Friday, January 8, 2010

Multiple Sclerosis: Glimpses into Possible Help

The health of the body is both a miraculous and mysterious thing. One minute we may feel fine and the next we might start developing a list of annoying symptoms of illness or have a sudden sharp pain. Sometimes symptoms come and go, but they can persist. This usually sends us to a doctor for help. Unfortunately, a doctor’s recommendations often fall short of complete recovery. Whether it does or not, the wisest decision as far as our health is concerned is to learn what we can to do the best we can to take the best care of ourselves possible. Unbelievably, we are all worth the trouble!

No matter what health issue a person may deal with, there is hope for better health. Make the most of the situation by trying to be as healthy as possible. Even if improvements are only slight, that is better than regressing. If continued improvements occur, full recovery may be in the future. Even though we will not last forever in the body we have, we can try to be as healthy as we can while we are here. Most, if not all conditions can be improved by taking this approach.

Take injuries or diseases of the nerves such as ALD or MS. ALD or adrenoleukodystrophy is a rare inherited disease that affects young males. In this progressive disease, the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells breaks down and Addison’s disease or primary adrenal insufficiency develops. Without this protective myelin covering, nerves are unable to function properly or at all. In the movie Lorenzo’s Oil based on a true story, determined parents of an ALD son, Lorenzo, help to discover a diet that stops the progression of this debilitating disease.

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive autoimmune disease affecting the brain and central nervous system in which symptoms and severity vary widely. The disease first occurs most commonly in young adult females. Nerve damage occurs when inflammation develops due to the body attacking itself. Nerve damage may occur in any part of the brain or spinal cord affecting any part of the body. When there is nerve damage, many potential symptoms can develop.

The exact cause of onset is unknown, but genetics, infection and environmental factors may be to blame. More research is needed, but here are some of my tips for dealing with MS:

Try to do what you can about the genetic factor.
  • Rose geranium essential oil
  • Palmarosa essential oil
Arrest the autoimmune attack.
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Cherries
Make sure the body’s electricity is intact.
  • Olive oil
Fight the demyelinating process. Glial cells help support and maintain neurons as well as help form myelin. Make them as healthy as possible and able to perform the duty they were made to perform.
  • Radish sprouts
Fight potential pathogenic infection that may have caused the problem in the first place as best you can.
  • Anti-viral foods – coconut, cranberry, dandelion greens, mango
  • Anti-bacterial foods – broccoli sprouts, ginger, hyssop, pecans
Fight inflammation.
  • Pineapple – fresh, freshly juiced or dried
In an attempt to fight off invading cells, glial cells produce substances that cause inflammation and swelling. Progesterone helps reduce this response.
  • Sunflower seed sprouts
Avoid worsening your condition by surrounding yourself with a healthy environment, diet, adequate exercise without overdoing it and rest. Even if you stop the progression of the demyelination, remyeliniztion is needed for full recovery. I am not going to pretend to have all the answers, but I have learned many things over the years that lead me to believe there is hope.

Strengthen the health of B-cells.
  • Cucumber
Combat muscle spasms with foods and essential oils high in amino acids that help with pain.
  • Almonds
  • Black currants
  • Frankincense
  • Sesame seeds
Strengthen eye health.
  • Red raspberries
Improve attention span.
  • Pecans
  • Rosemary
Fight fatigue.
  • Melissa herb (lemon balm)
Eliminate constipation.
  • Poke Berries
Improve immune system.
  • Mango
Progesterone may help protect and regenerate myelin as well as decrease apoptosis or premature programmed cell death helping to treat diseases like multiple sclerosis.
  • Sunflower seed sprouts
Improve the functioning of neuromuscular junctions, the synapse between nerve cells.
  • Coconut/oil
Concluding tips:
  • Maximize health by sprouting seeds like garbanzo beans and green peas for optimal enzyme content and healing potential.
  • Sprout your own seeds using your own sprouters for convenience, to save money, for desired quantities when you want them and for maximum freshness.
  • Drink plenty of enzyme-rich freshly juiced fruits and vegetables using the best juicers available to stay hydrated and healthy, increase enzyme consumption and to alleviate constipation.
  • Dilute essential oils with skin care oils
  • When it comes to healing, whether it is produce, herbs, seasonings, seeds or beans, fresh is best, then dried, then frozen, then cooked. (Please save these above links since, other than the juicers page, pages cannot be accessed from the home page.)
I hope these suggestions help you with your battle with MS or help you or someone you know prevent the condition. Sprouts have increased enzyme content, which potentially greatly enhances the speed of healing. Make sure your sprouts are fresh since sprouts spoil easily if not properly cared for. They also need to be raw or uncooked because heat destroys the enzymes.

