MS and Diet – Multiple Sclerosis and the Paleo Diet

MS and the Paleo Diet
MS and the Paleo Diet

While doing some research on the internet for another multiple sclerosis blog post I came across a very interesting article about MS and diet.  The article explained that Jack Osbourne was using the Paleo diet as a way of treating his multiple sclerosis.  You can read more here http://www.examiner.com/article/jack-osbourne-talks-with-dr-oz-about-his-multiple-sclerosis-and-paleo-diet.

As long time readers of this blog know we are very interested in natural treatments for multiple sclerosis (you can read a previous blog on the subject here http://patienttalk.org/?p=1152) so we thought we would investigate the Paleo diet further.

So what is the Paleo diet?

Well its other name “the caveman diet” which rather gives the game away.  The Paleo diet (or Palaeolithic diet) is based upon the idea that the most suitable and healthy diet for a human is the one eaten by our ancestors before the  dawn of the agricultural age.  The idea being that one should try and eat a diet which can either be hunted (meat or fish) or gathered (mushrooms, fruits and berries etc.).  Obviously such a diet will be low on carbohydrates.  Followers of the diet typically drink water and also prefer their meat to be additive free.  In practice people following the Paleo diet eat meat and fish but try to avoid grains and pulses.

Okay all fine so far but how does this help people with multiple sclerosis?  According to its fans it can help with the symptoms of MS and other autoimmune conditions.

The rationale is that the changes in human diet over the last, say, 10,000 years have led to the rise of various different conditions in particular those associated with digestion such as celiac or IBS.  Further the view is taken that an improved diet can assist with diseases which were rare (or perceived as being rare) before we turned to agriculture for our food.  And this includes multiple sclerosis.

A quick trawl around the internet will give you plenty of examples of people who feel that they have improved since taking up the diet.  And this is where you come in.  We are really interest in your experiences with the Paleo diet for multiple sclerosis. Good or bad!

It would be really useful if you could share your story with other readers.  In particular it would be great if you could focus on the following questions.

a)      When were you diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

b)      How long have you been using diet as part of your treatment for MS?  What sort of diet do you use?

c)       Do you use the Paleo diet?

d)      Could you describe a “typical” day’s menu?

e)      How successful has the diet been?

f)       How difficult or otherwise is it to keep to the diet?

Please can you use the comments box below to add your answers?  Feel free to add any links or any information you think will be of interest to other readers.

Many thanks in advance.

At what age did your first symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) present themselves?


Welcome to our latest multiple sclerosis blog. Today we are continuing with some research with our readers regarding their experiences of

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis

multiple sclerosis.  We would like to focus on the question of age when you first started to show symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Please note this is not about your age when you were diagnosed which will be covered in a future blog.

We are running a short poll on the question and it would be great if you could take part.

Feel free to use the comments box below to flesh out any thoughts about multiple sclerosis symptoms and age. Thanks in advance



Geography and Multiple Sclerosis – Where were you diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?


What is the effect of geography on the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis?

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis

The evidence strongly suggests that distance from the equator has a impact on developing multiple sclerosis.  A brief but infromation piece can be found here http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/ms/epidemiology.html#geog.

With the development of the internet and social media it is now easier to get more detail information about the geographical coverage of MS.

Patienttalk.Org is running a research study looking at this in more deatil.  We are running a  poll of our readers to find out where they were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.   It would be great if you could take part.

We do need as many people as possible to take part so it would be great if you could share this poll with anyone you know who has MS.

Thanks for your help in advance.



Multiple Sclerosis! You are not alone – famous people with multiple sclerosis!

Tie One on for Multiple Sclerosis
Tie One on for Multiple Sclerosis
I discovered yesterday, somewhat to my surprise, that I have been blogging about healthcare related issues since 2006.  And then, as today, one of my main areas of focus was multiple sclerosis and providing support for PwMS.

One thing I noticed during those early days (and it is trend that is still with us) was discussion about celebrities who have lived or are living with multiple sclerosis.  I always suspected that this was due, in part, to the curious status of MS being a minority condition when compared with, say, diabetes but still with a substantial prevalence.  It has been suggested that there are nearly 2.5 million people across the globe who suffer from multiple sclerosis.  If we take into account family and supporting friends then the MS community is pretty substantial.

But that does not stop many with multiple sclerosis feeling more than a bit of isolated.  This causes a wholly natural interest in other people with MS.  Both in our local communities but also in celebrities worldwide.

The purpose of this blog to share a few of the famous people who have or have had multiple sclerosis who I feel have made a contribution to the MS community in some way.  This can be directly or indirectly, of course.  Second is to ask you to contribute your suggestions of celebrities who have helped the multiple sclerosis awareness cause.  So here are my top five.

a)      Montel Williams.  The famous American talk show host was diagnosed with MS in 1999.  Since then he has pioneered social media as a way of getting the MS message out. In 2000 he founded the MS Foundation which promotes awareness and research.  You can check out his web site for more information http://www.livingwellwithmontel.com/Home.aspx./

b)      Jacqueline du Pré.  The world famous cellist died at the age of 42 in 1987.  She was diagnosed with MS in 1973; a couple of years after the first symptoms appeared.  Important not just for her musical work but because her struggle with MS helped to raise the profile of the condition with the British public.

c)       Richard Pryor.  The break through US comedian who almost single handily invented the new generation of stand-up humour in the seventies and who died in 2005.  Importantly he used his web site to talk about the condition and thus raised awareness.

d)      Jack Osbourne, an English media personality, was diagnosed with MS last year (2012) in his mid-twenties.  A user of stem cell therapy (http://patienttalk.org/?p=1058) his performances on Dancing with the Stars have inspired a new generation.

e)      Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) was a famous German romantic poet.  In truth the MS diagnosis is not certain but he is included in my list to show that MS is nothing new.    To get a feel for his poetry, albeit in English translation, please have a look at http://www.poetry-archive.com/h/heine_heinrich.html.

So who has inspired you?  Please feel free to use the comments box below to share, who in your view, has help the multiple sclerosis community and why.

Thanks very much in advance.