• Gary Moller

Copper deficiency, other minerals and rheumatoid arthritis

Updated: Jun 9



The joint deformity typically caused by RA
The joint deformity typically caused by RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an incurable autoimmune disease that mostly affects the joints. Most individuals with RA also have issues with anaemia. We are told the only thing a person can do is take drugs to ease the symptoms and use coping strategies as the deformities and weaknesses of joints progresses. The normal treatment is immune-suppressing drugs such as Methotrexate along with steroids. Unfortunately, these drugs come with side effects that can end up being worse than the disease.


I've seen many cases of RA and tested each person with hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA). They usually have two things in common:


  • Low copper (Cu) on HTMA.

  • Symptoms first triggered by an infection resulting in elevated iron (Fe) on HTMA, associated with a condition known as "infectious anaemia".

When copper and iron are normalised on HTMA, symptoms resolve, joint pain disappears and function improves.


Here, I am presenting the case of a woman who has developed RA where copper is very low along with iron, plus the presence of arsenic and other toxic elements. Low iron is associated with anaemia. The images are of her hand.


Fingers showing joint degeneration
Fingers showing joint degeneration

(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).

Here is her Repeat HTMA: