetiformis.. Still, DH is often confused with eczema, a common inflammatory skin disorder that, like DH, results in an itchy rash that is often scratched raw.. A gluten sensitive enteropathy is different from celiac disease in that a gluten sensitivity is the result of a microscopic colitis.

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HHV-6A is said to be the most problematic of the two types and it is the type found inside the thyroid glands of some people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.. Just like other herpes viruses, HHV-6 can reactivate (occurs in the thyroid gland, GI tract, brain, heart, kidneys, uterus, and lungs) later in life when the immune system is compromised resulting in a variety of conditions including:. This means that an active HHV-6 infection in the thyroid gland drives the elevation of thyroid antibodies and increases inflammation in the gland resulting in increased damage to thyroid tissue.. If testing for IgG and IgM antibodies, be sure to use IFA testing rather than ELISA.. So it may be active in a gland or body tissue, but not present in the blood.. Here are the compounds that can work well for all herpes viruses:. The treatment for all herpes viruses is the same, so if we are treating the Epstein-Barr Virus , then we will also be targeting HHV-6 for example.. Your functional medicine practitioner will get your body back in balance so your immune system can control HHV-6 and target it if necessary.

Up to 80 percent of my clients who don’t go into remission with dietary changes alone test positive for one – or more – infections!

There are several types of infections that we see with Hashimoto’s.. In one study, 86 percent of autoimmune thyroid patients tested positive for H.pylori versus 40 percent of non-autoimmune thyroid patients.. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 (HSV) Hepatitis C infection (the treatment is also a trigger) Cytomegalovirus (CMV). In reviewing the health timelines of people with Hashimoto’s, I’ve found that many of them (like me) will report having mononucleosis (that is, becoming infected with EBV), then having irritable bowel syndrome a few years later, followed by other health symptoms and a Hashimoto’s diagnosis a few years after that.. Research has also found direct evidence of the Epstein-Barr virus in thyroid cells of people with Hashimoto’s.. In a 2015 Polish study, the Epstein-Barr virus was found in the thyroid cells of 62 percent of people with Graves’ and 80 percent of people with Hashimoto’s, while controls did not have EBV present in their thyroid cells.. In the first case, once the Hepatitis C virus infects the thyroid, the immune system may be triggered to attack the virus.. Many people have no symptoms.. Autoimmune Diseases.. Autoimmune Diseases.. Thyroid.

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What are the symptoms of mono due to acute Epstein-Barr Virus infection?. Once your immune system fights off the virus, it becomes inactive for life.. Epstein-Barr Virus however can reactivate later in life resulting in autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fatigue and many more illnesses.. EBV Viral Capsid Antigen (VCA) IgM: Indicates an active infection and stays positive for 4-6 weeks.. IgG stays positive for life.. A positive test indicates active infection.. Since the VCA and EBNA IgG tests are positive for life, it is best to use the Early Antigen IgG to monitor successful treatment of the infection.. The Monospot test is not a very accurate test because it is negative many times in children with mono.. Dr. Michael Pender does an excellent job in this paper explaining how EBV can cause autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.. Due to specific genetic reasons, people with autoimmune disease tend to have fewer immune cells that can fight the Epstein-Barr Virus so it can more easily reactivate and stay active.. Simply attacking the virus does nothing to solve the underlying reasons why your immune system can’t control this virus.. There are cases where I don’t even target the virus and it deactivates because we work on the underlying causes of the infection.. The second thing to do is work with your functional medicine practitioner to balance all of your body systems and address all the potential causes of EBV reactivation noted above.. Since Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease, all potential stressors on the immune system must be eliminated in order to be successful and heal properly.. I get great results with patients who have Hashimoto’s disease with associated Epstein-Barr Virus reactivation.

Finding the root cause of Hashimoto's is important if you want to reverse your disease. See the most common triggers of thyroid autoimmunity.

So as a patient with Hashimoto’s, your treatment options include taking levothyroxine for the rest of your life while your own body destroys your thyroid gland or at least attempting to treat the problem using various other treatments.. EBV Viral infection Another common trigger of Hashimoto’s (and other autoimmune diseases) is a virus known as EBV.. Another problem with EBV is that not everyone who has the disease will develop Hashimoto’s and not everyone with Hashimoto’s will have been exposed to EBV.. H. Pylori bacterial infection Other infections also have the potential to trigger Hashimoto’s but this one is a bacteria.. Infections with H. Pylori have been implicated in triggering Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and may also be associated with Hashimoto’s flare ups as well.. And because thyroid patients tend to experience issues with low stomach acid due to their thyroid, you are already at an increased risk for developing this infection just because you have a thyroid problem.. Vitamin D deficiency by itself isn’t going to cause Hashimoto’s but a low vitamin D level can impair your immune system (4) which makes you more susceptible to triggers such as stress and/or infections.

There are at least 8 different types of Hashimoto's thyroiditis! Find out which type you have because it impacts what treatments work best.

