Our expert says:
The suggested link between Klebsiella infection and ankylosing spondylitis (which would be improved by removing starch from the diet to "starve" the Klebsiella), has not been demonstrated with randomised, well-controlled scientific studies, so I cannot at this stage recommend the treatment to patients. Starch is a carbohydrate, and all carbohydrates are used by the human body as sources of energy. If you cut out all sources of starch which would include all grains, cereals, breads, baked goods, flours, porridges, most vegetables and legumes, then this could seriously affect your energy supply. The cravings for sweets may be indicative of the lack of starches and carbohydrates. If you find that your heart rate continues to be a problem, please consult a medical doctor because you may require treatment to reduce the heart rate again. Also please discuss this starch avoidance with the physician who is treating your ankylosing spondylitis.
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