To treat MS, Dr. Frederick Klenner of Reidsville, North Carolina, used massive doses of the B vitamins as well as other nutrients, including minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, and amino acids.
A diet rich in fish, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and vitamin and mineral supplements (minerals preferably in the orotate form) and very limited in saturated fats (under 15 grams per day), sugar, and processed (especially with saturated fats) and refined foods is extremely beneficial for the MS patient. Foods such as packaged cake mixes, cheeses, pastries, and other processed items, because they contain hidden or unknown quantities of saturated fat, are not recommended. A low-fat diet (nonfat dairy products) started before disability set in allowed 95 percent of those tested to live longer with no symptoms. Less than 15 grams of saturated fat daily yielded even greater results. High fiber is important for managing constipation, which can be alleviated by drinking adequate amounts of water and following a diet high in unrefined roughage foods.
Increase essential fatty acids found in seed oils (omega-6s), especially safflower, wheat germ, sunflower, corn, soybean, sesame, and primrose (500 milligrams daily), all of which are rich in linolenic acid. These are important for the development and integrity of the brain and spinal cord. Daily supplements of 2 tablespoons of seed oil have been reported to reduce the severity and increase the period of remission in MS victims. A balance of omega-3s is also important; 1,000 milligrams of fish oil helps relieve symptoms of MS and also balances the omega-6 oils. Canola, which has omega-6s and omega-3s, and flax oil, which has more omega-3s than fish oil, may also be used.
Allergies to particular foods should be taken into consideration and the offending food eliminated from the diet; milk and gluten in wheat are common offenders. Avoid chocolate, spicy foods, coffee and salt. Alcohol and smoking should be avoided. Alcohol interferes with unsaturated fatty acid conversion, increases the saturated-fat blood count, destroys various B vitamins, and worsens MS symptoms. Smoking adversely affects a diet high in unsaturated fatty acids, lowers blood levels of vitamin C, and temporarily worsens MS symptoms. In a recent study, published in 2005 in the journal Brain, researchers at Harvard concluded that smoking is a risk factor for MS and likely contributes to the disease’s progression.
Adequate rest and exercise are especially important. Physical activity for the MS patient is to relieve fatigue, not create it. Body heat should remain steady, so gentle swimming in cool water is suggested. Consult a physician before attempting any physical exertion. Yoga helps to keep muscle supple and is a wise choice.
There are reports of successful treatments of MS patients with a daily high-potency vitamin supplement, minerals, and a controlled diet. Patients are also advised to take wheat germ or vitamin E to keep the unsaturated oils from becoming rancid or oxidized once inside the body.
Observed results of the patients have been a reduction in relapses, more energy, the ability to continue walking and working, and an increase in life expectancy. Also, when the treatment was started in the early stages of the disease with little evident disability, 90 percent to 95 percent of the cases remained unchanged or improved during the following twenty years.
Herbs that may help are a compress of horseradish (for stiffness) and a bath (for stiff muscles and aching joints) of sage, mugwort, or strawberry leaves, or equal parts of chamomile, mugwort, and agrimony; another combination is 1 ounce each of mugwort, comfrey leaf, burdock root, and sage in 1 quart water.
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