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Dr. Datis Kharrazian on Hashimoto's

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Written by Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC


When you develop Hashimoto’s you lose something called “immune tolerance” and your immune system starts attacking its own tissues.

The thyroid is very vulnerable to autoimmune attacks because it has no antioxidant protection.

Thyroid tissue also contains many proteins structurally similar to foods that commonly trigger immune reactions.

For instance, some amino acid sequences in thyroid tissue are identical to amino acid sequences in gluten.

If you are unknowingly gluten sensitive or have celiac disease, you have the potential to trigger an autoimmune attack against your thyroid every time you eat gluten.

This is called cross-reactivity and it happens with various foods and body tissues, including the brain.

Many people with Hashimoto’s are genetically predisposed to gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.


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