Infections, within and without the gut, may trigger an autoimmune attack. Once one acquires an infection, the immune system launches an attack on the virus or bacteria causing the infection. A pathogen may have similar molecular structure to an organ in the body. If this is the case, the immune system launches attacks on the organ. This phenomenon is called molecular mimicry and may cause an autoimmune attack on the thyroid gland.
Hashimoto’s patients who treat such infection may enter into complete remission. These infections can be treated using conventional medicine or alternative treatment methods such as herbal medicine. Patients should first test for gut infections. Gut infections caused by H. Pylori and Epstein-Barr virus are known to cause Hashimoto’s. The immune cells that fight the Epstein-Barr virus are dependent on vitamin D, so one should get some sunlight or take vitamin D supplements.