I saw a post on another blog about juvenile arthritis that got me to thinking. There are many well-intentioned, if clueless, people that are just trying to help. Unfortunately, there are also an equal, if not greater, number of people that will take advantage of those just trying to help.
Case in point, the folks at http://www.burbank.com are no doubt trying to do a public service to residents and visitors of that fine California city, and I put them in the first group (the well-intentioned). The folks at http://www.limbrel.com, however, I put in the less desirable second group.
You see, the folks at Limbrel (I admit I am assuming here) submitted an article to the folks at Burbank, who published it, no doubt trying to be helpful. Don’t believe everything you read, however. Besides being anonymous, the article includes links to Limbrel’s web site, where you can purchase their products to help with your osteoarthritis. Thinly veiled advertising at best. The problem is, the article wasn’t talking about osteoarthritis.
To be fair, the article does also include a link to the CDC’s web site on arthritis, where you can find some basic, if outdated, information on arthritis in general. Well, thank you for telling me about how my son’s illness might have progressed 15 years ago, but I prefer more up to date information, thankyouverymuch.
The article also implied that is was not only possible, but very likely that children with juvenile arthritis can live in such a way that they can virtually forget about their illnesses. Wrong! I don’t know any child that has been affected by arthritis, whether their own or that of a sibling, who is able to forget for one day how their lives have been changed by this evil disease. If a child with JA is lucky enough to go into remission, I’m sure they spend every day thankful for the medicines that helped them achieve that goal. Should a child actually reach an unmedicated remission, they probably spend at least some of their time both thankful and wondering if it will come back. Waiting for the other shoe to drop, if you will.
If you want real, accurate information on juvenile arthritis, check with the Arthritis Foundation, the Mayo Clinic, or Web MD. They all have good, up to date, information on juvenile arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Plus they won’t try to sell you anything.
I really wish people wouldn’t spread information they don’t know to be true, especially when it comes to the health of our children.