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Dietary Tips for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

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Dietary Tips for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused through a demyelization process.

Myelin is the insulating, waxy substance around the nerves in your central nervous system.

When the myelin is damaged by an autoimmune disease or self-destructive process in your body, the function of those nerves deteriorate over time, resulting in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Imbalance, or loss of coordination
  • Astigmatism and vision loss
  • Tremors

MS may progress steadily, or acute attacks may be followed by a temporary remission of symptoms.

In the video above, Dr. Terry Wahls tells the inspiring story of how she reversed multiple sclerosis after seven years of deterioration on the best conventional treatments available — simply by changing her diet!

Nutrition for Your Brain and Central Nervous System

Through her research into MS, Dr. Wahls discovered that, for some unknown reason, in addition to the commonly known symptoms, MS patients’ brains also tend to shrink. This roused her curiosity, and led her to research other diseases that have similar brain shrinkage, namely Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. One common denominator is poorly functioning mitochondria. Mitochondria are like little ‘batteries’ in your cells that manage the energy supply to the cell, and unless you consume the correct nutrients, eventual mitochondrial malfunction is the obvious result.

She discovered that three nutrients in particular are essential for proper mitochondrial function:

1. Animal-based omega-3 fat

2. Creatine

3. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) or better yet the reduced version known as Ubiquinol.

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Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90ís he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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5:37PM PDT on Sep 8, 2012

As someone with MS, this was a great article! Probably a good diet for anyone to try.

6:46PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Thank you!

5:08PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

I have MS, I'm going to print this and try it

12:38PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

Great info. Thank you for posting. Rosi Caswell Animal/Human Therapist

9:03PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

Interesting article and comments. Thanks, Care2ers, for the reminder of Swank diet. I'm going to read about that again... 'cause I hurt 24/7.

4:27AM PST on Jan 30, 2012

Just like the animals who have survived in the wild for many millenium our ancestors did too without doctors and pharmaceutical companies. I remember a study done years ago by discovery health channel and people in the south pacific in Hawaii (just like all the other native Americans) who suffer diabetes. They were put on the diet of their ancestors before white incursion and just after one month only, all symptoms had disappeared! We are indeed what we eat..The key to good cooking is to use fresh ingredients every day. I shop every other day and keep very little in the refrigerator except for leftovers.

4:17PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Ver

3:28PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Thanks, but I'm not certain if you threw light or darkness onto the topic.

4:41AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I agree with Trudy as my husband has and uses Dr Swank's diet

2:38AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

I printed this out for a friend - interesting article thanks

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