Thank you for your interest in The Amazing Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet book and website. My name is Michael Massie, and I’m a rheumatoid arthritis patient and the author of The Amazing Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet, which for purposes of brevity I’ll refer to as the AAD or RA diet book. The AAD is a rheumatoid arthritis diet plan and guidebook, written to share with other RA sufferers what I’ve discovered about how to manage RA pain with a combination of diet, lifestyle changes, supplements, and attitude (just in case you’re the curious type, you can read more about me here).
The RA Diet Is A Disease Management Strategy, Not A “Cure”
Now, before we go any further I’d like to make something clear. That is, I do not claim that the AAD is a cure for rheumatoid arthritis. On the contrary, you’ll find that the language I use on this site and in the book always refers to managing the disease, and not to curing it. This is because I have yet to find a shred of evidence for any single “cure” for RA, neither from traditional Western medicine or from alternative medicine.
Having been suckered in myself early on by false claims of miracle cures, I’m actually quite a skeptic these days when it comes to wild claims of people curing themselves of this disease. My personal opinion and experience with it has led me to believe that it is a complex, multi-faceted disease with multiple components and many contributing factors.
Therefore, I treat any claims of a single permanent cure with a healthy dose of skepticism and give such claims and “cures” a wide berth. I would advise you to do the same as well. Now, having said that let’s talk about what the AAD is and how it differs from other nutrition programs that are often recommended for similar illnesses.
Addressing The Whole Person With RA
Rather than just writing a book that deals only with diet, instead I decided to address every key area that I believe is essential to managing RA symptoms and the disease as a whole:
- And attitude
And while the AAD book focuses mostly on diet, in my experience every one of the components of my rheumatoid arthritis program that I’ve listed above is essential to your overall success. As you read through this site and find out more about the AAD and how I manage my own RA symptoms, you’ll soon see that I believe the best approach to managing your pain and inflammation is one that integrates many aspects of treatment (including Western medicine) into a single cohesive whole.
How The AAD Differs From Other Diets
Many people have the mistaken belief that the AAD is the same thing as a gout diet plan or an osteoarthritis diet plan. Nothing could be further from the truth. The changes in eating habits that you make when dealing with gout or a non-immune-related form of arthritis are much different than what you need to do when following a rheumatoid arthritis diet plan.
And, while there certainly is some crossover between various other diets that are recommended for other disease processes, the RA diet differs significantly in several key areas, including:
- What to eat
- What to avoid
- How to eliminate those foods from your diet
- And, in how to test yourself for a reaction to foods that may potentially be “triggering” your flare-ups
Even so, when compared to a lupus diet plan or a fibromyalgia diet plan you’ll definitely find more similarities than differences. This is because lupus, fibromyalgia, and RA are somewhat similar diseases. All three are autoimmune disorders and share quite a bit of overlap in symptoms, although each affects the body differently based on the organ systems and areas of the body each disease seems to target. And while I personally have no experience in implementing dietary modifications for these other diseases, I’ve heard anecdotal accounts of people with those diseases following similar dietary modifications as the ones I outline in the AAD book, and getting similar results.
What You’ll Find On This Site
For those of you who are unsure about whether you’re willing to spend the money to read my book and who are looking for more information, I do in fact divulge quite a bit of information for free here and on my blog. If you’ll click those links you’ll find many articles that provide general information and helpful rheumatoid arthritis tips. And, I provide quite a bit of general diet information here as well.
As you read through the site you’ll also find some recommendations for products I use along with links to those products, as I only tend to recommend things that I know have worked for me. If I link out to a product that I have never tried, it’s probably because I’ve heard good things about it from a reliable source. However, I will let you know on those rare occasions when I have zero personal experience with a product.
Along with the free information I’ve provided and links to RA resources and products, you’ll also find that we have rheumatoid arthritis forums here as well. I’ve found that interacting with other people who have this disease and sharing information has helped me considerably over the years in dealing with RA. So, I’ve provided a place where you can do the same, free of charge, and I’ve declared it a judgment-free zone as well.
If you’re still curious about my own rheumatoid arthritis diet plan, the quickest way to get the whole picture is to visit the Amazon Kindle store and purchase the book. However, if you’re still deciding, here are a few links that may be helpful to you in gathering more information:
Again, welcome to the site. I sincerely hope you find some helpful information here, or perhaps just a bit of encouragement to help you on your way.
Author, The Amazing Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet