MS and My Diet

Every so often someone who cares about me will give me a book or forward an article about how a certain dietary regimen might help people with multiple sclerosis. I appreciate their concern, and I understand that friends and family of people with diseases such as MS often feel helpless. Sending information such as this is my loved ones’ own way to feel helpful.

I sure wish that something as simple as changing my diet could change the course of my MS, and I wish altering my kids’ diets could prevent their ever being diagnosed with this disease. But, as the National MS Society notes, there’s really no scientific evidence to show that any special diet has that kind of power.

On the other hand, experts note that people with MS, just like people without the disease, likely benefit from maintaining a balanced, healthy diet. That’s what I try to do. (Well, most of the time. I probably eat way more pizza than I should….)

I’ve been thinking about diet and MS since I read recent reports about studies suggesting a potential link between high salt consumption and MS risk. A set of studies published March 6 in the journal Nature found intriguing connections between salt intake and biological changes that could be related to the development of MS. (You can read more about the research by following the link under “In the News” on the Society’s home page.) But even the studies’ authors acknowledge that their findings are extremely limited and preliminary, and in no way warrant a recommendation that people alter their salt consumption as a means of preventing MS.

Still, since most Americans consume way more sodium than is recommended for our cardiovascular health, the new studies serve as a reminder to set aside the salt shaker. MS or no MS, most of us would also do well to read the nutrition facts panels on the packaged foods we eat to keep our salt consumption in check.

Federal guidelines suggest that we limit our salt intake to no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day; those of us who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and other conditions should keep it below 1,500 mg. A recent study found that the average American consumes about 3,600 mg of sodium daily. So, yes, most of us could stand to cut back. But not because we think it will make our MS better.

Do you believe your diet influences your MS symptoms?
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Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is www.jenniferlaruehuget.com.

