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Fireworks: Your Thyroid and EBV Reactivation!

Fireworks Can Reactivate Your EBV and Affect Your Thyroid!

As much as it is wonderful to celebrate special events, I wish we could come up with a less toxic form of fireworks, they are quite hazardous to our health (while also toxic to the planet). I have concerns for your immediate health especially at a time when the whole country fires the fireworks on the same day! According to a Swiss study, the chemicals from fireworks linger in the air for the next 2 weeks! Not to mention that fireworks are full of toxins: e.g. strontium, aluminum, barium, ozone, carbon dioxide, nitric oxide, sulfur dioxide, perchlorate and dioxins, many others…

Every single year, I remind our EBV community not to go out to the fireworks and to watch them from inside the house instead. Every summer I get reports back from people reactivating their virus after being outside to celebrate, especially when fireworks are in the immediate environment – e.g. from the neighbor!

Dioxins and Epstein-Barr Virus

According to scientists, dioxins are one of the most dangerous man-made toxins – although they occur in nature too, and research confirms that they reactive EBV (Lawrence, 2007). Plain and simple. You will inhale dioxins from the fireworks.

Other sources of dioxins:

While dioxins are caused by volcanic eruptions and wild fires, we also produce them during chlorine bleaching, paper production processes, waste incinerators, production of pesticides, and the burning of wood for fuel. Firefighters in particular are exposed to dioxins in burning houses and forest fires. Dioxins have been shown to cause autoimmune disorders and even atherosclerosis (Dalton, 2001). Rolf Halden, PhD, who specializes in research on dioxins states that they can cause chloracne, a severe form of skin disease, reproductive and developmental effects, liver damage, and cancer (Parsons, 2004). Cigarette smoke also produces dioxins, so even if you have second hand smoke, you will have exposure (Inoue, 2012).

What does this mean? Any burning debris is a potential hazard, and so is burning wood (your fire place/fire pit/bonfire/forest fires)…

What’s more: Grilling! How bad is grilling exactly? While backyard grilling won’t add dioxins to your food, it may release them in the air. A 2003 French study found that the typical two-hour backyard barbecue can release the same level of dioxins as 220,000 cigarettes.

Yes, all the wonderful things you may be doing in summer for fun
like camping by a bonfire and grilling every day…
could literally trigger your Epstein-Barr Virus reactivation!

Here’s what you can do about dioxins:

Perchlorate and Thyroid

We have an epidemic of low functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism). Perchlorate blocks iodine, the single most crucial nutrient for your thyroid from being available. You will also inhale it from the fireworks.

Other sources of perchlorate:

Many, including jet fuel. The bad news is that we likely all have some in our system…based on research. In one study, all women tested had jet fuel in their breast milk regardless of where they lived (Kirk, et all., 2003). perchlorate was found in each of 36 breast-milk samples taken from 18 states and in all but one of 47 dairy milk samples from 11 states. And this was 2003. We can assume safely that this has not improved since then, given the increase in flights since then.

Our planet is liberally sprinkled with jet fuel…if you just think about the air traffic. Unless grown in green houses, even organic produce will soak it up – from the air and rain and then the soil.

Here’s what you can do about perchlorate:

  • If you have Hashimoto’s, you want to be very careful with any amount of iodine, so I would limit any supplementation to 100mcg a day max. You may be better off getting a little iodine from wakame seaweed in a miso soup. Here is a delicious recipe (only use organic miso paste). I find miso soup to be very soothing and healing. And no, miso soup will not cause damage if you have Hashimoto’s.
  • If you have hypothyroidism but no Hashimoto’s, I recommend Detoxidine, a wonderful form of liquid iodine: 3 drops will provide the 150mcg that is needed a day for basic functions. Here is the link to the company that provides it.

You are probably guessing right:
to protect your thyroid
and prevent EBV reactivation,
enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your home!



Dalton, T. P., Kerzee, J. K., Wang, B., Miller, M., Dieter, M. Z., Lorenz, J. N., . . . Puga, A. (2001). Dioxin exposure is an environmental risk factor for ischemic heart disease. Cardiovasc Toxicol, 1(4), 285-298. Retrieved from

Inoue, H., Mishima, K., Yamamoto-Yoshida, S., Ushikoshi-Nakayama, R., Nakagawa, Y., Yamamoto, K., . . . Saito, I. (2012). Aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated induction of EBV reactivation as a risk factor for Sjogren’s syndrome. J Immunol, 188(9), 4654-4662. doi:10.4049/jimmunol.1101575

Kirk, A. B., Smith, E. E., Tian, K., Anderson, T. A., & Dasgupta, P. K. (2003). Perchlorate in milk. Environ Sci Technol, 37(21), 4979-4981. doi:10.1021/es034735q

Lawrence, B. P. (2007). Environmental toxins as modulators of antiviral immune responses. Viral Immunol, 20(2), 231-242. doi:10.1089/vim.2007.0013

Parsons, T. J. (2004). Researcher dispels myth of dioxins and plastic water bottles. News. Retrieved from


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