Episode - Stealth Infections and Thyroid Autoimmunity with Dr. Brian Plante


Stealth Infections and Thyroid Autoimmunity with Dr. Brian Plante

“The immune dysregulation we tend to see in autoimmunity is often activated initially by an infection, a toxin, or both.” – Dr. Brian Plante

When it comes to autoimmune thyroid conditions, there’s almost always a connection to vector-borne infections, opportunistic viral infections, or environmental toxins like mold and heavy metals. From Lyme disease to Bartonella and Babesia infections, symptoms often overlap, and testing may be needed before you can start healing and optimizing the immune system.

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Brain Plante to chat about vector-borne infections. Dr. Plante is a licensed naturopathic doctor with extensive training in integrative, whole-person healthcare approaches. He works closely with those suffering from complex immune dysfunction, including Lyme disease, chronic viral infections, environmental toxicity such as mold illness and heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune disease, mast cell activation syndrome, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. Through compassionate listening, detailed instruction, and a commitment to helping patients see lasting change in their lives, he hopes his presence will leave each person feeling deeply supported throughout their journey to optimal health.

In this conversation, we talk about the prevalence and symptoms of vector-borne infections, Dr. Plante’s approach to treatment, potential links between untreated vector-borne infections, environmental toxicities, and long-haul COVID symptoms, different testing methods available, and more. Enjoy the episode!


During this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Dr. Plante’s background and how he started focusing on complex conditions
  • The prevalence and incidence of vector-borne infections
  • Primary transmission vectors for Lyme disease and Bartonella
  • What to do if a tick has bitten you
  • Common symptoms of Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses
  • Dr. Plante’s approach to testing and issues with diagnostic testing
  • The connections between dysautonomia, mold, and vector-borne illnesses
  • Understanding the limitations and process of mold assessments
  • Why it’s recommended that these are clinical diagnoses rather than laboratory diagnoses
  • The relationship between vector-borne infections and autoimmunity
  • Why the goal should be to promote a harmonious relationship between the immune system and other microbes
  • Treatment options and combination therapies preferred by Dr. Plante
  • What you need to know about methylene blue as a treatment option
  • Dr. Plante’s favorite botanicals for these infections
  • The possibility of undiagnosed vector-borne infections and environmental toxicities causing long-haul COVID symptoms
  • Why it’s crucial to work on optimizing the immune system


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