GeneFo ran last week a fascinating webinar on natural treatments for multiple sclerosis. Dr. Trent Austin discussed Biotin, Vitamin D, Turmeric, Fasting and more. He reviewed the latest research and also provided insights from his own clinical experience.
Genefo have decided to turn the webinar on natural treatment for multiple sclerosis into a podcast. In fact some of it may be useful for people with other conditions such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
A very exciting and informative webinar coming your way J
Join Dr.Trent Austin for a live online lecture (or get the video recording) on natural treatments for MS symptoms- including Biotin, Vitamin D, Turmeric (curcumin) and more…
Dr. Austin has been incorporating natural therapies into his practice and researching the effects of these remedies on symptoms of MS. He will summarize clinical studies in easy-to-understand terms; offer opinions based on his research, and speak about safety, recommended dosages and reliable sources.
Register today at www.genefo.com/webinarms (if you cannot make the session, please feel free to register and you will automatically receive the recording)
Registering for the webinar unlocks many other great features for MS patients and caregivers, delivered on GeneFo:
GeneFo is a free patient crowd sourcing platform that innovates by going beyond matching patients that have the same condition, and actually classifies & matches them according to their specific Multiple Sclerosis type.
Patients and caregivers can use GeneFo to
Track their condition via personal health management reports
View and compare real-time stats on what works for others with a similar medical profile
Register to get matched to clinical trials according to location and profile
Consult with an in-house medical team
See unbiased reviews of medical & alternative treatments and providers
And the best part? No more sifting through endless posts and web pages – All of these features are perfectly organized and delivered in one screen!
The aim of today’s blog is to find out what treatments have been used by our readers. So we have set up a very short poll. It would be great if you could take part below.
Please use the comments box to share more about your experience of natural, alternative or complementary treatments for multiple sclerosis. In particular we would love to know how successful these treatments have been.
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.
One of the features of this blog is to look at conventional and alternative /natural treatments for different medical conditions. For this blog we will focus on natural treatments for multiple sclerosis. It is interesting to note that People with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS) are often very receptive to non-traditional treatments.
It is worth mentioning that there are a number of treatments we won’t be covering, such as being stung by bees, because we can’t account for its veracity. Asl this is the first of a two partpost we won’t cover everything so if you do have any ideas you wish us to mention in the next blog it would be great if you could mention them in the comments box below.
a) Exercise is of course a biggie. The key issue is “low impact” exercise so Yoga, Tai Chi and swimming all come highly recommended. We covered yoga for PwMS in a previous blog which you may find of interest http://patienttalk.org/?p=571.
c) Massage. While not in and of itself a disease modifier it certain helps with stress and depression which are side effects of multiple sclerosis.
d) Evening primrose oil. Some studies have suggested that it may help with some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
e) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO). Simply put this means that the patient breaths pure oxygen. Some studies have suggested there are signs of improvement while many say it has no effect.
The more eagled eyed among our readers will note that we have not covered a diet at all in this post. This is because we plan to review various diets in a set of future blogs.
The next stage is really over to you. It would be great if you have tried any of these therapies we could have your feedback on how they worked. You may wish to think in terms of some of the following questions:-
1) How long have you had multiple sclerosis and what were/are your main symptoms?
2) What treatments have you tried? In particular which complementary treatments have you used?
3) How effective were those non-traditional treatments?
4) Would you recommend any treatments to others to help with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis?
Please use the comments box below to add your thoughts and suggestions.