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Hack my MS heredity...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I know this is not necessarily a question related to Paleo diet/lifestyle, but I am looking for some advice because I am very conflicted.

I went paleo in May (strict Whole 9 compliant) because I had been looking for a way to get healthier and looking for a way to potentially put an end to my all over body aches that I had been experiencing since last fall. Since going paleo, my body aches have subsided, but they aren't completely gone, some days are worse than others - I have been unable to correlate the good days and bad days with any food items. I have been to several doc appointments - tested negative for Lyme multiple times, the only answer they seem to have is no answer. Fast forward to this Friday - my dad was diagnosed with MS. Now here are the facts - women are 2x as likely as men to develop MS and you are 20-40x more likely to develop MS if a DIRECT relative has it.

So...my question is...is it worth calling my doc, explaining my concern (that these mystery body aches may be linked to MS AND that my father has been diagnosed with it) and requesting the tests for it (brain/spinal MRI and spinal tap)?

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on July 08, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Agree...even if you are "genetically predisposed" to get something, it's not for sure you *will*. Things tend to "run in families" because we eat and generally live the same way our parents and siblings do. I think most of the effects of MS are preventable or at least highly manageable via nutrition.

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:07 PM

No, but I wasn't sure if MS would explain the body aches AND if even if I don't have symptoms if it can be detected.

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on July 07, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I suggest that you transition your diet from "paleo" to the ketogenic diet, as an experiment. The diets are nearly the same, but the ketogenic diet focuses on reducing carbohdrate intake to below 50g or near zero. There are some people with multiple sclerosis that have gotten significant relief from removing carbohydrates from their diet. Look it up on Google.

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Have you seen this Ted talk? This doctor reversed the signs of MS through primal diet. She even lays out exactly what she eats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc&feature=plcp

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on July 07, 2012
at 06:59 PM

Remember that correlation does not equal causation.

You could do all that, but you may want to put your $$/energy towards getting you & your Dad's Vitamin D levels checked & then sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml.

Also get your A, K, Calcium & Magnesium dialed in.

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/neurological-conditions/multiple-sclerosis/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-perlmutter-md/vitamin-d-benefits_b_818912.html

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on July 08, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Agree...even if you are "genetically predisposed" to get something, it's not for sure you *will*. Things tend to "run in families" because we eat and generally live the same way our parents and siblings do. I think most of the effects of MS are preventable or at least highly manageable via nutrition.

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on July 07, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Do you have numbness in your arms and/or legs? That's a classic early symptom.

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on July 07, 2012
at 09:07 PM

No, but I wasn't sure if MS would explain the body aches AND if even if I don't have symptoms if it can be detected.

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