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  • Josephine   Jun 14, 2013 8:52 AM
    I read a study saying that it is more likely that youth that is overweight is more likely to get MS. I know I was a tubby child and had my first symptom when I was 14! So, yes, I believe that MS correlates strongly with a persons diet.
  • patricia murphy   Jun 14, 2013 8:53 AM
    yes i do find it helps ,iam eating a lot better these days ,lot of veggies ,onions ,garlic ,tomatoes ,carrots ,and spices like turmeris and thyme and sage ,also cinniumion in tea ,if i go and eat dairy i feel so tired and yucky .iam trying out new soups and its a great way to eat a lot of veggies at one sitting and its fun too ,it gives me a challenge and makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Gina   Jun 14, 2013 8:54 AM
    No, stress and heat. But that's me...
  • Jess   Jun 14, 2013 8:57 AM
    Yes, I know that the lighter and healthier I eat the better I feel. I have gone mostly low fat vegan, an never eat dairy. I eat less glutens and am constantly experimenting. I do not add any salt at the table and aside from MS, it helps keep me from being bloaty. Diet helps me feel better but stress reduction helps more.
  • Keshia   Jun 14, 2013 9:04 AM
    I don't think my diet increases or decreases my exacerbations. I was in great shape and eating very well when I was diagnosed. I will say that healthy eating makes me feel better overall, the same as with people who do not have chronic health conditions. Sometimes when I deny myself comfort food during times of stress, I feel some of the old symptoms creep up on me. Moderation has been the key for me.
  • Todd   Jun 14, 2013 9:19 AM
    To say that diet is not a factor is plain irresponsible. I have had MS for over 25 years. I try to eat gluten free. and avoid foods that I know have caused me problems in the past. One of foods that I am positive I have to avoid is cashews. I have eaten some in the past and immediately feel weak. As a matter of fact the last time I accidentally ate some, I had a major exacerbation. The reason there is not more study done on diet is there is no money to support it. No drug sales, no money.
  • Crissa May   Jun 14, 2013 9:23 AM
    My MS has been in remission since I started eating a Gluten Free diet. I have no more tingling, numbness or fatigue. I have noticed all the difference in the world since changing my diet over a year ago. I would recommend it to everyone who has MS.
  • Josephine   Jun 14, 2013 9:26 AM
    Since I got MS in 2009 my sodium levels have dropped drastically with the result I have to take a sodium tablet every so often so now I am inclined to shake extra salt on my dinner.
  • Dyan   Jun 14, 2013 9:27 AM
    I have recently been trying a gluten free diet to explore if it affects my symptoms - I am having mixed feelings about it - as in, not sure if my occasional gluten is prompting more symptoms or if those symptoms would be there anyway... There does seem to be a link, but nothing consistent. I also feel my symptoms are very exacerbated when I have sugary foods (cakes, cookies kind of stuff)... I was only diagnosed last October, so everything is an experiment right now. However, I do agree with other commenters that the better I eat, the healthier I feel overall :)
