Susannah Meadows's son was only three years old when he developed terrifying symptoms of a disabling disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis. His parents were frantic to help him feel better, but conventional medicine was slow to go into effect.
They decided to explore an alternative approach as well. Could dietary changes have an impact on an immune system gone awry? Find out about the clinical basis for the link between leaky gut and sore joints.
Susannah Meadows is a journalist who writes the Newly Released column for The New York Times. Her article, "The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints," was published in The New York Times Magazine on February 1, 2013.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, is Director of Integrative Medicine at North Shore University Health System in Glenview, IL, and Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University.
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