Flashback Friday: Why Do Plant-Based Diets Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

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26 Jun 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by autoimmune friendly fire against a urinary tract infection bacteria called Proteus mirabilis, which could help explain why sufferers randomized to a plant-based diet experience such remarkable benefit.

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I have to admit I had never even heard of Proteus mirabilis. That’s why I love doing this work—I learn as much as you do!

I explored another unconventional theory as to why plant-based diets are so successful in treating inflammatory arthritis in Potassium and Autoimmune Disease (https://nutritionfacts.org/vid....eo/potassium-and-aut

There’s another foodborne bacteria implicated in human disease, the EXPEC in chicken leading to urinary tract infections—another game-changer: Avoiding Chicken To Avoid Bladder Infections (https://nutritionfacts.org/vid....eo/avoiding-chicken-

This reminds me of the Neu5Gc story (The Inflammatory Meat Molecule Neu5Gc: https://nutritionfacts.org/vid....eo/the-inflammatory- that mystery pig brain disease (Eating Outside Our Kingdom: https://nutritionfacts.org/vid....eo/eating-outside-ou and the crazy tick bite meat allergies thing (Alpha Gal and the Lone Star Tick: https://nutritionfacts.org/vid....eo/alpha-gal-and-the

Since this video came out, I’ve done lots more videos on gut flora. See them all on the microbiome topic page (https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/microbiome/).

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