1. My daughter, age 42, has MS. She was dismissed from her banking position, lost her insurance and has run out of disability insurance. Meds are too expensive and she feels they do not help her. Do you know of any alternative therapies that have been used successfully with MS patients? We are at our wit's end.
I’m sorry your daughter finds herself in such difficult circumstances, however multiple sclerosis (MS) is an illness for which an integrative approach can be very successful, in large part because inflammation, stress and lifestyle factors seem to play a central role.
Many factors influence inflammation, among them genetics and toxic environmental exposures, but nutrition plays a significant role, as well. Following a healthy diet can help lessen the persistent inflammation that underlies many chronic illnesses like MS. Ask your daughter to follow the information on my web site about the anti-inflammatory diet (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet
). She should focus her food choices around a wide assortment of fruits and vegetables (preferably organic), and healthy fats from cold water fish and extra virgin olive oil, for example. It’s best that she lessens her intake of animal protein, focusing more on plant-based sources such as whole soy foods and beans, and avoids highly processed carbohydrates as much as possible. The spices turmeric and ginger not only add flavor to dishes but also provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
There has clearly been a great deal of stress in your daughter’s life, which in itself can worsen the symptoms of MS. Have her explore healthy means of stress management, especially mind body therapies such as Guided Imagery, breathing exercises, and gentle yoga.
Practitioners of other complete systems of medical care, such as Chinese medicine and ayrdvedic medicine, offer therapies that can be very effective for MS. I recommend that your daughter consider using a fish oil supplement each day (at least 3 grams) and also take supplemental vitamin D3 in a dose of at least 2,000 IU daily.
A number of my patients with MS have expressed interest in using Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), a therapy that has yet to be definitively studied, but that seems to offer some benefit to people with MS without significant side effects. The typical starting dose is 1.5 mg daily, with the highest dose used I’ve seen being 4 mg / day. LDN therapy requires a prescription from your physician and must be obtained through a compounding pharmacy.GB Note:
- Wendy Booker was diagnosed with MS at age 43. But instead of giving up, she pursued new dreams -- including becoming the first woman with MS to conquer the world's seven summits -- and inspires people who are battling the disease.
- Rain Pryor's famous father Richard was diagnosed with MS and it changed the entire family. See what Rain tells The Growing Bolder Radio Show about the illness and how it re-connected this father and daughter.
- Men and women all over the world are living life through illness, accomplishing amazing things and leading the way for us all. Need proof? Watch this.