This, they believe, has to do with the toxins that we're exposed to in this unique environment on Long Island. There's some toxin they believe that's in the water that we've been exposed to, perhaps even years ago that over a period of time has resulted in this production of thyroiditis. Exactly what that toxin is or how this has progressed is still a matter of some research. But nonetheless, it is a fact and a big problem in this area. When we have an autoimmune disease, the immune system is damaged and confused and making antibodies against itself. So when we're looking at thyroiditis, for example, there are known triggers to this sort of dysfunction.
There are different sorts of heavy metals that are known to cause inflammation and lead to an abnormal immune response that could lead to an attack on a specific organ or structure. But also, there are different viruses that are known to attack the thyroid and even a bacteria called Yersinia that lives in the digestive tract, that produces a toxin that specifically attacks the thyroid and could lead to the production of thyroiditis. Thyroiditis, as all of the autoimmune diseases are, have to be treated through an integrated approach. When we're looking at the treatment, we're looking at ways of number one, reducing the inflammatory response that the abnormal antibodies are generating, and we're also looking at ways to distract these antibodies from attacking the target organ. And this is called using an alternate antigen strategy.
When we're treating somebody with thyroiditis, we use a natural form of a thyroid preparation such as Armour Thyroid or Nature-Throid or Westhroid or compounded thyroid, some natural organic form of thyroid molecules to give to the patients even in very low doses. And what happens then is that the abnormal antibodies will perceive this material as more abnormal than a person's own thyroid and preferentially attack this material taking the stress off their thyroid almost immediately. This immediately starts to reduce the inflammation. They start to get an immediately improved response of their thyroid and thyroid hormone, takes the stress off very quickly.
In this way, I'm able to help the vast majority of patients that come to me, even with advanced, severe, and chronic autoimmune diseases. Whether it be thyroiditis, whether it be lupus, whether it be autoimmune pancreatitis resulting in type 1 diabetes, so on and so forth. The underlying rationale is the same, the immunology is the same, the supplements and materials I use may be different, but the rationale of restoring balance to the immune system is possible and it could be done without using a lot of harsh chemicals, in most cases.