  • Ashley   Jun 14, 2013 9:50 AM
    I was just diagnosed a little over 2 months ago so I haven't had time to play with my diet yet. I'm 18 and I want to say that I have always been very healthy. I've been exercising 5 days a week and have been a vegetarian since I was 12; I know I never ate incredibly healthy, but I have never been anywhere near overweight. I've started to gain weight in the past year but all women in my family have gained annoying weight right around the time they are 17-18. I am also the first person in my family to have MS.
  • Kristin   Jun 14, 2013 10:00 AM
    As a child and into adulthood I remained just a tad under weight. Nothing I did, I pretty much eat what I want when I want it and have always maintained the same weight. I began with ON symptoms in my early 30's, diagnosed about 4 yrs ago. I often times wonder if gluten has a role in the way I feel. Other times I just think I am searching for a quick fix to feeling better.
  • Jim   Jun 14, 2013 10:01 AM
    Diet is absolutely connected to MS, it's cause and progression Read all the studies on vitamin D. Think about eating foods that reduce inflammation as oppose to foods (like sugar) that promote inflammation.
    There is tons and tons of information out there. Food allergies ( gluten sensitivity to name one) can exacerbate symptoms and cause progression. Food is medicine! What you put in your mouth impacts your body at the cellular level, just like medications do! Do your research. See Dr Blum's book on Healing Autoimmune disease or Dr Terry Wahls work "Minding Your Mitochondria".
  • beth   Jun 14, 2013 10:19 AM
    100 percent connected- I do the MS recovery diet by Judy Bachrach, no wheat no dairy no eggs and no legumes. I feel much better with this diet. The second I cheat and eat a bagel my tongue goes numb. when I have a belly ache my legs dont work. eat clean and you will feel better
  • Margarnett1125@yahoo.com   Jun 14, 2013 10:37 AM
    Im sure diet plays a factor in all diseases, I was diagnosed w MS in 2006 and have changed my diet, even have a garden, but changing my lifestyle Totally helped the most. Moving to quiet country living, removing as much STRESS as possible slowed down the relapes to almost none and helped me to regain alot of feeling I had lost.
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    THERESAF  Jun 14, 2013 12:05 PM
    I NEVER WANT TO FEEL LIKE I'M DIETING. MOST HEALTHY FOODS ARE GOOD IF WE EAT SMALL AMOUNTS.
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    Gean_C  Jun 14, 2013 12:40 PM
    I find a lot of people are concerned for my welfare as well so they keep sending me "cures".
    One sent me an "absolute cure" for MS.
    The sand has to be warm..........when you bury yourself (or have someone else do it for you) vertically in the sand. You remain buried for at least two hours. You follow this regiment for three weeks every day and you will be "cured" of MS.
    I imagine if you bury yourself as the tide is coming in that once would be sufficient and you wouldn't have to worry about MS ever again.
    I just thought I would pass this great "cure" on to you for this month's Healthy Living tip.

