Multiple Sclerosis and Healthy Eating Tips from Dr. Rudy Cartwright

By Karen Cioffi

If you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or you know someone who is, you know just how life-altering this disease can be.

It can disrupt your balance, cause shakiness and pins and needles throughout your body. It can cause motor (muscular) disturbance, severe fatigue, vision disturbances, and a slew of other disabling symptoms.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.”

In layman terms, MS is a chronic illness that usually progresses. The body, actually the immune system, attacks the sheaths (myelin) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing lots and lots of life-limiting disturbances. It’s considered an autoimmune disease because of the immune system’s involvement.

Understanding what MS is and how it affects the body, it’s easy to see why anyone suffering with this disabling disease needs to take actions to fight its potential devastating health effects. They need to be informed.

Dr. Ruby Cartwright, a neurosurgeon and MS expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, presented a webinar on foods and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The doctor is well-versed in MS and his research has found that foods play an important factor in the progression or remission or recovery of the disease.

Here is an overview of Dr. Cartwright’s findings:

FOODS TO EAT:

– Fruits and vegetable: oranges, pomegranates, apples, broccoli, asparagus (helps in detoxing the body)

– Drink: 9 glasses of water daily (helps with detox)

– Drink 1 cup of green tea (helps reduce inflammation)

– Add supplements to your diet: Fish Oil, vitamin D3, DHEA

*NOTE: When contemplating any supplements or changes to your diet, talk to your doctor first.

FOODS TO AVOID:

– NO gluten or gliadian (wheat, rye, barley, oats). This tip is for everyone with an autoimmune disease.
– NO dairy or calcium supplements.
– NO processed foods.
– NO Red meats.

Dr. Cartwright emphasized that this diet is geared to aid in the recovery of MS.

If you’d like to listen to the talk, CLICK HERE.

I’m not sure how long it will be available, so check it out soon.

Also, for a quick look at what happens to your body with MS, check out this YouTube video:

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