Greetings friends, I’m Dr. Nik Hedberg, and today’s Hashimoto’s tip of the day relates to Lyme disease. This was a really fascinating discovery that I made years ago while reading research that there was a good connection between Lyme disease and Hashimoto’s. The bacteria that causes Lyme disease is known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Studies have shown that Borrelia can trigger Hashimoto’s via what we’ve talked about before known as molecular mimicry. Molecular mimicry is just that fancy term that basically means that your body’s immune system not only attacks the infection, but it also affects selftissue that looks like.
The infection. So you get a Borrelia infection that causes Lyme. The body attacks the Borrelia, but it also attacks the thyroid gland as well. Lyme disease is not just an issue of the Northeast. It is in all 50 states. If you do have Hashimoto’s, and you do have some kind of history of tick bites or a lot of outdoor activities and things like that, you should definitely get checked for Lyme disease to see if it’s there because it could be connected with your Hashimoto’s. So that’s our Hashimoto’s tip of the day, and we’ll see you next time. Take care.