After my diagnosis I like most of the MS population was put on a Disease Modifying Drug. My drug? Copaxone. It was good for a few months and then it wasn’t.
Post diagnosis, like most people, I researched. I mean, I felt like I was back in school with the amount of researching I did. But this time it was different…I was researching for my life.
Why do I have to take these drugs? It’s a progressive disease. Why can’t I just pour coconut oil over this and prat it gets better. What about Kale?
Well after a few months of being on the drugs and feeling like total crap I got desperate. I took all the research that I had done and decided that was it! I stopped the injections, bought the oils overhauled my kitchen and threw away everything that wasn’t “healthy”
Processed food? Gotta go.
Pork? See ya
There is currently a study that is being done at New York’s Mount Siani Hospital by Dr Iliana Katz Sand, where they are looking at how food might be the medicine to combat MS. This new study uses the microbiome (a bacteria that lives in the digestive tract) and diet. Mostly they are trying to see if it is possible to reprogram the immune system to inadvertently slow down the immune systems attack on it self.
You might be thinking, well what about the meds? I hear you! I’m back on mine – not by choice. However it doesn’t hurt to put the facts out there. About 70% of the immune system is made up from the gut . So it only makes sense that what we feed it will have a direct impact on how we feel right?
So what are they eating? They are all following a strict Mediterranean style diet. Basically trading in the processed food, dairy and meat for fruits, veggies and whole grains.Why these foods? They are thought to be anti-inflammatory.
I’m not sure why this is such a new concept – the gut and how it affects the entire body, but it is, and the research and studies that are being produced are pretty incredible. The phrase you are what you eat is not just a saying any more folks!
For more information on this study and Dr. Katz Sand press here