Infections/Parasites

Infections are quite common in thyroid disease patients. Treating the infections is a step forward towards healing these conditions and putting most symptoms in remission.

Molecular mimicry

The immune system attacks bacteria, fungi, and other forms of infections. Sometimes, these infections have molecular similarities with the thyroid gland, and the immune system ends up attacking the thyroid.

Yersinia Enterocolitica

This bacterium’s antibodies are in high quantities in Hashimoto’s and Grave’s patients. It is found in pork. The bacterium has molecular structure similarities with the thyroid gland. Treating this infection can put thyroid disorders in remission. It is treated using herbs or doxycycline.

  1. Pylori
  2. Pylori can cause autoimmunity and anemia. The bacteria grow in the gut and attacks the stomach lining resulting in ulcers. It changes stomach acidity to thrive and is mucus protected thus difficult to get rid of.

SIBO

The digestive system requires some bacteria. When these bacteria increase they eat up all the food eaten resulting in a deficiency of nutrients. Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) is a common infection in autoimmunity disease patients. After its diagnosis, SIBO can be treated using antibiotics, elemental diets, and antimicrobial herbs.

Fungal

Fungal infections are caused by Candida and other fungi. Antibiotics can help alleviate these infections. But patients should make sure they eat foods that refill good bacteria since antibiotics kill all fungi and bacteria.

Lyme

Lyme disease is linked to ticks, so people tend to think that they can only get it through ticks. Other ways to get is through mosquito bites, mother-to-child, and ticks-infested pets. The disease can cause Hashimoto’s, and thyroid disease-like symptoms such as memory loss and fatigue.

Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium has 16 different protein structures that cross-react with thyroid proteins; five cross-react with TSH receptor antibodies, six with sodium iodide symporter, three with TPO antibodies, and two with TG antibodies. If a patient experiences headache, numbness, and pain, a Lyme disease test should be done.

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