Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Gut

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious problem, with all medical approaches eventually reaching a dead end. Unfortunately, not much can be said about natural approaches. Truly the only real results to date have been with a 3-5 year protocol of low-dose antibiotics. You can find out about this kind of therapy in the book the Road Back by Thomas McPherson Brown, MD.

But new hope and an alternate treatment has recently surfaced thanks to work on the Microbiome Project, which is studying the bacteria and microbes in our gut. the micro biome research has turned up an interesting relationship between the type of bacteria in your gut and rheumatoid arthritis. Turns out that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have a common but unusual bacterial micro biome. And the bacteria in their guts have the capacity, through their chemical relationship with the body, to over-activate their immune system -causing a form of autoimmune disease.

And rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have or develop an over-active immune system -whether it is from the chronic joint pain and destruction, or the bacteria in their guts. The micro biome research has also shown that the use of probiotics  seems to help some rheumatoid arthritis sufferers by altering their gut flora back toward normal. The theory is that by normalizing the gut flora, you reduce the abnormal bacteria that cause autoimmune symptoms and give your body a chance to heal your joints.

Since the treatment is so simple, safe, and inexpensive, anyone with rheumatoid arthritis should try probiotics for six months and judge their results for themselves. Since some folks get better, the immediate question I would ask is, wouldn’t a fecal transplant from a healthy, non-arthritic donor be even more effective? We are now using fecal transplants (taking a tiny amount of fecal material from a healthy donor and injecting it into the colon of the patient with a tube or even a simple enema syringe) for lots of serious conditions/ It is the only cure for some people with the deadly gut infection Clostridium difficile (D-Diff). It also helps people with chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. So perhaps if probiotics like ProSymbiotic from Standard Process helps with rheumatoid arthritis, then a fecal transplant might be even more effective.

If you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, start immediately on ProSymbiotic (3 daily) for 6-12 months.

By Dr. Bruce West, Founder of health Alert/Immune Systems, Inc.

February 2015, Volume 32, Issue 2.

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