"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

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More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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How Kissing May Have Caused My Hashimoto’s Disease Due to Epstein-Barr Virus

Maybe I was just born with a thyroid problem. Maybe it’s genetic, my mother, her mom and others in her family had/have it. I can identify symptoms from my childhood.

But, maybe it kicked in when I was 16 and got “the Kissing Disease!”– Mono. Mononucleosis, or “glandular fever” in the UK, is a debilitating viral infection that is common among college students and is also known as the “kissing disease” because individuals are thought to be exposed to the virus through saliva of those who are infected.


Mononucleosis is caused by EBV, Epstein-Barr Virus.

More than 90% of people worldwide have been exposed to the EBV. When the infection is symptomatic, the most common symptoms include fatigue, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Weight loss is also common. In some cases, the condition resolves in a few weeks, and the person goes back to normal. In other cases, the fatigue lingers, and the virus may contribute to the development of cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple autoimmune conditions—including Hashimoto’s.

A 2015 Polish study found the Epstein-Barr virus in the thyroid cells of 80% of people with Hashimoto’s and 62.5% of people with Graves’, while controls did not have EBV present in their thyroid cells.

The Epstein-Barr virus creates a latent infection in the body where it lies dormant until the right time when it reactivates and awakens.

The reactivated virus has the potential to induce the production of thyroid antibodies and has been implicated in many debilitating autoimmune symptoms.

Home Remedies – Foods and Supplements can help back EBV off into dormancy:

  • Animal fat, broths, soups, and stews support the body’s ability to suppress the viruses.
  • Monolaurin/lauric acid, one of the components of coconut oil, has been found to be active against the Epstein-Barr virus.
  • Replication of many viruses including Epstein-Barr is inhibited by glycyrrhizic acid, an active component of licorice root.
  • Quercetin and Coenzyme Q10 were also reported to be helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome because of their antiviral properties.

Beyond EBV
In reviewing my own health timeline, I’ve realized that around the same time as getting Mono/EBV, I had IBS/irritable bowel syndrome, followed by 1/2 my thyroid removed years later and Hashimoto’s diagnosis. I probably had Hashimoto’s all along of course, but no doctor “back then” knew to look for it.

Keep striving to get your health back with diet and supplements, and a thyroid trained practitioner who knows what you need to get well.



Adapted from the following article. And, for a deeper study of EBV and Hashimoto’s, please read: https://thyroidpharmacist.com/articles/epstein-barr-virus-and-hashimotos/


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