Posted On Jan 04, 2017
Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that an imbalance of bacteria in the intestinal tract can trigger multiple sclerosis (MS), a regenerative autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The tract of a person with MS is very different from that of a healthy person. MS sufferers have high levels of the pathogenic microbe Archaea, which triggers inflammation and low levels of the microbe Butyricimonas, which possesses anti-inflammatory effects. Scientists hope to manipulate intestinal tract microbes to advance the treatment of autoimmune disorders. Studies are underway.