Why Is Hashimoto’s the #1 Autoimmune Condition?

Watch this insightful interview with Dr. Dimitris Tsoukalas as we discuss the most common autoimmune disease—Hashimoto’s disease.


0:00 Welcome, Dr. Dimitris Tsoukalas
1:00 What is the most common autoimmune condition?
2:41 What is Hashimoto's?
5:08 Causes of Hashimoto’s
7:40 Is Hashimoto’s reversible?
11:20 Symptoms of Hashimoto's
15:55 Dietary patterns of people with Hashimoto’s
20:49 Metabolomic testing

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Dimitris Tsoukalas. There’s a chronic condition that’s more prevalent than cardiovascular disease and cancer combined. Autoimmune disease is the most common chronic illness, with over 50 million people suffering from autoimmune conditions in the US.

Autoimmune disease is a condition where the immune system does not recognize certain organs and tissues, so it attacks them. Hashimoto’s is the most common autoimmune disease.

Dr. Tsoukala explains that Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the immune system attacks and gradually destroys the thyroid gland. This reduces the thyroid's function, leading to hypothyroidism.

Around 26 million people in the United States are suffering from Hashimoto's disease—and 9 out of 10 are women.

One of the first symptoms of Hashimoto’s is low energy. This is because the hormones produced by the thyroid gland regulate metabolism and control the metabolic rate. People with Hashimoto’s also have difficulty regulating body weight because their metabolic rate is slow. Hormonal imbalance and emotional instability are other common symptoms of Hashimoto’s.

All of Dr. Tsoukalas’ patients diagnosed with Hashimoto’s also have vitamin D deficiencies. More than 90% of his Hashimoto’s patients are insulin resistant. Another common problem associated with Hashimoto’s is multiple marginal micronutrient deficiencies. These deficiencies lead to mitochondrial dysfunction.

Dr. Tsoukalas takes a unique and groundbreaking approach with his patients and utilizes metabolomic testing, which tests chemical reactions in the body to help determine any deficiencies.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 59, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope you found this interview with Dr. Tsoukalas helpful. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • @subhashiniverma1763 says:

    Please make a detailed video on graves disease and hyperthyroidism.

  • @i.mahdihosseini says:

    01:08 📊 Autoimmune diseases, affecting 50 million Americans, are the leading cause of chronic conditions, surpassing cancer and cardiovascular diseases combined.
    02:15 🩺 Hashimoto’s disease stands out as the most prevalent autoimmune condition, primarily affecting the thyroid.
    04:32 🔄 Hashimoto’s disease is not merely a thyroid disorder but an immune system malfunction where antibodies attack the thyroid gland, leading to chronic inflammation and potential destruction.
    05:27 🚺 Hormonal fluctuations in women’s lives, such as during menstruation and pregnancy, contribute to the higher prevalence of Hashimoto’s disease among females.
    08:37 🛑 While Hashimoto’s disease can be managed to halt the immune system’s attack on the thyroid, reversing tissue damage or discontinuing medication entirely is challenging due to slow thyroid tissue regeneration.
    11:27 ⚡ Symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease include low energy levels, difficulty regulating body weight, hormonal imbalances, and emotional instability.
    16:51 🧪 Vitamin D deficiency, insulin resistance, and micronutrient deficiencies are commonly associated with Hashimoto’s disease, underscoring the importance of comprehensive nutritional assessment.
    21:12 🧬 Metabolomics offers a personalized approach to assessing nutrient utilization and identifying subtle deficiencies that traditional blood tests may miss, aiding in tailored treatment plans for Hashimoto’s patients.

  • @C.N.1 says:

    I used to ALWAYS get both names- Hashimoto’s and Fukushima mixed up! 🤓 Guess I was thinking too far ahead! Wow! Thank you, Dr. Berg! Happy Friday, everyone! From 🇺🇸

  • @hollybishop484 says:

    The hardest part is getting this diagnosed. Most Dr’s don’t do complete blood panels on this and just call it good. I’m pretty sure I’ve had hypothyroidism for years! The best thing I can do is educate myself and tell my Dr which blood samples I want pulled. Going to try that at my next Dr’s appointment.

    • @tradermunky1998 says:

      If the doctor doesn’t approve, you can also order the tests yourself. Of course insurance will not cover it at that point, but they are usually reasonable prices.

    • @sandralrho9455 says:

      @@tradermunky1998how do you order a test for yourselves if the doc does not approve ? I believe previous chemo caused mine , but getting a doctor to believe that impossible

    • @tradermunky1998 says:

      @@sandralrho9455 LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, probably more out there. You simply schedule the panel, do it, and pay for it like anything else. It’s not “illegal” to get tested without a doctor approval.

    • @tradermunky1998 says:

      @sandralrho9455  LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, probably more out there. You simply schedule the panel, do it, and pay for it like anything else. It’s not “illegal” to get tested without a doctor approval.

    • @autumninabq3081 says:

      Go to a wellness doctor. That’s what I had to do. They do a much better thorough job.

  • @OlgaMfrench says:

    I am so grateful for this interview, it clears up so much for me. Thank you Dr BERG and DR Dimitris 👏

  • @Ajay-ox1eo says:

    Just today I was diagnosed with high high mpv, pdw and TSH. You are god send Dr. Berg.

  • @mlang3066 says:

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been waiting almost my whole life for this Information. Finding a specialist in the field of endocrinology is so difficult. This video has set in stone what I need to do now. At 71 allot cannot be turned around, but At least now I have some answers, and what answers I don’t have I will address at Vanderbilt Univ. medical center! Thank you Dr Berg and your Dr as well.

