MS Diet – the basics

It has been proven by research and trials carried out by Professor Swank and Professor Hugh Sinclair that MS can be managed effectively using diet. It was discovered that the consumption of saturated fat led to the quickening of the degeneration of the myelin sheath in people with MS. By avoiding saturated fat, and keeping it to a maximum of 15g a day, whilst increasing the consumption of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats – EFAs (essential Fatty acids). For a clear and logical explanation and more detail of the tests carried out and their results, please read Multiple Sclerosis – A Self-Help Guide to Its management by Judy Graham.

In simple terms the diet is as follows:

Eat at least 3 fish meals a week

Eat organic organ foods i.e. ½ lb liver a week (Waitrose sells organic liver in the UK)

Eat yourten a dayof fruit and vegetables (mostly veg though)

Eat a generous helping of dark green leafy vegetables every day

Eat linseeds or products made from linseed everyday (good source of alpha-linolenic acid)

Eat a salad made of mixed raw vegetables everyday with 2 tsps of polyunsaturated oil

Eat as much fresh food as possible rather than processed food

Try to eat only organic fruit and vegetables and get your ten a day

Eat whole foods rather than refined foods

If you are going to continue eating meat, choose lean meat. Trim all fat off the meat before cooking.

Use polyunsaturated margarine and oil (make sure that these have not been processed or hydrogenated)

For more info on diet, have a look at the pages on this blog under ‘Diet – the basics’.

Here are some very interesting links about foods aimed at mylein shealth repair:

http://www.ehow.com/how_7574603_regenerate-myelin-sheath.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_5275690_rebuild-myelin-sheath.html

Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke is Associated with Increased Risk for Multiple Sclerosis

Some interesting reading…

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From: Sage Journals Online

Multiple Sclerosis Journal

March 3, 2011.

http://msj.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/03/02/1352458511399610.abstract

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis

AK Hedström, M Bäärnhielm, T Olsson, L Alfredsson

This article describes the background for and objective of the study: “Tobacco smoking has consistently been associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis. However, data has been inconsistent regarding the influence of passive smoking. The aim was to estimate the influence of passive smoking on the risk for multiple sclerosis.”

The results of the study were that “The risk for multiple sclerosis was increased among never-smokers who had been exposed to passive smoking (OR 1.3, 95% CI 1.1–1.6) compared to never-smokers who had never been exposed. The risk increased with increasing duration of exposure (p = 0.003). ”

The authors concluded that “Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with an increased risk for multiple sclerosis. Since smoking…

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Uric Acid

People with MS never have Gout and people with Gout never get MS – Gout involves an excess in uric acid and people with MS have low uric acid. Perhaps people with MS should insure they take purines, which contribute to uric acid. A list of foods high in purines are:

• Anchovies • Asparagus • Brains • Beef kidneys • Cauliflower • Game meats • Gravies • Herring • Liver • Sardines • Scallops • Sweetbreads • molybdenum supplements

This interesting link suggests that a high nitrite intake, along with low levels of beneficial bacteria, iron and molybdenum, could be factors in MS:

http://www.nhfw.info/multiple-sclerosis.html

Be careful however when reading it. Although it is correctly suggested that the problem with MS is the absorption of too little fat, they don’t specify which fats. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the ones we need. Saturated fats are dangerous for people with MS, and should be limited to 18g/day. For more information please read my diet pages at the top of this blog.

Androgenesis

This talk is mainly focused on the prevention of cancer but is very relevant to MS and shows how nutrition is essential in combating disease. A list of the optimum foods mentioned are:

Soy bean, artichokes, parsley, berries, soy, garlic, red grape, brassica, oranges + lemons + citric fruit, lavender, glucosamine, green tea and turmeric

Cooked tomatoes are also said to be very good for you as they have a higher lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) content than raw ones.

Watch this eye-opening talk for yourself: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/william_li.html

The Dangers of Modern Medicine

The conventional treatment for MS are corticosteroids and disease modifying drugs. These are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs which alleviate symptoms but weaken the immune system at a time when you should be strengthening it. There are other natural ways of dealing with MS that strengthen your immune system and general health. These methods have been tested on people with MS for over forty years but the medical industry refuses to recognize their worth as obviously this would reduce the sales of big drug companies. I will outline the alternative options to the conventionally prescribed aggressive drugs on the following pages of my blog.

Antibiotics damage your intestinal flora, and it is recommended that if you do take them, you then follow with a course of acidophilus for three months to repair the damage they have done.

MRIs (Magnetic resonance imaging) subject you to an extremely powerful magnetic field which excites the nuclei of cells to produce a radiofrequency which translates into images. The consequences of exposing the body to this magnetic field and of the way it heats the cells and influences the magnetic matter in the body are unknown due to the procedure being relatively new. It is not yet known whether it can damage body tissues. It is known however that this heating can affect the white blood cell count. The correct functioning of white blood cells is essential to the immune system. I would advise you do more research on MRIs before undergoing another. Especially if it is just for a routine check.