Resources and Self Help for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that attacks the central nervous system.
The attack of the myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibers (pictured) results in the sclerotic plaques that cause nervous system dysfunction.
Without this sheath functioning properly the nervous system is not able to quickly send the electrical impulses that control bodily functions.
Resources for MS:
Self help ideas to discuss with your physician:
- Vitamin D and B12: Ask your doctor if you can start using these vitamins as they have good research showing benefit for those with MS.
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that is exacerbated by inflammation. Most prescription medications work to temper the immune system.
- Allergy Elimination Diet: Consider the possibility that certain food allergies or intolerances may be exacerbating your symptoms. Especially if you have the “relapsing and remitting” form of MS. Try “Dr. Nicole’s Salmon Recipe”.
- Eliminate all “McInflammation”: Eating fast food and refined foods is like throwing gasoline on the inflammatory fire.
- Add Omega 3 Oils: For MS I would go straight for the fish oil, as it is the more potent anti-inflammatory of the two. These oils are needed to repair the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers that is destroyed by the immune system. The nervous system then has to create connective tissue to “repair” the damage and thus we end up with the “sclerotic plaques” that show up on MRI’s.
- Reduce Stress: Stress exacerbates all chronic disease, try deep breathing and reduction of activities and demands until your symptoms are under better control.
- Quit Smoking! The most important thing on this list to reduce the inflammatory burden on the system. Smoking causes cancer because it causes reactive oxygen species known as “free radicals” to attack healthy tissues and destroy them.
- Join a support group: You can join the MS community over at Daily Strength to find other people challenged by this disease.
Although I have suggested some diet and lifestyle self help ideas, any chronic disease diagnosis should have an alternative medicine expert such as a licensed naturopathic physician on your team. Please don’t try to do it all alone.
Hope that helps, let me know if you have any additional questions by adding them in a comment to this article.
~Dr. Nicole Sundene