I received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006. Since then, I am often asked, what is your secret? How do you stay healthy?
The below are 5 of my favorite natural remedies. I believe these strategies may be applicable to anyone with an auto-immune disorder. If this protocol is adhered to religiously, some find improvement in as little as 3 months. For others it may take significantly longer.
- Fish Oil –This is one of the best anti-inflammatories around. I currently take 7 grams per day –That’s 7,000 milligrams. (That is a very high dose; be sure to check with your doctor if you would like to take this much fish oil.)
- Acidophilus –The various Functional Medicine doctors I see encourage me to take large doses of acidophilus. I use a product called Ther-Biotic Complete made by Klaire Labs; it must be refrigerated at all times, even during shipping.
- Vitamin D –Many people with illness and auto-immune conditions suffer from abnormally low levels of Vitamin D, therefore, when friends ask, I recommend that they get their blood levels of this vitamin checked immediately and then quarterly thereafter. When I was severely deficient in Vitamin D, I took a mega dose of 5,000 IU per day, until my levels reached the normal range.
- Low Dose Naltrexone –Although many of you will argue that a drug is not “natural,” I beg to differ. Using this opioid agonist in micro-doses is not accepted treatment yet for multiple sclerosis and other auto-immune disorders. That’s a shame.
- Grain Free Diet –Grains can wreak havoc on a weakened immune system. If I had to give one piece of advice to people with any auto-immune disorder, it would be to go on a diet that is entirely (100%) grain free (and also free of grain-like substances such as quinoa, millet, wild rice, etc). Of course, gluten is the ultimate no-no –in 10 years recommending a gluten free diet to anyone with an auto-immune condition will probably be standard medical protocol.
These natural treatments for multiple sclerosis may not be the answer for everyone. I am not willing to argue about clinical studies to back up the effectiveness of this array of supplements, diet and off label drugs. The information I am sharing is “anecdotal evidence”–for only one person. This is what works for me.
If you’re looking for additional guidance, here are some great Functional Medicine doctors that are open minded to both conventional medical treatment and alternative strategies:
Lastly, I wanted to share this video featuring Terry Wahls, MD that was sent to me by an acupuncturist friend late last fall. In 2003 Dr. Wahls, was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis and was so sick she could not even use a regular wheelchair. After removing processed foods, grains and dairy from her diet, she experienced an amazing recovery and is now able to walk, horseback ride and do many other strenuous physical activities.
I wish everyone seeking to improve their health the best of luck. I also want to point out that we are all bio-chemical individuals, so what works for me may not be best for you.
Please, make sure to listen to your own body and trust what it tells you.