Posted on: December 11, 2015 at 8:27 am
Last updated: February 28, 2018 at 9:40 am

A parent’s worst nightmare is to see their child in pain. This was a nightmare that came to life for Amy when her daughter Emelia was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was only 2 ½ years old. This diagnosis was confusing, “My husband and I were so confused, we thought only older people had arthritis.”

To help Emelia deal with her crippling pain her doctors prescribed her medication. By the time she turned three, the medication was not working and Emelia was unable to walk due to the amount of pain she was in. So her doctors tried different medications and steroid knee injections. Nothing was helping, so the doctors wanted to put her on harsher medication. “This was the hardest thing to do as a parent, never mind its effects on a 3yr old.”

Since Emelia was taking such strong medication; she had to get her blood drawn every 4 weeks to ensure her internal organs weren’t failing. Despite the intense medication, the arthritis spread throughout her body, taking over 11+ joints and her left eye.


Emelia’s Medication

  1. Prednisolone Steroid Eye Drops (Every Hour While Awake)
  2. Folic Acid 1mg Tablet (Daily)
  3. Zofran 4mg 1/2 Tablet (Daily)
  4. Zantac Syrup 15ml 1/2 tsp (Daily)
  5. Methotrexate 0.5ml Injection (Weekly)
  6. Enbrel 0.5ml Injection (Weekly)
  7. Blood Drawn Every 4 Weeks

The Switch

Two years later Emelia was in Kindergarten. She was somewhat happy, as she was able to walk and run, but she still felt sick and had horrible stomach pain from the medication. She still had to go to the school nurse for her eye drops every hour. A few months later Emelia’s left eye was nearly gone. She started losing her hair and she weighed only 40 pounds at the age of 5.

The doctors told Amy, “she may make it to 25 years old, and that she would likely need organ transplants before then.” Upon hearing this scary news, Amy decided that she needed to make a change.

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Amy’s aunt had spoken to her about a Paleo and Juice+ diet in the past, that had been proven to help arthritis, something Amy initially shrugged off because the medication seemed to be working at the time. After a lot of research Amy decided to switch her whole family to the Paleo Diet, Juice Plus+ and Fish oil.

Since this change Emelia’s health has drastically improved. According to Amy, “it’s been 20 weeks since she has had any meds and the doctors can’t find any arthritis in her body!  She is my walking Miracle!”


Emelia’s Natural Medications:

    1. Paleo Diet (Daily)
    2. Juice Plus+ 2 Garden Gummies (Daily)
    3. Juice Plus+ 2 Orchard Gummies (Daily)
    4. 900mg Fish Oil (Daily)

As always, be sure to consult a medical professional before stopping any medications or trying new supplements or dietary measures. 


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