Relationship Between Proteus Bacteria and Arthritis

There has been a flurry of articles in the press concerning the relationship between proteus bacteria and rheumatoid arthritis. However, as far back as the mid-70s, researchers were reporting the benefits of anti- proteus treatment in arthritis. In Britain, a Dr Wyburn-Mason first found this bacteria in the tissues of people with active arthritis when he was conducting a study on 66 patients. They were given drug treatment and became completely free of symptoms within six months. In USA, the Indian herb yucca has been used with the same results.

This herb is not absorbed, and acts as a cleansing agent which rids the bowel of infecting organisms like proteus. This demonstrates one of the reasons that naturopathic treatment works so well in arthritis. The diet cleanses the bowel of foreign bacteria and parasites, and increases the activity of healthy micro-flora. These prevent colormation by foreign microbes.

A study involving 500 R A patients in Britain found that almost every one of them had anti-bodies to proteus in their blood. Klebsiella is another bacteria which has been implicated in R A, and amoeba is also a well-known cause. The reason that bacteria are implicated in the destruction of joints is that many people have the same tissue-type as the invading organism.

When this occurs, the body mistakenly recognises its own tissue to be as foreign as the bacteria, and so sets up the destructive inflammatory process. Antibiotics may destroy the bacteria, but they will also destroy lactobacilli like acidophilus, which prevent the likes of proteus from making a home in the body. It is quite important to resist this line of treatment, and instead take acidophilus supplements, at the same time as a bowel cleanse, herbs, garlic, grapefruit seed extract and dietary change. Unless the bowel is detoxified and healthy habits instigated, arthritis will never be cured.