Woman, 46, claims her raw vegan diet has ‘cured’ her arthritis – and says she would be in a wheelchair without it

A mother-of-two has claimed that switching to a raw vegan diet cursed her arthritis – and saved her from spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair.

Pam Johal (46) claims that avoiding meat and processed foods completely cured her of her rheumatoid arthritis, which was often so severe that she was bedridden.

She also couldn’t get out of the bath on her own, but five years after switching to a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, she claims to have no symptoms at all.

In fact, she lOves runs after her children, Henry, five, and Georgie, six.

Her family, including husband Simon Pinckney, 44, still eat a varied diet – but Pam encourages them to eat as much fruit as possible.

Pam Johal (46) believes that avoiding meat and processed foods completely cured her of her rheumatoid arthritis, which was often so severe that she was bedridden.

Pam Johal (46) believes that avoiding meat and processed foods completely cured her of her rheumatoid arthritis, which was often so severe that she was bedridden.

The mother-of-two believes that if she hadn’t changed her diet, she would now be in a wheelchair.

It is important to note that a raw food diet is not endorsed by doctors, who recommend a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods in the right proportions.

Pam, from Southampton, said: “I got rheumatoid arthritis four years ago and struggled to the point where I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t do the normal things that we take for granted every day.

“My joints deformed quickly, I couldn’t use my hands to do normal things – I’d be in a wheelchair by now.

“My children would have missed out on all the things I’ve done with them for the last five years, so I was emotional about it, I was grieving.

In the photo: Pam's hand in front

In the photo: Her hand after

She also couldn’t get out of the bath on her own, but five years after switching to a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, she says she has no symptoms at all. In the photo: Her hand before and after the exchange

It is important to note that a raw food diet is not endorsed by doctors, who recommend a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods in the right proportions.

It is important to note that a raw food diet is not endorsed by doctors, who recommend a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of foods in the right proportions.

Pam first began experimenting with an almost entirely raw fruit diet in March 2020 after trying medication and painkillers to ease her arthritis symptoms

Pam first began experimenting with an almost entirely raw fruit diet in March 2020 after trying medication and painkillers to ease her arthritis symptoms

“I always tell everyone around me not to take me or what I do for granted – I save myself every day.

“I’m 46 years old and I don’t have a single wrinkle on my face or gray hair on my head.”

Pam says she first began experimenting with an almost entirely raw fruit diet in March 2020 after trying medication and painkillers to help ease her arthritis symptoms.

Pam’s average daily meal plan

Breakfast

A glass of watermelon juice with a superfood blend of more than 20 fruits and herbs.

Lunch

A salad with avocado, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, sometimes topped with vegan feta and a dressing made from avocado and lemon.

Dinner

A bowl of fruit such as clementines or a chopped cucumber.

She claims she found after starting the raw vegan diet, her symptoms quickly eased and she noticed a difference in her mobility within six months.

As well as fruit and vegetables, Pam uses herbal supplements to add even more nutrients to her diet, relying on herbal blends including nettle seed and mullein.

She says her children also mostly eat a vegan diet, with her son eating cheese and her daughter occasionally eating meat.

Pam even runs a Facebook group, Rawpower, to help other budding fruit growers start their journey.

“Many people come to me because they want to know how to do the diet – I tell people it’s not a diet, it’s a way of life, it’s a lifelong and healing journey,” said Pam.

“I try to teach my children the vegan lifestyle, they look at mom and think I’m amazing.

“People have been supportive, no one stops me from doing what I do, but they say I’m too thin or don’t eat enough food.

“This lifestyle can make you feel isolated if you don’t have people around you who do too, because food is a social thing.”