Unfortunately, many rheumatologists do not learn about dietary causes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in school. Nonetheless, the scientific literature clearly describes remission of the disease when triggering foods are eliminated. For some RA patients, the condition can be reversed through diet (!) . Of course, triggering foods must be avoided for drug-free remission to continue.
For a scientific overview of diet-based treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, a good starting point would be L. Gail Darlington and N. W. Ramsey’s 1993 review , particularly the section on Dietary Elimination Therapy (page 3 in the PDF / pg 509). To summarize what we know: