Doing Paleo Autoimmune Protocol for MS

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Hello, 24 F here, was DXed 2 years ago. I had initially cut out dairy and gluten and was following a swank type diet to control MS which keeps saturated fats low to 15 grams daily. Didnt feel much of a difference, then went pale and realized a few weeks back that nightshades give me severe reactions and make my symptoms worse. So I read into the autoimmune protocol aspect, read pale mom's site and went on the AIP. Ive been on it for 2 weeks, I feel a teeny bit better but still feel like sh*t =[

Anyone here have any experiences with MS and the AIP?

Also, I noticed that when I ate plantains cooked in palm oil, my symptoms got worse, admittedly, I eat a whole big back with like 5 servings. I dont know if it was the carb load or the palm oil? Are snacks cooked in palm oil safe?

Your help would be greatly appreciated folks.

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on June 05, 2013
at 12:48 PM

There are many success stories about people using the autoimmune protocol for MS. If you haven't yet seen this video from Terry Wahls, I highly recommend it:


I have a couple of friends on facebook that have been doing really well at treating their MS with the autoimmune protocol and both are connected to lots of others trying this way to manage their condition - here are the links:

https://www.facebook.com/VitalityEnthusiast https://www.facebook.com/Nutrisclerosis

Both of their pages offer support and you can ask them questions about their experience, I find them both to be very inspiring.

Nightshades are a really common sensitivity for any type of autoimmune disease and it isn't surprising that they make your symptoms worse. I would make sure to stay strict on the elimination diet for at least a month, better for two or three before trying to reintroduce foods. I don't know specifically about the palm oil, but if you suspect it is a problem leave it out as well. Good luck!



on May 17, 2013
at 10:23 AM

I've been following the autoimmune protocol for a little while now for RRMS, but was paleo before that. Numbness has totally gone but the tingling sensations and leg weakness is still there. I'd imagine it's gona take a while to rebuild the myelin sheath, but i'd say going paleo has kept me stable as i've not deteriorated. Have you tried methyl B12? I've looked through research papers on the net, and taking this in high doses has been shown to help myelination, obviously check with your doc first, but i'm going to be trying this too. Lecithin is another thing you could consider from non GM soya, as it's a proponent of myelin. Multi strain probiotics could help your MS too, as the gut is apparently 80% of the immune system. I'd also look into fermented cod liver oil for your fats. I still have a little organic whole milk in my tea and still consume high fat pastured cream and butter. I also have a little fermented lentils with brown rice as this suits me fine. I think it's a matter of trial and error with diet but I consume a lot of saturated fat and organic egg yolks. The swank diet doesnt make sense to me omitting saturated fats.

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