My husband was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We don’t know much about MS and it’s very scary. Do you have any recommendations?” — Gina K., Babylon, NY
A. Dear Gina, Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in gradual loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. MS is considered to be an autoimmune disease in which the nerves of the brain and spinal cord are damaged by one's own immune system.
I think diet is incredibly important in helping with any type of chronic disease. I would start by eliminating refined sugar and carbohydrates, and I highly recommend trying the ketogenic diet. Research has shown positive effects of disease progression and symptom management with the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is the one I personally follow and you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
There are some natural, supportive ingredients that can be quite helpful for this condition. However, with a chronic disease like this, it is important that you keep your husband’s doctor in the loop regarding any dietary supplements or natural interventions he would like to add to his routine.
First and foremost, your husband would benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied curcumin daily. Curcumin, a compound found in the spice turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory that works via multiple pathways. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the curcumin he chooses features excellent absorption. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. I would have your husband take this curcumin twice per day.
I believe he would also benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of conditions. When choosing a boswellia extract, I believe an extract standardized for AKBA is essential. One of boswellia’s most powerful components is AKBA, which is why it is so often the focus of research. However, there is another compound in boswellia that is actually pro-inflammatory, which is called beta-boswellic acid (BBA). I recommend looking for a boswellia that is standardized to at least 10 percent AKBA and virtually no beta-boswellic acids+. I would take this twice per day.
And last, but not least, I would recommend vitamin D. Much research has been done that suggests lack of vitamin D is one of the root causes of multiple sclerosis, cancer, as well as many other diseases. My recommendation for a good dose is 5000 IUs of vitamin D3 daily.
For additional support, he could also consider a clinically studied, reduced, and active form of L-glutathione, twice daily. Virtually everyone with a chronic disease is depleted in this crucial antioxidant. It is often called the “mother of antioxidants.”
Terry . . . Naturally