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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

How Reactive and Rheumatoid Arthritis present on the HTMA

What is Reactive arthritis (ReA)?

(For simplicity, I'm calling Reactive Arthritis "ReA" in this article).

Reactive arthritis is joint pain and swelling triggered by an infection in another part of your body — most often your intestines, genitals or urinary tract.

Reactive arthritis usually targets your knees and the joints of your ankles and feet. Inflammation also can affect your eyes, skin and urethra.

Previously, reactive arthritis was sometimes called Reiter's syndrome, which was characterized by eye, urethra and joint inflammation.

Reactive arthritis isn't common. For most people, signs and symptoms come and go, eventually disappearing within 12 months.

The causes of ReA include:

Reactive arthritis develops in reaction to an infection in your body, often in your intestines, genitals or urinary tract. You might not be aware of the triggering infection if it causes mild symptoms or none at all.

Numerous bacteria can cause reactive arthritis. Some are transmitted sexually, and others are foodborne. The most common ones include:

  • Chlamydia

  • Salmonella

  • Shigella

  • Yersinia

  • Campylobacter

  • Clostridium difficile


ReA and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) tend to be diagnosed as being the same. In my experience the diagnosis of ReA is rare. Most cases of inflammatory arthritis that appear to have been triggered by an infection are diagnosed as being RA. Technically they should be ReA, although the signs and symptoms are more or less identical.

On the Interclinical Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) both RA and ReA have the same patterns.


(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).


Are ReA and RA incurable?

While these may appear to be incurable, and no claim is being made here for a cure, the symptoms can be reduced to the point where they are as good as non-existent. Most of the drugs that are used to treat chronic inflammatory conditions are doing little more than masking or suppressing the symptoms. They do not address the root causes. The root causes may be a chronic sub-clinical infection and or mineral imbalances within your cells. Identifying then carefully correcting these may give remarkable and lasting relief.

How ReA and RA present on the Interclinical Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)