Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Multiple Sclerosis and Food

Shiny Healthy People is going to target optimal health in two ways. The first way is through food therapy or health cultivating, where we guide and coach each client through one to six months of counseling and treatment through food and recipes and lifestyle changes. The other aspect of our practice will focus on treating specific diseases with food. This is because there have been links with specific food items to disease. For example, Type 1 Diabetes has been found to be triggered by complex dietary proteins early in life, usually before age 3 months. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, such as Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's are more common in areas where the Western diet is prevalent. Today I am going to talk about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the Terry Wahls diet. Dr. Wahls is an Internal Medicine doctor who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, a chronic, progressive nervous system disease that causes the body to attack the covering along your nerves. This is called demyelnation (myelin sheaths are wrapped around your nerves) thus damaging your nerves in your brain and spinal cord. Some of the symptoms that occur once the damage is done include:
- spaticity
- bladder problems
- bowel problems
- vision issues
- balance and dizziness
- speech and swallowing problems
- pain

As Dr. Wahl's disease progressed, she underwent chemo and ended up in a wheelchair three years after her diagnosis. Thanks to her training and tenacity, she discovered many supplements that could help treat her symptoms and help her disease. Dr. Wahls took it one step further and redesigned her diet to fit so that she could get the supplements in food. She adopted the Hunter-Gatherer diet and tailored it to her own. She is now able to walk on her own, rides a bike and spreads the word to anyone suffering from this disease. She is truly a pioneer and hero in the medical world and follows the words of Thomas Edison in her practice.

Here is her Ted Talk. Inspiring and profound to say the least:

Please contact us if need help navigating the steps involved in changing your diet to help treat your MS. We're here for you. 

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