Has anyone with neuromyelitis optica (NMO aka Devic's disease) had any positive results with a paleo diet?

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Created August 04, 2012 at 6:53 AM

I recently watched Dr. Terry Wahl's TEDTalks video on how she treated her MS with a paleo-like diet. Would it help someone suffering from NMO/Devic's disease?

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on August 07, 2012
at 07:29 PM


NMO is a B Cell and antibody mediated (driven) disease. The diet would be be beneficial for your overall health (which is always important) but would not have any impact on the disease process. Also, it is always best to get your information directly from the scholarly research literature as many of the supposedly reputable health sites have outdated or incorrect information. Visit the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation for NMO Spectrum Disorders Research. The libraries are quite comprehensive.

Grace (NMO since 2005)

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I hadn't heard of NMO before I read your question, but no matter what disease someone suffers from, it seems the me that supplying your body with optimal nutrition and not stressing your body with toxins could only help. How much, you'll only know by trying.

Since Mr. Google informs me that NMO is an inflammatory disorder, I'd pay special attention to avoiding industrial oils and any other inflammatory substances.

Good luck and let use know if the paleo diet helped!



on February 13, 2013
at 10:36 PM

My NMO symptoms have been affected by my diet.

Depending on your treatment, you may need to stay away from foods high in sugar (steroids typically raise your blood glucose levels; sugary foods of course make it worse. In my case, they caused muscle spasms. Also, because of the steroids, I had regular checks of my blood glucose levels and insulin shots if my levels were too high. Staying away from sugary food helped me to avoid insulin shots). Also, foods that fight inflammation help, as do foods that are rich in Omega-3.

My diet consists primarily of fish (specifically wild caught salmon and albacore tuna for their Omega-3 content), vegetables and beans (for fiber), and I have found this to be an effective diet for decreasing my NMO symptoms. Since it is harder for me to regulate my body temperature due to NMO, drinking plenty of water helps as well.

-SW (diagnosed with NMO in 2011)

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