The reason that so many people feel poorly when they have Hashimoto's is that it destroys one of the most important glands in your body:. Autoimmune disease ALWAYS has a cause or a trigger, if you will.. And it doesn't have to be Hashimoto's either, it can be any autoimmune disease.. Next on the list of triggers is Hashimoto's caused by certain infections.. Just because you've been infected with this disease, and there's a good chance that you have considering that up to 80% of people have at some point in their life, doesn't guarantee that your condition was caused by EBV.. While EBV COULD have been a trigger (it can also make it worse) just having antibodies to EBV in your blood doesn't mean your condition was caused by EBV.. You can address chronic EBV infections with suppressive therapies, medications, and even supplements.. The key to managing infection-related Hashimoto's is to try and identify WHICH pathogen triggered the autoimmune process in your body and then treat that infection if it is a chronic infection (some are not and are completely taken care of by your immune system).. Under healthy conditions, your immune system shouldn't really come into contact with these types of things.. End-stage Hashimoto's isn't a trigger of Hashimoto's but it is still something you should be aware of if you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis.. Inflammatory/Pregnancy-Related Hashimoto's.. During pregnancy, your body attempts to naturally suppress your immune function to prevent your own body from attacking your baby/child in your uterus.. How much stress you are under, what type of chemicals you've been exposed to, where you are living, the food that you eat, how much you exercise, and so on all can either INCREASE or DECREASE your risk of developing this autoimmune disease.. There are MANY reasons why people develop Hashimoto's and it isn't always possible to find out the exact cause of Hashimoto's in each patient.

EBV and Hashimoto's thyroiditis are connected through the immune response. I go over symptoms, testing and natural remedies for EBV and viral infections. Read more!

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a type of herpes virus that causes mononucleosis or "mono.". However, EBV can also not cause any symptoms at all and it's estimated that between 90-95% of adults have been exposed to the virus.. It's not until we encounter events that lower our immunity such as prolonged stress, illness, or use of steroids that the virus is able to overcome the immune defenses and become reactivated.. Blood tests can be used to find out if you've been exposed to EBV or have a reactivated infection.. If you're testing for the first time an EBV panel is useful because it can help differentiate between a past and current infection, but after initial testing I usually test one marker that helps to determine if the infection is still active.. Detection on a blood test means you have been exposed to EBV and had an infection in the past or could have a current infection.. This is the test I usually run if I'm checking to see if the infection is still going on after we've tried treatment because it can disappear once the infection has resolved.. EBV likes to "hide" from immune detection in the thyroid gland making it more likely that immune cells will mistake the viral cells for thyroid tissue.. Immune cells like T cells and B cells can also become primed through the immune response to attack important thyroid related enzymes and hormonal receptors, resulting in less thyroid hormone and less hormonal activity.. Prescription antivirals - medications like acyclovir and valacyclovir can be used short term along with other treatment strategies to prevent viral replication and help the other treatments be more effective.. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a virus in the herpes family that causes mononucleosis.. Symptoms of an infection include fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, depression, joint pain and flu-like symptoms.. Blood tests can be performed to determine if EBV infection is present and whether it's a past or reactivated infection.. Natural treatments include resting, gentle exercise, high lysine and low arginine in the diet or from supplementation, monolaurin, herbal antivirals and prescription antivirals.. Dittfeld, Anna, et al. “A Possible Link between the Epstein-Barr Virus Infection and Autoimmune Thyroid Disorders.” Central European Journal of Immunology , vol.

Is Epstein-Barr virus the cause behind your thyroid issues? If you have been wondering how you got thyroid disease in the first place, why

A lot of people wonder if Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the hidden cause – or the “smoking gun” – for Hashimoto’s disease – you might even be wondering it for yourself.. So, what is EBV and how does EBV relate to Hashimoto’s?. When it comes to Hashimoto’s disease, though, we can definitely see a relation between EBV and our thyroid.. EBV is spread by using “infected” objects, like toothbrushes or drinking glasses, that someone who has EBV has recently used.. The worst part about EBV, the primary virus, is that you can spread the virus for weeks without even knowing that you have it.. There have actually been studies directly comparing the effects of EBV to autoimmune thyroid diseases, too.. There have actually been studies directly comparing the effects of EBV to autoimmune thyroid diseases, too.

This is a regularly updated coronavirus (COVID-19) guide for thyroid patients.. Learn more about hypothyroidism with Paloma Health

Most common symptomsOccasional symptoms Some people can be infected without any symptoms and or feelings of unwell, and most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.. Physical distancing is important because you can also breathe in droplets directly from a person who is sick with COVID-19, and many people with COVID-19 only have mild symptoms so they may not be aware of their infection.. Until then, the most effective ways to protect yourself and others are to frequently clean your hands, wear a mask, and maintain physical distance from people who are coughing or sneezing.. While experts are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (like high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.. On the other hand, while infections may cause an autoimmune response, some research suggests that multiple viral exposures actually protect the immune system to different infections.


Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland.. Hashimoto's disease is also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis and chronic autoimmune thyroiditis.. Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder.. The following factors are associated with an increased risk of Hashimoto's disease:. Women are much more likely to get Hashimoto's disease.. Other autoimmune disease.. You're at higher risk for Hashimoto's disease if others in your family have thyroid disorders or other autoimmune diseases.. As thyroid hormone production declines due to Hashimoto's disease, the thyroid receives signals from the pituitary gland to make more.. Pathogenesis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (chronic autoimmune thyroiditis).. Testing, monitoring, and treatment of thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy.. Thyroid.

Although I’ve been in remission from Graves’ disease since 2009, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t had some close calls regarding a relapse. One of these was in September of 2016, when I experienced my very first bout of shingles. It was a very stressful year, as besides selling our house and moving into a new one, which was a very stressful process, that summer I broke my fifth metatarsal and was in a walking boot for a couple of months. I’m sure the chronic stress that year was a big factor in weakening my immune system.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox…the varicella-zoster virus.. All of these viruses are very common, and just as is the case with varicella-zoster, these other viruses stay inactive in your body, but they can become active if your immune system becomes weakened.. This is important not only to prevent shingles from coming back in the future, but of course keeping your immune system healthy will reduce the likelihood of other viruses in your body from reactivating, along with preventing new infections from developing.. In this case the shingles vaccine may help, but of course it won’t do anything to improve your immune system health.. Varicella-zoster is the virus associated with shingles, and the main risk factor for developing shingles is a weakened immune system, with stress being a big factor.. Conventional treatment options for shingles usually involve taking antiviral medication, and the new shingles vaccine is commonly recommended for people aged 50 and older.

Okay, here we go again hashimoto’s and epstein-barr virus.. Viruses.. Can can be a trigger uh epstein-barr virus.. Okay, it’s it’s more, that it’s more, that um epstein-barr virus is a is a trigger.. I have hashimoto’s and um and it’s kind of an interesting case because i probably got it at 21 years old and uh at 2021.. What we now know is is that if you have epstein-barr virus, i mean, if you got mono and you had it for like a year like me and and i went to go on the soccer field like i was gonna be able to play again.. I said i had to battle my weight and i had, and i was always like, had to sleep a lot and then in my 40s i ended up getting stressed and then i ended up getting pneumonia and then that blew up into fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and A ton of things, one of the things we found out was i had hashimoto’s now in retrospect.. So, having said all that, epstein-barr virus is one of 39 triggers for hashimoto’s, okay.. Uh you can get epstein-barr virus um, you know.. It’S the same thing for all these viruses.. It’S the same thing for epstein-barr virus.. I feel like i’m getting a little chills and i’m getting a little swollen here if you’re not getting those the likelihood is that it’s not the trigger or it’s not one of the most people have more than one than one uh trigger.. It was all epstein-barr virus.. The labs and the lab says exactly, but they have none of those symptoms and i and i do the same thing to them: nothing, no change, okay, so we’ve we’ve worked with this for years and years and years and years and years, that’s the best data that I can give you on epstein-barr virus and hashimoto’s at this point in time.

The Infection-Thyroid Connection - How viral and bacterial infections can trigger autoimmune thyroid disease what to do about it.

If you’ve been following along since Part I of this series, then you recall that the two most common thyroid diseases, Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease are actually autoimmune thyroid diseases.. This week we’ll look at how viral and bacterial infections can trigger autoimmune thyroid disease and how you can support your immune system to prevent it from happening.. If you test positive for any of the infections, you’ll want to treat the underlying bacterial or viral infection while also supporting your immune system using The Myers Way® protocol.. If you have one of the viral infections associated with thyroid disease (herpes, Epstein-Barr, or Hepatitis C), I recommend treating it with coconut oil and humic acid .. The bacterial infections in the list ( Yersinia and H. Pylori) should be treated with antibiotics–just remember to support your gut while you’re on them to maintain a healthy gut flora balance!. The best way to prevent an existing infection from triggering autoimmune thyroid disease is to support your immune system by following The Myers Way® Four Pillars.. For more information about the connection between infections and autoimmune disease, read my book , and be sure to check back next week when we’ll be covering the connection between stress and thyroid disease!


1. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Epstein-Barr Virus
(Dr. Nikolas Hedberg, D.C.)
2. Encephalitis (“Brain Inflammation”) Signs and Symptoms (& Why They Occur)
(JJ Medicine)
3. Childhood 'kissing disease' linked to adult chronic illnesses
4. 6 Root Causes of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Avoid/Treat THESE Triggers)
(Dr. Westin Childs)
5. The ROOT CAUSES Of Autoimmune Disease You NEED TO KNOW! (How To Prevent It) | Izabella Wentz
(Mark Hyman, MD)
6. What Does it Take to Really Heal the Body? | Dr Robert Morse N.D

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