“The Alternatives,” An Introduction

Lets have a little chat.


We have talked about the rollercoaster that is juvenile arthritis. It seems as though your child can be doing so well, and then with very little warning things can change at the drop of a hat. It is an emotionally draining situation, and we all seek out our solutions differently.


When your child has been struggling, I mean really struggling, with a disease it changes you.  Some people start to lose hope, while others throw themselves into their faith with more hope than ever. Some of us try to control everything, becoming a “helicopter” parent, while others feel defeated and retreat, giving the medical team free reign in an area foreign to us. Despite our coping techniques, the one thing that seems to be consistent across all parents is that we are willing to do just about anything to get our children well again.


When dealing with traditional medicine, this can mean agreeing to add additional specialists, new drugs, more treatments, and even participating in studies and trials. At some point many parents start to become disillusioned with western medicine, and unhappy at the progress their children are making.  Other parents may never feel this way, but wonder if is something else out there that could make things even better.  Either way, if a parent has dealt with chronic illness for any length of time, the subject of complementary and alternative medicine is bound to come up. I want to use the next few postings to talk about some of these alternatives and the place they may have in the treatment of our children. Before I start this series, I want to clearly state that I do not believe that any complementary or alternative treatment should replace “traditional” medicine. Any new treatment regardless of the source should be cleared through your child’s medical team, and only undertaken if the risks and benefits are weighed just as seriously as with traditional courses of action.


Now that we have that out of the way, stay tuned for the first installment: Diet and Nutrition.



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  1. Deb Derks says:

    Hello, my 12 year old daughter was diagnosed 2 years ago with severe poly articular JIA. Many medicines, treatments, injections, and tears later, I took her off night shade plants. Potatoes being her #1 food, it wasn’t easy at 1st, but we have now seen a remarkable difference in her! Confirmed by one of her drs.

    • Hi Deb,

      My older son has seen quite a bit of improvement limiting nightshades and increasing his consumption of anti-inflammatory foods in conjunction with a healthy diet.We were lucky enough to have a medical team that pointed us in this direction. Stay tuned for the next few posts, where we will cover that very topic!


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