Multiple Sclerosis and Dietary Intervention

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Below is what I've collected on diet and MS. The real focus should be on getting the gluten and casein out of the diet.

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book icon Minding My Mitochondria 2nd Edition: How I overcame secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and got out of my wheelchair. By Terry L. Wahls. The author links micronutrient starvation to the epidemics of chronic disease that are overtaking modern society. The majority of Americans are missing key building blocks that are needed for brain cells to be healthy. The result is an epidemic of depression, aggression, multiple sclerosis and early dementia. She teaches you how to eat for healthy mitochondria, a healthy brain and a healthy body. Dr. Wahls explains basic brain biology in simple terms. She tells us what vitamin, mineral and essential fat building blocks are needed by the mitochondria and other key structures in the brain. Then she explains what foods are good sources for those key nutrients. Over a hundred recipes are provided. See above entry for the foods that she recommends. Also see Audio CD: Food As Medicine: The Foods To Eat; The Actions To Take For A BETTER BRAIN.
book icon New Developments for MS Sufferers (By Appointment Only) by Jan de Vries. This is a follow-up to his first book Multiple Sclerosis. This book reveals more recent developments in the treatment of the disease. Drawing on nearly 40 years experience of treating MS sufferers, Jan de Vries, working closely with Professor Roger MacDougall, advocates a gluten-free diet, not only as a means of controlling MS, but also for those suffering from autism and schizophrenia. The volume discusses these findings and provides a guide to following a gluten-free diet in everyday life. Jayne Martin, an MS sufferer successfully treated by Jan de Vries, shares the challenges she overcame in following the diet and provides easy-to-follow recipes.
book icon The MS Recovery Diet by Ann Sawyer and Judith Bachrach. Both of the authors, who had been diagnosed and disabled by multiple sclerosis, experienced incredible recovery on the diet. Within the first three months on this program, Sawyer was able to stop the disease progression and begin to walk short distances with an even gait. Bachrach, whose health has been declining because of MS for thirty-eight years, regained feeling in her toes in one week and after one year on the diet, has stopped taking all medication. This book shares the treatment plan that has dramatically changed their lives, and the lives of others who have discovered it. With inspiring personal stories throughout, it offers real help-and hope-for sufferers of MS. [Kindle edition available.]
book icon The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book: A Low-Fat Diet for the Treatment of M.S. by Roy L. Swank and Barbara Brewer Dugan is the classic for MS diet, though the recommendations have become a little dated.
book icon Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery by Professor George Jelinek. The author's website has a page on their diet recommendations, which is a low saturated fat diet as promoted by Professor Swank. They do encourage sunlight and Vitamin D. The book covers scientific research on MS, drug treatments, and the diet and lifestyle changes that people with MS can try to help themselves. The book gives people a sense of control and hope. The Amazon reviews are favorable.
book icon Cooking Well: Multiple Sclerosis: Over 75 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Nutritional Healing by Marie Courtier, a health and diet expert, includes general nutrition information as well as tips on which foods to avoid along the path of nutritional healing. It claims maintaining a low fat diet with foods containing anti-inflammatory properties can improve your well-being by decreasing your MS-related symptoms and flare-ups. [Kindle edition available.]
book icon Multiple Sclerosis Q & A: Researching Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Beth Ann Hill provides answers to questions that overwhelm those undergoing testing and treatment for MS. It discusses traditional and complementary therapies for MS; explains medical terminology and diagnostics; and addresses the lifestyle changes many patients face while learning to manage this disorder. The book is an easy read. The Amazon ratings average to 5 stars. [Kindle edition available.]
book icon Dietary Supplements and Multiple Sclerosis: A Health Professional's Guide by Allen C. Bowling and Thomas M. Stewart. Supplements are arranged in alphabetical order under the most commonly used name. In addition, the index contains a listing of these common names as well as less common names that may be encountered. The main information about the supplements is written in a concise summary form that usually discusses only the MS relevance of the supplement.
book icon Insights Into Lyme Disease Treatment: 13 Lyme-Literate Health Care Practitioners Share Their Healing Strategies by Connie Strasheim. While this is not an MS book, it is a new book and has a flawless 5 star rating at Amazon. All aspects of Lupus treatment are covered, from anti-microbial remedies and immune system support, to hormonal restoration, detoxification, dietary and lifestyle choices. Furthermore, the book ponders patient and practitioner challenges of treating chronic Lyme disease, and offers helpful insights to the friends and families of those coping with chronic illness. Patients can use this book to get new treatment ideas and to educate their local physicians. Practitioners can use it to learn about and stay current on the latest therapies.
book icon Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery by Ann Boroch walks the reader through how to create a regimen tailored to one's specific needs, including foods to avoid (sugar, caffeine) , nutritional supplements to take, breathing techniques and strengthening exercises, "stress-busting" methods, and much more. The strongest point of the book shows the digestive connections to auto immune phenomenea, but the author places all her eggs in the yeast/fungal basket. [Kindle edition available.]
