27 Feb Healing After the Epstein-Barr Virus + Medical Medium Protocol
As you may know from my Instagram I was sick for an entire month. Even after the main symptoms went away, I noticed that I was experiencing fatigue, brain fog, memory loss (for the first time ever I completely forgot the name of a yoga pose during a class I was teaching), swollen feet, headaches, heart palpitations, tightness in my chest, and dry skin. The symptoms still come and go, some seem to be sticking around as a reminder that there is something to be addressed. Remember that if you are also struggling with unpleasant symptoms that these symptoms are the body’s natural response to alert us that it needs an adjustment to bring it back to health. The longer we ignore (or suppress) the signs/symptoms the deeper the illness will manifest in the body and eventually present itself as a more serious condition.
In an effort to shed these symptoms and the virus behind them I began investigating the Medical Medium’s, also known as Anthony William’s, protocol for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) which led me to his book Thyroid Healing. In this post I’m going to share with you what I’ve been incorporating into my routine in terms of healing foods, supplements, exercise, sleep, and more based on the thyroid healing protocol as well as my own intuition.
Before we dive in I want to make a disclaimer that if you are suffering from a severe illness to consult a physician. I also want to make a note that as always, I have listened to my intuition on my journey back to wellness which I also highly recommend for you to do as well. You know your body better than anybody else, so listen in and find what works for you. Overall the medical medium protocol puts an emphasis on dietary changes that support our immune system. So even if you aren’t struggling with a chronic condition some of these tips might be helpful to make you feel even stronger and more vibrant.
Medical Medium Protocol
The Medical Medium protocol for curing thyroid related diseases is not designed to completely eradicate the virus behind them. Rather, it is intended to get rid of the majority of the virus so that it doesn’t harm the body but rather heal it. In the beginning of the book William’s goes into detail about the benefits of certain types of virus’s and the roles they have played in our bodies’ in history until they mutated due to scientific intervention, environmental changes (pollution), and other factors.
There are three phases of the healing protocol. It’s recommended to follow each phase for at least 30 days. Each phase builds on the last with the last phase being the most intense.
Alongside a primarily plant based (not vegan) diet each phase recommends daily lemon water and celery juice. Aside from that each phase changes approach by recommending different healing liquids such as the heavy metal detox smoothie, ginger water, thyroid healing smoothie, tea, broth, or juice. In the third phase William’s also recommends cutting fat intake by 25%, alongside the other dietary restrictions. Foods to avoid in all three phases include: processed foods, corn, soy, caffeine, canola oil, gluten, dairy, and most animal products.
An example of the protocol looks something like this:
AM – 16 Oz of celery juice
AM – 16 Oz lemon/lime water
AM – 16 Oz healing liquid (smoothie, broth, juice, or tea)
PM- 16 Oz lemon/lime water
PM – healing liquid (smoothie, broth, juice, or tea)
+/- healing liquids throughout the day depending on the phase
aloe vera, apples, arugula, asparagus, sea vegetables, avocados, bananas, basil, berries, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, coconut, cruciferous vegetables, cucumbers, dates, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, hemp seeds, kale, lemons, limes, lettuce, mangoes, maple syrup, nuts (particularly brazil nuts, cashews, and almonds), onions, oranges, papayas, parsley, pears, pomegranates, potatoes, radishes, raw honey, sesame seeds, spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, thyme, tomatoes, turmeric, watercress, and wild blueberries.
B12, zinc, vitamin C, spirulina, licorice root, lemon balm, cat’s claw, chaga mushroom, L-lysine, 5-MTHF, L-tyrosine, ashwagandha, nettle leaf, bladderwrack, selenium, chromium, magnesium, curcumin, Vitamin D, manganese, red clover, elderberry, star anise, copper, rubidium, and bacopa monnieri.
When I was going through the brunt of the illness I was naturally drawn to citrus juices. For a few days liquids were all I could manage to get down due to the severity of the swelling in my throat. After an exhausting two week period, I woke up ravenous. I ate everything I could that was in the house because I was still too lethargic to wander the aisles of the grocery store. After a few days I had started to regain some energy and went to buy food. I found myself naturally eating an unusually high amount of bananas, maple syrup, avocados, blueberries, sunflower seeds, and coconut.
I gave myself time to heal and ultimately had to take time off of work because I needed to sleep. I was sleeping between 10 and 12 hours per night plus one or two naps during the day.
After the main illness went away I noticed there were still some lingering symptoms and my strength hadn’t returned (it still hasn’t and it’s been over a month since I was evidently sick). This is when I started to investigate the medical medium protocol. As I was reading the foods to avoid in his book I realized that I had naturally avoiding most of them. Plus, I discovered a lot of the foods I had been craving and eating were in the healing food recommendation list. Always listen to your intuition, it really does know what’s best!
