In my search for an alternative to cortisone steroids, I came across a whole host
of ms Recovery Stories (Dave Q-
I recognise now, to quote Roger McDougal, that 'I AM A BIOLOGICAL PROCESS GONE WRONG', (as is the case with an autoimmune system illness like multiple sclerosis), so as such I have to play by different rules to most other people. You may think well why should I change my diet when other people eat all kinds of unhealthy food and appear to get a way with it? Well I'm afraid the harsh truth is, having an illness like Multiple Sclerosis DOES make us DIFFERENT [FACT], and we can have tantrums about how UNFAIR this is as much as we like, but that is not going to change anything. We are much better to GET OVER IT, and GET ON WITH IT!
I NOW KNOW that, in order to give myself the best CHANCE POSSIBLE, I have to keep my diet 'CLEAN' so as to avoid the food proteins, which I believe could trigger the immune system's attack on the myelin through molecular mimicry. The way I see it is my immune system already has enough to cope with in day to day living without dealing with unhealthy foods or foods I have an intolerance to. Now that sounds like COMMON SENSE to me!
I decided to change my diet for six months and then make an assessment of how much it had benefited me (I have no interest in clinging to false hope!). After six months being no worse with ms I carried on with the dietary changes and have done ever since. To read more about the scientific theory behind how diet could affect ms go to (Ashton Embry's journal & article pages)
So where to begin with making dietary changes? A good starting point may be to have an ELISA PANEL test, a simple blood test which shows up which foods you PERSONALLY show an INTOLERANCE too. My first step, after gathering all the information I could find from the net, was to see a trained Nutrition Consultant Brian Hampton, Dip. IoN (Institute of Optimum Nutrition), Sheffield, England, The Caring Clinic, and together we set out the diet and vitamin programme. I then later had the Elisa Panel blood test (IgG Reaction), carried out by York Nutritional Laboratory. For more information visit (York Nutritional Laboratory).
I have also learnt a lot from a remarkable lady, Betty Iams, who produces a monthly
newsletter for people who have ms, called 'Journey to Wellness'. You can visit her
FURTHER BOOKMARKS ON THIS PAGE.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DIET-
Red=foods I eat (goodies)
Grey=foods I avoid (baddies)
The main changes I made were to cut out all WHEAT, DAIRY, YEAST & PROCESSED SUGAR. (common food allergies) I have also cut out RED MEATS , ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, ALL PROCESSED FOOD (to avoid, ADDITIVES, PRESERVATIVES, & PESTICIDES. I buy ORGANIC food when I can afford it!), and don't add SALT to my food (if I use SALT at all in cooking I use SEA SALT!) I avoid drinks high in CAFFEINE. I've replaced the good old cup of tea/coffee with GREEN TEA and HERBAL TEAS. I drink lots of FILTERED WATER, and FRUIT JUICES (best diluted as better for nutritional absorption!). If I drink alcohol at all I drink the odd glass of WINE because I feel GOOD on it. I steer clear of BEER and SPIRITS because they make me feel bad.
OK SO WHAT DO I EAT?
I eat a lot of SALADS, FISH, and STEAMED VEGETABLES . I also eat RICE, POTATO and
CHICKEN (preferably ORGANIC ), and enjoy SPICY FOOD , like (low-
I personally did not go gluten-
I also eat CORNFLAKES in moderation (beware of their sugar and salt content) and
make a MUESLI with MILLET FLAKES, CURRENTS, RAISINS, and lots of SEEDS, like SESAME
SEED, LINSEED, SUNFLOWER SEED, PUMPKIN SEED, FLAX SEED. All Good Stuff!!! This with
FRUIT JUICE makes a great snack (and stops me snacking on biscuits etc). I also sometimes
I avoid MALT VINEGAR but do use CIDER VINEGAR, which makes a great salad dressing
mixed with OLIVE OIL and finely chopped GARLIC . I eat a lot of GARLIC & swear by
the stuff!!! Amongst GARLIC'S multitude of beneficial properties, it is a mild NATURAL
I must stress to you that I AM NOT AN ANGEL. We are all only human so to manage the diet I have a 'HOORAH' day each week (on Saturday). I can break my diet on this day and treat myself to CRISPS, CHIPS, and some CHOCOLATE (I don't go mad but I really enjoy it!!!). I basically am as good as gold during the week and then save my treats for the weekend.
