Hyperbaric oxygen and Hashimoto’s Disease
Autoimmune diseases (such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis) affect millions of Canadians, of all ages. These diseases occur when the human body’s immune system mistakenly attacks normal, healthy cells.
Hashimoto’s disease, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the healthy tissue of the thyroid gland instead of protecting it, which causes thyroid gland inflammation. The thyroid gland is located in front of the neck and is responsible for secreting hormones that influence every chemical reaction in the body, particularly energy, metabolism, reproductive health, and digestion.
Hyperbaric oxygen can reduce inflammation, balance the immune system, increase energy levels and improve brain function.
Additionally improving the diet of someone with Hashimoto’s Disease has been shown help. The autoimmune paleo type diet has been shown to provide successful management when there is autoimmunity against the thyroid gland.