At least fifty percent of arthritis patients suffer from candidiasis, an invasion or overgrowth of yeast/fungus. Many of the symptoms attributed to rheumatoid arthritis are actually symptoms from candidiasis or food allergies.
Everyone has some degree of yeast infection, usually found in the lower bowels, vagina, and on the skin. The yeast/fungus, Candida albicans, among other similar organisms-of-opportunity, will spread throughout favorable body sites when the immune system has been
compromised by means of stress, drugs, antibiotics, hormones such as cortisone, and for other reasons. It has seven known survival forms including one form that is -- in the blood -- cell-wall deficient, thus cannot be recognized by the immune system as a foreign invader in that form. However it's most damaging form is its fungal (mycelial) state, which occurs throughout the intestinal tract whenever our "good-guys" intestinal bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifido bacteria, have been killed by the use of various drugs.
As candidiasis can mimic so many other diseases due to its ability to affect so many body targets, such as organs and systems, the disease frequently goes unrecognized and untreated by traditional medical practitioners, although this factor is slowly changing.