Okay. well, welcome, everyone to this hashimoto’s thyroiditis webinar. this is nik hedberg, and tonight we’re talking about Hashimoto’s Thyroid. Like I was saying previously, last year I did a lot of teleconferences, but I wanted to open it up, so you could have some visuals as well so you could see some PowerPoint slides. I’m going to talk a little bit and go through the slides and then we’ll do some questions at the end. You can do that by just typing your questions into the chat window on the little Start Meeting screen that you’ll.
See on the right, and then i’ll be able to answer your questions that way. Okay. You should be able to see the main slide now with the Immune Restorations Center and Hashimoto’s Thyroid. This is just a really big part of my practice. It’s a very, very common disorder out there, and unfortunately, conventional medicine really doesn’t have any approach or treatment for Hashimoto’s. Conventional medicine basically treats Hashimoto’s like they would just regular hypothyroidism. They don’t really test for it routinely because.
They don’t treat it any differently whether you have hashimoto’s or not. this just leaves a lot of people with an autoimmune disease and they usually just give them medication to handle their hypothyroid symptoms, which sometimes people really do need that, but it doesn’t really address the underlying autoimmunity. I started seeing thyroid issues probably about nine or ten years ago, and just because it’s so common it became a big part of my practice so I knew I had to learn it in great detail.
There were so many people out there who really need help with this condition. Hashimoto’s, it is an autoimmune condition. Basically, the body is producing antibodies against its own thyroid tissue. You’ll hear some practitioners say, or some people say that the body is actually attacking itself, but really autoimmune disease is the body’s attempt to repair itself. It’s just a different way of looking at it. Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. They’re significantly on the rise. Hashimoto’s is.
Actually the most common autoimmune disease in the world. it’s very, very, very common. About 1 out of every 10 Americans has Hashimoto’s approximately, so that’s about 28 million people and growing. This is a really important statistic, that 90% of patients with hypothyroidism have Hashimoto’s. What that means is that the majority of people with hypothyroidism, they have Hashimoto’s. And like I was saying, unfortunately conventional medicine treats them exactly the way they.
Would someone who doesn’t have hashimoto’s, so the treatment’s really the same. the underlying causes of the autoimmunity are not really addressed so the patient usually has a lot of other symptoms like digestive problems, hormone imbalances, depression, things like that, because the autoimmunity and the reason for it just wasn’t really addressed in the beginning. Mostly women. One of the reasons why women mainly get autoimmune diseases more than men.
Is because, number one, because they have higher estrogen levels. and the second reason is because genetically autoimmune diseases are expressed on the Xchromosome and since women have two of them and men only have one, they’re at a much greater risk for autoimmunity. That’s basically what Hashimoto’s is. Hashimoto was a Japanese physician who discovered this autoimmune condition for the first time. We’re going to be hearing more and more about it as it grows, like I said, with all the other autoimmune diseases.
So the symptoms of hashimoto’s are really the same as that of someone with hypothyroidism. Basically, what we’re looking at is a decrease in thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone basically controls our metabolism, so it controls burning fat, burning sugar, energy production, so anything involved in that is going to suffer with Hashimoto’s. Now some people, when they first develop Hashimoto’s and the body is making large amounts of antibodies that are going into the thyroid glands, they may actually have hyperthyroid symptoms in.
Hashimotos Thyroiditis and EpsteinBarr Virus
In this tutorial i answer the question, what causes hashimotos thyroiditis? you can also watch this tutorial directly on YouTube. Well, welcome everyone. This is Nik Hedberg, and today Im going to be talking about all the different causes of Hashimotos thyroiditis. So Hashimotos thyroid disease is the most common autoimmune disease in the world. And its also the number cause of hypothyroidism in the world. One of the things about Hashimotos thyroiditis is that conventional.
Medicine doesnt really recognize hashimotos thyroiditis as a major problem. and what i mean by that is that if you have Hashimotos thyroiditis, the treatment is going to be the same for you if you just have hypothyroidism and dont have an autoimmune disease. So the treatment for hypothyroidism and Hashimotos thyroiditis is going to be prescription thyroid hormone. So its really important to find out why you have Hashimotos and whats causing it. So I put all the research together over my many years of practice and all the.
Research that ive done on thyroid disorders, and i put it together into a nice chart which shows you all the possible causes of Hashimotos thyroid disease. So here we see Hashimotos thyroiditis in the diagram with all of the different causes surrounding it. And the first one I want to talk about is the EpsteinBarr virus. So autoimmune diseases can be caused by a variety of different things. But infections are really a major, major cause and a major overlooked factor in autoimmune disease. So.
The epsteinbarr virus is probably the most common infection that causes hashimotos thyroid disease. So EpsteinBarr virus is the virus that causes mononucleosis, also known as the kissing disease. And genetically, some people just have a really hard time controlling the EpsteinBarr virus throughout their life. So, for example, in Hashimotos thyroiditis, the research has shown that if we were to biopsy the thyroid gland and test the tissue for the EpsteinBarr virus, you would find extremely high concentrations of the EpsteinBarr.
Virus in the thyroid gland of individuals who have hashimotos. So if you have Hashimotos, the first thing you want to get tested for is EpsteinBarr virus and thats done with a blood test. The next factor is iodine, a highly controversial topic, in not so much conventional medicine but in alternative medicine. There are people on two sides of the fence, those who are pro iodine for Hashimotos and those who are against iodine. And I land somewhere in the middle. It really depends on the individual.
And the individual case. but there is some research out there that shows that when iodine is added to the food supply in certain populations, like in Denmark and Turkey as examples, the incidence of Hashimotos thyroiditis did increase significantly when iodine was added to the food supply. The other thing we know is that some research out of Japan shows that if you give someone iodine who has Hashimotos thyroiditis, you increase whats called lymphocytic infiltration.
Into the thyroid gland. basically that means that you create more inflammation into the gland. So iodine can be a potential trigger. Again, its highly controversial and a big topic which we wont cover today. But you do need to be aware of it. The next thing is going to be bacteria called Yersinia enterocolitica. This is actually in the same family as the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague, also known as the black death, throughout Europe many years ago. That was called Yersinia pestis transmitted by rat fleas.
Yersinia enterocolitica you can get just from contaminated food or water and it gets into the gut. And usually your body fights it off. You get some diarrhea, lose stools, maybe feel like you have some food poisoning and your body just gets rid of it. But some individuals, it sets up shop, so to speak, in the gut barrier. And the immune system not only attacks the Yersinia, but it also attacks thyroid tissue, because to your immune system, Yersinia looks just like thyroid tissue and thats what we call molecular mimicry. Molecular mimicry.