What is the difference between hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s?
Hypothyroidism is a lack of thyroid hormone that can occur as a result of a variety of different factors such as Iodine deficiency, surgical removal of the thyroid or damage to the thyroid. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition that results in the immune system damaging the thyroid. Most cases of hypothyroidism in the US and other countries that add iodine to their salt supply are caused by Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune condition. I am a proponent of not just using medications for hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s, but also of rebalancing the immune system to prevent further attack on the thyroid.