Case Study: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Anderson (seven years old) was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of two and had previously been treated medically with steroids and oral antibiotics. Anderson's right knee continued to swell despite treatments, leading his doctors to recommend stronger drugs (Enbrel) to suppress his symptoms. After researching Enbrel and its potential side effects (lymphoma, tuberculosis, etc), Anderson's parents declined treatment and sought other options. Anderson and his parents came to the Goldberg Clinic in August 2013.
Anderson's right knee was significantly swollen at the time of presentation. His lab work revealed intestinal disturbances, severe food allergies and pro inflammatory fatty acid ratios. His dietary included numerous refined carbohydrates.
Anderson was placed on a short liquid diet to rest his GI tract and immune system. A follow up dietary plan was established including removal of foods that he had tested positive to on his allergy profile. Recommendations were given regarding rest and sleep habits, sun exposure and specific nutrient supplementation.
After two months of care, Anderson is drug free and pain free. His knee swelling has improved considerably and he has resumed all normal daily activities without restriction.