Managing MS naturally - an MS bible
If you're looking for tried and tested alternative diet and lifestyle advice and how you can help manage your condition then this book would be the one. I've just finished reading it and I found it fantastic.
"Judy Graham is an inspiration. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when she was just 26, 36 years later Judy Graham is still walking, working and has successfully birthed and raised a son who is now an adult. In this totally revised and updated edition of her groundbreaking "Multiple Sclerosis", first published in 1984, she shares the natural treatments that have helped her and many others with MS stabilize or even reverse the condition.
Beginning with the effects of diet, she explains that many people with MS have been eating the wrong foods and shows which foods are "good" and "bad", how to recognise food sensitivities and how to correct nutritional deficiencies using dietary supplements. She also looks at reducing the body's toxic overload, whether from mercury amalgam fillings, chemicals, or medications. She presents the exercises with proven benefits for MS and she has found most reliable and appropriate, such as yoga, pilates and tai chi, and explores the alternative therapies to provide relief and support to the body's efforts to control MS. Most important are the insights she provides on the effects of negative thoughts on MS. She demonstrates how a positive mental attitude can even slow down or reverse the progression of this disease. Judy Graham is living proof that, as devastating as a diagnosis of MS is, life can still be lived to it's fullest"
It starts by giving a really good overview of MS symptoms, the possible causes and how we can control the condition. Then goes into diet and foods we might be sensitive to like gluten and dairy. In this book she advocates the Best Bet Diet which involves giving up gluten, dairy, legumes, refined sugar and any foods for which you might have a sensitivity to, and says she always feels better when she follows it. But she also talks about Dr Terry Wahls approach and other diets. She talks about alkalinity and the benefits of keeping your body in an alkaline state.
There is a whole chapter on Nutritional Supplements and what each supplement is good for addressing eg."Vitamin C is involved in 300 chemical pathways in the body. It is needed for the immune system, repair of tissue and healthy collagen." Throughout the whole book there's little case studies on people with MS who have found benefit from the specific treatments she talks about. I love this chapter as it's something you can refer back to when looking at your symptoms and what you can do to help them.
It's in this section she talks about Tahitian Noni Juice. I'd heard about it before I got sick but never looked into it. So I thought maybe it could help me. I googled "Tahitian Noni for MS" and found many stories of people whose symptoms have reversed from taking it daily. I read about the fruit and it's benefits and found that people swear by it.
The next 2 chapters are all about the incredible benefits of Vitamin D and fats and oils and their roles in MS. And a huge chapter on physical and complimentary therapies. She covers the benefits of exercise then breaks it all down in terms of different approaches and how they can help - from pilates, reiki, tai chi, vibration training, meditation, yoga, electrical stimulation to pore posture, acupuncture, aromatherapy, ayurveda, craniosacral therapy and emotional freedom technique among many other helpful therapies.
She also talks about reactive foods and beverages like refined sugar, alcohol, and chemicals that can form in our foods even plant foods exposed to high heat, and some possible triggers that could flare up symptoms. These are things, foods and drinks that can cause inflammation in the body and tip it out of balance. And one of the last sections is on detoxing and it's benefits to the body and your overall health.
At the end there's a chapter I really appreciated reading on mercury and amalgam fillings and their possible effect on MS. I found this section a really good read as I have heard a lot of people have gotten their silver fillings removed after diagnoses. (But what I've learnt is that if you are thinking about this do your research and use a dentist specifically trained in amalgam filling removal. As it has the potential, if done poorly, to make things worse.)
Thats the book in a nutshell, it covers a really broad range of topics and therapies that I found really informative and the case studies make it all the more encouraging. This is certainly the book I keep referencing when a symptom is giving me grief and her advice really works. For me it's in the must-read category of MS books.