Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
Autoimmune thyroid disease is the most common cause of hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid. The thyroid gland plays a central role in our metabolism and directly affects many processes at a biochemical, cellular and organ level. The thyroid is responsible for regulating hormone levels, metabolism, breathing, heart rate, body temperature and energy. Through a process called molecular mimicry, healthy thyroid cells can be perceived by the immune system to be foreign and dangerous. As a protective mechanism, our body will make thyroid antibodies, thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin, that attack the thyroid gland and lead to dysfunction.
The IMNY Solution
We view the immune dysfunction as the underlying cause, and we focus on identifying the cause of dysregulation to suppress the autoimmune process in order to prevent progression of early disease. It can take ten years from the first development of thyroid antibodies to the onset of clinical illness, which gives us ample opportunity to intervene.
We also optimize thyroid function with thyroid-specific nutrient supplements, the use of compounded thyroid preparations, and finely tuned dosing. We prescribe doses that reach the target level and follow up regularly until the system is properly “tuned”.