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.

To read the report by NICE which advises against the use of Beta-inteferon and Glatiramer for free, all you need to do is register online for a free month’s trial:

http://myaccount.bmj.com/myaccount/registration.html?regService=hw-jrnl-ft-registration&fwdUrl=http://casereports.bmj.com&itemId=pr1844

And then search for the relevant articles:  here is the reference for the NICE report of the use of Beta-interferon and Glatiramer for Multiple Sclerosis: BMJ2010;340:c1672

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9 thoughts on “MS: The Drugs Don’t Work

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  2. Hi,

    I am becoming quite disabled at 27, being told im still in relapse-remitting stage, though my symptoms never go away and ive never suffered an “attack”, ive been denied disability insurance based on the fact that I am in the stage that the neurologist considers treatable? I feel im being bullied and forced into this, and I don’t believe this to be my true diagnosis. My neurologist is an ms specialist and professor here in Edmonton, Canada. Help?

    • Dear Alastair,
      this sounds really unfair but not uncommon – here people are being denied state benefits even though the health care system considers MS a chronic degenerative disease. Do you think you have a more progressive form of MS or do you think you have another illness altogether? I would change neurologist – I have done so myself…and do you have MS Nurses in Canada? My MS nurse (again, not the same one I was allocated) is so very helpful and they are v.informed about rights for people with MS.

      As for ‘treatable’ most of the drugs used in the UK have been proven not to work by investigations paid for by our health system… even is you have become disabled, there is a lot you can still do – read New Developments for MS Sufferers by Jan de Vries – he documents Roger MacDougall’s journey from quite severe disability to almost none through diet and lifestyle changes. Terry Wahls is also an inspiration though her diet is quite different: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc

      The diet I follow and outline on this blog has helped millions of people with MS to maintain their good health, and stabilise their MS. I am currently working on updating my blog but the basics are all there.

      Exercise is v.important also – swimming is so helpful because you can’t overheat (as long as the pool is not over-heated) and I recommend you see a physiotherapist – they will be able to outline key exercises that can help you strengthen your core muscles, and work on areas you need help with.

      It is important also to be positive and not let all of this get you down – I know that’s a lot to ask; but only you can make that happen, no-one else.
      I wish you all the best.

  3. My neurologist wants me to start Aubagio this week-I’m very concerned about beginning this new drug, it has so many side effects-I think anything that has the potential to lower ones white blood count & loose their hair cannot be good for ones health…I presently take LDN 4.5 every evening…
    Do u know anyone that has used this drug for ms ?

    • Hi Elaine,
      I am sorry to reply so late, I have been quite busy with life and not checking my blog! How are the drugs going? I do not know anyone on Aubagio but I will ask around. I think that what you personally believe is most important, how are you doing on the drug? Personally I do not endorse any kind of drugs, but as I said it is all about what YOU believe and what works for YOU. Let me knowm, good luck x

  4. After reading more about the side effects caused by Aubagio I’ve decided not to use he drug. I’m told the drug stays in your system for at least two years after discontinued use. Another drug can be given if I decide my body doesn’t do well on Aubagio…(the last thing I want is another drug) I’m having a difficult time right now even trusting my neurologist.
    One of my biggest complaints about using the last drug (Tecfedera) was low white blood count, causing numerous UTI’s all the time and extreme fatigue. Don’t want to go through that again !
    For now I’ve decided to just use LDN & modified diet along with PT.
    Any suffestons greatly appreciated.

    • Elaine it is music to my ears that you have decided against the drug. Personally I do not trust neither the neurologists nor the drugs they offer, but it is a personal decision and I did not want to push you either way. I think you need to take charge of your own health – and it sounds like that is what you are doing.

      I do not know much about LDNs but if PT stands for physio therapy I defo agree that is vital. Exercise and physio are very important. Fatigue management is easier with exercise too.

      Following a good diet is also essential. If you haven’t already, do check out my pages on diet: https://msanotherway.wordpress.com/diet-the-basics/diet-the-basics-2/
      I highly recommend reading Judy Graham’s book: Multiple Sclerosis – A self help Guide to its Management. It provides an excellent overview and helps bring everything together.
      And for more reading have a look at this page: https://msanotherway.wordpress.com/reading/

      Someone asked me recently what I did about UTIs and I said I’d never had one – but then I just looked into alternative treatment for them and I do most of the alternative options already and have been thinking about cranberry supplements recently anyway. Here is the first link I found: http://everydayroots.com/uti-remedies

      Maybe give those a try?
      And as I said before, number one is what you believe – I am currently reading The Placebo Affect by Dr Joe Dispenza and highly recommend that too. Thanks for writing, we all need to help one another we are our best doctors. All the best 🙂

  5. watch the Dr. Roy Swank interview on Youtube

    VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENT IS TOXIC – eat vegan
    don’t use paleo diet, instead high carb low fat
    I’m following the Swank diet and go forward to a better lifestyle

    first step following the Swank diet is to put your weight back or up to the exact body mass index, then the diet will “kick” in, making you healthy to the point where you stay in control with your MS without drugs.

    brown rice
    quinoa, amaranth if you need to be gluten-free
    all vegetables but avoid fatty vegetables like avocado
    no milk and dairy products, no margarines, no oils, absolutely no oils
    absolutely no animal products, ever again

    the first month will make you creative and love the new lifestyle or you let MS be in charge when following the Atkins / paleo diet. It’s all up to you…

    make it to your ground rule
    HIGH CARB LOW FAT

    maximum fat intake inclusively protein, saturates should not exceed
    11 grams per day

    all the best and if you follow the Swank diet or McDougall diet
    you will see it actually works.

    • How long have you been on it? Yep I follow Swank, have done for 5 years now. I have learnt to cook and improvise with what I’ve got and it’s worked well, I’ve done well until last year or so…but not given up and fcocused on the goal to run again!

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