14 Million Are Affected by Hashimotos Disease
There are several theories as to why the immune system loses tolerance of its own cells, but the prevailing theory is that genetic predisposition and environmental triggers cause the immune system to attack itself. Essentially, the immune system is confused by years of exposure to chronic infection and environmental toxic burden.
This "molecular mimicry theory" has been substantiated by studies of diseases caused by group A streptococcus— the bacteria that commonly causes strep throat. The immune system first reacts to the bacteria, which may look like the cells in the heart, brain or skin. When the cells start attacking the organs— rheumatic carditis, pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders (PANDAS) or Guttate psoriasis results.
Similarly, Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE), Rheumatoid arthritis and Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involve antibodies attacking the respective organs, resulting in inflammation, pain and GI issues.
All autoimmune diseases have a root cause, from chronic infections to environmental toxic burden. Dr. Mary specializes in finding and treating these root causes so you can feel well again, restoring optimal health.