    PS I guess you could do this in the desert and then not have to worry about the water.
  • Sonia   Jun 14, 2013 2:02 PM
    Diagnosed in 2000 and I find by trying to stop Aspartane, a sugar sweetener, has slowly helped me, so no more living on Diet coke or fat coke and even a lot of squash drinks include Aspartane so bplease all beware of the awful said good for you sugar that's not good for you !
  • Jen   Jun 14, 2013 2:14 PM
    My boyfriend started the MS Recovery Dies nearly two years ago and has had minimal symptoms since. And when he does eat wheat/dairy his symptoms start to reemerge. There is convincing evidence all over the place that diet is linked to all sorts of autoimmune illnesses, including MS. Diet is hugely powerful in general heath, and I believe with specific illnesses. The problem is most Americans would rather listen to their taste buds and eat dairy, wheat, sugar etc... than listen to how their bodies feel after eating these foods. I started the MS Diet in solidarity with my boyfriend and have kept with it as I feel much better.
  • Jen   Jun 14, 2013 2:15 PM
    My boyfriend started the MS Recovery Diet nearly two years ago and has had minimal symptoms since. And when he does eat wheat/dairy his symptoms start to reemerge. There is convincing evidence all over the place that diet is linked to all sorts of autoimmune illnesses, including MS. Diet is hugely powerful in general heath, and I believe with specific illnesses. The problem is most Americans would rather listen to their taste buds and eat dairy, wheat, sugar etc... than listen to how their bodies feel after eating these foods. I started the MS Diet in solidarity with my boyfriend and have kept with it as I feel much better.
  • Jen   Jun 14, 2013 3:09 PM
    I started eating Paleo 6 months ago. Paleo is grain free, dairy free, legume free. All fatigue and numbness have disappeared. I also feel that I have less brain fog. Clean eating has definitely made a difference for me. I'll never go back to eating the "normal" western diet.
  • Paul Yabsley   Jun 14, 2013 4:38 PM
    Be careful I had cronic bowel problem supposed to be due to MS
    Turns out I am intollerent to wheat.
    Moral in this tale, not all MS symptoms are MS
  • Amie   Jun 14, 2013 5:07 PM
    Yes! I participated in research to determine if a low fat vegan diet makes a difference and even though the study is complete, I'm still doing the diet. No relapse in 2+ years and I was getting them every year even on Copaxone. Off all MS-related medications and all symptoms are gone. Its the only change I've made and it works for me. Obviously, I don't think its a cure-all, but its definitely worth a try! Sure beats the fatigue, spasticity, cognitive issues, depression, and all the medications!
  • VonMill  Jun 14, 2013 6:03 PM
    Yes!!! I think diet has a lot to do with my MS symptoms. I have been tracking my symptoms along with my diet. I started on a low sodium/grain free diet about a month ago and started a journal. What I have found is 2 days after not being good with the new diet I have symptom flare-ups. Although this is not a controlled study, just one person with a journal, the lesson is there for me; Don’t Cheat!!!
  • Maureen   Jun 14, 2013 6:22 PM
    I am a huge salt fan. Salt on everything.
  • Nancy   Jun 14, 2013 6:43 PM
    I have had a pretty healthful diet for a long time. I was a vegetarian for 33 years but added fish to my diet around 20 years ago. A couple of years ago I removed dairy for the most part. Tried gluten-free for a bit too. With my recent relapse I did an anti-inflammatory detox. The only (startling!) result was that after 33 years I wanted to eat meat again. So back to the MS-diet research. And I learned: do eat meat. don't eat meat. do eat eggs. don't eat eggs. do eat dairy. don't eat dairy. do eat gluten. don't eat gluten. on and on it goes. and then we have those miracle folks telling how the paleo diet made them rise from their wheelchairs and run marathons. I think my neurologist said it best: "all this proves is there is NO MS diet." the miracles might have been diet-related for those people. or maybe not. who knows. I agree with the author: eat well, eat healthfully, take care of yourself. hope for the best.
  • Michelle   Jun 14, 2013 7:43 PM
    I have found that a new shake mix called body by vi mixed with fruits gives me more energy
  • Lea   Jun 14, 2013 8:34 PM
    I started the "MS Recovery Diet" 6 weeks ago. I had leg burning and numbness that wouldn't go away! Well, after 5 weeks my leg had almost no symptoms. I then went on a trip to Europe and slowly had to "fudge" on my diet thinking in the back of my head that diet may not have anything to do with my recovery. By the second week of my trip my leg got worse again. Going back on the diet the minute I get home! Who knows?
  • Sonia   Jun 14, 2013 9:15 PM
    I don't add salt to anything, and I still got MS. But I did notice that I crave salt a lot when I am having a relapse.
  • Jeanine   Jun 14, 2013 9:25 PM
