Sunday, September 18, 2005

Stop MS with Diet?

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the body's own white blood cells mistake cells of the central nervous system as invaders and attack them. This is called an autoimmune disease. Once the cells, known as myelin, are attacked this can affect areas of the body that are controlled by the nerves. Common symptoms are fatigue, blurred vision, dizziness, numbness or weakness in limbs, tremors (shakes), nausea and bowel and bladder problems. Doctors are not sure what causes MS, but the leading thoughts lean towards an acute infections, long term stress, environmental toxins, toxic metals, food allergies, cervical spine trauma and immunizations. A doctor at the University of Oregon Medical School put his MS patients on a special diet, removing all hydrogenated oils and shortenings. Saturated fat was lowered to less than 20g daily. The patient's diet contained polyunsaturated fatty acids, like olive oil, coconut oil and fish oils. The patients were told to eat fish three times per week. Results showed that 95% of the people who started the regimen and who had minimal disabilty to begin with, showed little or no progression of MS over a thirty year period.

Thought for the Week: " Someone must teach new things, someone must take the abuse, someone must be ostracized, someone must be called a fraud and a quack. Then, out of all of it comes the new truth to become part of us... Thus we receive new facts to make up our proud possession of knowledge."------ Fred Hart (1888-1975) Founder, National Health Federation


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