In my clinical practice, I see many patients with thyroid disease. Autoimmune thyroid disease (if it exists, stated by Anthony Williams-The Medical Medium) affects 1% of the general population. Thyroid antibodies are noted in 15%. I utilize a test in my office by the company Exagen called Avise. It tests for all the autoimmune diseases, at least those which have blood testing markers
Autoimmune disease has been linked to gluten sensitivities and gluten allergy (as in Celiac Disease). A study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology 2018 revealed a higher prevalence of thyroid antibodies in patients with Systemic Sclerosis when compared to the general population.
Systemic sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized by inflammation leading up to progressive vascular dysfunction with fibrosis of the skin as well as fibrotic changes in the thyroid.
I utilize low dose naltrexone in my practice for many autoimmune disease. Systemic sclerosis is no exception. I yield excellent results with titrating doses of LDN from 1.0 to 4.5 mg and sometimes higher.