The London AS / Low Starch Diet

The London AS / Low Starch Diet was created by Dr. Alan Ebringer, a London rheumatologist and researcher who believes that klebsiella bacteria in the gut of people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are involved in triggering the disease process via a complex immune response.

As for the diet itself, in the absence of convincing trial evidence of proven benefit, it is quite impossible for a patient organization such as NASS (or SAA) to endorse low starch diets as a treatment strategy. On the other hand, there is some circumstantial evidence that they might have an effect—and, of course, the testimony of individuals, who have apparently had considerable benefit, can be very persuasive.

To hear personal experiences of the diet and for more information, join in the discussion on our Alternative Treatment / Diet Discussion forum.

As always, one should consult their physician before trying the diet. The diet is as follows:


  • Bread and Bread Products
  • Rice
  • Potatoes


  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Milk and Milk Products
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits

No restrictions on beverages or spices.

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