Hashimoto’s results in the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, while hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid. These two conditions are closely linked since Hashimoto’s causes an underactive thyroid too. About 97% of patients with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s.
Hypothyroidism is a condition where there are low levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Low level of thyroid hormone is as a result of thyroid suppressing substances such as fluoride and medication, damage to the thyroid gland caused by disease or physical damage, iodine deficiency, pituitary suppression, and surgical removal of the thyroid gland.
If one had Hashimoto’s, their doctor would definitely tell them, right? Unfortunately, many people with Hashimoto’s do not know they have it because conventional medicine treats all thyroid disorders resulting from autoimmunity the same way as thyroid disorders due to surgical removal, congenital defect, nutrient deficiency, or synthetic thyroid hormones.
According to Google Trends, many people search for hypothyroidism compared to Hashimoto’s. But remember, 97% of people with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s. Google Trends is proving that most people with hypothyroidism do not know they have Hashimoto’s.
After a patient is diagnosed with hypothyroidism, they are told that their thyroid gland is underactive. They are then given some medication and go home hoping they will be okay. But Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition. The immune system is constantly attacking the thyroid gland. Thyroid medication will not stop this attacks; it will only try and reactivate the “sluggish” thyroid gland.
Patients diagnosed with hypothyroidism should get tested for Hashimoto’s, at least just to be sure. If the test result for Hashimoto’s is positive, the patient has both hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s. Please note that it is possible to have Hashimoto’s and not have hypothyroidism. So, if the doctor concludes that a patient does not have hypothyroidism, and the patient is still having hypothyroidism symptoms, a Hashimoto’s test should be ordered. A thyroid antibodies test will pick Hashimoto’s better than a TSH level test.