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    A very close friend of mine has been diagnosed with MS.

    I have done a couple of fourm searches and see that several people who have posted here in the past have it and were looking at a Paleo/Primal diet. I am interested if any of those people are still here, or if anyone has any evidence that I can give her that a clean diet might improve things. Actually, if anyone has any suggestions at all or any links to good research, I'd be grateful for them. There is an awful lot of stuff on the internet about it and it is hard to sift through the genuinely science based research and the snakeoil 'scientists'.

    Thanks.

  • #3
    animord,

    +++! YES! Definitly get your friend on 10,000 IU Vitamin D3

    5B) Autoimmune Disease and Vitamin D3 deficiency
    - - - Arthritis (RA)
    - - - Fibromyalgia
    - - - Inflammatory bowel disease
    - - - Lupus
    - - - Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    - - - Neuromuscular Dysfunction ( shaking hands )
    - - - Parkinsons
    - - - Psoriasis
    Details here:
    http://tinyurl.com/Vitamin-D-Report

    Grizz

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    • #4
      In addition to vitamin D, check out Dr Terry Wahls. She was able to reverse her MS using a high-veggie, good meat diet. She avoids gluten & dairy, although isn't paleo/primal. She has a book called "Minding My Mitochondria", which I'm currently reading, which describes her diet & the reasons for it.

      ETA: There is a series of YouTube videos of one of her lectures which provides much of the diet info for free. If I were not on my phone, I'd post links.
      Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.

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      • #5
        This is really interesting, thanks for the info you folks have posted, my Dad has MS and I have Lyme Disease. The reason I am following the Paleo/Primal diet is to help build my system up. So far, 3 weeks in, I feel really well, I still ache a lot but I can cope because I haven't had the 'dragging down' wiped out exhaustion to contend with too.

        I'll pass this info on to my Dad, thanks again.

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        • #6
          Hey All,

          I came across this link for a MS Tool at Healthline. I think it could be really useful if you are looking to gauge your current symptoms to decide whether or not you should go in for consultation.

          MS Tool

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Jen AlcesAlces View Post
            In addition to vitamin D, check out Dr Terry Wahls. She was able to reverse her MS using a high-veggie, good meat diet. She avoids gluten & dairy, although isn't paleo/primal. She has a book called "Minding My Mitochondria", which I'm currently reading, which describes her diet & the reasons for it.

            ETA: There is a series of YouTube videos of one of her lectures which provides much of the diet info for free. If I were not on my phone, I'd post links.
            Jen,

            Here is that video:
            PROVEN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CURE !

            Watch this amazing video by Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria
            TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria - YouTube

            Grizz

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Grizz View Post
              Jen,

              Here is that video:
              PROVEN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS CURE !

              Watch this amazing video by Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria
              TEDxIowaCity - Dr. Terry Wahls - Minding Your Mitochondria - YouTube

              Grizz
              +1. The video is incredible.
              Making adventure out of this thing called life

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              • #9
                +1 indeed, it came up on my google reader and I shared it immediately. If stories like this don't convince people that nutrition is MUCH deeper than whether you have a six pack or not (clearly you all know this, but the typical person most likely equates "eating right" with "looking good") then probably nothing will. Going from almost bed-ridden with an incurable (by science at least) disease, to riding horses and being awesome? sign me up..
                I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                • #10
                  I have forwarded this video to EVERYONE on my list. EVERYONE should view this video.

                  But alas, I'm afraid it will fall on deaf ears, like telling a smoker to quit smoking. People just don't care about their own health until it is too late. I knew a man who continued smoking after having one lung surgically removed !

                  Grizz

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                  • #11
                    Hi Animord,

                    I had my first MS symptom in the summer of 2006. About a year later i cut out gluten and dairy from my diet, since I had been reading about leaky gut issues and food allergies and how they likely contributed to worse MS symptoms. I continued to have MS symptoms (though I must admit they were milder than what many folks with MS seem to experience, maybe the diet did help afterall). I was officially diagnosed with MS after an MRI and a spinal tap about 1 year ago. Getting officially diagnosed seemed to light a flame under me; I threw myself into researching diet and supplements extensively, I read every medical journal article on treatments, etc...

                    I should also mention that I have an uncle who has MS - he was diagnosed about 30something years ago. He took every pill and injection his neurologists suggested and ended up in a wheelchair 10 years after diagnosis. From there it's been a steady decline. He said that he was unwilling to make diet changes because a life without pizza wasn't worth living.

                    In the past year, I decided to adopt the Swank diet, but with modifications, because honestly, some aspects of it made no sense to me. You may have read about this diet already, but if not, google 'dr. Roy Swank' and MS diet. He was a neurologist who realized that certain groups of people around the world didn't get MS, while others did. He hypothesized that it was due to diet and sunlight (vitamin D). He put a few hundred people on a low saturated fat diet (not more than 15 grams sat fat daily) and cut out red meat and had them watch levels of others fats. He followed the people in his groups for more than 40 years, and the people who fell off the wagon became the control group. The people who were able to stick to his diet STRICTLY had no progression of symptoms, even 40 years later.

                    I decided that Swank must be on to something, but his dictate of 'no red meat' and 'eat as much grains/gluten/fat free dairy as you want' didn't make sense to me from a nutritional healing point of view. So, I decided to create my own diet, keeping his 15 gr sat fat limit, but cutting out dairy and gluten. I later found out that what I was doing was called the 'best bet diet' by Ashton Embry, another neurologist whose son was diagnosed with MS, and he was convinced that leaky gut and food intolerances were involved. He also advocated cutting out legumes, which I adopted this summer. Then I eventually started reducing my intake of non-glutenous grains, and realized that my diet was actually paleo. I just read "The Paleo Diet' by Loren Cordain, which gave me a bigger picture of what I should be eating and why.

                    So how am i doing now? I have been Asymptomatic for the past year (no numb, tingling issues). However, I do still struggle with chronic fatigue and IBS-like symptoms, so I am preparing to embark on a GAPS diet protocol to fix my leaky gut issues. Wish me luck!

                    If anyone on this board wants more details about what I've done/am currently doing, please ask! Also, if anyone has advice, I'm all ears.

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