Natural treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis sure sound popular
Natural cure and natural treatment are some of the most searched words with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Everywhere you look there is encouragement to give natural remedies a try. Look at how one eHow page on Rheumatoid Arthritis (previously located at this address: http://www.ehow.com/facts_4827325_joints-affected-rheumatoid-arthritis.html) lists them:
“Home remedy treatments may include devices such as canes, crutches, walkers, orthotics, braces, splints, reachers and elevated chair legs. Other remedies may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral modification, acupuncture, massage, electric shock therapy, herbs and dietary supplements or counseling.”
Orthotics as a home remedy for Rheumatoid Arthritis? Electric shock therapy?
Why do I feel like I’m the bad guy about natural Rheumatoid Arthritis treatments?
There are some other posts on this blog that deal with the question of what is natural or whether anything at all can cure RA. I have debated with readers who want me to acknowledge natural treatments for RA and even had a doctor guest host on natural treatments.
Is that because I love medicine? No.
Personally, I have an aversion to medicine. I always avoided anything involving needles or pills. In order to avoid hospitals; I delivered five babies at home. None of them were easy births, but I thought at the time that the pain was worth avoiding needless medical interventions or interference with a natural birth. However, if the babies or I would have been sick in any way, we would have been in the hospital in a minute. I’m independent, but not stupid.
No one wishes there was an easier or naturally effective way to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis more than I do.
I’ve walked down the denial road with chronic illness before. I got off at the exit labeled “Last Chance: take your medicine now or you won’t live much longer.” The decision to fight RA with medicine or go natural is not like giving up margarine or letting your hair go gray or burning a bra. Natural is very nice, but it’s even better if we are able to enjoy it. Like many of you, I had a close relative with RA. There is no doubt he died early because of this disease.
It’s not up to me what anyone else does. I wish everyone well. When someone insists that they will not take medicine to treat RA because the medicine is “worse than the disease,” I want to say, “That’s fine, but that’s just not true for my RA.” And I hope for them that it will be a long time before they see that exit sign like the one I saw.
Stay tuned next time for a discussion of an important study by Consumer Reports on natural supplements and vitamins.
- Peeking at the history of natural ingredients: Natural Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Answering a reader’s arguments: Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Debate
- Asking what is natural? Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment: Are Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis Better?