Hashimoto's disease commonly known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder that is the most frequent cause of clinical hypothyroidism. In this disease antibodies bind to the thyroid and prevent the manufacture of sufficient levels of thyroid hormone. In addition to binding to thyroid tissue, these antibodies may also bind to the adrenal glands, pancreas, and acid-producing cells of the stomach (parietal cells).
Hashimoto's thyroiditis is associated with the following signs of autoimmune thyroid disease:
Serum antibodies against thyroid proteins such as thyrogloblin (TG) or thyroperoxidase (TPO), although 10% to 15% can be antibody-negative.
Diffuse enlargement of the gland detected by physical examination, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT scan).
Diffuse iodine uptake and glandular enlargement on radioiodine uptake scan.
A histologic assessment will typically find cellular infiltration of immune cells, especially lymphocytes.
The variables that predict Hashimoto's disease are family history of thyroid disease of any type and exposure to environmental triggers. Certain toxins are known to be concentrated within the thyroid follicles. Such toxins generate free radicals, which activate immune responses and possibly sensitize immune cells to surrounding thyroid proteins.
Chemicals that are documented to correlate with Hashimoto's disease include:
Iodine (in excess or when intake increases significantly)
In the majority of cases individuals with autoimmune thyroid disease will progress to hypothyroidism . The presence of Hashimoto's disease raises the risk of having or developing other autoimmune diseases.
In addition, clinical hypothyroidism can be caused by thyroid surgery and postpartum hypothyroidism, which is a transient form of hypothyroidism, affecting 5% to 10% of women.
What can be done to treat the disease?
Fortunately there are many nutritional and herbal medicines that can benefit any individual suffering from Hashimoto’s disease. Naturopathic treatment includes removal of chemicals by improving detoxification pathways. Supporting the stress response with adaptogenic herbs and nutrient cofactors. Modulating the immune response to down regulate autoimmune activity. Herbal medicines are exceptionally good at doing this. Enhance optimal thyroid function by ensuring nutrient precursors are adequately present in the diet or provided through nutritional supplementation. Support necessary lifestyle changes to enhance and sustain a healthy thyroid.
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