Shocking News: Gut Microbes Can Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis!
The bacteria that live in the human gut help digestion and vanquish harmful disease-producing bacteria germs. According to the Science Magazine’s article: Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, some microbes however are not so helpful; they can cause autoimmune disease, among them rheumatoid arthritis. According to immunologist and professor of molecular immunology, Dan Littman, from New York University, the presence of a particular bacteria, Prevotella copri, can cause the immune system to produce more of the cells that cause the inflammation and bone damage in arthritis. Genetics and other environmental factors, like smoking, have been associated with rheumatoid arthritis; so even if P. copri is the culprit, it doesn’t act alone.
Rheumatoid arthritis can begin at any age. It causes stiff, swollen joints in the hands and feet. It can also destroy bone and cartilage and damage organs like the lungs and kidneys. According to the BioMed Central’s open access journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, more women than men suffer more from autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis among them.
Dr. Marianne Legato, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is founding member of the International Society for Gender Medicine and also the founder and director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and its next iteration, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. These enterprises are the first collaborations between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender and sex. Her ground breaking textbook on Gender-and Sex Specific Medicine has been published in 2017 in the 3rd edition.
She has published extensively on Gender and Sex Specific Medicine, both scientifically and for the lay public. She is also the founding editor of the journal Gender Medicine, and the Journal Gender and Genome, published for the scientific community. In 1992, Dr. Legato won the American Heart Association’s Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. She is a practicing internist in New York City and has been listed each year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since the feature’s inception in 1993.