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An autoimmune disorder occurs when a person's immune system attacks their own body tissues. The main function of our immune system is to defend the body from germs and other foreign invaders. However, with autoimmune disorders, the body fails to tell the difference between your good cells and the bad germs. When this happens, the body makes antibodies (called auto-antibodies) that are directed towards the body’s own tissues. These auto-antibodies attack normal cells, causing mass disorder and chaos throughout the body and disrupting normal function.

Hashimoto's, Graves', And Adrenal Fatigue

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Hashimoto's Disease is an autoimmune disease caused when the body attacks the thyroid gland. This can often result in an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. It primarily affects middle-aged women but also can occur in men and women of any age and in children.

Autoimmune-Thyroid-NationHashimotos Thyroiditis is named after the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto. Other examples of autoimmune diseases are: Addison’s disease (Adrenal Glands), Diabetes Mellitus (Pancreas), Systemic Lupus (connective tissue) Rheumatoid Arthritis (joints).

It is important to point out that once you have an autoimmune disease, you are more susceptible to developing others.

There is still limited medical knowledge as to why autoimmune disease occurs. However, much can be done to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms associated with them.


OR, want to know more? Thyroid Nation has numerous articles about Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Click the links below to learn more about this autoimmune disease. 

Graves' Disease 

Graves' is an auto-immune disease. It most commonly affects the thyroid, often causing it to enlarge and become overactive (hyperthyroidism).


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Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenals play an important role in moderating auto-immune diseases. During adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisol to counter your autoimmune inflammatory reaction. A healthy adrenal gland is therefore essential for minimizing damage from uncontrolled inflammation brought about by autoimmune processes.  moreifoAdrenal Click the links below for more information about the adrenals and adrenal fatigue. 


Fibromyalgia is best characterized by the chronic pain related to soft tissue throughout the body. Symptoms may include weakness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. The cause is unknown but is believed to involve psychological, genetic, neurobiological and environmental factors. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause problems similar to fibromyalgia. Click the links below for more information. 

List Of Autoimmune And Autoimmune-Related Diseases

**NOTE:   Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue are listed, not because they are autoimmune, but because many people who suffer from them have associated autoimmune disease(s)