Do you have hypothyroidism (like I do)? Then you most likely have Hashimoto’s disease, or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (like I had).
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It is named after Dr. Hakaru Hashimoto in 1912 who found this condition in his patients.
It is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body has become confused at the cellular level and inappropriately attacks itself – attacks the thyroid gland – as if it was foreign tissue.
WHAT CAUSES HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS?
- inflammation of the thyroid gland
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis tends to occur in families
- it is associated with a clustering of other autoimmune conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, and celiac disease.
- the underlying cause of the autoimmune process still is unknown though studies point to our depleted food, compromised diet and nutrition over the past 50 years of fast foods and use of pesticides and chemicals on the plants and in our food production, including GMO’d seeds and food.
WOMEN AND THYROID CONDITIONS
1 out of 8 women have hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is 5-10 times more common in women than in men and though you can get it as a child, it most often starts in adulthood.
ANTIBODIES AND THYROID GLAND DESTRUCTION
Blood drawn from patients with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis shows an increased number of antibodies to the enzyme, thyroid peroxidase an enzyme (protein) found within the thyroid gland. As result of the antibodies’ interaction with the enzyme, inflammation develops in the thyroid gland, the thyroid gland is destroyed, and the patient ultimately is rendered hypothyroid (too little thyroid hormone).
HOW TO HEAL HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS
Autoimmune diseases do not go away by themselves. Here are two things you can do immediately to start your road to recovery:
- Diet – you can start this today. Find the Thyroid Health Reset Diet in my Get Your Life Back manual, click here to find out more.
- See a thyroid trained practitioner immediately