The Medical Medium—and What’s Potentially at the Root of Medical MysteriesIn the forward to the new book, Medical Medium, Dr. Alejandro Junger writes, “As a man of science, I have been taught to the point of indoctrination that I must only trust what I can observe, measure, test, and reproduce.” But Dr. Junger then goes on to explain his career-long fascination with healers—those who can bring sight back through touch, or restore the mysteriously ailing to health. Sure, it sounds really out there, but one of the reasons we lean on Dr. Junger so heavily over here at goop is because he’s always willing to question the status quo—and to acknowledge that he might not have all the answers.
One of the unlikely places where Dr. Junger has found surprising—and according to him, spot-on—answers is from Anthony William, a self-titled Medical Medium, who has heard a force he calls Spirit in his ear since he was a toddler. As he recounts in his book, the vision of a man appeared at the dinner table one night when he was four-years-old and beckoned him to stand in front of his grandmother, put his hand on her chest, and say “lung cancer.” Plagued by curiosity, his parents took his grandmother to the doctor a few weeks later, and sure enough, she had a late stage lung cancer that had metastasized. And according to William, Spirit—though not visibly present—has been with him ever since.
William has a robust business—apparently the waiting list is years-long, half of his clients are doctors looking for advice on behalf of incurable patients, and he attends to callers by lottery—but he’s now put some of his foundational knowledge into a book, which he’s quick to point out has absolutely nothing in the way of medical study footnotes or citations. As he explains, “It’s all new.” The focus is on “mystery illnesses,” i.e., a group of diseases that many physicians have been quick to dismiss as psychosomatic—and which primarily affect women—including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, and Epstein-Barr virus. (More on EBV below.)
The book is a fascinating read, whether plausible or not. His personal story is compelling, and his discussion of disease and disease states is really interesting, even if you’re not personally affected. Below, you’ll find a chapter about Epstein-Barr Virus from William’s new book, Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal (Hay House; November 10, 2015).
EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, AND FIBROMYALGIAThe Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has created a secret epidemic. Out of the roughly 320 million people in the U.S., over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV.
Epstein-Barr is responsible for mystery illnesses of every category: For some people, it creates fatigue and pain that go unnamed. For others, EBV symptoms prompt doctors to prescribe ineffective treatments, such as hormone replacement. And for so many people walking around with EBV, it gets misdiagnosed.
Among the reasons EBV is thriving: so little is understood about it. Medical communities are aware of only one version of EBV, but there are actually over 60 varieties. Epstein-Barr is behind several of the debilitating illnesses that stump doctors. As I said in the Introduction, it’s the mystery illness of mystery illnesses.
Doctors have no idea how the virus operates long-term and how problematic it can be. The truth is, EBV is the source of numerous health problems that are currently considered mystery illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. EBV is also the cause of some major maladies that medical communities think they understand but really don’t—including thyroid disease, vertigo, and tinnitus.
This chapter explains when the Epstein-Barr virus arose, how it’s transmitted, how it operates to create untold havoc in strategic stages no one knows about, and the steps (never revealed before) that can destroy the virus and restore health.
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