I met a young girl on Shabbath suffering from juvenile arthritis. She was really withdrawn and apparently is taking medications to relieve her pain.
Her mother shared a story how the youngster pushed herself last week to be a help for another child going through the same illness.
I wanted to break down and cry.
This girl was so young-fragile looking.
After Shabbath, I ran to the computer to read more about this illness. And not just the Western allopathic perspective! In Chinese Medicine, juvenile arthritis is seen as imbalance in the organ energies, specifically the liver and spleen. The body begins to attack itself. The health of the parents during conception, nutrition, and positive thinking are factors that play a big role. Fortunately, it seems that children can outgrow it as their immune system becomes stronger.
(What makes a body attack itself? What makes a person attack himself thru negative self talk?)
As we know a happy mind makes for a happy body.
And a happy body is a big blessing.
Foods that aggravate arthritic joints include night shade vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers.
Foods that alleviate symptoms include foods with beta carotene like parsley, broccoli, carrots, also apples and ginger are helpful. Cherry juice and pineapple juice have a positive effect. Throw in fish oil to boot.
Apparently, there has been success in treating arthritis through Chinese Medicine with acupuncture and herbal diets. Traditional western medications can result in unpleasant side-effects.
Oye, Hashem should keep all of us and our children healthy and happy.
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