• Gary Moller

An unusual case of Rheumatoid Arthritis

How rheumatoid arthritis presents on the Interclinical Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).

Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly presents in older women. It is a condition that is considered "autoimmune" and "incurable". However, as it typically presents on the HTMA, it is apparently every bit curable, or at least manageable in such a way that symptoms such as joint stiffness, swelling and pain are as good as gone.

(Note: this is an essay by Gary Moller, reflecting upon what he has observed when applying the HTMA in the Clinic, including the unique patterns on the HTMA that are often common to a specific health condition. This is not to diagnose a medical condition, nor are there any treatment recommendations. The intention here is to help guide nutrition and lifestyle support).

I present here, with his permission, the case of a man who has become wracked with joint pain, at times crippling low back pain, and stiffness. He was diagnosed to be suffering rheumatoid arthritis and being managed as such with pain medication, anti-inflammatories and immune-suppressing medication. While I refer to this case as being "unusual" this is far more common than not. If only we were to be looking!

Please read this article first then come back:


Here is his first HTMA

Points to note:

  • Fast 4 metabolic Typing which is associated with physical and mental exhaustion. https://www.garymoller.com/post/2017/07/08/understanding-fast-and-slow-metabolic-typing-on-the-hair-tissue-mineral-analysis

  • High Fe relative to Cu which is the pattern consistent with a parasitic or bacterial infection. Iron is a potent oxidizer and is highly inflammatory. Joint inflammation and back pain are symptoms a clinician looks for where it is suspected that iron may be accumulating in soft tissues.

  • High Cu despite high Fe (Fe and Cu are mineral antagonists, so, if one is high, the other would normally be expected to be lower. In this case, both are high. High Cu is an indicator of poor liver function, although this may be subclinical.

  • Low Ca is unusual in a mature adult. Low calcium is often associated with lead, cadmium or aluminium of witch he has hints of. Are we seeing only the tip of the iceberg? His symptoms of inflammation, fatigue, brain fog, disc prolapse (low back), bone and joint pain can all be due to toxic elements exposure, mainly cadmium, lead or aluminium.

  • When Mg is above Ca this is often an indicator of some kind of stress, be it an infection, chemical, excessive exercise or psychological. This is a magnesium loss, rather than excess, unless he is over-doing a magnesium supplement which he was not.