Thanks for you reply re: spondylitis and nutrition.

Thanks for your reply about spondylitis and nutrition. There are reams of studies, but few conclusions, as you may know, and even fewer “cures”. During years of talking with people about spondylitis and being the subject of two university hospitals on the topic, I think doctors know very little more than which anti-inflammatory medicines to suggest. Our weekly or other online chats reveal that individuals have such a range of diets which they believe help that there doesn’t seem to be any cause-effect relationship. Many of us seem to avoid unhealthy foods in general, plus nightshades, excessive citrus, and so forth. But the few surveys which have been made also do not seem to reveal a significant pattern. Thanks for your interest.

You’re welcome. It is very difficult for a person with the inflammatory disease to separate fact from fiction or to relate foods eaten with pain since we eat meals with more than one food. Many people unwittingly eliminate healthy foods thinking specific foods are triggers for their arthritis.

New research suggests that the Klebsiella microbes found in the bacteria in the large bowel might be the trigger factor for ankylosing spondylitis. It has been suggested that reducing the number of bowel bacteria which feed on starch for growth would reduce the amount of Klebsiella bacteria. A low starch eating plan would reduce the eating of bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, cakes, cookies, and pie may decrease inflammation and symptoms, but the evidence isn’t final yet.