Our Community Blog features new studies, research highlights, updates on remission stories and other interesting snippets. Please note that opinions shared in Blog posts do not necessarily reflect those of The Foundation.

Tuberculosis Leading to Tuberculous Arthritis

Katherine Poehlmann, Ph.D., describes the immunologic effects of acute and reactivated (latent) forms of tuberculosis (TB) and its global prevalence. She details the methods for TB testing, the typical disease course, and its potential for causing chronic disease, such as Tuberculous arthritis. Katherine also outlines the long-term antibiotic therapies normally used to treat TB and… Read more »

Mycoplasmas and Autoimmune Diseases

In this excerpt from her book, Katherine Poehlmann, PhD, describes the adaptive nature of mycoplasmas and similar cell wall-deficient microbes, called L-forms, and the role they may play in autoimmune pathogenesis. She details how these microbes survive, with or without a host, their opportunistic, long latency capability, how they can provoke host antigenic responses, their predilection for certain human… Read more »

How to Stay Positive on a Non-Mainstream Therapy

Susan E. Grober, PhD, a clinical psychotherapist and researcher, wrote the following article in response to rheumatic patients, new to antibiotic therapy, who want to remain positive, hopeful and determined, but question how to cope with commonly-experienced fears and anxieties while waiting for the treatment to start working. Helpful guidance about how to respond to healthcare professionals, relatives or friends who… Read more »

Yeast Infection Can Aggravate Rheumatic Symptoms

Katherine Poehlmann PhD offers a comprehensive guide to yeast infections and how they may complicate and exacerbate rheumatic diseases. In this article, she discusses the  prevalence and pathogenic types of yeast infections, the multi-systemic symptoms that may occur with infection, dietary and supplemental supports for immune health and to help avert infection, diagnosis and misdiagnosis, and… Read more »

Understanding the Painful Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare - A Patient's Perspective

Read Carol Lange’s personal and very detailed description of a rheumatoid flare; what happens physically inside and outside the body; what happens to the emotions and the capacity to fully engage with life and loved ones at a time of unpredictability, fear and the need to survive. Written to help patients develop a greater sense of self and… Read more »

Reactive Arthritis: Nutritional Approaches to Healing - Part Two

In this second installment on Reactive Arthritis, Katherine Poehlmann, PhD, outlines potential triggers, the immune response, and resultant chemical imbalances. She discusses approaches to help combat inflammation, including hyaluronic acid in injectable form, supplements, and natural foods. She writes about the beneficial actions of ascorbic acid, dietary approaches to healing, and clinics recognized as centers of excellence in… Read more »

Reactive Arthritis: Causes and Treatment – Part One

Katherine Poehlmann, PhD, discusses the causes and treatments of Reactive Arthritis in this first installment of a two-part series. The second installment, to be published in early January, will present nutritional methods to deal with Reactive Arthritis. Katherine, who has been a director of Road Back Foundation since 2012, continues to study infectious causes of RA and other inflammatory conditions, and has… Read more »

What does gum disease have to do with juvenile and adult rheumatoid arthritis?

Does your child have seropositive juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)? JRA is such a devastating, crippling disease, but have you wondered how your previously healthy child could have suddenly become so ill and if antibiotic therapy could really be a valid treatment? A study, published earlier this year by BioMed Central in the online medical… Read more »

Your Thyroid and Rheumatic Disease

The prevalence of thyroid disease in rheumatic disease patients has been found in one study to be twice as common than in otherwise healthy individuals and malfunction of this gland can blur the rheumatic diagnostic and treatment picture significantly. This prevalence means that one quarter of rheumatic patients may be affected, because according to The American Thyroid Association,… Read more »

Joint Trauma and the Onset of Arthritis

Experts believe that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be the result of a combination of risk factors, including genetics, environment and other co-factors, such as gender, hormones and stress. In the following article, Katherine Poehlmann, PhD, shares her views on the effects of joint trauma as one possible RA trigger and antibiotic therapy as a targeted treatment option.  … Read more »