  • @dawittsegaye1919 says:

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  • @user-ws2fy9pq9z says:

    Thank you so much Dr. Berg and Dr. Tsoukalas..❤
    Was diagnosed with Hashimoto 20 years ago. But my former family doctor said once…you look pretty good, you couldn’t be that sick..😅😢 Then I changed my family doctor and was sent to an Internist, who was specialized in gland diseases. Thank God and for her, after I showed her up all of my collected symptoms for more than 10 years, a lot of blood tests, one ultrasound and thyroid scintigraphy, this wonderful doctor lady diagnosed me with this Hashimoto disease. I am so thankful for finding such a good Doc. Love ♥️ and Light 🕯Dearest greetings from Germany 🇩🇪 Sabine..⚘️🌾🌷

    • @Drberg says:

      You are very welcome, so glad you find the information helpful. Thanks for sharing with us here. Keep doing well!

  • @mountainangel4293 says:

    @Dr. Eric Berg DC In 2005, I was diagnosed with diabetes. I had an excellent doctor, and with his help, I followed his plan to get better. In 2012, I came off of Metformin, and now I’m pre-diabetic. In 2012, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease, and my doctor did not remove my thyroid but killed it with the radiation pill. It didn’t work, and I ended up with a tiny thyroid. In 2018, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The symptoms with it are practically unbearable. The fatigue alone is horrible! The joint, bone, and muscle pain is terrible. There are no Endocrinologists where I live. I have to travel 2 hours to see her who mainly focuses on diabetes. I can’t even begin to describe this horrible journey, including the weight gain.😢

    • @ellieb2914 says:

      I’m so sorry you are going through this. If you don’t have any ethical objections perhaps consider trying a carnivore elimination diet for 30-90 days to see if that gives you some relief. Dr. Berg and other doctors on YT have some great videos on how to use diet as a healing nutritional tool though I know many who have had such positive results that they’ve stayed with it, myself included.

    • @mountainangel4293 says:

      @ellieb2914  Thank you for your response. Since the removal of my gallbladder 3 years ago, I have a hard time with digesting certain foods. Red meats is one of them, but I’ll give it a try. I am on a gluten free lifestyle change (diet, lol).

    • @sweetsushanna-ahh says:

      Someone here on YT, said that she resolved her thyroid issues with 1 or 2 Brazilnut a day and that it corrects both hyper or hypo because of the selenium in it. You can research this. Also too much selenium can be damaging if it’s overdone, so keep this in mind.

    • @junesmith1570 says:

      Same here, thyroid removed surgically and treated with radioactive ☢️ iodine! Suffering with years of cancers, pain, many conditions, endocrinologists say my bloodwork TSH is normal! I give up!! 😢

    • @mountainangel4293 says:

      @junesmith1570  I’m so sorry to hear that!!! The radioactive iodine pill I took, I was allergic to. I’m highly allergic to shellfish, especially shrimp. I was afraid to take that pill to destroy the thyroid; however, my doctor said it wasn’t enough to hurt me. About 30 minutes later, I started itching and developed hives, and by the time I made it back to radiology, my throat was swelling. Was given a shot and IV fluids. Imagine living 2 hours away how our drive back home would have been, but I hadn’t left the hospital. 2 days later, the fatigue set in. I didn’t think I would live through the night.

  • @missyb.623 says:

    Thank you for this! It took years to get my hashimoto’s diagnosis. It has then taken more years to get appropriate treatment. For being so common you would think the medical field would be more educated!

  • @smb7452 says:

    I know your guest was limited in his time, but my “appetite was only whetted” by this discussion. Although I do not have Hashimoto’s, I found the topic fascinating. Great job, gentlemen! 👏👏👏

  • @mjfitness-personaltraining says:

    Thank you for bringing Dr Tsoukala for conversation! One of the best doctors here in Greece!

  • @michelemcneill3652 says:

    I cured my Hashimoto’s on a high fat carnivore gluten free diet. I have years of gluten damage so I do still need thyroid medication, but feel so much better.

    • @jeanhowarth1852 says:


    • @blueseptember2174 says:

      Gluten free helps me too although I make an exception for pizza and brownies.

    • @user-uq1nm3iv8i says:

      @michelemcneil3652 How do you know that you cured it when you still have to take medication? If you’re cured doesn’t that mean that you no longer have to take medication? I would love to cure mine and still trying my best to figure all this out.

    • @On_Te.le.gram_Eric_Berg says:

      Over here!
      Look up about privately..

  • @Mariehelpsyerdasellavon says:

    Thank you for this insightful interview, Dr Berg. Your daily contribution is always much appreciated. Love from the UK 😊❤

  • @GaryParvis1776 says:

    Fresh air,sunshine and a Mediterranean diet❤️🙏

  • @zoekhayz1410 says:

    Am a Ugandan but i learned to treat my self after following Dr. Berg. Bravo to you doctor ❤.

  • @roselanikane574 says:

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism in 2007. Docs put me on meds and I improved, but I hated being told I would have to take the meds for the rest of my life. I started a Keto, gluten free diet 3 years ago, and was able to get rid of the Hashimoto’s. Now Im doing high doses of Vit D3 with Vit K2 to get off my meds. I am down to taking my thyroid meds 2x/week now. My doctor is impressed and my labs confirm im on the rigjt track!

  • @sensory_deprivation4126 says:

    My wife has this. I thought this was a very rare disorder. This was very eye opening 😳

  • @winningvictory says:

    Extremely insightful, informative, and educating!
    Thanks to both of these amazing

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