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Have You Seen The Documentary What The Health?

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A plant based diet can help dramatically with MS. What are your thoughts?

posted February 18, 2018
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Yes Jeff I have and many other different diets too through YouTube. What I discovered is that everyone's body is different, so while one diet may work miracles for you, other's may actually make you worse. I do believe that Multiple Sclerosis has something to do with your diet, but not everything. In other words, you can improve your condition, but I would not count on it to heal me.

I quit smoking 4 months ago tomorrow, changed my diet (eat lots of vegetables and fruits daily and stay away from fried or bad saturated fat foods), began taking my daily vitamins, joined the gym and began strength training, and began walking one mile every other day for the first month, slowly working myself up to 7 mile jog. Yesterday for the first time, I took my dog to a 9.6 mile trail jog (2 hours and 11 minutes) and today I am pretty sore!

A month ago I had a couple of MRIs and went to see my neurologist for a check-up. He was very surprised. I had muscle tone, good balance, and able to respond to his questions right away without having to concentrate on what he was asking, unlike my last visit. He told me that my MRI shows no active MS and less lesions in my brain. In short, I believe there are many other factors that taken together contribute to MS other than diet.

What I am taking away from this whole experience is that I am learning to befriend my MS. Multiple Sclerosis is teaching me to listen and care for my body and to slow down and learn to live in the present moment so that I can better appreciate what's in front of me, instead of wasting my time living in the past (what could have been) or in the future (I'm not their yet).

Thus, I feel like my body and mind are functioning better than ever, I am not going to claim that I am healed from Multiple Sclerosis, but continue to live in the here and now and be grateful and continue to take care of my body the best I can so that I be there for myself and others:))

posted February 18, 2018
A MyMSTeam Member

A plant based diet can help all your health issues including MS

posted February 18, 2018
A MyMSTeam Member

I was on a plant based diet for 20 years before I was even diagnosed. As soon as I was diagnosed I went to a very well-known naturopath and he did cleansings, acupuncture, cranio-sacral massage, and much more. He adjusted my diet so it was not only plant-based but completely anti-inflammatory (which eliminated even most plants from my diet.) Even so, I continued to progress very fast, 3 years from diagnosis to life in a wheelchair. I have added some foods back into my diet because I was bored and HUNGRY all the time. Re-introducing those foods didn't seem to make me any worse. I am still totally vegan for going on 40 years now, and i do believe in a compassionate lifestyle. Whether it's done anything at all to slow my progression, I'll never know.

posted February 18, 2018
A MyMSTeam Member

I have not seen it, but feel this type of diet can help many health issues. However, I feel that all the vegans and vegetarians I have met, get colds, etc more than I do as a meat and grain eater. I am not opposed to this plant diet, but I dont think it will cure anything. Everything in moderation, including moderation.

posted February 18, 2018
A MyMSTeam Member

Nope. Although I do eat a high protein salad for breakfast; I do love and grind. Chicken and green beans...soft tacos and beans. Plants? They're potted outside😌

posted February 18, 2018

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