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Thanks Jroc for that article. I have already printed it out.

Your warning about too many anti-biotic courses is taken on board, Zark. I'll see how the first one goes and if any improvement is sustained.

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wallyb,

What rheumatologist do you see?

I'd also be interested to hear if you manage to get antibiotics. I also live in Perth.

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Activated charcoal has been called a natural antibiotic. I wonder if it would help the cause while you're waiting for the antibiotics. Here's one site that has a lot of info about it.

http://www.charcoalremedies.com/health_conditions

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Another type of natural antibiotic for the gut is diatomaceous earth.

http://www.earthworksde.com/page/page/4135163.htm

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>> Your warning about too many anti-biotic courses is taken on board, Zark

I think that a good range of probiotics will prevent all those problems anyway - ie. complex probiotic, yoghurt, sauerkraut...


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>> diatomaceous earth

Very interesting Violeta ! smile


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What I can eat on the diet.....dirty water!

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Originally Posted By: zark
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I think that a good range of probiotics will prevent all those problems anyway - ie. complex probiotic, yoghurt, sauerkraut...


you think wrong i believe - because one has hundreds of good bacteria strains that will be killed by antibiotics and only a handfull of strains that will come from probiotics or food that contains probiotics. it will minimise the damage, but it will not cover it.

i believe antibiotics are two-edged. you never know how you will come up after them - see John and others who are verry happy, see me and others who needed months in order to came back from a flare induced by antibiotics. true, the type of antibiotic will probably make a difference, but i will not experiment anymore.



34. Some rheumys say AS stage 1-2 some others say USpA
Also UC - rectocolitis.

UC curently in remission since feb 2011.
AS/USpA remission march-aug 2011. Flare - sept-nov 2011 (antibiotics). Remission now...

Modified NSD/SCD. Cook your own !
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Mesalazine-Salofalk 500 mg/day

And the list of my medication has become verry short after some years on this diet smile
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Hi Philsta
The 2 rheumatologists I have seen are Mastaglia (Fremantle) and NG Kong-chak (Nedlands and Applecross). They are both late middle-age and have a fixed mainstream medical view which excludes the theories of Alan Ebringer on the causes of AS.

I know from day to day, hour to hour, over a period of years that diet affects my condition and to be told that I am mistaken is an insult to my intelligence.

I will not be seeing them again. If you come across a rheumatologist that has an open mind on this subject please let me know.

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Our concerns about over-use of anti-biotics were premature. My GP was not prepared to put me on a course since the justification was not mainstream medecine. They are the gate-keepers and there is nothing I can do to change that.
However she was prepared to accept the drug recommended by the rheumatologist, Salazopyrin, which he described as an anti-inflammatory but which is also mentioned in the article of jroc(?) as affecting the gut -

"Alteration of bowel flora has been a proposed mechanism of action for sulfasalazine, and it has been shown that patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with sulfasalazine have decreased numbers of nonsporing anaerobes".

I spoke to someone tonight who has tried sulfasalazine and it made him very sick. There is a long list of side-effects for both sulfasalazine and Moxifloxacin, the other drug mentioned in the article, so I am not keen to try either.

I need my GP to prescribe my anti-inflammatories but otherwise it is up to me to overcome my disease using my own resources and help from others such as this website. I did it 8 years ago and I can do it again.

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