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We’re going to turn now to medical breakthroughs featured in the book called “The other side of impossible.” It’s about people running out of medical options and finding hope in unconventional approaches. Mara schiavocampo is here with the details. Good morning, the stories are remarkable, a child making a full recovery from a painful illness, a woman confined to a wheelchair walking again, all because they wouldn’t stop looking for answers. Reporter: At just three years old, Suzanna meadow’s son shepherd was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis causing pain, swelling and fatigue. His doctors prescribed medication but it made him sick. With the pain getting worse, Suzanna felt helpless. She took a leap of faith and researched options outside the realm of conventional medicine. It was desperation. Absolutely. Reporter: She removed dairy, gluten and limited sugar and added fish oil, probiotics and a Chinese anti-inflammatory herb. After six weeks — He said, mommy, my knees don’t hurt anymore and ran out of the room and you can imagine how stunning that was for us. While there’s no way to know for sure what helped him, I believe that it was this protocol that we tried. Reporter: Once a skeptic of non-science based medicine, Suzanna wrote about her son’s recovery in “The other side of impossible” where she profiles six other stories of people who hope to defy the medical odds, going beyond conventional medicine to take on daunting conditions. One of those stories is of Terry wall, a clinical professor at the university of Iowa, diagnoses with multiple sclerosis in 2000. After just three years, she was confined to a wheelchair. But Terry is a fighter, spending nights pouring through scientific articles looking for the latest studies on M.S. She created a food plan, an extreme form of the Paleo diet. At nine months I got on my bike and biked around the block for the first time. I’m crying, my wife’s crying, my kids are crying. Reporter: 17 years later she has regained almost all of her muscle function. Such an amazing story. Suzan Suzanna’s son is off medication and is pain-free. The people in this book did work in consultation with their doctors on these treatments and the one thing they had in common, perseverance. They would not give up. The power of positive thinking, amazing, Mara, thank you. Dr. Jen is with us to talk about it. What is your assessment on the link between these elimination…

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