Use Naturopathy to Combat Autoimmune Diseases

Use Naturopathy to Combat Autoimmune Diseases

In 2013, the New York Times published a powerful story called "The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints" which detailed the journey of a three-year-old child named Shepherd diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (J.I.A.). This autoimmune disease causes the joints to swell and leads to pain, disability, growth stunts, and sometimes even blindness. The poor boy was in so much pain that he also had trouble getting out of bed in the morning. His doctor put him on methotrexate, though the medicine appeared ineffective.


Soon, the boy's mother, Sarah Meadows, turned to alternative treatments. She reached out to a friend who knew a naturopath solution - a Chinese powder called four-marvels created to fight inflammation. Ms. Meadows combined the four-marvels powder with several other solutions including a refined diet, ibuprofen, Tylenol, Montmorency cherry juice, and omega-3s.


She was initially skeptical, but her doctor agreed to it, as long as Shepherd continued taking methotrexate. Ms. Meadows was informed that it would take six weeks to see a difference. It was some long, grueling six weeks, but she held onto hope throughout. She had called other doctors to ask for their opinions, and some were as skeptical as she was, but they insisted that she continue her test run.

Exactly six weeks after treatment began, Shepherd got out of bed all by himself. He also reported his knees no longer hurting, and his arthritis pain miraculously disappeared a few months later. Shepherd now lives free of pain and able to live his life as it was meant to be.


Shepherd's story is remarkable, but not wholly unusual when considering naturopathy. This approach works because naturopaths subscribe specific and personalized plans for each of their patients. Naturopathy seeks to look at the whole person, meaning they examine all their health issues and environment to determine the best course of action.

Naturopaths also try to find the root cause of any illness they treat. By tackling the problem's source and not just its symptoms, naturopaths can cure the ailment once and for all. This strategy can help prevent long-term suffering and bring relief for years to come. For example, Shepherd's arthritis problem was caused by a leaky gut. By identifying the root cause of his suffering, Ms. Meadows could use her knowledge to contain the issue.


Additionally, naturopaths may examine related issues such as food allergies to find any connections between the two conditions. Dr. Amy Rothenberg, MD, a supporter of naturopathic medicine, noted in her Huffington Post article that Shepherd's cousin had such allergies and asthma. Rothenberg pointed out that both these ailments can cause immune system issues, especially combined with the prescription's side effects.

Luckily, naturopathic practices have little to no side effects. As the name suggests, naturopathy emphasizes natural and healthy cures. Diet and exercise are two critical staples of naturopathic solutions, both of which are heavily supported by scientific research. Naturopaths also recommend finding ways to reduce stress, which can take a significant toll on a person's health.


Naturopaths are experts in natural medicine. They study for four years at naturopathic medical schools and must learn several intricate details about science, health, and medicine. While such practices aren't widely adopted by the American public, it's important to note just how effective these treatments can be. You might find that a natural remedy will work wonders when combined with your usual medicine. 




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