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New theory

Brace yourselves, this is a long one. For the last – almost 2 years, wow – I’ve been randomly cutting out foods and listening hard to my body’s response. Most of the reactions have been seemingly random. Some have been obvious looking back but not obvious at the time. This has been such a random and confusing process. My dad is doing the same thing as me as he seems to have a similar problem. I’ve been asked “how does this make Read More

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What do I mean by reaction? Explanation of an immune response/ reaction

Sorry, I was away for a bit. Had another reaction! The pregnancy made me a bit more sensitive, but fortunately that got me to clean up my diet a tiny bit more. I get a lot of questions asking me if certain symptoms are “normal” or people wondering if their certain set of symptoms could be food related. Generally my answer is yes, there’s a good chance that’s a reaction to food. I believe bodies are supposed to work smoothly, Read More

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Growing up with an autoimmune disorder (age 2-10)

What I’d like people to take away is, when I was a kid, having arthritis was much easier psychologically than having arthritis when I was older. It was frustrating, painful, and terrible, but because I didn’t know any different, it didn’t get to me mentally. This is really important to remember if you’re the parent of a child experiencing chronic illness. At least from my perspective, children can adapt much easier psychologically, because they don’t know what they’re missing out Read More

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The Diet

Hi! My name is Mikhaila Peterson. I’m a 25 year old student, studying Life Sciences at Queen’s University. I live in Toronto. My schooling was delayed for a while because I was so sick, I couldn’t handle university full time. Short background on me: I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 7 years old. My parents think it started when I was around 2 noticing the way I walked. I was the first child in Canada to be Read More