I've a comment to make. First of all...I don't believe by any respect that antibiotic therapy has been "thrown out" or a lost science in treating connective tissue diseases and RA and the likes.
It's many times the 1st line of treatment in many instances.
Mine was...and I do very very well when on cephtin, penicilline, cipro, doxy...
The AI diseases I have now are sequala from a rampant undiagnosed/untreated Lymes bacteria.
The neurologist that was 1st treating me for arthritis problems did so with antibiotic cocktails.
For JRA in particular...IV antibiotics is fantastic.
Now, I'm biting my tongue a bit....but as I read these posts, they tend to read a bit harsh and intrusive.
By all means you mean the very best. But in a time of acute distress and trying to handle what's in front of a patient w/ an AI disease at any given time...being "pushed" is the wrong way to go. I feel it to be very distressing for such a strongly pushed view on the topic & quite honestly....can cause a person dealing with this a lot of doubt, sadness, self doubt, and insecurity. All of those qualities are a bit toxic to the well being, emotional, mental, state of mind of the patient.
AP causing remission...sure why not. But in the end is it truly acting as an immune modulater and working at the disease to halt the progression of RA and prevent joint destruction and deformity?
What is tried and true is I agree with you the best. But again, an individual is unique.
I wouldn't be stating my opinion (and this really can go out the other ear that's fine ) if I had not gone through extensive antibiotic therapy myself for RA.
The best to you in all you do.
Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred 20mg prn; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 60mg; Reglan; Meclizine; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.