What is the association with antibiotic use and the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
A study on RA and antibiotics in the BMC Medicine Journal confirms what I’ve been saying for the past 7 or 8 years, which is that I frequently discover in people’s histories an overuse, or an unusually high-frequency use, of antibiotics and then the later development of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
In my particular case, I took five years of antibiotics as a teenager to combat acne and that same doxycycline that I took, I then took for another 3 months 10 years later as an anti-malaria strategy when I went to the Middle East. It was after that second 3-month dose, about six months later, I developed rheumatoid arthritis. I and so many others that I note in the history have an antibiotic overuse and it’s always made me have the commentary that antibiotics are a strong factor when it comes to developing RA. This study that’s just come out has 100% confirmed that.
Before I go into the details of this study I also want to maybe remind you of another situation of antibiotic use. Katy, she was on a podcast about her RA reversal with the Paddison Program, she’s been doing tremendously well. Katy provided a 2-year update on our podcast, where she dug into her medical history a little bit more with notes that her mother had taken and she found. She said she was “born healthy, and then at two months old, she had her first ear infection. They put me on antibiotics for the ear infection, a couple of months after that, another ear infection, they put me on more antibiotics, and then a month after that, another ear infection. She was on more antibiotics. Then a month after that, she developed a swollen ankle, which was the first symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and that was at 10 months old”. Now I think at age 27, so she’s had rheumatoid arthritis her entire life. I just wanted to single out Katy amongst the many, many people that I could have chosen as another example of having antibiotic use in developing R.A.. I just want to single her out because just to show the impact that like, Katy whole life was affected by those antibiotic interventions. I’m not criticizing the medical community, I want to raise awareness about the risks involved so that great care and consideration is taken when antibiotics are presented as to whether or not they certainly are indeed required. And I’m not commenting on whether or not Katie’s were required, but you can see the connection there.
Let’s go into this study, it’s quite a fascinating one. It’s very simple. But the implications are just so significant. The study, if you’re listening to this and you want to find it, it’s the Antibiotic Use and the Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis A Population-Based Case-control study again published BMC Medicine 2019 August 7th. The lead researcher was Abdul Sultan. What are the results? What they did is they identified 22,677 cases of RA by going through medical data in the United Kingdom. What they did is they matched those people with RA to people the same age and same-sex that did not have rheumatoid arthritis, and then they ran some statistical analysis and said, Okay, let’s look back from the diagnosis date 10 years and see whether or not there was some kind of correlation between taking antibiotics and developing R.A. well, there certainly was. Normally with so many scientific publications, the results are mild or they call them statistically insignificant. In this case, we have a wildly, statistically significant outcome, something that’s just profoundly clear. So the odds of developing R.A. was 60% higher of those exposed to antibiotics within the last 10 years than those not exposed. That was just from one exposure, and there was a frequency-dependent association between the number of antibiotic prescriptions RA. So the more prescriptions, the more likelihood and all types of Antibiotics were associated with increased risk, so there’s no good antibiotic that you can take that’s, not going to do any negative damage to your microbiome, and also, the recency of the dosage also mattered. So if you only took the antibiotic over the last year, that also was a higher statistical likelihood of developing RA.
This study talks about how it impacts the microbiome and how the negative impacts tie into autoimmunity. So what do you do if you already have Rheumatoid Arthritis and we can see how really impactful the antibiotic use is? Well, in my frequently asked question list here, which you can access inside Paddison Program Support, and if you’re not a member of Paddison Program Support, then I invite you to come and get some help. If you’re not a member, then you can access this FAQ in your Paddison Program materials in the advance package or essential package. So go into the FAQ. You’ll see this is a very, very comprehensive and ever-expanding FAQ that I create all the content here, these aren’t just linked-to websites and junk, this is really my information, my answers in here. Go to antibiotics, and after the first section here, another section called antibiotics, Do you need to take them short term? If you need to take antibiotics short-term, then you should look at this as an acute health situation that needs to be addressed before you get back onto your long-term healing journey.
Ok, so always when we have something that comes up, that’s an acute issue with our health that has to be the priority, and R.A. stuff can wait and we can get back on that healing path after we address our short-term issue. So if we must take antibiotics and it’s the only way forward, then we must. To minimize them, what we can do is we can eat quality miso paste. We can eat fermented vegetables like sauerkraut or kimchi. We can take non-dairy probiotics, and it doesn’t matter whether or not you take the refrigerated or nonrefrigerated, they’re just different technologies of probiotic preparation, so no problem there. In fact, the shelf-stable probiotics are the newer technology, and lots of leafy greens. So we’re talking about prebiotics here. We’re talking about food for your gut bacteria because when the numbers are down, you want to make sure they’re getting lots and lots and lots of food that they want to eat, and then they will proliferate quite rapidly. But the general feeling is amongst the medical community is it can take a few months for your microbiome to recover from antibiotic treatment. Okay, so when you’ve got an autoimmune disease, we ain’t got two months to wait before we start to get rid of some of the inflammation that results from having a disrupted microbiome. So we want to get onto this right away, and I recommend that even during the antibiotic dose dosage period that we are increasing our probiotic and prebiotic intake. The only thing that may be of concern is we potentially want to just separate the probiotics from the antibiotics because we don’t want to potentially negate the medical intervention. So we want those antibiotics to kill the bacterial overgrowth or the bacterial pathogens that they are being taken for. Let’s do that, and then maybe 3 or 4, 5 hours away from the antibiotic dose, then you can take your probiotics, eat your fermented vegetables, and so on.
Okay, so that’s my thoughts on this. And then this should be kept up for 3 to 4 weeks after the antibiotics are finished because it just takes so long for the microbiome to recover and we just want to be on the safe side. There’s no reason to even stop this heavy, bacteria-rich sort of protocol. I’ve been taking miso paste for years. I don’t eat it every day like I used to, but it was certainly part of my life for many years. Probiotics, every now and then, I have them in the cupboard. I don’t take them religiously but used to take a ton of them and leafy greens all the time, lunch and dinner every meal. Hopefully, this video has been helpful.
Just to recap, what I have been saying for a very long time that antibiotics keep showing up in clients’ histories as a significant factor in their later onset in Rheumatoid Arthritis has been confirmed and the statistical significance is immense. A 60% increase in if you took antibiotics within the last 10 years, 60% chance of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Just so you get your head around that, so that doesn’t sound like astronomical. It’s a big number, but let’s say the chance of developing R.A. is 1% in a western country. Then you know, you now might be between 1% or 2% if you’ve gone up 1.6%. Okay. It’s gone from like a small percentage chance of getting the disease to a small plus 60%, still a little bit, just a tiny bit more, but that 60% is obviously a big deal when you’re talking about getting a disease that you absolutely under no circumstances would ever want to have a risk of getting.
This confirms what I’ve been saying for a long time, and we’ve got a strategy for what to do if we have to take antibiotics short term. Okay, I’m going to love you and leave you. Thanks for watching this video. Hopefully, it’s helpful, and if you’re on YouTube subscribe here so you don’t miss a video