Dear all: I have been looking for post specifically on JRA, but have found only on arthritis in adults. To make a long story short, my daughter was diagnosed with JRA when she was 18 months old. After several painful treatments, when methotrexate was on the table, we consulted a wise homeopath who has had her in treatment and free of JRA for 11 years. Now she is 12 and has symptoms back, in her knees and one ankle. The homeopathic treatment continues, and he has now recommended to follow Dr D'Adamos Type A diet to help her be again free of symptoms. We are also doing acupuncture and craneosacral therapy. She is ok with no meat, gluten free, and no diary, and I try to get creative to give her some yummy options. She is also having a mix of teas including turmeric. I am concerned around the allopathic doctor's who look to lower her immune system, when we are trying to make it stronger. She has a psoriatic arthritis. They doom you with scary messages on how she will have "irreparable joint damage". I still prefer to believe we are giving her a healthier life style. Homeopathy says she can be cured and symptom free, and I can attest to that. I believe that the preteens hormones are also creating some confusion and making some changes. Anyone out there having a child with JRA, that has some good practices to share? Thank you! Cheers! Jennifer
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Try googling "rheumatoid arthritis" rather than just "arthritis" and you should get more results. I'm not sure whether or not any of the forum members here have specific experience with RA. Osteoarthritis is WAY more common, and way less serious, and is likely to dominate any search for "arthritis."
What you want for her is a BALANCED immune system- one that keeps her from contracting acute illnesses (and fighting them off quickly when she does get them) without her body attacking itself.
My best guess is that adolescent hormones are changing things around in her body, and the homeopathy may always be "one step behind" the changing symptoms. But, keep up with the treatments and you can contain them; keep them from getting worse, even if you aren't able to completely eliminate them for a few more years (or, if they go away for a few weeks then come back.) You also may need to adjust the dosages of some of her supplements. If she's getting turmeric primarily through tea, she may need a stronger brew or additional servings of it. It's not just that she weighs more now; the weight is in different places and biochemically different from that of "childhood tissues."
Are you supplementing her with magnesium and/or other minerals? Have you had her hair analyzed for mineral content?
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A chiropractor I went to said that potatoes were bad for RA rather than osteo-A, altho I think they would be bad for both. So, is she avoiding nightshades(potatoes, eggplant, a few other foods)?
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