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Molecular mimicry

It is a concept that usually happens with infections. The body’s immune system identifies and destroys infections. However, molecular similarities of the thyroid to some infection cause the immune system to attack the thyroid. This means, the body’s immune system is attacking the parasites and the thyroid; therefore, the parasite should be eliminated to avoid problems.

Yersinia enterocolitica

Antibodies in the bacteria are higher in people having the Graves’ and Hashimotos’ condition and up to 19 of its proteins resembles those found in the thyroid. Therefore, to prevent a thyroid attack, identifying and treating the bacteria is crucial. The patient can test for Yersinia antibodies through a GI Effects Gastrointestinal Function Comprehensive Profile.

Treatment is via the medication Yersinia enterocolitica with doxycycline or through herbal medication protocols.

  1. Pylori

This is a gut infection with links to the thyroid autoimmune disease. Eliminating the infection can thus reverse the condition or put the patient at peace. To identify the infection, the patient takes blood, breathe and stool tests.

Treatments

  • Triple therapy: using  antibiotics Amoxicillin or Metronidazole together with Clarithromycin
  • Quadruple therapy: combinations of antibiotics Pepto-Bismol, Metronidazole, tetracycline and a proton pump inhibitor to reduce H.Pylori

SIBO

This is an infection resulting from overgrowth of bacteria that absorb body nutrients, causing deficiencies. The patient can test for SIBO using basic breathe test and treat the infection using antibiotics, elemental diets and with antimicrobial herbs.

Fungal

A good example is the Candida that occurs because of yeast overgrowth that appears as yeast infections or thrush. The patient should ensure that they compensate the bacteria removed by antibiotics. The patient can use the GI Effects Profile to identify Candida overgrowth and use probiotics and anti-fungal herbs as treatment.

Lyme

Treating Lyme disease prevents the person from getting Hashimotos’. However failure can cause the protein structure of the bacteria that causes Lyme to react with thyroid proteins, causing an autoimmune attack.

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