Date of Publish: 14/10/2010

The role of environmental factors in autoimmune thyroiditis

Hybenova M, Hrda P, Prochazkova J, Stejskal V, Sterzl I. Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2010;31(3):283-9.
Environmental factors can play an important role in the development of autoimmune
thyroiditis (AT) and other autoimmune diseases. This article reviews the
role of heavy metals and infectious agents in AT. It has been found that patients with AT and other autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus and atopic eczema, show increased lymphocyte reactivity in vitro to inorganic mercury, nickel and other metals compared to healthy controls. The important source of mercury is dental amalgam. Replacement of amalgam in mercury-allergic subjects resulted in improvement of health in about 70% of patients.

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