Putting Faith in Rheumatoid Arthritis Natural Remedies

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hearing aidsWhat is acting in Faith?

When my daughter was four, she lost her hearing. There was trauma, yes. There were doctors, yes. Then there were hearing aids. Yay!

Do you know what else there were? There were naysayers.

Some pressured me to have faith that she would be healed. Close friends abandoned us for turning to the medical profession instead of relying completely on God to heal my baby. Since she was a good lip reader, people in the church said the hearing aids were a drastic overreaction on my part.

Having moved 2,000 miles from home days before, I was completely alone to make many decisions. My daughter has been wearing hearing aids for 16 years now. When she was eight, her baby brother got his first hearing aids. Again, there was controversy. The pediatrician didn’t want me to test his hearing. Foolish doubting mom again.

At his first audiology appointment, the severity of my son’s loss was evident. I was tearful. The professional warned me never to have another baby. [1] Did I make these decisions in “faith”?

Rheumatoid Arthritis natural remedies and putting faith in nature

These days, my decisions are concerning RA treatment. The judgment of some is that we ought to have faith in Rheumatoid Arthritis natural remedies. They are critical of medical treatments for RA, putting trust in natural remedies.

Whether it’s positive thinking or RA natural remedies such as herbs or foods, they put their trust in nature itself.  Honestly, I was surprised when I learned that interfering with nature is controversial.  This is not meant to be sarcastic: Doesn’t everyone use soap to interfere with germs? Or get their teeth filled? Or set a broken arm? Or wear glasses? Or a girdle?

…I thought it was me who’s the “natural” radical having had five homebirths with not as much as a Tylenol. Am I never on the right side? Can you guess why I never tried to persuade anyone else to homebirth? Wouldn’t I have felt accountable if something went wrong with a baby?

It seems to me that we already interfere with nature every day. We each decide how to interfere and how much. Sometimes, I reflect that this nature is the same nature that gave us RA to begin with.

What harm is there in pressuring RA patients not to take medical treatment?

What harm is there in offering hope for a cure to RA? [2]  What if it is not a cure? What if RA can spread through a body like a cancer via fibroblasts? What if someone were offered false hope and she delayed treatment? There is provable harm to delaying treatment.

Rise up & walk

Of course it’s not wrong to offer people hope. But it sounds cruel for those who are not sick to judge those who are. Should someone with a mild case of RA in a couple of joints encourage those with severe RA to quit taking DMARDs and go skiing when they can barely walk? Or to rely on positive thinking to run marathons when going to the bathroom is a challenge? How does it help to judge those with severe RA, insisting that they rise up and walk?

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[1] Years later, I did. His hearing is perfect, but if it were not, I would still choose to have my son.

[2] There is no cure for RA. The remission pattern of RA is only one of the things that make RA very complicated to study as I recently discussed.

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