Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory disease, affecting the brain and spinal cord, in which the body attacks and destroys the myelin sheath, a fatty tissue that wraps around nerves. (The myelin sheath actually resembles viruses such as the herpes virus, which could explain the confusion of the immune system.) This causes scar tissue and lesions (sclerosis) interfering with the brain's ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Symptoms include loss of balance and coordination, numbness, tingling, fatigue, loss of vision, eyeball pain, burning, pain in body parts, and memory problems. Advanced stages have onset of paralysis or partial paralysis, resulting in difficulty breathing, slurred speech, a staggering gait, tremors, dizziness, and bladder or bowel problems.
Drugs that are often prescribed have very harsh side effects, are not effective, and do not address the root causes. Root causes:
- Research links low essential fatty acids to the myelin sheath degeneration. (Coincidentally, myelin is naturally high in essential fatty acids.)
- Vitamin D deficiency is also a link. There are significantly fewer cases in those who live closer to the equator, which also confirms the vitamin D link.
- Nutritional deficiencies and digestive disorders (such as leaky gut) are also known factors related to MS. These are likely due to sensitivities to foods such as gluten, soy, peanuts, and pasteurized dairy. Food sensitivities cause digestive problems so that the food can't be digested and absorbed correctly into the body.
Natural treatments are not immediate relief (and are expected to take up to 6 months), but lifestyle changes are very effective in allowing the person to remain in remission indefinitely. Natural treatments and lifestyle change suggestions include:
- Address vitamin D deficiency with regular sun exposure (without sunscreen), exposure to safe tanning beds (infra red), or supplement with vitamin D-3. You can have your vitamin D levels tested by your health care provider.
- Eliminate processed foods, sugar, and bad fats such as soy oil, canola oil, corn oil, peanut oil, and all other trans fats. Especially stay away from artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which is known to cause MS, brain damage, and other problems.
- Avoid mercury.
- Get enough good fats, which include salmon, flax seed, chia, coconut oil, and olive oil.
- Eat raw food as much as possible.
- Address food sensitivities, and avoid culprit foods such as gluten, soy, peanuts, and pasteurized dairy.
Please realize that this article is only meant for informational purposes and is not meant to diagnose or treat an illness. Licensed healthcare providers are the only ones who can legally diagnose or treat an illness.
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