A plant-based diet may not only be the safest treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), it may also be the most effective. Mayo Clinic defines MS as a disease in which your immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves. Myelin damage disrupts communication between your brain and the rest of your body. Ultimately, the nerves themselves may deteriorate, a process that’s currently irreversible. I have coached clients with MS for several years now with self hypnosis. Studies have shown that the use of hypnosis can indeed improve the function of specific parts of the immune system. Resistance to disease can go up, reaction to allergens can go down, and autoimmune attack can be stopped using relaxation and specific imagery designed to reprogram the immune system. Research demonstrates consistent improvement if not remission in MS, Crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and other autoimmune disorders.
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How to Treat Multiple Sclerosis With Diet
Dr. Roy Swank, who we lost recently at age 99, was a distinguished neurologist whose research culminated in over 170 scientific papers. In the video, Treating Multiple Sclerosis with the Swank MS Diet, I highlight a few.
As far back as 1950, we knew there were areas in the world that had a lot of MS—North America, Europe—and other places—Africa and Asia—that hardly had any. And migration studies show that those who move from a high risk area to a low risk area significantly drop their risk, and vice versa. So it seems less genetic and more lifestyle.
Dr. Swank had an idea. As he recounts in an interview with Dr. John McDougall at the ripe young age of 84, “it seemed possible to me that this could be a matter of food, because the further north you go the less vegetarian a life is led and the more people are carnivores, you might say—they spend a lot more time eating meat.”
After looking at the multiple sclerosis data from World War II in occupied countries where meat and dairy were rationed, along with his famous study in ’52 that found that the frequency of MS related directly to the amount of saturated animal fat consumed daily in different areas of Norway, he concluded that it might be the animal fat that was causing the increased risk. He decided to put it to the test by restricting people’s intake of saturated animal fat, most commonly coming from dairy and chicken in the U.S. (See Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero).
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I have had the honor of teaching hypnosis to clients living with autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis for several years. Medical hypnosis can help you to ease pain, reduce and or reverse symptoms, decrease stress, boost your immune system and help you make diet and other healthy lifestyle changes that will help you to give good care to yourself.
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