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Identifying the Antigen

Post Published: 29 March 2011
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Category: Autoimmune Doctors, Autoimmune Hypothyroidism, Guest Bloggers
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Once we’ve determined that our hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune reaction, our work has just begun.  I can’t tell you how many people I come across that already KNOW they have Hashimoto’s Disease but there has been ZERO treatment other than synthetic hormones.  Why do testing to find out something if you don’t know how to treat it in the first place???  I’m baffled, “You know you have Hashimoto’s but you’re just taking Synthroid and haven’t done anything for the autoimmune disorder?”  The usual answer retorts, “I don’t think my doctor knows what to do next.”

What DO you do next?  Step two, Identify the Antigen!  IF you have an autoimmune disease by any name, you most likely have an antigen present.  What is an antigen?  That’s what we call a toxin that has been identified by your immune system as an enemy that it desires to kill.  Your immune system is supposed to ‘turn-on’ against living organisms that invade your body (bacteria, virus, parasites, etc).  It does a good job destroying such varmints and keeping you safe.  The problem comes when your immune system identifies a toxin that cannot die (mercury, lead, poisons, pesticides, foods, etc) that were harmlessly lodged in tissue, as an enemy worthy of death.  No matter how hard it may try, your immune system will never kill something that isn’t alive.

These toxins, now identified by your immune system as something needing to be attacked, are now termed ‘antigens.’  As it ‘fires’ a hyper-Th1 response (for example), it does considerable damage to the surrounding tissue.  This destruction is what gives you the symptoms, is an inflammatory reaction that causes swelling and pain; if this is happening on your thyroid it’s responsible for bursts of T3 release causing the occasional hyper-thyroid symptoms common in most Hashimoto’s cases.  Simply put:  If you don’t identify and then get rid of the antigen, you have NOT begun to treat the problem!

Identifying the antigen is our next step.  Again, we rely heavily on proper lab testing which can be extensive and expensive but is crucial, no, critical for proper care.  Blood tests, stool tests, salivary tests and hair analysis testing are in order.  Leave NO stone unturned!  There IS a cause…find a doctor who will FIND IT!!!!

Identifying the antigen is today’s step but useless if we don’t know how to get rid of it and calm the immune attack in the process.  In the coming weeks we’ll uncover more of the ‘moss under the rock’ of autoimmune disorders.

Read all about this and similar information on Dr. Conners website and even download a FREE COPY of his book at www.upperroomwellness.com.

Dr. C

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5 Responses to “Identifying the Antigen”

  1. michellegutie says:

    I’m sure that studies are being performed on preventing autoimmune disorders. It may not be in full swing for thyroid disorders but I know others are being extensively researched. If they can find the link for one, I’d sure like to think they can find the link for yours!

  2. Lynne Thomson says:

    Loved this article. I have had hypothyroid for 14 years. Followed by an endocrinologist. I am taking Synthroid. Family Doctor just noticed a nodule on the left side of my thyroid scheudeled for US & routine labs. Just read yesterday about Hashimoto disease, I have every symptom. Unbelievable. What’s my next step. Appointment scheduled for routine f/u with endocrinologist in early May, family doctor early June.

  3. VC says:

    In autoimmune disease the antigen is called autoantigen. “Auto” means “Self”. So the autoantigen in Hashimoto’s is a natural part of ourself.

  4. Two weeks ago my bloodwork came back with a TSH level of 56. My Endo called and told me to quit taking my Tapazole. I have been dragging and now I’m totally freaking out. The last few months bloodwork showed that my Grave’s was starting to show “normal” levels and my nurse explained that my body didn’t like the “normal” and the auto-immune decided to flair.

    I’ve been eating better…doing my best to avoid the foods I now know I’m allergic to although avoiding wheat is super hard. I am so frustrated. What other Antigens should we be looking for?

    Andrea

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