Last Modified on Aug 23, 2015
Treatment of multiple sclerosis typically constitutes a multifaceted approach involving dietary changes, supplements and lifestyle therapies. While the condition is considered to have no cure, natural options such as these offer relief from the symptoms and underlying issues associated with multiple sclerosis. Eliminating certain foods, adding daily supplements and participating in special therapies effectively treats multiple sclerosis.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
A disease of the immune system, multiple sclerosis (MS) is defined as a condition in which the immune system eats away the protective sheath covering the nerves. This process interrupts the communication between the brain, spinal cord and other regions of the body and may eventually progress to deterioration of the nerves.
Symptoms of MS include numbness, weakness, vision loss, pain, tremors, fatigue and dizziness. The cause of the condition is unknown.
Natural Treatment for MS
Treating MS requires a balanced approach that includes a variety of different treatment strategies. Acupuncture and other therapies treat the condition as does eliminating dietary irritants such as artificial sweeteners and glutens. Additionally, certain supplements including calcium, magnesium and potassium facilitate treatment of the condition.
Calcium in its various forms supports the body in a variety of ways. One important function calcium plays is comprising part of the cell membrane structure. When taken as a supplement, calcium strengthens the cell walls, combats deterioration and aids in the transmission of nerve signals.
Magnesium plays a role in the myelin coating. Individuals with MS have been shown to have faulty levels of magnesium which leads to further nerve breakdown. Taken as a supplement to the diet, magnesium supports and strengthens the myelin coating and effective nerve function.
An imbalance of potassium in the body may contribute to inefficient muscle function associated with MS. When taken as a daily supplement, potassium in the body equalizes and aids in proper function of the muscles and the musculoskeletal system.
Multiple sclerosis or MS is an often debilitating disease that involves the deterioration of nerve function. A myriad of treatments are effective and promote more adequate functioning including dietary changes, therapy, and daily supplements in particular.
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[YEA] Try acupuncture, the traditional type, for the control of MS. I was diagnosed 5 years ago with rapid progressive, turns out I was actually allergic to the medication. The first initial onset wiped me out!!! Mobility, sight, speech, dribbling, bowels, bladder, the lot! Luckily I found out that acupuncture can work for some with MS. I have come from paralyzed to completely to mobile, (with a slight limp now), I'm raising my 6 year old alone, finishing a Science degree, and have never had another flare-up since. My neurologist sent me last year for another MRI because he can't work out why I am progressively getting better not worse considering my initial attack. He was wondering if I had been misdiagnosed. HA! Acupuncture works for me plus the Swank diet. no problems. Don't believe all the pharmacutical brainwashing rhetoric that you are fed, there are lots of different ways through this one! Peace
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Hi! Dwan here, in Atlanta, GA who has MS and is now eating mostly alkaline rather than acidic foods - and drinking water with baking soda mixed in.
For those times I decide to eat out eat a restaurant in Atlanta, I want to eat at a restaurant that serves alkaline food.
Is there a directory online that lists restaurants that serve alkaline meals - especially in Atlanta?
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There are many excellent self-help books available for people who have Multiple Sclerosis. They contain reliable information on the management of Multiple Sclerosis and do not hold out false hopes for people, but provide practical advice. There is also medical treatment available from scientists who have put their products through all the rigorous trials required for a drug to be deemed both safe and efficacious. Until the treatment described in his book goes through similar trials, I would not wish to use it.
We also have to remember the Mr. Delaney's claim of curing his MS is connected to the idea that he diagnosed himself with the disease, with only a moderate amount of medical background. He was never a Doctor of any sort. Good luck to those who are truly looking for a silver bullet. I hope a reliable one comes along soon!
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[YEA] Living with these neuro-muscular symptoms, esp. the shaking and 'pin & needles' sensations can be relieved with daily doses of Calcium, magnesium and vit. D, potassium and chromium. Most important of all is getting alot of SLEEP. Damaged nerve cells need extra time to repair at night. So forget what most people need, 8-10 hours or more are absolutely necessary to keep healthy and slow the progress of the disease.
If sleep is difficult, get some Kava Kava, and take that with your magnesium before bed. It really soothes the nerves.
One more important aspect is the detoxification process. Heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals are literally poisoning the body. These are neuro-toxins that can be flushed out gradually. For instance, lead which has been absorbed, will bind with the extra Calcium, instead of with the bones.
These are my daily routine and i have immediate results. In fact if i miss a dose i start getting the shakes again.
