Is there a cure for Multiple Sclerosis?
I started this article with the intention of titling it “MS is NOT a disease!”. But I rescinded this notion after checking the dictionary definition of the word Disease.
Disease: a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.
I assumed that a disease was caused by some extraneous bacteria or virus. I was wrong, it can be caused by a multitude of things including environmental factors and/or nutritional deficiency. I still maintain that MS is not a disease in the conventional sense, therefore there is NOT a cure. MS is a biological malfunction of the body.
I have Multiple Sclerosis, you know I have Multiple Sclerosis, so what in the blazes am I saying? There is no known cure for Multiple Sclerosis that is an accepted fact. So I raise the question “Why?”.
Before I continue, I must point out that I am not medically qualified so any theories I put forward are only my personal opinion and not based on any proven medical facts.
I am reading and following The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls with some success. Some of her writing, some of her teaching implores us to look at this condition in an entirely new way. She expounds her belief that the symptoms of MS, and indeed many other chronic conditions, arise from a malfunction in the body at a cellular level.
She believes that the mitochondria are not operating efficiently causing the normal cell replacement in a healthy body to fail. This inefficient operation is due, she believes, to our current modern diet which is not providing our cells with the essential nutrients for optimum operation.
To remedy this malfunction we must address the underlying cause by completely rethinking the way we fuel our complex bodies. You would not expect that shiny new Ferrari to run well on kerosene so, why do we expect our bodies to run well on junk food?
The diet begins by excluding dairy products and gluten which appears, initially, to be a huge change in our normal dietary habits. It means giving up bread, pastry, pasta, ice-cream and many other things I eat frequently, as I’m sure do many others. But why gluten and dairy? We have been brought up being told these are healthy foods.
It seems that both gluten and lactose contain a protein very similar in structure to a protein found in myelin (the protective sheath around all nerve fibres) and this is where to root cause of MS is believed to be found. Somewhere in our past, our immune system has been triggered to see this protein as alien to our bodies. This may have been a childhood infection which has long gone or a slight food intolerance which has been so slight as to be unnoticed. Whatever the trigger, the immune system is now attacking this protein and cannot differentiate between the alien protein and the resident myelin protein.
It is, therefore, my belief that in MS the autoimmune system is NOT attacking the myelin, it is instead targeting either the gluten protein OR the lactose protein and the myelin is collateral damage in this fight. This has two profound implications:
- There is no cure for MS, because it does not require a cure, it requires a change in dietary habit that will allow the natural regeneration of the myelin.
- If this dietary change is effective then MS has been self-inflicted by our own ignorance of our bodily needs.
The Wahls Protocol is defined as a radical new way to treat chronic conditions and it is radical and will require making substantive and permanent changes to the way we view food and our health. I have been following Wahls Protocol for a little over 2 months at the time of writing this and I am amazed at the healing progress I have made so far. My fatigue is lessened, my balance and mobility are improved, my eyesight is better and perhaps most significantly is the thinning of the brain fog. I can think more clearly, I am far more lucid and my memory is returning. I am not well, not healed, but my journey to recovery is gathering pace and I now believe I can recover from Multiple Sclerosis.
There is no cure for MS and if diet is the problem then it needs no cure. If diet solves my problem then I have spent all my life poisoning myself!I will report back but, the report may be many years in preparation.
I will conclude this article with my usual disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I am a patient.