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Causes of an Underactive Thyroid

   
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QUESTION

Please explain what happens to your body to cause underactive thyroid.

DRS. RICHARD AND KARILEE SHAMES ANSWER

Although low thyroid can be caused by a variety of maladies, by far the most common cause of simple hypothyroidism is an immune system attack against the thyroid-hormone forming tissue (thyroxine hormone assembly apparatus of the thyroid gland).The reason for this seemingly bizarre occurrence of our immune system attacking a part of ourselves is not entirely clear. It can be the result in part of trauma or infection damaging the thyroid gland, and the immune system attacking the damaged area as if it were a foreign invader.

There is also good evidence to suggest that much of the problem is related to increasing pollution in the air, food, and water, hormone-disrupting chemicals which confuse the body's response.

For more information about this, please be on the lookout for Mary Shomon's new upcoming book on autoimmune disease, Living Well With Autoimmune Disease. (August, 2002)

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Dr. Richard Shames has practiced for over 30 years, written and lectured widely on thyroid-related topics, and is considered an expert in the field. He practices in San Rafael, CA. Karilee Shames has been an assistant professor of nursing, and has led thyroid support groups for many years. In addition to writing their popular book, Thyroid Power, they are regular contributors to Thyroid-Info.com, and provide a service offering thyroid coaching education sessions to consumers nationwide by telephone. For more information, see their site, www.Thyroidpower.com.

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