Monday, March 5, 2012

Ankylosing spondylitis – another Diet to abandon

In an article called: “Ankylosing Spondylitis Diet – What Should Be Included?” the authors display a peculiar view of the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. Link:  

According to this article Humira is the acme of drugs used against ankylosing spondylitis and Remicade ist a drug that “has not been officially approved as treatment for AS, it shows promising results” – Remicade had already been approved, when Abbott was still researching the properties of Humira.

The authors maintain the view, that diet is a key factor in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis and they think of diet in which starches (carbohydrates) are eliminated. “Dairy products, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and meats should be part of an ankylosing spondylitis diet.” This diet is also called the London AS Diet and has failed to show benefit as you can look up at; When you increase eggs and meats in your diet you also increase the amount of arachidonic acid, which is used to produce inflammatory prostaglandins. NSAIDs work in blocking the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), which converts arachidonic acid – more to be read here:

Summing up, I don’t recommend this animal produce burdened diet in treating ankylosing spondylitis.

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