A new study has found that a strain of bacteria that is often in milk and beef may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
WHERE: University of Central Florida, USA.
WHEN: Study published in the Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology in January 2018
WHO: Saleh Naser, University of Central Florida (UCF) infectious disease specialist, Dr. Shazia Bég, rheumatologist at UCF's physician practice, and Robert Sharp, a biomedical sciences doctoral candidate at the medical school.
WHAT: Researchers have found a connection between rheumatoid arthritis and Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, (MAP), a bacteria found in about half the cows in the United States. MAP may be a trigger for those who are genetically at risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
“We don’t know the cause of rheumatoid arthritis, so we’re excited that we have found this association,” Bég said. “But there is still a long way to go."
“Understanding the role of MAP in rheumatoid arthritis means the disease could be treated more effectively,” Dr. Naser said. “Ultimately, we may be able to administer a combined treatment to target both inflammation and bacterial infection.”MY QUESTIONS and OPINION:
- If MAP is found in such a large percentage of cows, and therefore their products, how do we know if we are being exposed to MAP through consuming milk or meat from infected cattle
- Also how do we know if we are genetically at risk for developing RA?
- Many people with one autoimmune disease go on to develop other autoimmune diseases so in my way of thinking this is another reason to avoid cow's milk (which I already do) and now also beef.
- Do you think eating organic grass fed beef removes the risk of MAP?
- Should we all be eating a Vegan diet or is that just too extreme?
Read the full article at the University of Central Florida site