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Just listened to this broadcast and I would like to add some other points with respect to MS. Dr. Wright did a nice job of describing what MS is and the factors leading to a diagnosis. However, she was woefully lacking in her comments regarding treatment and outlook for patients. There are a number of very large studies completed and currently underway which show very strong results in MS patients who alter their diet (see Dr. Swank and Dr. McDougall) and lifestyle (see Dr. Jelinek). In addition, there are studies looking at the positive aspects of vitamin D as a treatment. To date, no MS drug has come even close to the results of these so-called alternative methods. I think it is terribly unnerving for anyone recently diagnosed with MS to be led down the path often prescribed by doctors - ie. the drug therapy path. Most doctors never really talk about the positive aspects of a lifestyle change including something so simple as increasing vitamin D levels and moving to a whole food, plant-based diet. These studies and results represent real hope to MS patients and need to be aggressively pursed and discussed by doctors.
I have had MS for three years now without a relapse and with steady improvements each year. My improvements began when I stopped taking the drugs four months after my diagnosis and adapted the program from Dr. Jelinek mentioned earlier. Here is his website for anyone else who may be looking for alternatives to the current mainstream methods of treatment: http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org/