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Multiple Sclerosis Nutrient Therapy

We at OWC have close friends suffering from this and other tragic diseases. Our Research library when complete is designed to be the simplest comprehensive education resource with one major difference. It will have the best specific diet, nutrition and related product information available anywhere in the world so those suffering from this and other chronic disease can get on better and safe path immediately.

Nutrition, hormone and allergy testing tools are powerfully useful today, yet underused in traditional medicine. When you combine our information on nutrients, superfoods and related products with the results of testing your personal bio-chemistry, a powerful and effective nutrition based program that will work for you can be easily and affordably designed.

Believe this – slowing down if not stopping the progression of your disease, and even some meaningful regeneration, is possible today. All that is required is:

  • applying the collective science knowledge base; and
  • you having the willpower and discipline to make lifestyle changes including incorporating superfoods and super nutrients into your daily life.

Some MS suffers are being told that improving your immune system with nutritional therapy could accelerate the disease progression by strengthening an immune system that is attacking healthy cells. That view is not supported by current published research clearly indicating nutrient deficiencies cause or contribute to MS and all known immune system disorders. In fact malnourishment and ingesting toxins and chemicals seems to underly the onset or pace of progression of all known diseases.

Dr Cavanaugh of Cornell’s Medical School is famous for his quote “There is only one disease, and that is malnourishment. Disease preys on malnourished bodies.”

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This next section addresses Specific nutrients and natural therapies that can help alleviate MS symptoms, may retard its progression and possibly help regeneration of damaged cells.

A comprehensive treatment plan for MS should include a range of complementary and alternative therapies.

Nutrition and Supplements

These nutritional tips may help reduce symptoms:

  • Eliminate all suspected food allergens, including dairy, wheat (gluten), soy, chocolate, corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your health care provider may want to test you for food allergies.
  • Eat more antioxidant-rich foods (such as green, leafy vegetables and peppers) and fruits (such as blueberries, tomatoes, and cherries).
  • Avoid refined foods, such as white breads, pastas, and sugar.
  • Eat fewer red meats and more lean meats, cold-water fish, tofu (soy, if no allergy) or beans for protein.
  • Use healthy high quality oils only in foods.
  • Reduce or eliminate trans fatty acids, found in such commercially baked goods as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.
  • Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of filtered water daily.
  • Do not drink excessive milk.
  • Exercise moderately, if tolerated, at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week.
  • High levels of uric acid may help prevent MS symptoms based on gout studies. Foods high in uric acid include anchovies, sardines, herring, asparagus, cauliflower, liver, and scallops

Nutritional deficiencies seem to be a common thread in MS patients based on extensive studies. Mal-absorption of nutrients is a common problem also. We suggest you:

  • discuss taking nutrient supplements with your doctor;
  • cleansing your system regularly;
  • and have good regular intake of probiotics and digestive enzymes to aid absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins.

Published studies indicate the following supplements can help your body fight MS (nearly all of the following nutrients plus many others are in our “KISS” featured specials designed to make starting your day easy, affordable and powerfully healthy):

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, one to two times a day, to help decrease inflammation and improve immunity. Fish oils may increase bleeding in sensitive individuals, such as those taking blood thinning mediations (including aspirin). Omega-3 fish oils are known to reduce inflammation in allergic conditions and MS is an auto-immune allergic like condition.
  • Vitamin D for protection – a deficiency is associated with increased incidence of MS and studies have shown that D deficiencies in mice cause MS like conditions.
  • Selenium another common deficiency in MS patients
  • Magnesium deficiency is a common denominator in MS patients supported by many studies.
  • B12 deficiencies have been linked to MS symptoms in quite a few studies. Dr. Reynolds in England has seen progression arrested in some patients with B12 supplementation.
  • Evening primrose oil (EPO), 500 mg to 8 grams daily, for symptoms of MS. Consult with your health care provider for the best dosage for your body.
  • A multivitamin daily, containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, D, E, the B-vitamins and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
  • Iron deficiency may contribute to MS symptoms.
  • Folic acid deficiencies are associated with MS too.
  • Calcium, 1 – 2 tablets daily, for support of muscle and skeletal weakness.
  • Coenzyme Q10, 100 – 200 mg at bedtime, for antioxidant, immune, and muscular support.
  • N-acetyl cysteine, 200 mg daily, for antioxidant effects.
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine, 500 mg daily, for antioxidant and muscle protective activity.
  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 – 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. Some probiotic supplements may need refrigeration. Check the label carefully.
  • Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi), 100 mg capsule or 5 – 10 drops (in favorite beverage) three times daily, for antibacterial or antifungal activity and immunity.
  • L-theanine, 200 mg one to three times daily, for nervous system support.
  • Melatonin, 2 – 5 mg 1 hour before bedtime, for sleep and immune protection.
  • Molybdenum (needed to convert purines to uric acid)
  • Other potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories such as astaxanthin, quercetin, resveratrol, grape seed, SOD, SAMe, cayenne, maca, milk thistle, pine bark, dandeloin, ginger and wasabi.
  • Vitamin K may also have benefits.
  • Discuss Progesterone cream use with your doctor it may help rebuild destroyed myelin sheath. There are recent studies concluding this which if confirmed will be a huge breakthrough in MS therapy.
  • We are doing more research on the benefits of other immune boosting, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral nutrients and foods such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM combined with other anti-inflammatories (in fact one of our founders formulated a test batch of the most potent bone, joint and connective tissue product ever manufactured and it may coincidentally be an ideal formulation for MS sufferers).
  • Some mushroom extracts may help promote myelin sheath growth in the brain. This holds great promise for use in degenerative neurological disorders from Multiple Sclerosis to Alzheimer’s.
  • Potent anti-viral mushrooms extracts should also be discussed with your doctor and considered as part of your anti-inflammatory arsenal.

