The Story of The Adventures
This week brought a big discovery for our family. We thought our 4 year old was experiencing “growing pains” but found out that if a child suffers pain anytime during the day there is no way the pains can be categorized as such. Oops!
After some research it looks like we are probably dealing with Juvenile Arthritis. We still don’t have an official diagnosis but since we are managing a significant amount of pain at this point these are the holistic steps we are implementing. (be aware, in the western medical tradition there is no known cause or treatment but rather just pain management, so the following will NOT be found cross-referencing any western medical information.)
The most helpful article I found was ARTHRITIS AND RHEUMATISM-A Holistic Therapy-By Walter Last. It is packed with actions across the spectrum of physical, emotion & spiritual which we can take to both ease the pain and cure the cause. But, for this post, I am just going to list the very beginning baby steps we are taking in the first days of our journey.
A quick synopsis of the holistic arthritis view (whether in adults or children) is that it is an autoimmune disease caused by a sensitive or damaged intestinal system which signals the immune system to attack healthy cells. With this in mind, we will focus our efforts on being gentle to the gut with our foods and making sure we are not damaging it with the pain meds we choose (most pain killers are very harsh on the gut).
Other things I will begin doing:
The basic arthritis diet consists of plenty of raw food such as sprouted seeds, fresh vegetable juices with plenty of wheat or barley grass and beetroot, also vegetable salads in increasing amounts according to the strength of the digestion. You may cook lentils and brown rice, usually eaten together at the same meal, and also steamed vegetables, especially onions, green beans, okras, sweet potato leaves and beetroot. Generally, sweet vegetables, such as carrots, pumpkin, turnips and sweet potatoes are best eaten raw and finely grated as part of a salad. Frequently have raw food days.
Instead of using commercial yeast-baked bread, experiment with sourdough baking. Use free-range raw egg yolk (e.g. as part of a salad dressing), otherwise soft-boiled egg. Fish and seafood are good and especially the broth of simmered fish heads and bones. Liver may be used occasionally except with gout. Other helpful foods are avocado, almonds, pecans, celery, coleslaw, peanuts, peanut oil and extra-virgin olive oil.
Avoid cows’ milk products, wheat products (except wheat grass juice), and other gluten foods such as rye, barley and oats; sweeteners and sweetened food, salt, red meat, yeast fat, fried products, commercial polyunsaturated oils, margarine or other highly processed food or food containing preservative, coloring or other unbiological chemicals. If sensitive avoid also unneutralized food acids, such as lemon juice and vinegar, fruit juice or dried fruit. Avoid alcohol and smoking; be careful with coffee and tea. Try to avoid chlorinated and fluoridated water for cooking and drinking. Minimize cooked legumes with gout.
Because of the usually weak digestive powers, it is important to have only small meals, chew very well. Have breakfast as the main meal or possibly lunch, but only a light, early evening meal. Ingest any water in which vegetables or brown rice has been cooked. If meat, fish or nuts are used, eat these as the first part of any meal. If possible, lie down after lunch.
While it is important to have plenty of fluid-intake, this should not be taken with or after meals so that digestive juices are not diluted. Drink about one liter of preferably warm water, weak herb tea (peppermint is good) or, most recommended, fresh diluted vegetable juice about 30 minutes before breakfast. Use mainly wheat grass, barley grass, celery, parsley, edible weeds and other green leaves as well as beetroot for a vegetable juice and only a smaller amount of flavoring sweet vegetables (e.g. carrots, pumpkin) and apple. A further glass of water, herb tea or fresh juice may be taken before other meals. Drink juices slowly and spaced out to minimize any rise in the blood sugar level.
And, that is about all I will be doing for this first week or two. I already have quite a few things in place and we’ll just chip away one at a time. Share the things you did to heal your child’s juvenile arthritis in the comments below.