Congratulations, Amanda! Check out this week’s video to learn more about her client’s success in getting relief from rheumatoid arthritis. This is one of a series of videos celebrating the success stories our students used in their AFMC certification case studies.
There are several common infectious triggers for rheumatoid arthritis, and the immune system being overwhelmed with a viral infection can be a weakness that allows those pathogens to settle in and become chronic. You may learn more about the Yersinia/RA connection here, here, here, and here. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) cross-reactivity (from the bacteria) is the common culprit in these cases (and leaky gut allows that to happen!).
Keep in mind from clinical tips I’ve shared earlier that having ample bile flow and function is key to breaking down LPS in the GI tract, so it isn’t available to wreak havoc elsewhere in the body. Besides stool test data, elevated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) in everyday bloodwork (part of a CMP, typically) can be a sign of congested bile flow (yes, even if within range; look for values >100 IU/L) which might be a breeding ground for this dynamic. Catch it early, and you can get in front of this dis-ease dynamic! This client’s ALP had been creeping up across four sets of labwork and was 106, a progression her MD didn’t catch. More proof of interconnectedness: those with RA are significantly more likely (50%!) to have gallstones or have had their gallbladder removed.
Ahhh…the fascinating world of functional medicine interconnectedness! This is a fun one to geek out on. I am so proud of our practitioners – a rich, diverse group – who are deeply committed to this study and changing the lives of those they serve. I hope this clinical tip serves you and your patients and clients.
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