Healthy Diet Has Positive Effects on Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

healthy-foodA new study finds that healthy diets and healthy lifestyle habits may help reduce symptoms for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers looked at 7,000 people with MS and found that those with the healthiest diets had the fewest symptoms and less disability than those who didn’t eat as well.

The study also found that participants with an overall healthy lifestyle were nearly 50% less likely to have depression, 30% less likely to have severe fatigue, and more than 40% less likely to have pain. Continue reading “Healthy Diet Has Positive Effects on Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms”

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Reversing Autoimmune Symptoms Through Diet

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. In fact, the incidence of autoimmune disease has tripled in the last few decades and is the second leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, psoriasis and myasthenia gravis (see below for a personal story) are just some examples of autoimmune disorders where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. This happens when something triggers the immune system such as environmental toxins, genetics, food allergies/sensitivities, vaccines, or infections.

People who suffer from autoimmune diseases often experience loss of function, disability, increased hospitalizations and outpatient visits, decreased productivity, and impaired quality of life. Treatment involves removing triggers, taking medications, making diet modifications, and supplementing with beneficial nutrients in order to control symptoms, slow the autoimmune process and reduce inflammation.

Diet and nutrient therapy can be an effective means of managing an autoimmune disease. Continue reading “Reversing Autoimmune Symptoms Through Diet”

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MS Awareness Week: March 8-14

Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it affects children, some as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and by the community. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure. Living with it can range from being a small nuisance to being a great daily challenge. No two cases are alike and no one patient presents the entire scope of the disease.

According to the National MS Society, about 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide, MS affects about 2.5 million people. This article discusses the risk factors for MS. One risk factor that jumps out is vitamin D status among those with MS. It is very interesting that there seem to be higher MS rates among those who live in Northern parts of the world where people have limited access to sunshine. I feel like a broken record.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D STATUS CHECKED.

To learn more about MS , please read this paper.

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