A long time family friend that I have not had contact with in twenty years has asked me for help because I am so passionate about nutrition. She told me that she will trust only me.
She claims to have MS and more, with heart and lung issues as well. Apparently the heart and lung issues started four weeks and four days ago. Her partner of 12 years left and her MS has become worse, she is broken hearted and in a lot of physical pain. I know from browsing the forums that MS was mentioned a few times, and would like to hear your stories. How has an 80/10/10 diet helped you in this situation?
I asked her to give a while to compile my information, and will be well armed before I speak with her about it again. She has a very low immune system, and it sounds as though that makes her fearful. This could work against her or for her, depending on how I approach the subject. Would you recommend a juice fast/feast, smoothies, or just raw in general? I am under the impression that she does not have much money to spend.
Eagerly awaiting your responses.
Well, my sis n law's mom has MS and controls her symptoms with eating mostly raw. My sis n law "had" MS blood markers and symptoms, cleaned up her diet, started exercising, lost 70 pounds, and is now symptom and Marker free.
The modern medical literature I have read also promotes eating mostly raw foods to control and or even reverse MS symptoms.
Now, having said that, your friend should continue with her medical care and continue to monitor the situation even if she chooses a raw food diet.
Because she has had MS symptoms for so many years, she may have permanent nerve damage, and some nerves may never heal and or some parts of her body may never work properly again.
However, I have hope that she should be able to control, slow, and even reverse some of her symptoms on a whole raw foods diet consisting of fruits and lettuce greens.
Now here is one theory as to why this works.
Foods that are high in oxalates may cause and or contribute to MS symptoms. High oxalate foods include animal products, dairy products, grains, legumes and beans, tubers and potatoes, most nuts and seeds and most cruciferous veggies like kale and spinach. It is very important that if she tries our diet, that she focus on lettuce greens only.
IMO, and in theory, we may find out that there are different forms of MS. There may be a real genetic and or neurological MS that cannot be healed and may be more like a genetic and or birth defect. However, IMO, there may be some psuedo MS conditions that are dietary related and as I mentioned above, and in the blog post referred to above, some MS conditions are linked to a high oxalate diet. When the high oxalate foods are removed, symptoms improve and or clear up as in the case of my sister in law who has no more blood markers.
This pubmed article shows that symptoms of MS can mimic symptoms of people who eat a high oxalate diet and are senstive to oxalates
Raw foods and MS article...though not necessarily 100% with what we promote here
More proof that gluten and grains as well as dairy and casein can cause MS problems:
http://www.paleodiet.com/ms/ (disclaimer is that site promotes eating animal products and we do not for health and ethical reasons.)
For further reading, you can google the current trends of managing MS symptoms with a raw foods diet.
Good luck to you and your friend.
If your friend is interested in what we do here, here is some further reading:
edit here, I have one more thought and opinion. There are many disease and conditions that are actually attributed to what may be clinical and subclinical scurvy. Scurvy is because of lack of vitamin C in the diet. For example, what some dentist might be diagnosing as gingivitis is actually a symptom of scurvy.
In nature, some animals might products upwards of 3000 mg of VC a day and or some primates might eat that much. Eating a raw foods diet usually increases our intake of VC and is the reason many people have relief from their ailments.
Just a thought. Changing to a raw food diet and or asking her doctor for prescription megadoses of vitamin C may help her.
Low fat high fiber diets have shown many times to stop the progression of MS and even reverse the disease.
I would suggest if a low fat raw vegan diet is too much for her to bite off right now to at least cut fat back to under 10% of calories.
Recently I was fortunate to listen in on a long discussion between Dr. Graham and a woman who was suffering from MS.
A low-fat raw vegan diet can facilitate some healing. Or it may at least allow for maintenance. But Dr. G was pretty clear that if you want to actually HEAL from MS, a long-term supervised fast is the only way to do it. This is an issue for people with no money b/c to spend a month at, say, Doug's fasting retreat or some other natural hygiene-friendly retreat is several thousand dollars. But for some people whose disease has progressed past a certain state, it's the only way to do it.
According to Doug, he's had a 100% success rate with MS patients at his retreat. People walking in with canes, leaving without them. The healing capabilities of the body are remarkable.
Don't screw around with juice "fast"/"feast" or anything like that. Your friend needs to eat 100% 811 HCRV. Who knows, she may heal completely - but she will at least experience noticeable healing. Some diseases are so serious that people need an 'adult-sized' serving of total physiological rest - and this means a long-term supervised fast.