The Gut: one major factor causing thyroid dysfunction

Since I published my article on the link between chlorine and thyroid issues a few weeks, I have had several comments and questions from people. This week I want to elaborate more on the factors that cause thyroid dysfunction.

Beside chlorine, there are 2 other factors that are well known in the medical literature to cause or contribute to a variety of thyroid problems.

As we could suspect, the diet has a direct impact on these conditions. Specifically, wheat is a major trigger. What explains this observation? The structure of gliadin, which is a portion of the protein gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, among other grains, is closely similar to that of the thyroid gland. When the integrity of the small intestine is compromised, gliadin enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. Following this, the body makes antibodies that will destroy the gliadin molecule. But these antibodies will also attack the thyroid gland.

At this point, you may ask what compromises the function of the small intestine? Chlorine is one factor! Heavy metals like mercury is another one, as well the diet.

The goal here is to restore the function of the gut in order to stop the auto-destruction of the thyroid gland.

Next week, I will cover the second major factor that lead to thyroid disorders.

Hope this answer the question. If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me.

yours in health,
Dr Serge