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Ankylosing Spondylitis (a.k.a. Strümpell-Marie Disease, Marie-Strümpell Disease, Bekhterev-Strümpell Syndrome, Spondyloarthritis) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Ankylosing spondylitis may also be referred to as Strümpell-Marie (or Marie-Strümpell) disease, Bekhterev-Strümpell syndrome, and spondyloarthritis. It is a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease characterized by arthritis, inflammation, and eventual immobility of a number of joints. The disease usually involves the spine and surrounding spinal structures and usually begins between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five years and affects young white males three times as frequently as females. Symptoms of the disease are generally milder among females. This disorder is seen rarely in people of color.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs. The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

It is also important to note that some patients of this debilitating disease have antibodies to the bacterium known as Klebsiella. This micro-organism apparently has some antigenicity which causes the body to make antibodies which in turn attack the lower spine and cause ankylosing spondylitis. Since Klebsiella is easily treated, it is very important to test for this causative factor.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine. The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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