This material is provided for information purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice and treatment. For advice on the treatment of someone with MS, please consult a physician who has examined the patient or is familiar with that patient's medical history. The FDA has not evaluated this information. Therefore, there is no guarantee using this information will help someone with MS.

Judy Dolan


  1. I have cold feet

    Perhaps you have opinions about that?

    I periodically finish a shower with a cold shower with the idea that blood is diverted internally and that the net result after some time is a compensatory warming (from hydrotherapy) and / or it “closes the pores” – whatever that means.

    My Tai Chi instructor had the opinion that this activity or for example running outside when it was cold was very bad in that it drained Chi; a contrasting opinion or view.

    Your thoughts


  2. Here is a partial long list of potential causes of cold feet. I'll get back to you on anemia, often a problem for many, especially vegetarians and vegans. I'll suggest some dietary recommendations.

    Causes of Cold feet
    1. Anemia
    2. Atypical coarctation of aorta
    3. Beta blockers (at least some) - drugs used mostly for high blood pressure, heart rhythm irregularities and protection after a heart attack
    4. Buerger's disease – Treatment:
    • Quit smoking - most important since most cases occur in smokers.
    • Low cholesterol diet
    • Low salt diet
    • Physical exercise
    • Control weight
    5. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    6. Cockayne syndrome
    7. Deep vein thrombosis
    8. Embolism
    9. Foot injury
    10. Hypothermia
    11. Meningococcal disease
    12. Musculoskeletal chronic fatigue syndrome
    13. Naked brimcap poisoning
    14. Peripheral vascular disease
    15. Pratesi syndrome
    16. Raynaud's phenomenon
    17. Restless Legs Syndrome
    18. Scleroderma, systemic
    19. Sjogren's Syndrome
    20. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
    21. Teratogenic Agents (substances like viruses, drugs, or radiation suspected or known to cause deformity or functional problems in an embryo or fetus
    • Acebutolol Hydrochloride, Alprenolol, Atenolol, Betaxolol, Bisoprolol, Brevibloc, Esmolol, Metoprolol, Oxprenolol, Pindolol, Sotalol, Timolol
    • “Alcohol, caffeine and tobacco
    • Drugs and environmental chemicals: 13-cis-retinoic acid, alcohol, aminopterin, androgenic hormones, busulfan, captopril, chlorobiphenyls (PCBs), coumarin, cyclophosphamide, diethylstilbestrol, Dioxin, diphenylhydantoin (Phenytoin, Dilantin, Epanutin), enalapril, ethanol, ethidium bromide, etretinat, Flusilazole, hexachlorobenzene hexachlorophene, isotretinoin (Accutane), lithium, methimazole, methoxyethyl ethers, nimetazepam (Ermin), nitrazepam (Mogadon), organic mercury, penicillamine, temazepam (Restoril; Normisson), tetracyclines, thalidomide, trimethadione, uranium, valproic acid
    • Infections: cytomegalovirus, German measles, herpes virus, parvovirus B-19, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus
    • Ionizing radiation: atomic weapons, radioiodine, radiation therapy
    • Metabolic imbalance: alcoholism, endemic cretinism, diabetes, folic acid deficiency, iodine deficiency, hyperthermia, phenylketonuria, rheumatic disease and congenital heart block, virilizing tumors”
    Taken from
    22. Vasculitis
    23. Venous Insufficiency
    24. Woodhouse Sakati syndrome

  3. I have posted some sugesstions for cold feet. Check it out.