    Our daughter was diagnosed 2 months ago. Until she was 15 she did not even know what a salt shaker was because I was on a low sodium diet and did not salt anything and read every label. We grew our own vegetables and I canned using very little salt using a pressure canner. Keeping a healthy diet is necessary. My daughter was told not to become a vegetarian by her neurologist! He said she needs to eat a diet high in protein and not just vegetable proteins. Omega 3 especially in salmon.
  • Laura   Jun 16, 2013 10:33 AM
    I was diagnosed in 2007 and have not had an episode since the first time. I am fatigued and mentally not as sharp but not any full blown attacks. I am on betaseron and 5000 to 10,000 IUs of vitamin D. I feel that and getting rest and less stress is what I think keeps me going!
  • warriorpoet  Jun 18, 2013 7:55 AM
    I think one of the most important things we all have to do is eat as healthy as we can.It is very essential that we but it certainly is not the only thing.I was dx'd with ms and my health and happiness has never been better,Thank God.Oh I have struggled but I found proactive doctors that treat my individual diagnosis specifically.I also found a wellness regiment that regiment that fits me best.Exercise,supplementation,yoga,proper diet and a positive attitude are just some of the reasons that I overcame.Of course God's Love and The Love and Support of My Beautiful Girlfriend Paula helped tremendously.I think we have to be as informed and educated as possible,our own advocates.I always hope and pray for all people with ms that they can get as healthy as possible!
  • warriorpoet  Jun 18, 2013 7:57 AM
    Ok,my typing skills are bad.Let me just add a few things,I was diagnosed 18 years ago.
  • Joan Bourdon   Jun 18, 2013 9:16 AM
    My daughter was diagnosed with MS around 2005. She is raising two boys alone since her husband was unemployed. She divorced him in 2010 and now has to pay her husband support. So she is working for three males (two sons in New Jersey and ex-husband in Florida) I am living in Reno, NV, so I feel helpless!
    I would like to get the lazy ex-husband reformed (he is claiming back problems from an injury when he was a teen! He is 51 now), so he can help rather than take away from my daughter! She is very brave, but starting to crack(in my opinion).
    By the way, how is writing books for children going for you? I would like to do the same, but don't know how to get started!
    Joan
  • RichardG   Jun 18, 2013 3:50 PM
    I have PPMS and had debilitating fatigue and cognitive issues. I explored diet as a alternative since there are no medicines for PPMS and the 2 drugs I tried did nothing for the above symptoms and my MS progressed. I settled in on a mostly raw whole food plant based diet. As a Vegan I explored the many ways to eat healthy and organic. The results were nothing short of amazing! My fatigue...gone in 3 months. Cognitive issues, it was like a fog lifted in my mind. Now after 6 years all those symptoms remain gone. I now speak on MS and Nutrition all over. I challenge anyone with the above issues to try a mostly raw whole food plant based diet like discussed in the book "The China Study" for 3 months and see what happens. What most MS docs do not take into account with a MS diet is the overwhelming benefit that you can get from removing inflammatory foods like meat and dairy from your diet and replacing them with organic local fruits and vegetables. I get vitamin D from Sun and B12 from a spry under my tongue and monitor that. Try it and you will be amazed. It is a very anti inflammatory diet and helps with MS symptoms. I still can not walk well and I feel I have slowed my progression, but there is not other choice for me anyway with PPMS.
  • JenniferS   Jun 18, 2013 4:56 PM
    There is no doubt in my mind that diet is the best way to fight MS. I believe my unhealthy food choices were a huge reason I developed MS. You simply cannot deprive your body of necessary nutrients year after year, and think it is going to continue to be healthy. If I had not been diagnosed with MS, it would have been something else, heart disease, cancer, diabetes. The day I was diagnosed in 2011, I decided to take my health into my own hands and make drastic changes in my and my family's lifestyle. We are now a gluten free, dairy free house. We only eat grass fed meats and wild caught fish. There is very little refined sugar used, and very little soy, corn and legumes. We make all of our own food, no more processed or pre-packaged foods. Not only have my symptoms been managed, but my 12 year old has stopped needing asthma and allergy medicine, my 10 year old has seen a marked improvement in his behavior, and my husband has seen great improvements with his stress levels. When any of us "cheat" for more than 2 days (vacations, etc.), we all feel it... Our symptoms return. Bottom line, diet is the key.... You are what you eat!
  • David Whitford   Jun 18, 2013 5:29 PM
    It's still too early to tell for me. Was diagnosed in April, 2013 at the age of 53. Almost all of the literature seems anecdotal, although who can dispute those individual results?

