Diet and MS

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I was doing some research on how diet can affect MS, and I came across this article that pretty much describes why I started wondering whether or not the food that I eat could affect my energy levels. It stands to reason that it would, I think. Take a look at this article and tell me what you think, about the concept of disease management through diet, by clicking the “comment” link below.

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Multiple Sclerosis Diet Therapy – Does Diet Really Make a Difference?

Multiple Sclerosis is considered to be one of the most devastating physical diseases to affect mankind. As an autoimmune disorder the effects of this disease are different in each person it affects. Until recently very little thought has been given towards the possibility of our diets having any effect on this disease in the medical community. Recent studies involving multiple sclerosis and diet therapy are beginning to show results that are finally being taken notice of in the scientific community.

Evidence is Mounting

Despite the best efforts on behalf of the medical community for many years to deny any real connection between multiple sclerosis and diet therapy, more light is being shed on the subject than ever before. While a scientific cause for MS is still not completely known, more evidence is mounting to show that a large percentage of it may in fact lie in the foods that we in the western world have been eating for decades.

If you take a close look at the global picture as to where the highest concentrations of people with MS are, you will find that this is truly a disease of western cultures. The areas that have the highest percentages are those that are furthest away from the equator and that consume the highest percentage of processed foods. This is now leading scientists to take a much closer look at the concept of food and diet having both an adverse effect and by making changes a positive effect on MS.

Does a Change in Diet Work?

Here again studies are few and far between and the scientific community is not willing to admit the connection between reduced symptoms of multiple sclerosis and diet therapy. There are those such as Dr. Roy Swank who have recorded remarkable success in thousands of patients with diet therapy. Time and again there are anecdotal stories of MS sufferers who have learned to control their symptoms with changes to their diet.

Does this mean radical diets or eating strange and unusual foods? No in fact quite the opposite, the typical multiple sclerosis diet therapy consists of returning your diet back to the way we once ate. It involves eliminating all processed foods from your diet. In most cases, especially that of the Swank MS Diet, you will stop eating meats and all foods that contain saturated fats. Instead your diet will consist of organic fresh fruits and vegetables, grains and in most cases white meat fish that are high in the Omega 3 fatty acids.

Those that eat this way report reduced symptoms, many say that they have gone years and in some cases decades with no signs that the even have MS. To most with the disease and now more researchers this is evidence enough to prove a direct connection between multiple sclerosis and diet therapy.

I have benefited greatly from a book which has examined the link between what we eat and multiple sclerosis. If you would like to know what foods are attacking your body, what supplements you must take and how to create the energy that you need, then this book is a must read. Reverse Multiple Sclerosis

I am not a doctor nor am I qualified in medicine in any way. These are things that have worked for me in controlling my MS. Before undertaking any diet or fitness regime you should always consult your physician first.

Thanks for reading
Gary P Owen.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Gary_P_Owen

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my diet and how it affects my energy levels. I’ve made a promise to myself to start swapping out some of the processed stuff I eat with natural foods, starting with buying fruit for snacks instead of chips or other bagged snacks – fruit comes in its own packaging the only prep work is washing, which I can do at work. I am on a mission to increase my energy levels naturally, without more meds or chemicals, and I’ll also be researching more supplements and talking to my Doctor about how helpful they’d actually be. Since I hate to take pills, I asked my Nurses what the bare minimum I should be taking for supplements was, and Vitamin D is the one they agreed I really need to take. Vitamin D was recommended to me at minimum 3000 IU’s a day, possibly in liquid form since it’s easier to metabolize. I’ll keep you posted on anything I find that’s working or not working for me!

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2 thoughts on “Diet and MS

  1. Hey Tanya – have you talked to a nutritionist about setting up a diet for you? I ‘m pretty sure nutritionists and/or dieticians are covered by our medical.

    • I have an appointment with a new GP March 24th and once she gets all my info I want to see an allergist. When I asked the nurses at the MS clinic if I should look at a nutritionist or an allergist first, they said to go with an allergist because the good ones will know about diet manipulation to help narrow down the stuff to stay away from. I’ll keep you posted!

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