The other important change for me was to a LOW-
SATURATED FATS (solid at room temperature) are sources of a fatty acid ( arachidonic acid) leading to the production of PROSTAGLANDIN 2 (PG2), which promotes inflammation, suppresses the immune system and stimulates allergic response.  Although inflammation is part of the natural healing process (for instance in healing a wound), inflammation running wild, as in an allergic process, is destructive. As ms is an INFLAMMATORY process of the nervous system of UNKNOWN cause, I personally think it is highly likely ALLERGY may play a role for many of us. This maybe explains why people with ms benefit from a reducing their consumption of SATURATED FATS.
UNSATURATED FATS (POLYUNSATURATED or MONOUNSATURATED fats, LIQUID at room temperature)
however, contain the ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS (EFA's), LA Linoleic Acid (Omega 6 Family)
and LNA Linolenic Acid (Omega 3 Family) . As their name suggests these are parts
of our diet as they cannot be manufactured in the body but are essential to life!
They lead to the production of the hormone-
EFA deficiency can also be created by chronic ALCOHOL intake, a high intake of REFINED
SUGAR , a high intake of SATURATED FAT and HYDROGENATED/ PARTIALLY-
This is why we are advised to take EVENING PRIMROSE OIL , which contains GLA (Gamma-
I don't however touch PROCESSED/REFINED OILS , as they contain harmful toxic ny-
I sometimes use UNREFINED SUNFLOWER , SESAME OIL, (good sources of LA) and FLAX OIL ( rich in LNA), but make sure I store them in a COOL and DARK place. What I use mostly, however, is EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL which is predominately MONOSATURATED fat (therefore more stable) and is extracted with gentle pressure rather than heat or solvents! It is shown to be one of the best and safest of fats (other MONOUNSATURATED fats include CANOLA, PEANUT and AVOCADO. Use these in moderation as they are quite fattening). 
PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS WITH ANY MAJOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE, YOU MAY EXPERIENCE FEELING
WORSE BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO FEEL BETTER AS YOUR BODY DETOXIFIES. YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
CRAVINGS (COMMONLY FOR SUGAR, CAFFEINE, YEAST & WHEAT) AND WITH-
My diet is largely ANTI-
CANDIDA (as with other yeasts, moulds, and parasites) are known to have an important
connection to ALLERGY and keep the immune system in an impoverished state, the last
thing we need with a condition such as MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. CANDIDA can be the under-
My diet is similar to that proposed by Ashton Embry, and my reasoning behind making the dietary changes, alongside the above, are that diet appears to be the only environmental factor that correlates well with and explains the epidemiology of ms (where it exists and who gets it).
There is also plenty of ANECDOTAL evidence to support the fact that certain foods affect the onset and progression of ms. Top doctors also cannot fault the scientific theory Ashton proposes as to how this certain food proteins could trigger the immune system's attack on the myelin through molecular mimicry in certain genetically predisposed individuals.
UNTIL IT IS PROVEN THAT DIET DOES NOT PLAY A ROLE IN MS I AM NOT WILLING TO TAKE
THE RISK. I may be waiting a long time, as drug companies are not interested in discovering
that people can make themselves better! This is why I fully support Ashton Embry's
campaign to get funding for proper scientific DIET RESEARCH TRIALS. To find out more
about his efforts visit DIRECT-
Almost all money is being ploughed into long-
I AM NOT A TRAINED NUTRITIONIST. ALL THE ABOVE IS TAKEN FROM BOOKS I HAVE READ AND DESCRIBES THE DIET THAT WAS RECOMMENDED FOR ME PERSONALLY THROUGH ONE TO ONE SESSIONS WITH A TRAINED NUTRITION CONSULTANT. AS EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT I BELIEVE EACH INDIVIDUAL MUST WORK OUT WHAT DIETARY CHANGES WORK FOR THEM. PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THIS DIET IS SUPPLEMENTED IN ORDER TO OBTAIN OPTIMUM NUTRITION.