Gluten Intolerance Side Note

One of the causes of magnesium deficiency is a diet high in grains, such as wheat, that have phytic acid.  Phytic acid binds magnesium making it unavailable to the body.  Wheat is an arid crop.  It does not grow, and subsequently is not a staple food, in tropical countries.  MS is also uncommon in tropical countries. Interestingly, wheat is a staple food in many of the countries in which MS frequently occurs.

Gluten intolerance has also been implicated in MS, and MS does occur more frequently in countries with high gluten diets. Gluten intolerance can lower absorption of minerals like magnesium.   Perhaps not coincidentally, MS is uncommon in Asian countries like China and Japan, where the main starch is rice.  Rice does not contain gluten.

Low urinary estrogen levels may also reduce magnesium uptake.

Herbs

Herbs are generally a safe way to strengthen and tone the body’s systems. As with any therapy, you should work with your health care provider to get your problem diagnosed before starting any treatment. You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, you should make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 – 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 – 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 – 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures alone or in combination as noted.

  • Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) standardized extract, 40 – 80 mg three times daily, for antioxidant and immune support. Ginkgo supplements may increase bleeding in sensitive individuals, such as those taking blood thinning mediations (including aspirin).
  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg daily, for antioxidant and immune effects. Use caffeine-free products. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb.
  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) standardized extract, 100 – 600 mg daily, for antioxidant, antistress, and immune activity.
  • Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) seed standardized extract, 80 – 160 mg two to three times daily, for detoxification support.
  • Bromelain (Ananus comosus) standardized, 40 mg three times daily, for pain and inflammation.
  • Mucuna pruriens at bedtime (See Dr. Mark Rudderham’s article)
  • Other anti-inflammatory herbs should prove helpful such as:
    • Ginger
    • Tumeric
    • Curcumin
    • Holy Basil
    • Rosemary
    • Garlic

Homeopathy

Although few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following remedies for the treatment of gastritis symptoms (such as nausea and vomiting) based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account your constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for you individually. Combination remedies may be used for fatigue, spasm, and to help rid the body of impurities.

  • Carboneum sulphuratum
  • Causticum
  • Lathyrus sativus
  • Phosphorus

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may alleviate symptoms. Acupuncture may help enhance immune function, normalize digestion, and address disease conditions. Scalp acupuncture may be particularly helpful and is used often with neurological complaints.

Massage

Massage is important for maintaining flexibility and reducing spasticity, as well as improving the overall sense of well-being.

Ask your doctor to assess if you have weak adrenal glands as well.

And read this inspirational research based article if you have not already - [CLICK HERE].

Supporting Research

Cabrera C, Artacho R, Gimenez R. Beneficial effects of green tea–a review. J Am Coll Nutr. 2006;25(2):79-99.

Cvetnic Z, Vladimir-Knezevic S. Antimicrobial activity of grapefruit seed and pulp ethanolic extract. Acta Pharm. 2004;54(3):243-50.

Das M, Sur P, Gomes A, Vedasiromoni JR, Ganguly DK. Inhibition of tumor growth and inflammation by consumption of tea. Phytother Res. 2002;16 Suppl 1:S40-4.

Dorchies OM, Wagner S, Vuadens O, et al. Green tea extract and its major polyphenol (-)-epigallocatechin gallate improve muscle function in a mouse model for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2006;290(2):C616-25.

Farinotti M, Simi S, Di Pietrantonj C, et al. Dietary interventions for multiple sclerosis. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;(1):CD004192.

Hale LP, Greer PK, Trinh CT, James CL. Proteinase activity and stability of natural bromelain preparations. Int Immunopharmacol. 2005;5(4):783-93.

Huntley A. A review of the evidence for efficacy of complementary and alternative medicines in MS. Int MS J. 2006 Jan;13(1):5-12, 4.

Johnson SK, Diamond BJ, Rausch S, et al. The effect of Ginkgo biloba on functional measures in multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized controlled trial.Explore (NY). 2006;2(1):19-24.

Kimball SM, Ursell MR, O’Connor P, Vieth R. Safety of vitamin D3 in adults with multiple sclerosis. soudnsm J Clin Nutr. 2007;86(3):645-51.

Kormosh N, Laktionov K, Antoshechkina M. Effect of a combination of extract from several plants on cell-mediated and humoral immunity of patients with advanced ovarian cancer. Phytother Res. 2006;20(5):424-5.

Mark BL, Carson JA. Vitamin D and autoimmune disease–implications for practice from the multiple sclerosis literature. J Am Diet Assoc. 2006;106(3):418-24.

[No authors listed]. L-theanine . Monograph. Altern Med Rev. 2005;10(2):136-8.

Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002;21(6):495-505.

Whitmarsh TE. Homeopathy in multiple sclerosis. Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 2003;9(1):5-9.

Yoon JH, Baek SJ. Molecular targets of dietary polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties. Yonsei Med J. 2005;46(5):585-96.

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