Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
Went to the doctor and my doctor is on my side. She thought everything I was saying was totally logical and balanced, and she supports my decision to do this dietary lifestyle. So relieved and so happy.
I told her that I'm fine with taking humira if it comes down to me not being able to heal from this diet, but I am young and resilient at 23 years old, and I'm fine with trying the diet alone for 3-4 months just to see if I'll improve. If I don't see any noticable improvement in 4 months, then I'll go on the humira. She thinks this is great because 4 months isn't enough for my arthritis to do any significant degeneration to my body (my spine already links up at the bottom >.< Nothing major or crippling but every time I go to the doctor she demonstrates this to a different resident by having them watch me bend over. I am a great candidate to do this because although I do stretches often, so my hip muscles are very flexible, my spine still links up, so when I bend over part of my back still stays straight, even with the stretches, making me an obvious choice to show how arthritis degenerates the spine), but a year, in my case, WOULD. My progression is somewhat rapid for how young I am. And I've got to be practical--I don't want to give the disease too much time to destroy me if it doesn't work, even though I do have a lot of faith in the raw diet--I do not know whether it'll help my arthritis or not.
Anyway, she supports raw for four more months :) (I've already been doing this a week and one month!) She said that the medical field here doesn't know everything, and lots of other cultures practice therapeutic healing and they do just fine. She thinks I'm being practical about this because I admit--I have no way to know that this is going to work--I just want to know that I tried all I could before going on such a hardcore medication. She accepts this and said it makes sense. And who knows--I could continue this diet while on the humira and try going off of it again in the future. I just don't want to allow my body too much time to further cripple itself.
Very happy right now :) You approach things in life balanced, you'll always get what you want.