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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Diet: Is there a connection?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:32pm 1 Comment

San Francisco Vegan Chiropractor Comments:

046c0504pm[1] One of my very first chiropractic patients in San Francisco...17 years ago, was suffering with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

MS is an auto-immune disease...which means the body' s own immune system attacks itself. With MS, the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord...specifically, the myelin sheath, which is the covering around the nerve that carries the electrical impulses to target cells. Isolated areas of the brain and spinal cord become severely inflamed...then these areas heal, leaving a fibrous scar tissue called "plaque". This plaque is visible by MRI...which can help with the diagnosis.

My patient had been diagnosed with MS which is progressive. She had some really bad symptoms such as back pain, numbness, tingling, abnormal gait (she used a cane), slurred speech that would come and go, memory loss and spastic spasms. She could not drive and was about to lose her job as a corporate executive...the future did not look bright.

Anyway...I knew from my understanding of plant based nutrition that there was a possible connection between diet and MS. I introduced my patient to The McDougall Plan...a plant based lifestyle diet taught by Dr. John A. McDougall, M.D.

Well...within a few weeks she started to notice a change...then a big change...her doctors told her it was all in her head...that is until she put her cane in the closet.  It seemed like a miracle. Sure many of the symptoms were still there...but the changes were remarkable...and they lasted.

My patient relocated to New York City  and she would write me from time to time...then we lost contact.

So...I know first hand there is a connection between diet and MS. To learn more check out this article in the current McDougall Newsletter entitled:

The Multiple Sclerosis and Diet Saga

Dr. McDougall will be spending $750,000 from his McDougall Research and Education Foundation to study the treatment of MS with Diet...good luck Dr. McDougall.

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This is an interesting finding!  I work at a large private hospital in Mexico (Hospital Angeles), that specializes in Functional Medicine for the treatment of chronic illness. Though the hospital's treatment of MS has lately focused on the CCSVI procedure, the Functional medical tream is taking an active role in the post-procedure rehab program, which places a very strong emphasis on nutrition and supplements. Thanks for the information!
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