It's nice when the medical profession catch up with us!
Last year I posted a blog to "celebrate" the centenntial of Hashimoto's paper describing the thyroid disease named after him:
This year (which I make 101 years after first publication in 1912!), Professor Weetman has published a paper.
Thyroid. 2013 Feb;23(2):135-6. doi: 10.1089/thy.2013.2302.ed1.
A Hundred Years of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, University of Sheffield , Sheffield, United Kingdom .
[PubMed - in process]
It would be nice to know what he has written - but it is not visible there - not even linked!
A search did find the paper - behind a firewall. If you zoom in your browser you might be able to read the first page here:
(Only 51 dollars to read the whole paper. For 24 hours.)
Certainly it strongly suggests that the huge increase in numbers is almost certainly environmental in cause - and that is all I can read.