Most of the information came from the "Prescription for Nutritional Healing". No doctor ever gave me the help i needed when i was really in pain and i take no prescription medication. Hope you feel better too.
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Here is a link to an article about how coconut oil is helpful for Alzheimers...and it also mentions that it helps for MS: http://www.tampabay.com/news/aging/article879333.ece
[YEA] For Multiple Sclerosis I am writing a book on natural cures called "Christians, Health God's way"' The Lord directed me to a small booklet about bovine colostrum about a half year ago. In the book there were several testimonies about people suffering with M.S. Within about one month the one was completely cured and the other stated that 90% of her symptoms were gone. Also, I have a friend who told me about a friend of hers who had M.S. I told my friend to suggest that her friend take colostrum for her M.S. and also to stop using aspartame. About a month later her friend went from a wheelchair to back to a normal life. Praise The Lord. The reason why colostrum works with M.S. is that autoimmune diseases are started through what is called intestinal permeability. Colostrum heals this, thereby giving the body the opportunity to heal itself. Of course, its important to stop eating unhealthy foods in addition to doing the colostrum. Make sure when you purchase the solostrum that you purchase colostrum that is from no more than the first two milkings, because after these milkings the quality of the colostrum is too diluted to be very effective. The reason why you shouldn't use aspartame is because one of the side effects is that it "mimics"
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[YEA] Reader Question from Saint Clair Shores' asked if they could try other therapies along wtih Copaxone treatment. As Ted said, "YES". Copaxone is a complex amino acid chain that simply acts as a decoy and gives your immune system something to work on instead of attacking the myelin cover on the nerves.
Shared Solutions which helps patients manage their Copaxone therapy says that there's no drug or vitamin interaction with Copaxone so it's safe to take other meds and supplements. Once on Copaxone, do everything in your power to remain on the Copaxone therapy. Yeah it's a hassle with the daily injection but it's a small needle and much easier to deal with than Avaonex or Beta Seron. Usually the only problem could be an injection site reaction. I know people that took Beta Seron years ago before Copaxone came along and they had flu like symptons after taking the injection.
Even if you're not on Copaxone, go to the SharedSolutions.com web site and look at the info. Then give them a call and get signed up with them and they'll send you more info and keep you on their mailing list. Copaxone isn't cheap and you likely need insurance to offset most of the cost and Shared Solutions can possibly help with finding financial help.
But definately yes, try other natural therapies and adding supplements to your daily routine. Just as MS affects each of us differently, one thing might work for you while it doesn't work for the rest of us. Unless you're lucky enough to have an amazing Neurologist then it's up to you to educate yourself, network with group and individuals and sometimes be your own doctor to see what helps you.
And like others said here, plenty of sleep and a REGULAR schedule really helps most people suffering from MS. And here I am writing this at 4am :-) I can attest to having a mixed up sleep schedule and how it works against you.
Even though Copaxone has worked well for me and a good friend that takes it, I'd be interested in trying the Honey Bee Venon supplement. I'd seen a video years ago about people with MS getting together and doing group Honey Bee Venom therapy through actual Bee stings. It looked painful but it sure worked for many of the people.
I rambled on here quite a bit because if mentioning a single item here can point someone down the path to finding relief from MS, then I've done a good deed for the day. Be your own doctor, be your own researcher, be proactive and hopefully you too can find help.
May God Bless each of you.
EC: See Reader Q&A section.
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We just posted a video on YouTube of Dave talking about how he cured his wife of MS 18 years ago. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/CJTRiSFcVLY
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[YEA] I have MS, and have been following Swanks MS Diet for the past 2 years - I have no symptoms of MS (other than brain fog - but that could just be me! ). His diet is all about reducing saturated fat intake. Dr Roy Swank did over 50 years of research on MS. There was a 20 year study completed on this with MS patients which shows remarkable results. And all it takes is changing the food you eat. Please have a look at the following 2 websites - http://www.swankmsdiet.org/ and Dr George Jelinek's site - http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org/ . These 2 websites have great forums which show that the diet can slow/reverse symptoms of this disease. Both these doctors also have books that are my bibles. Take care and please look into Swanks MS Diet.
