Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is just one of many autoimmune diseases that all have common features that include:

A dysfunctional body immune system that attacks itself, they are more common in higher latitudes where there is less sunshine and consequently lower levels of Vitamin D, they tend to associated with other autoimmune conditions in the same people, all those diseases that have been studied for a nutritional connection show an association eith consumption of animal protein, especially cow’s milk, and there is evidence that a virus may trigger the disease.

At this time there is no clear evidence from research that the above factors raise the risk of autoimmune diseases but there is a simple idea that some might agree with; if by changing our dietary habits and by carefully increasing our time in the sun there may be a beneficial effect of protecting us from these diseases, why not, if there are no risks from doing so?

For those individuals already afflicted with an autoimmune disease a change of diet could be tried for a month or so and they could then ascertain for themselves whether or not they experienced any health improvement or reduction in symptoms. Nothing would be lost.

Dr. John McDougall explains the link connection between our diet and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Just click on the image to see video.

Dr. Michael Greger explains how 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. Click on the image to watch video.