MS My Healing Story
Multiple Sclerosis – Could It Be Nutrition?
Doctors Use Drugs * Yeast, Not Lesions? * Grains, Gluten & Dairy
My MS Protocol * Dr. Terry Wahls Protocol
DEFINITION: Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is an immune-mediated demyelinating and axonal degenerative disease of the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves). MS is the most common progressive neurological disorder of young adults, affecting 350,000 to 400,000 people in the United States.
- The median age of Multiple Sclerosis onset is 30 years.
- Multiple Sclerosis is more common in women.
- By 15 years from the first MS symptom onset, 20% require a cane to walk.
MS My Healing Story
My name is Debbie Allen. I had 3 neurologists diagnose me with Multiple Sclerosis in May 2005. Their diagnosis was based upon MRI results. My personal belief is that this “perfect storm illness event” was misdiagnosed. Since there is no single test that will specifically diagnose multiple sclerosis, a definitive diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is made by a neurologist after performing a thorough neurological history and physical examination and multiple tests to rule out other conditions that can be confused with multiple sclerosis.
I noticed some unusual numbness and tingling on my left foot, which in a few days graduated to nearly my entire body! My first visit with a neurologist suggested that I obtain MRI’s to investigate. Upon review of the MRI, transverse myelitis was recognized as the first indication of MS, where lesions were discovered on my spine, more intrusive measures were suggested including a spinal fluid study to verify MS and to begin a high dose of intravenous steroids.
Doctors Use Drugs For MS
Unfortunately, the initial objective of most doctors and insurance companies is to use drugs as the initial health care defense. I am personally not one to jump into a chemical lab of drugs to minimize symptoms. My preference is to find out what may be the root cause of this problem. Based on all evidence, it seemed that the best decision for me to address my illness was to first look at this health issue as naturally as possible. Knowing that MS is an autoimmune disease, my first choice was to build my immune system using supplements and essential oils for the symptoms.
- Did you know? many drugs are laden with gluten.
- This is like throwing kerosene on the fire!
- Just think; What if you eliminate the drugs and the dairy and gluten??
Yeast – Not Lesions!
The typical medical belief is that MS is a plaque of demyelination in the spinal cord. How about YEAST along the spinal cord? Maybe candida could be the “culprit”? Fortunately, my third neurologist
visit was with a holistic neurologist that expanded my view on food intolerances and reviewed my diet, nutrition absorption, and a supplement plan. The holistic neurologist also interpreted my MRI “lesions” as yeast along my spine instead of the initial diagnosis of transverse myelitis caused by an inflammatory process of the spinal cord, demyelination.
Eliminate: Dairy, Gluten, and Grains
Upon changing my diet – eliminating dairy, grains, and gluten, my life changed! Upon further research, I found studies reviewing common foods that can intensify the symptoms of MS. They are dairy (milk, butter and cream, cheese), grains containing gluten – especially wheat, even corn, eggs, and yeast. If you think you are sensitive to any of these foods, eliminate them for 3-6 weeks, and then reintroduce them (if you want to) ONE at a time – to verify the reaction. Personally, by removing these foods and getting your life back, you may never want to indulge in them again! Gluten is now recognized to be the culprit in many autoimmune diseases including MS. People with MS that improve their food choices, exercise habits, altering environmental factors, and lifestyle… can eliminate and/or reverse symptoms of MS.
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90 Days = Symptom-FREE
90 Days following my initial misdiagnosis of MS, I was able to live my life symptom-free. What did I do to accomplish this? DIET! I removed gluten and dairy from my diet. Wow-what a difference food can make in your world. It was really hard for me to believe that such simple foods that we all digest (or try to) every day can have such a negative impact on your health.
My “Basic” MS Protocol
- Look at your lifestyle and habits.
- Lifestyle, diet, stress, environment.
- Eat whole foods – not junk.
- Stop drinking alcohol, smoking.
- Stop drugging – Drugs cannot be processed by the human body.
- Review your diet with a nutritionist.
- Raindrop Technique
- Work with (me) a Nutritionist
- Find and work with a holistic Neurologist.
I was very excited when I initially saw Dr. Wahls Ted Talk, as it resonated with my own personal MS experience, using diet/whole foods to bring my health back. I suggest Dr. Terry Wahls Protocol for ALL clients. Most of us are not eating whole foods anyway. Using her system is very simple and affordable. This simple image on the right here is the “basic” protocol. Like all whole food protocols, time management comes into play. My comment is always “Pay now or Pay Later”, even regarding your time investment. Cooking whole foods takes time, but it can be a fun family event, and your body will LOVE you for it!
Her auto-immune challenges were reversed using whole foods written and shared in her book: The “Wahls Protocol”. Dr. Wahls reversed her MS symptoms from being confined to a wheelchair for four years to restoring her health and riding her bike five miles to work each day. Dr. Terry Wahls’ book: The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles, is available in hardback or paperback.
Dr. Terry Wahls speaks in Calgary, Canada on September 15, 2014.
Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls | TEDxIowaCity
Dr. Terry Wahls in her initial recorded video in this TEDx Talk. Filmed on Nov 30, 2011, Dr. Terry Wahls shared her diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.
Are you suffering from MS symptoms?
Would you like to try the food and lifestyle changes to get your life back? I would be honored to help you on your healing path. Please call me for a FREE initial 20″ phone consultation at 303-782-4842. Schedule a session. Let’s get well!