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  • Anonymous
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      Remember a while back, we were wondering about why people in Japan and Europe have higher success rates with the antithyroid drugs? I found out from a friend’s medical text (I don’t remember what it’s called) that people in Japan, China, and Europe have different antigens. It doesn’t explain why, but I’m going to try and find some biochemistry texts to find out if I can.

      Caroline

      Anonymous
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        I’d be interested in hearing what you find out. After all, lots of us Americans
        are of mixed European descent and therefore OUGHT to have the same
        antigens. Whatever it is that helps them have higher remission rates,
        I wish it could be bottled!

        Anonymous
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          Just to clear up some confusion, antigens involved in GD are proteins
          made by the body and so are genetically determined. Environmental antigens
          come from sources outside the body eg viruses, house dust mites etc. and
          are not involved here. The environmental factors that do seem to be
          implicated in reponse to medication are local iodine levels, in the diet
          and water supply etc. Remission rates in some parts of europe can be
          pretty high, but in other areas eg Spain are almost non-existant.
          ramone

          Anonymous
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            Ramone, the info you gave on antigens is very interesting and I would like to find out more about diet and remission studies in other countries etc. Is there a url or a book for this info? Lee

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