Faecal microbial flora and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis during a vegan diet.

  title={Faecal microbial flora and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis during a vegan diet.},
  author={Reijo Peltonen and Mikko Nenonen and Tapani Helve and Osmo O P H{\"a}nninen and Paavo Toivanen and Erkki Eerola},
  journal={British journal of rheumatology},
  volume={36 1},
To clarify the role of the faecal flora in the diet-induced decrease of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) activity, 43 RA patients were randomized into two groups: the test group to receive living food, a form of uncooked vegan diet rich in lactobacilli, and the control group to continue their ordinary omnivorous diets. Based on clinical assessments before, during and after the intervention period, a disease improvement index was constructed for each patient. According to the index, patients were… 

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