For those lucky enough to still be within the range of plasticity and see dramatic results this really could be the end of MS in their lives
General diet recommendations:
Eat a wide variety of fruits, and vegetables, Include red, blue,
purple, yellow, and green fruits and vegetables. Gradually increase
the number of servings per day, with a goal of at least 9 cups of
vegetables and fruits per day. Three cups should be dark green
(spinach, chard or mustard greens) or from the cruciferous (cabbage,
kale, collards, broccoli) family, three intensely colored (red,
orange, blue, purple, black) and three others. Do not count corn, rice
or grain in the vegetable count. Eat fish two to three times a week
and organ meats once a week. For those who do not eat fish, you can
eat omea-3 enriched eggs ( from or chickens who have been fed flax
meal, or allowed to free range and eat bugs, crickets and greens).
Other options go get omega 3 fatty acids are fish oil, flax oil or
hemp oil. One to two tablespoons of flax or hemp oil daily would be
comparable to 2 to 4 grams of fish oil daily.
Electrical stimulation has been shown to increase muscle mass in paralyzed individuals. Thus it is likely to be able to increase mass in people with MS. But I predict that stim alone will not be enough to restore walking. It is a long slow process to restore strength. The stim should help produce more muscle mass -- but without the exercise program the gait is less likely to return -
Application of both is likely to be the most beneficial -having a base of slowly growing the muscles should allow the gradual increase of volitional exercise. Having a PT can help identify which exercises to add to get the most benefit for the effort expended.
I don't know what happens with stim alone - there would be some rationale to think the biochemistry in the brain would be improved even without exercise -- but restoring more normal walking, sitting or other muscle functions probably requires exercise and re-education of the brain - muscle pathways.
Re the food/ micronutrient/ supplement questions
I can only report my observations on my own experience. Food - will have more micronutrient content than supplements alone -- But there may be benefits from targeted augmentation with supplements in addition to food - particularly if tailored to the individual based on medical family history etc.
Your observations about the dilemma for most who are struggling to get by is unfortunately too common - and I am sure makes it frustrating for anyone who is trying to regain their health.
Food alone -- won't solve MS - because it is multifactorial - with toxic exposures, micronutrient deficiencies, food allergies, genetic differences and infection exposures and current infections all adding up to each person's unique experience with the disease. That makes providing and finding a generalizable solution so elusive. Finding out what are you own contributions to the disease state -- requires finding someone who can unpeel the onion of all these factors.
From my own experience -- very few physicians understand this -- and I am unraveling the onion slowly myself. An organization -- institute for functional medicine has international membership of physicians and other health professionals who view chronic disease including MS through this lens. Going to there web site - you can find the pages for providers and look under the international provider listings to find someone who does.
Unfortunately I don't have many answers - only questions and my personal observations/ experiences which may or may not be generalizable to others -- I wish that I did -- and I wish that we'd get the study approved so that we could begin accumulating experience with others.
Jamie wrote:If that woman who had literally half a brain can recover with the right exercises etc, so can MS'ers IF the ongoing damage can be stopped.
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