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Tommy’s AS Success Story

Tommy’s AS Success Story

Tommy lives in London, UK. It was 19 years before he received an 'official' ankylosing spondylitis diagnosis. He exclusively uses diet and exercise to manage his AS and most days is 90% - 95% pain free. ⚙️ See Tommy's Wellness Plan here   "It felt like AS had robbed...

Recipe: Roasted Almonds

Recipe: Roasted Almonds

These roasted almonds are a really easy to make and delicious snack. It takes just 2 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook in the oven. When you're done you'll have a go to snack that stores for up to 2 weeks at least if kept in a sealed jar. Great for snacking at...

What is the Microbiome and Why is it So Important?

What is the Microbiome and Why is it So Important?

Key Points: The microbiome is the world of microbiota (bacteria and so on) that live inside youMicrobiota evolved with us and we need each other to survive and perform day to day functionsDysbiosis is where microbiota populations can get out of control. This can...

How to Get Diagnosed for Ankylosing Spondylitis

How to Get Diagnosed for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  Key Points:   Come prepared with a detailed list of your symptoms Typically your GP will book you in for a blood test for 1. The HLA-B27 gene variant and 2. Your inflammatory markers (ESR and CRP) X-Rays help show any potential damage or bone fusing and an MRI scan...

How to Find Starch Free Supplements

How to Find Starch Free Supplements

Starch is frequently used as a 'protective agent' in tablets and pills. As Science Daily put it, "the starch molecule forms a protective pocket around the vitamins as they travel through the highly acidic stomach and into the small intestines..." This can make finding...

Using Diet to Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis (Read This First)

Using Diet to Treat Ankylosing Spondylitis (Read This First)

  Key Points:   The AS diet was used to treat over 450 AS patients at the London Middlesex hospital 50% of these patients no longer required medication as a result of the diet Most rheumatologists have never heard of this diet (don't let that put you off!)   If...

About the Starch Free Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis

About the Starch Free Diet for Ankylosing Spondylitis

  Key Points:   The diet was created by immunologist and consultant rheumatologist Alan Ebringer It is based on evidence of a link between the Klebsiella microbe, autoimmune disorders and ankylosing spondylitis Klebsiella primarily feeds off starch (hence the 'starch...

What Are the Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What Are the Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

  Key Points:   Core symptoms: Typically a sharp, alternating pain behind the buttocks (just above the pelvis to the left or right side) and stiffness to the lower back There is a simple blood test which can help expedite diagnosis If you experience any of the...

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a long term condition. It's characterised by painful inflammation of the joints (particularly in the lower spine) which can cause severe stiffness and at times crippling pain. While it has traditionally been seen as more prevalent in men,...

How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosed?

How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Diagnosed?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can be difficult to diagnose. That's because the symptoms can mimic those of other conditions. Back pain is extremely prevalent in the modern world which is why ankylosing spondylitis often goes undiagnosed, or misdiagnosed, for years or...

Can the Starch Free Diet ‘Cure’ Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Can the Starch Free Diet ‘Cure’ Ankylosing Spondylitis?

The official line is this... There is currently no established cure for ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Instead there are treatment options. These are designed to manage symptoms, relieve pain, and slow disease progression. These methods can involve medications, dietary...

What Foods Are Allowed on the Starch Free Diet?

What Foods Are Allowed on the Starch Free Diet?

🕑 Please note: this is a 2 minute explainer page You can see the more detailed 'safe foods' page here   The following is a list of foods that are generally safe, for most people, when starting their AS Wellness Plan. 🍴 Meat and Fish ✔️Chicken✔️ Seafood...

HLA-B27 and its Subtypes in World Populations

HLA-B27 and its Subtypes in World Populations

M. Khan Published: 1st July 1995 Abstract: "Twenty-five years ago, HLA-B27 was recognized as a new HLA specificity. It is present throughout Eurasia but is virtually absent among the genetically unmixed native populations of South America, the Bantus and Sans...

What Foods Should Be Avoided on the Starch Free Diet?

What Foods Should Be Avoided on the Starch Free Diet?

🕑 Please note: this is a 2 minute explainer page. You can see the more detailed 'foods to avoid' page here The fastest route to pain-free is to avoid everything on the list below when you are first starting out. This is about building your personal AS wellness plan...

Blepharitis, Dry Eye and How to Relieve Symptoms

Blepharitis, Dry Eye and How to Relieve Symptoms

Key Points: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyes that can cause 'dry eye', swelling and a painful scratching sensationHEPA filters can help reduce triggersSymptoms can be treated using the "Heat, Cleanse, Hydrate" routine Blepharitis means "inflammation of the...

Is Ankylosing Spondylitis Hereditary?

Is Ankylosing Spondylitis Hereditary?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) does appear to have a strong hereditary component. This means that it can be passed down from parents to their children through genetic factors. However, this is absolutely not a guarantee. Not everyone with a family history of AS will...

What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis and autoimmune condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, especially in the spine. While the exact cause of AS is not known, researchers believe that a combination of genetic and environmental factors...

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis and autoimmune disorder that mainly affects the spine. It can also cause pain and inflammation in other parts of the body, including the ribs, hips, shoulders and knees. It's a life long condition that usually starts...

How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Treated?

How is Ankylosing Spondylitis Treated?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition that affects the joints and spine. While there is no official cure for AS, there are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. Treatment for AS vary on the patient but can...

Is There a Cure For Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Is There a Cure For Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition. As far as the official medical line goes, there is no "cure", as yet. However, there are a number treatments for AS that can help manage symptoms, reduce (and in some cases eliminate) pain and improve quality of...

Does Ankylosing Spondylitis Affect Areas Other Than the Spine?

Does Ankylosing Spondylitis Affect Areas Other Than the Spine?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) can affect other parts of the body besides the spine. AS is what is known as a systemic disease, which means it can affect multiple systems throughout the body. Here are some of the other parts of the body that can be affected by AS: Hips:...

What Are the Potential Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

What Are the Potential Complications of Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic condition that affects the joints and spine. While there are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life, there are also potential complications that can arise from AS. These typically...