I had a very interesting meeting with my Dr. last week. After a lot of discussions on different treatments. He told me that more focus would be placed on gut flora as being a factor in MS. That is why (in his opinion) certain diets (Swank, Paleo) and other diets work because they re balances and improve the gut flora. This is not a naturopathic Dr; but, a Dr. at an MS clinic/research hospital. Makes sense to me? I am starting to drink Kefir now (doesn't hurt). And going to add some fermented foods to my diet.
Also a question for those that do not take medicines but control, their condition with diet alone. I am on copaxene, eat a very healthy diet, my vitamin D levels are at 90 + and are checked regularly. I take a regular vitamin regime (Thanks, Jimmylegs!). And get regular exercise. I am in a trial right now, so I have an MRI every 4-6 months. I was shocked to see I had a new brain lesion. The Dr. told me that the brain lesions are usually not "felt". So, not surprised that I didn't know. Sometimes when you just get a yearly MRI new lesions are not able to be detected. So, my question is: for the people that use diet/nutrition alone...do you generally get regular MRI's to see if your disease is truly stopped, or do you go by symptoms alone? My Dr. also commented that the best trial would be to have a group of people getting MRI's every 4 weeks; feeling that this would be the best way to see if what the person was doing was having a real effect on their disease and to monitor brain atrophy.