    As with most of us, I 'locked the barn door after the horse got out' and, in my case, I'm trying to stuff him back in! So far, my wife and I have cleaned up our diets...a real pendulum swing with the hope that it will aid my body in fighting the MS process without having to fend off excess sugar, additives, preservatives and any other 'ives.'

    Only time will tell but I think we're doing the right thing...MS or no MS.
  • criggs19   Jun 18, 2013 5:59 PM
    You don't have to be drastic, cut out saturated fats (including cheese) and stay away from fast foods. Read nutrition labels and be smart.
  • Tracey   Jun 18, 2013 7:37 PM
    I think as changing diet should check your body's. PH should be 6.8 to7.4 we are not going to be healthy as long as we are acidic just my thoughts.. I started drinking alkaline water which I get from my local health food store
  • Tracey   Jun 18, 2013 7:37 PM
    I think as changing diet should check your body's. PH should be 6.8 to7.4 we are not going to be healthy as long as we are acidic just my thoughts.. I started drinking alkaline water which I get from my local health food store
  • Sarah   Jun 18, 2013 7:55 PM
    Read "Overcoming MS," by Dr. George Jelenik, as well as "The China Study" by Dr. Campbell. There you will find evidence-based research on connection between diet and MS (and disease in general). People who dismiss food as a significant contributor to recovery have missed the boat completely.
  • 3beej   Jun 19, 2013 4:12 AM
    I've always thought that everyone should be allowed one vice; mine, diet soda. I eat very healthy otherwise. I'm wondering if I should give it up?
  • Pam Lang   Jun 19, 2013 7:23 AM
    I agree definitely that diet influences my MS symptoms. I was diagnosed in 2006 and have found over the years that food plays a big part in my MS symptoms flaring up. Eating gluten free helps me a lot.
  • Glenda   Jun 19, 2013 8:33 AM
    Yes, I do believe a cleaner diet makes a difference in how the disease progresses. I follow an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise daily. This has brought huge improvements in pain, fatigue and balance.
  • Jennifer   Jun 19, 2013 9:06 AM
    I was diagnosed in1999 . I believe stress and poor eating plays a big role in my flare ups. I have experimented with diets, tried numerous injections, chemotherapy, herbs, acupunture and alkaline water. After all of this, really believe reducing stress and taking care of yourself including eating healthy Is the answer.Of course this seems impossible when you have a family, full time job and a dog!
  • Cindy Rae   Jun 19, 2013 12:20 PM
    Hi...I was diagnosed with MS last year, at age 56. Since that time I have researched how to help myself heal through nutrition. I read a book by a doctor named Terry Wahls called "Minding my Mitochondria". Dr. Wahls received an MS diagnosis in 2003 and has been able to positively impact her functioning (from being in a zero-gravity chair to riding a bike and working) by providing essential nutrients that feed her mitochondria--the little organisms that manage how we process fuel. I highly suggest reading this book! I have gone from being numb from my ribs to my toes one year ago, to now being able to work part-time, walk to and from work (3 miles round trip), ride my bicycle 20 miles, and even dance! Although I have been on Copaxone the past year, and now recently on Tecfidera, I can feel the difference in my energy, focus, and mood, from having changed my diet. The fact that there is no scientific research on how nutrition affects MS, to me speaks to big-pharma's net profits...who would make money from finding out that good nutrition would heal your body? I wish I wish I wish there were scientific evidence to back up my experience. It makes so much sense!
    Best wishes,
    Cindy
  • Catherine   Jun 20, 2013 8:59 AM
    Diet definitely influences MS symptoms. I was diagnosed December 2009. After trying two disease modifying drugs, which seemed to make symptoms worse and cause terrible side effects, I decided to treat my MS naturally. I had the ELISA-Act test done to test for delayed response food allergies. I did this because I noticed that I was often fatigued shortly after eating. The test results showed that I had some very highly reactive allergies to several foods. Once I cut those foods out of my diet, my fatigue was drastically alleviated. I've been following the dietary recommendations specific to MY PERSONAL test results for eight months now. Prior to these dietary changes I had to lie down EVERYDAY and rest due to the fatigue. Now I can go all day without a rest period. It has been amazing! I think diet is an individual thing and needs to be tailored to each individual based on such things as allergies and inflammation causing foods. I just wish the medical community would get on board and be more proactive in researching nutrition and its effects on MS. (Insurance doesn't cover this test I had done and it is expensive, but well worth it.)
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    Weston  Jun 21, 2013 6:39 AM
    They say there is no proof of a better diet helping, i don't beleive. I was diagnosed in 2006, i was on 5 different prescriptions including betaseron shots. The side effects were worse than my MS. I started going to a Bio-chemist/nutrionist. I have been seeing him for two years, he changed the foods i was eating and supplements when he tells me to take them. I am off all my prescriptions and betaseron, except for my pain prescription. I feel so much better, I have so much more energy and my fatigue is so much better. I beleive 100% that your diet plays a big part. The big thing, processed foods, no value of anything in them.
  • Mary   Jun 27, 2013 2:53 AM
    Dear Ms. LaRue Huget,

