arthritis_hands_webRheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease that can effects many tissues and organs but mainly the small joints of your hands and feet by creating inflammation of the lining of the joints (synovium) resulting in erosion and deformities. This is a very disabling and painful disease if left untreated.

Like many of the autoimmune diseases, the following three factors are usually present to develop an autoimmune disease:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Environmental triggers
  • Increased intestinal permeability

A genetic predisposition does not necessarily mean only having a family history of rheumatoid arthritis, but any of the over 80 autoimmune diseases. This is an important distinction because if you develop an autoimmune disease you have an increased risk of developing another autoimmune disease. That is why it is important to begin treatment immediately.

New evidence shows that the underlying process involved with the development of autoimmune diseases are similar. However, the environmental triggers and the maintaining influences can vary from person to person with the same disease. Discovery of what caused the disease in each individual person is accomplished through a very detailed case history, family history and food sensitivity testing.

When all the information is gathered together, a program of specific treatment is then tailored to attempt to remove the causes on all levels, emotional, physical and dietary.

Note that if a patient is taking an immunosuppressive drug, the food sensitivity test may not provide an accurate result. However, the recommended dietary changes will still be addressed, but based on the best clinical judgement of the Dr. Hardy.