Gut Bacteria Play an Important Role in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
As I always said, the gut microbiome (the gut bacteria) play an important role in autoimmune diseases like MS (Multiple Sclerosis). Now “scientific research” confirms this.
Here is an excerpt from a Medscape article from June 5th, 2018:
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) show differences in gut bacteria composition compared with those without the disease, new research shows.
In a separate report presented here at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) 2018 Annual Meeting, patients with MS best adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet showed improvements in mood and cognition.
The findings add to increasing interest in potentially key roles of gut microbiota and dietary metabolites in MS, researchers say.
“There are statistically significant differences in the microbiome composition of MS patients versus healthy donors,” report the authors of the former study. “Statistically significant differences are also found in patients with stable versus active disease.”
Important evidence from animal models has shown that gut microbiota can potentially drive immune-mediated demyelination, suggesting a role of the microbiome in MS pathogenesis.
To further investigate the issue in humans, the researchers evaluated 42 stool samples from patients who had relapsing-remitting MS or secondary progressive MS with relapses and compared them with samples from 28 healthy donors.
They found that samples from patients with relapsing-remitting MS had significantly higher abundance of Ruminococcus torques, Ruminococcus obeum, and Lactospiraces bacterium compared with healthy controls, which were confirmed at the genus level (P < .01).
Escherichia coli and Oscillibacter had the second strongest association in the MS group (P ≤ .02), confirmed at the genus and family levels.
Now, is this the end of the research?
No, in my opinon, this is just the beginning.
There are other factors contributing to the inflammation in MS and other autoimmune diseases, like toxins, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, mental stress and more.
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(Dr. Christine Sauer)