    I feel that diet and MS is not really explored. There doesn't seem to be any tests and/or trials as far as dieting goes.

    For years, I've had a slight knowledge about not eating wheat, and other foods that contain Gluten. However, now, a gluten-free diet is really known. A person can go shopping, and they will see all sorts of products that are Gluten-free. Sometimes, I will hear that as long as the person isn't allergic to Gluten, they don't have to worry about it. Then, I hear that when you eat something with Gluten, it becomes this gooey substance, which can cause inflammation. Well, inflammation isn't something anyone really needs in their body, because it can cause a slew of medical issues. However, when it comes to those of us that have MS, we definitely need to watch our diet(s). However, what is so frustrating, is when I speak to a medical professional, they always tell me to eat a well-balanced meal (vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Well, whole grains, like wheat, oats, etc., have Gluten. Thus, what are we to do?

    I look forward to your response.
  • renee pritts   Jun 30, 2013 6:27 PM
    Yes, I do believe diet influences my MS symptoms...I had previously cut back drinking soda then a couple months ago completely stopped drinking it and only drink water now and I feel lots better because of that one change..
  • Claire Brooks   Jul 15, 2013 10:00 AM
    I don't know if changing my diet has lessened my MS, but I know that when my husband and I started changing our diet to VERY few processed foods and exercising, I know I feel better.
  • LaQuita Simone   Jul 15, 2013 10:02 AM
    I absolutely agree that diet affects my symptoms. I TRY to stay away from stars and fatty foods (I love chocolate and salty treats- mostly together). Most times, I immediately feel dizzy if/ when I indulge too much. Implementing juicing has really helped, along with regular exercise.
  • Mona Sen   Jul 15, 2013 11:07 AM
    I'm surprised that you have doubts about diet and MS! Dr. Roy Swank? Adhered to his diet for 5 years and after many years of just getting worse, I have been relapse free since 2008.
  • Kari   Jul 15, 2013 11:52 AM
    Over the years (dxed at 25 now 41) I have found that diet is a huge factor. We are what we eat. I now eat no processed food (its full of chemicals anyway) ... and am following the Dr Wahls approach. I have previously tried macrobiotic eating (which is great but very expensive and hard to do in NZ). I have never had a lot of salt (screws the kidneys amongst other things). I have a nutritionalist who is helping to guide me in changing my diet to a more whole foods basis, and doing an awesome job.
  • Joel Taylor   Jul 15, 2013 12:40 PM
    The people who establish what range is normal, is the CDC (or center for disease control) they are not measuring health. They are trying to prevent disease. Salt is a necessary mineral for electrolytes which I believe is crucial to good brain function and sense MS is a brain disease, we should check the record on this. Not talking about sodium or iodized salt, that isn't real salt, those are chemicals.
  • berenicd   Jul 15, 2013 6:18 PM
    I hace been diagnose since 2010 in Mexico and I think that to go on a diet that helps. You to stay healthy. Will help to keep on moving. So I do and hope it work at least to keep on walking we need not go give up ever and learn to leave on what we have now
  • Kathy   Jul 15, 2013 7:25 PM
    This is interesting .. I've had 'diagnosed' MS for 4 years .. and symptoms for years. Anyone reading this post .. .there's another great site for MS folks ... I liken it to Face Book for MS survivors .. .check it out .. it's a blog. I'm going to share this site with the blog. There are currently over 4,000 people ..... all wiith MS on this site ......
  • Kathy   Jul 15, 2013 7:28 PM
    Amazing .... had an MS brain fog moment ... (shaking my head)

    The website is mymsteam.com
  • Bardett   Jul 23, 2013 11:47 AM
    I know keeping cool is one of the many things that helps the most. So, how do you convince someone that an 80 degree house in the middle of a Texas summer is not cool on any level?
  • Mark Allen Anderson   Jan 30, 2017 7:18 PM
    Hi Jennifer: I am not a victim of MS, but my roommate (in an ALF) is. I have just started doing some research on MS and salt and sugar and smoking, all of which he consumes excessively. I have noted the connections with salt and smoking, but would like to know about sugar. His doctor has mentioned salt and smoking, but dismisses sugar (says my roomy). Would like to know more about spasticity. Mark, a victim of osteoarthritis.
  • Gail   Feb 9, 2018 6:25 PM
    I believe that diet does have a HUGE influence on MS Symptoms. In my experience, following a strict ketogenic diet has made all the difference in my quality of life. There is no other explanation for my symptoms going away. Following a low-carb lifestyle, eating as many vegetables in as many colors as possible in a day, eating a lot of fat, refusing to eat anything that isn't real food, and exercising regularly are the biggest part of my treatment plan. I am fortunate to have RRMS, but, with this diet and lifestyle, progression has stopped. Functional Medicine and the doctor who pointed me in this direction saved my physical well-being. I had to think outside of the box, though. Dr. Terry Wahls is my hero. Check out her website @ https://terrywahls.com. There is a tremendous lack of research in MS and nutrition....but we need to push for more of it. I have started a blog about my experience with MS and the ketogenic lifestyle because I want to get the word out that this has worked for me and others. You can find me at https://ketorunningmama.com if you are interested. If you aren't....I totally understand. We are all on our different paths to trying to find wellness in our own ways. I just want to tell everyone that I know who could benefit from functional medicine.