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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Natural Remedies or Enbrel ? - Is there a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Well I ended off the last post by trying to cut gluten out of my diet to see if it will help with the inflammations and that I would stay clear of Enbrel, since I read of a number of lawsuits, suing Enbrel for causing cancer.

The truth is, I couldn't last 2 days without giving myself another shot. By day 2, places that haven't hurt since 2005 started to flare, like my collar bone and shoulders, in addition to my usual wrists and feet, making it hard to lift myself out of bed.

I couldn't bare the flare ups to see if cutting out gluten would work. Also, since I have a chubby 3 month old baby, I rather be able to pick him up and feed him, than be actively flaring up and bed ridden while testing natural remedies.

Though Cutting Out Gluten does make sense. The year I was diagnosed with RA, I remember being very unhealthy, living off pretzels and coffee while attending full-time school and working nights. High stress, unhealthy diet with excessive gluten, and genetics (my aunt has RA), are probably all common factors contributing to this auto immune disease.

Cutting Out Dairy?
Has any one watched "The Corporations" documentary? It is well worth watching.
From the video, I'm considering cutting out dairy as well since milk production companies inject cows with hormones to produce more milk. Many cows then develop infections (milk ducts get blocked) and hence are also injected with antibiotics. When milking cows, the puss from the infection can get into our milk, along with the hormones and antibiotics. YUCK! The US started to do this in 2002. I'm a type to have cereal with milk for breakfast everyday! I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease in 2005. Perhaps there is a link,  because... get this....  my RA went into remission when I was in China for 4 months  !! Weird. - The milk there tasted very different.

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Next action: continue taking Enbrel, cut out gluten, cut out milk, take multi-vitamins.

My next refill of Enbrel, may not be approved by the government, which means I am responsible for $1,500 which I do not have! So, I will have no shots. So I will update you soon.



  1. I found you by way of Jen's blog. Glad to have found you! I've read through a few of your posts and you are definitely onto things! I've switched to raw milk and get it from my local farmer since it isn't legal to sell it at stores in TX. The benefits to my joints have been wonderful. Also wanted to share that I've really been blessed by the guidance of my naturopath. Supporting my body and all it's wackiness with basic supplements has proved so critical for me. Hope you had a wonderful mother's day! Lucas is adorable!!

  2. Have you tried contacting the manufacturer? there is a program called the Encourage Foundation which will provide you with a year of FREE Enbrel injections! :) I had to contact them when my husband lost his job and we lost our insurance 4 months later. I am in the same boat as you. I am 31 with RA, have two kids (ages 5&3) and am a Stay-at-home-Mom. We are living off Unemployment at the moment & it too will run out soon. I have to get a job, I have no other choices now. I hope I can make it through the day when I do! Best of luck to you and your family in these hard times. You are not alone.

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