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I read this article yesterday from Dr Mercola on a Doctor who cured MS with a paleo diet and some supplements so thought I would pass it along.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Hello, I have Primary Progressive MS, and unlike most people I know what started it. I used to drink Aspartame sweetened diet soda. In 2004 I started to have significant neurological symptoms, numbness, severe word sluring, loss of muscle control and hot flashes in my left arm. I saw at least a dozen doctors and spent 4 days in the hospital, no one could figure it out. Then in May I went to a Chiropractor and he convinced me to give up Diet Coke, which I was drinking about a 6 pack a day. Immedieatly the symptoms started disappearing and within 2 weeks they were completly gone, except my right thumb and 2 adjacent fingers had some numbness, they felt like anything I touched was through cloth. A follwup MRI showed that I had lots of damage to my brain, and much of my cerebellum was gone (the nerves that control the fingers are in there). I continued to push for a real cause and in December I was diagnosed with MS by a doctor of neurology who was also a professor of Neurology at the University of Miami.
She said I had R&R MS, and I disagreed because I said that I never had a relapse or remission. In any case I did not take anything and seemed to be fine except for the numbness in my fingers. Then 5 years later I started to experience weakness in my right leg, which I attributed to Planta Fascitus which I had in my right foot. I went to a podiatrist and he fixed the foot, and I then went to a physical theripist to strengthen it, she said that the problem was neurological. I than went back to a neurogist and he proclaimed I had MS. Over the next 3 years I steadily declined, never having a relapse or a remission. I saw 3 more neurologists and they all said I had MS.
I tried the Wahles Diet, lots of supplements, the Swank Diet, and acupuncture, all to no avail. Then last week I got a prescription for Low Dose Naltrexon (LDN). I initially got my Doctor to write it for 4.5 mg, but the pharmacist at Skip's Pharmacy in Boca Raton told me to start with 1.5 mg, then after 30days up it to 3 then after 30 more days go to 4.5mg.
Although it has only been a few days already I do not get fatigued by midmorning and my right leg does not cramp up or shake a lot in the morning, like it was. My disease progresses slowly, but I am hopeful that it will now stablize.
I have now retired to Costa Rica, where I got a Doctor to write the prescription for LDN. Since I go back to Florida to visit frequently I hope to be able to keep up the LDN.
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I need of brochure and or other educational material on myelopathy and M.S. for a person in a remote village in India who does not have internet access. I will appreciate if you could put his name on your mailing list and send any info to him at:
EC: Dear Mathura Bhatta: You will likely get the best information on these subjects by searching on sites like wikipedia.com and medscape.com and then printing out this material for your friend!
[YEA] I have had MS for 10 years now. I take the beta seron shot every other day. Well I had a attack a few years back and the steroids did not help. Scared ....I decided to try from the vitamin store a jar honey that contains bee venom. It worked wonders for me i was completely healed within a week. I currently use 2 brands whichever is available at the time of my attack. 1. Actiflex Plus by Comvita....this one is harder to find www.comvita.com 2. Nectar Ease Distributed by henneybee thareapy 1-866-289-9233. I really believe they worked for me!
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Hi all! I was diagnosed with MS 14 months ago, I had a rubbish year, needed steroid every 3-4 month, havent been able to work as I constatly have problem with fatigue, pins and needles and pretty bad numbness in my feet, bladder dysfunction, constipation, weakness and balance trouble, difficulty with walking, blurry sight with one eye and lots of other symptoms.
Steroid works but every time I get some, by the time I start to get back to normal, the problems slowly come back and I'm going down within two month again. It's very depressing. Now, I'm trying to be positive but right now I can't even walk again for ten minutes without sitting down for a rest. When I was diagnosed I was also told that I have EBV and they couldn't really tell 100% that my symptoms are caused by ms or EBV but most likely ms I guess.
I have been reading about Hydrogen Peroxide therapy for about two weeks and it gave me so much hope that I decided to try it. I am on 14 drops today now, climbing up to 25 and then do the whole protocol as it's in the books... I was wondering if anyone with the same problems has tried HP therapy? Please would you share your experiences with me, and maybe give me a little hope that I will get better one day. I am only 30 but I feel like my life stopped a year ago:-( I know I can't expect anything in a couple of weeks but I believe in this now so much that I tell myself every single day that this stuff will help me and I'm willing to do, even be patient for six months for results as long as I can walk, and after if I get better I am going to drink or inhale hp for the rest of my life.
Please give some good news here dear everyone or Ted! This site is great by the way!
I wish you all good health, and I'm looking forward to some answers. Also here's my email if anyone would share their experience with hp therapy in private orsika(at)hotmail.co.uk
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[YEA] I am trying HP added to distilled water to treat my wife who is disabled and unable walk. I am trying 35% hp in distilled water/6 drops per 6oz once per day. I would appreciate any recommendations. She seems to be more mentally alert and aware. Have been using for about a month and just recently increased from 3 to 6 drops.
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