Multiple Sclerosis

MS Treatments For The Ailment Of Multiple Sclerosis

There are numerous autoimmune diseases that plague millions of people across the world, and multiple sclerosis is one of these. In an autoimmune disease, for any of a multitude of potential reasons, the body has started to attack itself, usually one specific type of tissue or cell.  In multiple sclerosis the immune system has found some erroneous reason to attack the protective sheaths that cover our nerve cells.  These sheathes act as insulators like you would have on a power line, and without them the nerves get damaged and stop working, causing degenerative damage to nerve function.  While there is no known acknowledged cure for MS, there is a lot you can do to slow down the progression and minimize symptoms.  All autoimmune diseases are strongly tied to inflammation, which can overexcite the immune system and cause it to attack the body more vigorously so we will address that considerably.

 

What Are The Symptoms Of MS?

Neurologically based diseases are quite tricky in that they all can look like each other and can be very hard to diagnose.  However, if you have some of the below symptoms, especially with common occurrence or intensity, you will definitely want to seek a medical opinion (but always seek a second opinion, and in the diagnostic process do know that an MRI is never adequate to discount a presence of the disease, and a lumbar puncture is the most accurate test).  This is a considerable, but incomplete list.

  • Dizziness, as well as balance and dexterity problems.
  • Difficulty with bladder control
  • Difficulty lifting one or both feet (at the ankle joint)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Problems concentrating or with memory/recall.
  • Muscle spasms and spasticity
  • Speech and swallowing difficulty
  • Vertigo
  • Visual problems
  • Weakness
  • General sensory problems
  • Feelings of pins and needles
  • Burning pains (can be like a sun burn feeling)
  • Electrical pains
  • Tremors
  • Spatial perception problems
  • Sexual dysfunction

 

Treatments For MS

As we said before, one of the primary considerations and treatments for any autoimmune disease is fighting inflammation.  Anyone with MS, Lupus, or many other autoimmune diseases should cut as much inflammation from their body as possible, including taking on an anti-inflammatory diet.  Cut out these foods to minimize inflammation:

  • Sugar of any kind, outside of whole fruit.  Refined carbs such as bleached (white) flour also count.
  • The most common cooking oils, which are high in unhealthy and highly inflammatory omega fats (omega 6 and especially 9!), such as soy, corn, cottonseed, safflower, and sunflower oils.
  • Trans fats are a huge inflammatory ingredient, and are terrible for our overall health anyway.  The FDA just made the announcement that the US will be banning their use shortly, however, so this should stop being a problem in the United States in the near future if all goes well.
  • Dairy is very inflammatory, though some yogurts and kefir (a fermented milk product) are okay, dairy in general is a bad idea for someone with an autoimmune disease and MS is definitely not an exception.
  • Meat is generally inflammatory as it is, especially red meat, but meat fed on grains like soy and corn are seriously inflammatory, topping the charts shoulder to shoulder with sugar intake.  Most meat, unless it is specified as not being so, has been treated with antibiotics, hormones, and has been jammed into tight living conditions that all breed terrible levels of inflammation.  At minimum, choose meat which is free range, 100% grass (or other non-grain) fed, not treated with hormones or antibiotics, and you’ll have a good start.  If you can, cut meat out!
  • Alcohol is one of the biggest inflammatory agents out there.  There will always be studies that show some health benefits of various kinds of wine and spirits, but all alcohol is seriously inflammatory.  If you have an autoimmune disease, you simply need to cut out alcohol on any regular basis.
  • Artificial food additives are major contributors to chemically caused inflammation.  MSG (and any of the two dozen or so MSG like agents that some companies use even while flouting that they don’t have MSG).  Going with whole foods that do not have additives is a great step to take for overall health.  Look at the ingredient list and try to choose foods that only have a few recognizable whole food ingredients.

Inflammation Fighting Foods

  • Nearly any leafy green food will be an inflammation fighter, though kelp in particular has been found to seriously douse inflammation, as well as have many other major health benefits.
  • Turmeric is one of the heavy hitters for fighting inflammation; it is the herb most responsible for giving curies their distinct taste and color.
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are all loaded with antioxidants, naturally detoxify, and help lower inflammation.
  • Ginger root is an herb with strong inflammation reducing attributes, along with other health benefits.  Garlic and green two are two other sources of inflammation fighting power.

Other MS Supplements And Treatments

  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a compound that is essential for improving nervous system health, and is thought to help repair in-between MS flare-ups and minimize damage. 30mg 2-3 times a day is strongly suggested.
  • Ensure you have a high omega 3 intake, be it from a fish/krill/flax/hemp oil supplement, or from fatty fish/seeds/nuts. This is ESSENTIAL.
  • Low vitamin D is thought to be one cause of MS in the first place, so supplementing with vitamin D is a smart choice.
  • Vitamin B12 is another vitamin that is crucial for optimum health in general, but is also a top supplement for MS sufferers.
  • Amrit kalash is an ayurvedic herb known for helping slow the deterioration of the central nervous system, so may be useful.
  • Withania, sometimes also known as Ashwagandha, is an herb that offers berries, extracts, and roots that can be used for chronic pain, inflammation, fatigue, stress relief, and anxiety which can be quite useful for treating MS symptoms.
  • Barberry is another inflammation fighting herb which can join the long line of other such foods and herbs as part of an effective treatment regimen.  Burdock root, Echinacea, elderflower, and skullcap are all herbs that can also help with inflammation, as well as potentially some other symptoms of MS.
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