I Drank All the Juice

I drank all the juice,
I ate all the superfoods,
I thought all the
positive thoughts.
Guess what?
I'm still ill. 

--Natasha Lipman (@natashalipman)

I've tried different things to make my RA better

I saw this quote posted on Instagram recently and took a snapshot of it, to save it for later, because I immediately thought: That's right, I DRANK ALL THE JUICE! And I've tried the magic healing berries, and the yoga, and the refrigerated probiotics that I really couldn't afford.

I've also had my body impaled with sharp thin needles at acupuncture, and have tried to meditate myself into a lovely forest Utopia where pain doesn't exist. What else? There's so much. Oh, right, I also drank the special apple cider vinegar with "the mother" in it (I still don't understand what 'the mother' is). I'm too tired to remember all of the other potions and lotions I've tried to make my RA better, but I know there are a lot.

"RA cures" and other unhelpful advice

This little quote by Natasha Lipman is funny (to me) because it's so spot-on. I don't know her personally, but when reading this I immediately knew what she was talking about. She's sick of people, even well-meaning people, shoving self-help remedies and "cures" at her. I'm sick of it too. I've been gritting my teeth while nodding with fake enthusiasm for almost 22 years now at every "RA cure" suggestion under the sun.

When will this ever stop?

"No, I haven't heard of that autoimmune-eat-only-grass-and-sauerkraut diet. Um, yeah... I'll check it out for sure. I'm glad it cured your Aunt Linda."

Good grief.

When will it end? I'm guessing once I go into a miracle remission or I'm dead--whichever comes first. Even in death, I'll probably have people coming up to me in Heaven bugging me to try their pineapple turmeric cloud juice. Although to be fair, if I still have RA after I'm dead I'll have bigger problems to deal with.

Exhausted with well-meaning, unhelpful advice

But seriously, the well-meaning advice and tips and "cures" get really exhausting after a while. I grow so tired even thinking about trying to explain to someone, without sounding completely rude, that these do-gooders are wrong, have no clue about what RA is really like, and they should just shut the heck up and actually try listening to those of us with the disease. Instead of, you know, rattling off something they saw on the "Dr. Oz" TV show.

What works for one person may not work for the other

I also really don't care that much if some kind of superfood or vitamin "cured" your aunt or cousin or grandma. If that actually worked for someone, that's great, and I'm happy for him/her. But your cousin Susan's paleo diet cure probably won't work for me. Why? Each human being on this planet is different, each body is different. And every case of RA is different, including how and when certain treatments work or don't work.

Also, I've tried probably a million things by now that DID. NOT. WORK.

Why? I hate to break it to you Dr. Oz cranberry people, but as of now, there is currently no cure for RA. If there were, I'm pretty sure I'd be on top of that info. Like, in a heartbeat.

Practicing patience with well-meaning advice-givers

In the meantime, I will continue trying my best to be patient with the advice-givers--but it's not easy. I have been desperately hoping and praying for a cure for this despicable disease for 22 years, and no amount of cider vinegar is going to make it go away. Despite that, I will keep on hoping. And drinking. Vodka, with the 'mother.'

(Just kidding, plain vodka is fine.)

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