Natural Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis

picture of a network of nervesOne day at home we found a dead mouse. A power outlet nearby had ceased to work and the late mouse had clearly chewed through the insulation around the power circuits to his and our cost.

No insulation means no power.
 
Similar with MS.
 
The insulation around the nerves in the brain and spinal cord is deteriorating and that leads to loss of power to muscles and anything else the nerves connect to.
 
Where is the "mouse" then?
 
Something is "chewing" at the insulation, myelin, and degrading it.
 
Fact is that nobody seems to know where or what this particular mouse is so we have to use some logic, check with the facts where we can and take action anyway.
 
All serious diseases we are faced with are inflammatory.
 
Whether it is Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes or Heart Disease that we look at we find a picture of inflammation.
 
And the treatment of course is to use anti-inflammatories, natural anti-inflammatories of course like vitamin C and E.
 
Of course there are other features of a disease apart from whether it is inflammatory or not, so there will be other strands to the treatment.
 
Bearing that in mind, it is no surprise that MS is an inflammatory disease.
 
So the outline of a natural approach to helping the body overcome the inflammation and repair the damaged nerves is clear
 
The body clearly needs
 
1.   Anti inflammatory supplements such as vitamins C and E
2.   An Anti-inflammatory diet
3.   And nutrients to help mend the damage
 
But there are some puzzles about Multiple Sclerosis too.
 
Why for example does it depend on the latitude of the place you live? There is little MS near the equator but as you go North or South away from the equator you find more MS.

Is there a link to vitamin D here? Vitamin D is made by sunshine and you get more of this at the equator and less in, for example, Europe.

 
And in Norway there is less MS on the coast and more up in the mountains.
 
Why does it seem to depend on your diet?
 
Dr. Roy Swank found that a low fat diet benefited MS patients.
 
Why is this?
 
Is there an irritant in the fat? Is it a particular fat? Is it oxidised fat for example?
 
In fact, some fats are anti-inflammatory and help MS patients – such as omega 3 fats and Flax oil in particular and foods with omega 3 oils – such as flax seeds, flax powder and supplements.
 
Diet and nutrients come up time after time as relevant factors.
 
North South factors control your vitamin D but also people's diet alters with latitude and the fats they consume alter too.
 
Japan stands out as an exception to the apparent dependence on latitude. Interesting then that the Japanese consume more fish and get more omega 3 oil than most people do.
 
In Norway the coastal dwellers have less MS and they too get more omega 3 oil in their diet.
 
Here is an interesting interview between John McDougal, a Doctor who had MS and helped himself recover with his own diet and Dr.Roy Swank. 
 
In particular I'd like to  draw your attention to this part of the interview
 
we found that patients who adopted a very low-fat diet, following an early diagnosis of MS, had a 95% chance of remaining free from further disability.   Dr.R.Swank
 

Is That a Cure For MS?

 
No but it does seem to be a good direction to go in. You still need to experiment with the diet and find your own best fit.
 
You'll need to get advice on how to optimise your supplements from a Naturopath or Nutritionist.
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In general around 3 grams of vitamin C and 3,000 iu of vitamin D is a good average.
 
Best advice is to get your vitamin D levels measured and then take the dose that gets you into the high normal range of around 60.
 
A high quality general supplement is a basic back up too – with around 200 micrograms of selenium.
 
A Trace minerals lab test is important too to check for toxic metals and trace mineral deficiencies. The company I use for this is mineralcheck
 
The Trace Mineral checks are low cost and may show you the missing mouse! It may be that the irritation and inflammation was caused in your case by a virus or some other pest or even a heavy metal.
 
But it is clear that there are nutritional health boosting strategies that work for other people and with some experimentation can work for you too.
 
 
Photo credit Patrick Hoesly

AuthorAlex Newell ND

I love learning and being healthy so as soon as I came across Yoga, read and practised to get the health benefits. When I was approaching middle age my health declined under the onslaught o stress and possibly poor diet, I had a perfect opportunity to learn more and I qualified in both Osteopathy and Naturopathy. Our health really is in our own hands and not in the hands of "The Doctor" or our Genes :-)

2 thoughts on “Natural Treatment Of Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Nice information and really nice way of putting it! It's weird but I was craving oily fish and omega 3 for months before my diagnosis of MS. It was one of the first supplements I started to take after diagnosis.
    And good advice about the trace mineral checks, I'll have to see if we've got somewhere similar to that mineral check place in the UK
               "there are nutritional health boosting strategies that work for other people and with some experimentation can work for you too."
    nicely put.
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    • Thanks Andy. Yes our natural feelings try to guide us in spite of our opinions! BTW mineralcheck are in the UK right here… Contact Us Mineral Check Bull Cottage Lenham Heath Road Lenham Heath Maidstone Kent ME17 2BP Tel: 01622 850 500 Fax: 01622 850 508 Email: [email protected] And for non UK visitors contact them anyhow and they'll help out.

      "We have no miracle cure, just the resourceful use of nature" Dr Maurice Blackmore

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