book icon Managing Multiple Sclerosis Naturally: A Self-help Guide To Living With MS by Judy Graham. Published in July 2010 this replaces her A Self-help Guide, 3rd Edition. A practical, self-help guide to MS providing important information on how to live with it. Drawing on extensive research and personal stories, it provides an overview of orthodox and alternative medical methods to help the reader make an informed choice about which treatment is right for them. Includes the latest information on food allergies, special diets, exercise, nutritional supplements, alternative therapies, yoga etc. It also provides guidance on physical and emotional factors such as relationships, sex, pregnancy and childbirth. Reviews at Amazon average to 4+ stars. They note the book is more useful for someone new to MS.
book icon Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis: A Safe and Effective Program to Fight Fatigue, Build Strength, and Improve Balance by Brad Hamler outlines a detailed exercise plan that can help MS sufferers overcome their symptoms, especially fatigue and mobility problems.
book icon Curing MS: How Science Is Solving the Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis by Howard L. Weiner M.D. The book educates the reader on the world of MS research. The author's view is MS is caused by unknown infectious episodes. He is optimistic that a drug cure will be found. The Amazon reviews average to 4+ stars. [Kindle edition available.]
book icon Multiple Sclerosis: A Self-Help Guide to Its Management by Judy Graham includes theories about the causes and nature of MS, new methods of treatment, promising areas of research, helpful therapies and advice on daily living. She believes that there are many ways to manage MS and to attain a high degree of health through changes in diet (after identifying food allergies), diet supplements, exercise and various alternative and holistic treatments. Among the issues she discusses are the role of mercury in dental fillings, environmental contamination and allergies. The Amazon ratings average to 4+ stars.
book icon Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis by Allen C. Bowling M.D.,Ph.D. The first edition became the single source for information on complementary and alternative medicine approaches for the management of MS symptoms. The second edition, completely updated throughout, reflects advances in the field since the book's initial publication in 2001. Therapies are organized alphabetically so that readers can easily pinpoint a specific treatment and learn about its origins, merits, and possible uses in MS. Diet is just one of the alternative therapies discussed in depth.
book icon Multiple Sclerosis Is Curable by Brigitte Judith Lang. I added this book as someone on this page bought a copy. I then tried to find out what the book was about. I came up completely empty. All I find is the author works as a lecturer for various European institutions. And I see a bit of hyperbole in the book's title. How about controllable? So to whomever bought this book: please post something at Amazon telling us what is inside. Published in January 2009.
book icon In Gluten Intolerance Beatrice Trum Hunter writes about a Dr. R. Shatin in Australia who "has suggested that an inherited susceptibility to multiple sclerosis is from a primary lesion in the small intestine resulting from gluten intolerance, and that the demyelination is secondary. Shatin suggested that the high incidence of multiple sclerosis in Canada, Scotland and western Ireland may be related to the predominant consumption of Canadian hard wheat, which has the highest gluten content of all wheat varieties. In contrast, the incidence of multiple sclerosis is low among indigenous Equatorial Africans who mainly consume non-gluten containing grains such as millet."
book icon Curing the Incurable: How to use your body's natural self-healing ability to overcome M.S. and other diseases by Jacque C. Rigg presents an another approach to traditional medicine and tells the remarkable story of one woman's recovery from Multiple Sclerosis by adapting a natural, proactive approach. The author includes essential information on food and nutrition, healthful recipes, along with a comprehensive index for alternative medicine resources.
book icon In Can A Gluten-Free Diet Help? How? by Lloyd Rosenvold, M.D. tells the Roger MacDougall story and other anecdotes. Now out-of-print, but readily available on the used market for the cost of shipping. Read the reviews, especially the one by Ron Hoggan under the subject "A great gift for skeptical..". Published December 1991.
book icon In Multiple Sclerosis (By Appointment Only), by Jan de Vries in the UK, it recommends absolutely no gluten and very high reduction of dairy products, refined sugar, and saturated fats. He says that one of his most successful case studies, confirm that 'absolutely not one pinch if flour' i.e. absolutely no gluten at all... 'otherwise you are deceiving yourself.'
book icon MS: Something Can Be Done and You Can Do It: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Multiple Sclerosis by Robert W. Soll and Penelope Grenoble connects MS with food allergies, and contains simple methods you can use at home for testing allergies in your own diet. It was published by Contemporary Books, Inc., Chicago, 1984. It currently is out-of-print. It should be obtainable through inter-library loan.
book icon Multiple Sclerosis: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Treatment (The Natural Way Series) by Richard Thomas is an introductory guide offering invaluable and up-to-date advice on MS and covers the wide range of effective natural therapies available including nutrition, homeopathy, yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, hydrotherapy, and oxygen therapy. No reviews at Amazon, so I don't know what diet advice is in the book.
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