Helping all Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and JIA sufferers, and their carers, improve the quality of their lives through a better understanding of how to manage their condition.

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Welcome to the Dragon Claw website where you’ll find a wealth of information and support for those affected by Rheumatoid Disease, Lupus and JIA.  Dragon Claw exists to help you better manage your health and get the support you need to live to the fullest.

We strongly believe in an integrated and holistic approach to managing these diseases so we have brought together practical information, personal stories, dietary advice and hints and tips to help you when you are thinking about how to manage your condition and lifestyle.
Just browse through the ‘Here to Help' section to discover the sort of information that's available.

Listen to Susan’s story about her experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis and why you should become a member of Dragon Claw.


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The site you are currently looking at is the public site but if you register as a member you’ll have access to even more invaluable resources that include

Video Library

Over 60 short videos across a whole range of topics including exercise advice, interviews with sufferers and diet and nutrition information

Members Forum

Where you’ll be able to discuss and learn more about your disease with other sufferers and carers. Over 30 topics have been covered already

Literature Central

Packed with the latest research and information.

Dragon Claw is not just for sufferers. If you care for someone with rheumatoid disease or lupus then you're most welcome.  Or perhaps you are a clinician then Dragon Claw can help you to support your patients.

To find out more about what is available as a member of Dragon Claw simply click here to take a tour of the Members site.


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Crippling RA is rampant amongst First Australians

On a recent visit to remote indigenous communities Dragon Claw saw that there was an urgent need to help local first Australian suffers of these diseases as many did not fully appreciate the importance of taking their medication on a regular basis.

Dragon Claw was determined to address this issue and decided to launch the world’s first educational pilot program to remote first nations peoples anywhere in the world specifically on RA.
This video gives you an insight into some of the issues associated RA and Lupus for First Australian and how these videos were developed.


RA and Lupus Amongst Australian Indigenous Populations

Wonderful Clinicians

As a clinician working with patients who have RA, JIA or lupus your service is critical and wonderful.  Patients really can not get along with their lives without medical attention.  Thank you from Dragon Claw.

Dragon Claw information and service runs in parallel with your clinician service.  You don't have to waste valueable clinical time explaining diet, exercise, mental health and other issues of living with the disease.  We do this for you!  So please refer your RA, lupus and JIA patients to the website.  It does not


Where Vitamin D Supplements Fail

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on April 16th, 2019,


Review articles continue to be published touting vitamin D as a veritable cure-all. The vitamin D receptor is found in most tissues in the body, including the brain, and upwards of 2,000 genes may be regulated by vitamin D. Within 24 hours of vitamin D exposure, we can change the expression of hundreds of genes.

The term vitamin is a misnomer, though, because vitamins by definition cannot be synthesized


Comment By the founder of Dragon Claw. A Personal View
Michael Gill

I am of the view that Prednisone, as a drug for people with RA, may be useful for the very short term but has very serious negative side effects from thinning skin, damaged eyes and organs to bone loss. I also contend that many doctors prescribe the drug up to 40 mg per day when the recommended dose is 20 mg. The drug is cheap to make so there is little incentive to make something safer.

In the Journal Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases of April 2019 there is an article about the early


Does emotional health impact pain in rheumatoid arthritis?

Quoted from Medivizor

In a nutshell

This study investigated if emotional health affects pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They found that emotional health, along with physical state can have an effect on pain in RA. 

Some background

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term condition. It leads to painful swelling and inflammation in the joints. As RA progresses, tissue in the joints will get damaged. This leads to persistent pain.



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Vitamin D and Calcium

The taking of prednisone over time encourages bone density