It’s because mainstream medicine has their head buried in the sand of “unawareness” (to be kind).
The bottom line of a Medscape article on New Guidelines and Recommendations pertaining to juvenile arthritis is that early exposure to antibiotics in childhood greatly increases the risk of developing juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), an autoimmune disease. It didn’t seem to matter what type of antibiotic was used. *
Antibiotics are known to wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad, and thus can contribute to an ill-functioning gut. Antibiotics seem to be handed out like candy for just about every childhood ailment.
It’s only been in the last few years that the importance of the gut biome, the condition of your gut, has been seriously recognized by a handful of forward-thinking doctors as being linked to autoimmune disease. You’ve probably heard that 70-80% of the immune system lies within the gut. So if you have a healthy gastrointestinal system you’re probably in pretty good shape, and contrary to that, if you suffer from most any chronic intestinal (or most any other) symptom/ailment you may very well have a “leaky gut.” Keep in mind that you can have full-blown celiac disease and have “no symptoms.”
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, a leading authority on gluten intolerance and celiac disease has stated in his “Betrayal Series” that if you have a healthy gut, you’ll never develop autoimmune disease. Other in-the-know doctors agree with this statement, but the group is miniscule.
Celiac disease is the only autoimmune disease with a known cause: gluten. Why is it that many autoimmune diseases get better or resolve (see stories in my book) on a gluten-free diet? Could gluten be a root cause of all autoimmune disease? Time will tell, but I expect so. Please see the long list of autoimmune diseases in my Table of Contents at http://toxicstaple.com/about-toxic-staple/ that are linked to gluten by major research. There are over 80 autoimmune diseases recognized, but probably another 50-100 awaiting clarification.
When are we going to see studies on JIA (and RA and OA) and gluten? There are 1,000s of studies on celiac and gluten intolerance, but few on the link to arthritis. Yet you will find thousands of studies on drugs to “treat” and “control” arthritis and numerous other autoimmune diseases. Many folks have told me their own rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or osteoarthritis (OA) was 95% better after eliminating gluten and allowing their gut to heal. You realize there would be a huge loss of business if everyone with arthritis jumped on a gluten-free diet.
Please, if you know of anyone (especially a child) with arthritis, kindly urge they get tested for celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Too often not enough testing is given to detect a problem so I spell it out in my book, Toxic Staple. To learn more please visit www.toxicstaple.com and always work with your doctor. You can even copy some pages from the book to share.
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*New Guidelines and Recommendations from Medscape, Feb. Edition, p. 20, click on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. http://reference.medscape.com/features/slideshow/guidelines/2017/february?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=156633BG:
Essential update: Children exposed to antibiotics may be at greater risk for juvenile arthritis. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1007276-overview