Rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as an autoimmume disease according to a July 2013 article from Mayo Clinic, and another from celiac.com states that it is “often considered to be an autoimmune disease,” but that “no disease is just internally generated and must involve outside contributions.”
According to an article from MedlinePlus, multiple sclerosis “may be an autoimmune disease.” Another article from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society states that MS “involves an immune-mediated process” because it is unclear which exact target the immune cells will attack.
Dietary modifications may affect both conditions. Articles from celiac.com titled “Studies Show High Instance of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis in Patients with Celiac Disease” and “Arthritis and Celiac Disease” state that “…joint disease was much less common in those patients who were following a gluten-free diet,” “…63% of patients with celiac disease show axial joint inflammation,” and a study showed that “33 of 45 patients with RA improved significantly on a hypoallergenic diet.”
From celiac.com, articles titled “Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac Disease” and “Higher Rates of Celiac Disease in People with Multiple Sclerosis,” there are “dietary and food allergy links to MS,” and “people with MS and their first-generation relatives have higher rates of celiac disease than the general population.”
Massage and reflexology may benefit these patients by providing relaxation, helping to move toxins out of the body, and allowing energy to move more easily through the affected muscles and joints.
The book LIVE RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo indicates that following the blood type diet may provide significant improvement in arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia as well as many other inflammatory conditions.