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Toward True Health: Diet can help Multiple Sclerosis

Question: Carolyn, my dearest friend was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost eight years ago. I have watched as the complications have multiplied. Is there any hope that diet can improve the life of a person with MS?

Answer: Thanks for a great and very insightful question. The answer is yes, and definitely yes.

This degenerative disease of the nervous system is indeed linked to diet.

Every single thing we put into our mouths counts. It is the nutrients in the foods we eat that actually become the building blocks of every part of our bodies. Our cells, cell membranes, skin, bones, brains, even our toenails and hair, all our organs, are created of what we eat.

So my question always is: “Are we eating to strengthen and heal or are we making food choices that will clog, destroy and disable?”

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system — an auto-immune disease exacerbated by inflammation and the lack of essential nutrients, as characterized by damage to the myelin sheath. This sheath acts as an electrical insulator, which covers and protects neurons.

MS manifests in multiple symptoms, affecting fine motor skills, mobility, thinking and the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the body. This disease ultimately leads to the inability of neurons to communicate.

Each patient’s symptoms may vary widely since the disease can progress through the brain and spinal cord, attacking different areas randomly. After 10 years with the disease, half of all MS victims are severely disabled, bedridden, wheelchair-bound or worse.

Prevailing treatment for MS includes a regime of drugs to suppress the immune system and additional anti-inflammatory drugs. As you’ve seen with your friend, this treatment protocol offers no resistance to the progression of the disease.

MS can affect persons of any age, however the average is between 20 and 40 years. Many present with symptoms such as fatigue, numbness and or tingling in the limbs, impaired vision, muscle weakness, loss of balance and loss of bladder function.

Clinical research suggests genetic and environmental factors contribute to the increase of MS. Multiple epidemiological studies reveal that individuals with low levels of vitamin D in their blood are at increased risk for developing MS. This is evidence of insufficient nutrients present in the body’s internal environment.

Studies have established genetics as a contributing factor for developing MS — at most a 25 percent disease risk. Therefore, 75 percent of risk is due to diet and lifestyle related issues.

Other environmental factors include smoking, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, organic solvents and infections. All of which are of little consequence in the presence of a “proper clean eating program.”

Largely ignored by mainstream practitioners, nutrients offer immune-modifying benefits that complement pharmacological and clinical interventions to improve the quality of life for all MS patients who implement them.

Today the general consensus seems to be that we can eat what we like,

with no consequences. So when illness occurs, this thought pattern leaves no room for nutrition to be of value. However, research clearly suggests that vitamin D may be a missing link in virtually all autoimmune diseases, including MS, and that Vitamin D3 has shown the ability to improve the immune system more than many pharmaceuticals.

Additionally, the implementation of a clean eating program — the removal of all GMO’s, synthetically created additives, excito-toxins, saturated fats, chemical herbicides and pesticides from the diet — has shown to even reverse MS. And patients’ conditions improved by as much as 95 percent.

Further positive side effects of this protocol is a reduced incidence of heart attack, high blood pressure, cancer and depression, which provides an added benefit considering the CDC reports “Heart disease and cancer are the leading causes of death in persons with MS.”

“The evidence is extremely convincing, that dietary fats play a major part in the development and progression of MS,” writes Inger Lauritzen, Nicolas Blondeau, and et al., in an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology, and that “manipulating the intake of fats has a great effect on outcome. The most important part of this equation is to dramatically cut down saturated fats from all sources. The fat story is likely to get even more interesting as knowledge increases.”

So, it is clear that the key to health restoration and the key to long-term health is a dietary program that is based in clean eating.

Have the conversation with your friend, and suggest a knowledgeable nutritionist or wellness expert to help plan meals, clear away any offending environmental toxins and start your friend on the plan Toward True Health.

Carolyn Guilford is a nutrition consultant, health and wellness advocate, author and workshop organizer. If you have a question, send it to [email protected] ‘Like’ us on Facebook and get new health tips at www.facebook.com/healthrestoration101 or write to Health Restoration Consulting P.O. Box 2814, Savannah, GA 31402.

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