Background: I've been struggling with food sensitivities for awhile now. I've isolated a variety of foods that cause a variety of symptoms, including "brain fog". Then, in December, I had an episode of neuropathy that I have found out was caused by multiple sclerosis. It's likely that my MS lesions on my brain have been there for awhile causing the brain fog and memory issues. A new lesion on my spinal cord caused my physical neuropathy.
I had been moving closer to strict Autoimmune Paleo, but I never went 100% until my diagnosis in February. Since then, my fatigue, memory problems, and tingling/numbness have nearly disappeared.
Many people have great results with MS drugs. However, I do not use drugs. Every pharmaceutical that I've ever taken - from birth control to antidepressants to ibuprofen - even marijuana! - has caused collateral damage, and I'm not ready to deal with the kinds of side effects that MS drugs can bring (liver damage, birth defects, cancer, death).
Some will call me a naive idiot for refusing drugs. I can do little to convince you that I have a real working brain, but I'll offer this: In addition to my years of reading to understand my food issues, I've recently had several weeks of time off, which I've mostly spent becoming aware of many of the pros and cons of MS drugs, as well as the pros and cons of NOT being on MS drugs, and the theories behind what causes MS and what can stop it in its tracks. I've also watched many hours of presentations on MS science (proper, anecdotal, AND wacky alternative), but I don't take any of it seriously until I hear the explanations behind the cures.
I don't place much stock in chatrooms and forums, but I find that PaleoHacks seems to have a much lower bullshit to truth ratio than others, so I'd like some more anecdotal evidence, if you can give it:
Do any of you treat your MS with autoimmune diet and exercise, with no pharmaceuticals? How has this succeeded? How has it failed?
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on March 12, 2013
at 12:02 PM
Dr. Terry Wahls "Minding my mitochondria" TED talk should give you a great start. http://youtu.be/KLjgBLwH3Wc