I was intrigued by the healing supplement list and ordered some to experiment with. I have been taking B12 daily along with regularly taking spirulina, chaga, and ashwaghanda. I’m also taking a daily herbal supplement mixture for Candida/parasites and one that is for full body cleansing. On occasion (when I remember) I’m taking L-lysine, cat’s claw, and lemon balm. When I can, I like to consume vitamins and minerals through food instead of supplementation. I’m adding a few Brazil nuts to my daily smoothies for selenium, magnesium, and zinc. I also have cacao powder at least once a day (usually more) in smoothies, nice cream, or cookie butter. Cacao is full of magnesium, manganese, zinc, and some vitamin C. On occasion I’m using my aloe plant and adding that in my smoothie as well.
I have also incorporated the daily lemon water (hello vitamin C) into my routine. I squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a 500mL jar and continue refilling the jar throughout the day to stay hydrated. There’s only been one or two days since my illness that I haven’t had any citrus during the day and it felt so weird! It’s definitely become a habit. The even more fascinating part is that the lemon water doesn’t taste sour to me anymore.
Seeing as I’m allergic to half of the foods on the healing list and protocol, *ahem* celery *ahem* apples *ahem* every normal fruit and vegetable grown locally. I can’t incorporate the majority of the juices William’s recommends. Maybe one day with all of the healing protocols I try out the allergies will disappear just as soon as they seemed to appear but until then I will not be partaking in this health trend. I do have an intuition that fennel or watermelon juice would provide very similar benefits to celery juice.
In the past week I started to go out to my favourite restaurants again. I can tell that soy really doesn’t agree with me. My skin seems to almost immediately break out and I feel more tired throughout the day. I find that I’m naturally eating gluten/wheat products about once every eight days. This seems to be working for me. Otherwise I’m continuing to eat a mostly healing foods with very little (if at all) processed foods, corn, soy, caffeine, canola oil, gluten, dairy, and animal products.
William’s dedicated an entire section of the Thyroid Healing book to sleep. It’s important, especially when you’re healing (from anything whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, etc). I appreciated that he dedicated such a large section of his book to sleep because I thoroughly agree that sleep is crucial.
While I was actively sick, I experienced trouble sleeping despite extreme fatigue due to the level of swelling in my throat. On the worst night I only slept for a total of 20 minutes in two minute intervals because I couldn’t breathe if I was laying down. After the major symptoms of the sickness left I personally didn’t have a lot of trouble sleeping, mind you it’s rare that I do unless I have a creative idea on my mind or didn’t get enough movement during the day. While I was sick, I typically had an Epsom salt bath during the day (amazing for magnesium intake and detoxing the body) followed by a nap. I was getting anywhere between 10 and 14 hours of sleep per day.
I’m now getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. If I get less than this I prioritize my schedule to allow for a nap anywhere between 11AM and 4PM. The most nourishing hours of the day to sleep are between 10PM(or AM) and 2AM (or PM). So try your best to be asleep for at least part of this time.
If you have trouble sleeping, I recommend experimenting with supplements such as ashwagandha or 5-HTP. You may also find these Epsom salt bath recipes helpful. Be sure to create a conducive sleep environment, use a humidifier or diffuser for the air (I seemed to enjoy defusing peppermint essential oil while I was sick), reduce noise and light when possible, and turn off electronic devices (or put on airplane mode). When I couldn’t nap and I felt fatigued, I would put on a soothing meditation and usually dozed off during it. If you continue to find sleeping difficult it could be that you need a little more movement in your day.
There was no mention of exercise that I noticed while I read through the Thyroid Healing book. Though, I should warn that I read it in an untraditional way (I skipped from section to section based on my interests). Since I didn’t notice any mention of exercise I really had to listen to my body to see what kind of approach I should take. For the first month (while I was actively sick) movement was pretty well nonexistent, during this time I didn’t want to move anyway. I could barely imagine walking up the stairs more than twice during the day.
After the first month, I wanted to move but I could feel a heaviness in my lungs as if I wasn’t fully able to inhale even when I was. As a yoga teacher, I of course had to demonstrate poses but I kept demonstrations very brief and adjusted my classes to my ability because that’s what I was comfortable teaching. Outside of classes, I occasionally went for mindfulness walks, with a lot of my observation focused towards my internal sensations (warning me when to slow down or rest). Most of my walks were under 20 minutes. If it was too icy to walk and I wanted some movement I would do a gentle (veryyy gentle) yoga practice.
After this, I started to feel like my mind was restless, even anxious at times, and I was having trouble falling asleep. I craved more challenging movement so I decided to start experimenting with lifting weights at the gym. My approach now is very different than in the past. I used to do 20 minute very high intensity workouts or heavy weights. Now I’ve gone to the gym a few times and I’ve been using lighter weights, taking a lot of breaks to rest, and warming up with a slow walk (instead of skipping). It’s a fascinating process learning about my body all over again and observing it’s abilities and limitations. The body is a mysterious and magical thing. Since incorporating this extra movement I have been sleeping better.
Remember to work with your body! Honour it’s limits, they are there for a reason, even if you may not understand why.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. If you have experience healing from thyroid disorders share your story with me in the comments. I would love to hear from you!