Fiber to Cure Disease

Before I was diagnosed with MS, I suffered quite badly from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I remember being in pain for hours after eating, especially after dinner, for about a year. I didn’t understand why I was having so much trouble, as I thought I ate quite well, relatively speaking; vegetables as well as a lot of fruit. It was getting really bad. I was living in Mexico at the time and as well as the fruit and veg, eating quite a lot of meat and cheese. Cheese was something which I had never liked (I know, there are not many of us cheese haters out there!) but found a taste for when melted on pizza, in vampiros (the most delicious Mexican taco type snack), quesadillas (melted cheese in tortilla). I also ate a lot of greasy delicious Mexican food, a lot more fat basically, than my body had ever been subjected to before.

On a visit back to the UK I had an endoscopy to see if there was anything serious going on; after which I was diagnosed with IBS and told to use peppermint tea and oil to ease symptoms. I had realised that perhaps the heavy food I was eating was not so good for me, but didn’t really make a change to my diet until I was diagnosed with MS. (Saturated fats need to be reduced drastically in MS to reduce the risk of deterioration, I am also dairy intolerant and allergies are important to avoid if you have MS – see foods to avoid and other diet pages on this blog for more info.) A friend of mine had been on an alternative MS therapy which involved diet and exercise and so I immediately started his diet, took up yoga again as well as swimming, which I had not done for years!

A few months into my MS, after a yoga class my yoga teacher gave us a talk about the digestive system and how problems begun there and spread to other areas of the body. I approached her after the class to ask further questions and she told me about an amazing alternative doctor who gave medical talks and examinations for free every Wednesday evening in Guadalajara, where I was living. So, one Wednesday I went along to see if he had anything to say that could help. He gave you medical advice in front of his thirty or more followers who gathered in a room at his sister’s house once a week. First he explained that all illnesses started in the head – with the way we think. Through constant stress, self criticism, depression and so on, our bodies eventually develop problems with the digestive system. After which, more serious problems took place elsewhere in the body. In my case, the nervous system. His reasoning seemed very logical to me, and on dealing with my case directly he showed me, and his loyal followers the external signs which pointed to disease, as well as talking me through events in my past that may have triggered the problems in my head, how they then manifested themselves in my IBS and eventually MS. This doctor’s answer was “stop taking the steroids and fix the problems in your head”. This was the push I had been waiting for; already suffering from horrible Interferon side effects and having already decided to stop taking them.

As for the problem with the way we think, the thing that actually helped me make a big positive change was A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. However, I think that diet is also an extremely important part of the curing process and one you must consider in dealing with MS.

A problem that most of us have with the digestion of food is the elimination of what our body does not need: “poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems.” Dr Bernard Jensen (Green for Life – Victoria Boutenko)

Ideally we should have bowel movements at least twice a day. Who can say that they go as regularly as that? The toxins that build up in the colon come from so many sources. They build up from dust in the air, and food we have not digested properly, as well as metals and pollutants that we ingest. They also come from our dead cells: “70-100 pounds of dead cells per year, or more, should be passing out of our system. If they don’t [they] can be one of the most toxic kinds of waste because they begin to rot right away” (Green for Life – Victoria Boutenko). Boutenko explains that when your body cannot eliminate the way it is supposed to, it does so less efficiently through the skin which becomes rough and bumpy, through mucus in our eyes, throat and nose.

It is impossible to eliminate without fiber – this is missing from a lot of people’s diets. There are two types of fiber – soluble (pectin in apples, guar gums in chia seeds, oatmeal, legumes and mangos*) and insoluble (greens, peels, nuts, seeds, beans skins of grain) Soluble fiber sticks to cholesterol in the small intenstines to take it out of the body. Insoluble fiber is able to absorb much more toxin than its own volume and remove it from the body. Linseed is both soluable and insoluble fiber: I recommend adding it to you diet, especially if you have MS. It is important to ensure that you are giving your body the right amount. Victoria Boutenko has come to the conclusion that 50 to 70 grams a day or more are what we need, but that we shouldn’t suddenly increase it drastically, but gradually.

Fiber is magical, it can:

fight diabetes, high cholesterol, bowel problems, excess estrogen

prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gallstones ulcers, stabilise blood-sugar levels

maintain the immune system, heart health, promote intestinal bacteria, help with weight loss

*The soluble fibers mentioned slow the release of sugar in food, reducing the risk of diabetes.

MS: The Drugs Don’t Work

Finally today in the news: drug trials prove that disease modifying drugs do not work to slow the progression of MS. All they do is damage the immune system of people who desperately need to strengthen theirs. The four drugs in the trial were Avonex, Betaferon, Copaxone and Rebif. The only reason these drugs are pushed onto MS patients is because of the outstanding amount of money which pharmaceutical companies make from them. Come on people; stop using the drugs and switch to a healthy lifestyle, that is what will stabilise your MS. Please read the pages of my blog if you are interested in an alternative treatment, Judy Graham’s Multiple Sclerosis – A self Help Guide to Its Management is an essential read. Read here for more information of the drugs trial.

More important links on MS Drugs being ineffective:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/health/research/multiple-sclerosis-drug-doesnt-stop-disability-study-finds.html?_r=0

http://www.direct-ms.org/sites/default/files/Embry%20MS%20Drugs%20Don%27t%20Work%2007%2010.pdf

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.