Excerpt from The New Scientist - microbiome & RA
“Frank Billings, co-founder of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, later speculated that tooth infections may be the cause of rheumatoid arthritis, among other diseases.
We only began to get supporting evidence in 1989, when Kimmo Mattila, a doctor at Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland, and colleagues noticed that people who had experienced a heart attack were rated as having oral health that was about twice as poor as that of a control group, even when age, social class and smoking habits were accounted for. Asolid link seemed to be there.
More recently, DNA sequencing technology has improved apace, enabling us to catalogue the microbes in our mouths. Thanks to this, we are now finding that the types of bacteria people have living there seem to be associated with a growing number of conditions. We know, for instance, that people with gum disease are as much as 20 per cent more likely to get cancer in their lifetimes compared with otherwise healthy people.
But perhaps the most striking example is Alzheimer’s disease. We have known for a while that people with gum disease are at increased risk of developing this condition, which slowly robs people of their memories, personalities and cognitive function. However, until recently, it was unclear whether poor oral health was a contributing cause of Alzheimer’s or a consequence of it.
Then, in 2019, scientists discovered species of bacteria known to cause gum disease – including one called Porphyromonas gingivalis – living inside the brains of people who died of Alzheimer’s disease. “
Of course, we here in NICE /NHS land, will ignore all this because it wasn’t discovered here, just as Covid symptoms (eg loss of smell as distinctive was not included on nhs/nice sites or GP notifications for months after it was common knowledge, no doubt leading to more deaths) & treatments that worked were ignored from docs who had experienced it in Italy & France, and shared it with the world. Excuses given such as “it needs to be confirmed here”.
In fact, even when UK based papers are published on this link, they are still ignored by clinicians and NICE. Prof Venables of the Kennedy RA institute, Oxford U, lent his name to a paper sumarised in the BMJ but still ignored.
(I posted the BMJ link here sometime ago, so a search of “BMJ” should bring it up)
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