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MS and Diet: Best Bet Diet and MS Recovery Diet

Lisa Emrich Health Guide August 25, 2009
  • Continuing our discussion of MS and Diet, today’s topic surrounds the Best Bet Diet and the MS Recovery Diet.  Each feature the elimination of foods which may cause allergic reactions and adhering to more Paleolithic Diet.  DIRECT-MS and Best Bet Diet  DIRECT-MS, short for DIet...

10 Comments
  • Vicki
    Health Guide
    Aug. 26, 2009

    Thanks for the list of allowed and not.  It looks very easy to follow.  I am surprised at the number of supplements.  It also did not occur to me that a regular blood test is a good idea.

    • A. Rodriguez
      Sep. 01, 2010

      I have a friend who has MS. She was recently put on the Best Bet diet plan. I was just hoping I could find a list of 'can have foods' or recepies that she may follow. Would you please send me a list of these foods? We would appreciate it very much. Thank you. AR.

  • Anonymous
    Cougar
    Nov. 30, 2010

    I'm lazy, and I haven't followed the entire Best Bet diet, but what I have followed has made my progression less intense than many people I've met with MS. After fifteen years, I still have an active life, and few people can tell that I have MS.

     

    First, I eliminated all milk products, because there is a protein called BTN that causes the body to create...

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    I'm lazy, and I haven't followed the entire Best Bet diet, but what I have followed has made my progression less intense than many people I've met with MS. After fifteen years, I still have an active life, and few people can tell that I have MS.

     

    First, I eliminated all milk products, because there is a protein called BTN that causes the body to create the very same antibody that attacks the MOG on the outer layer of the myelin sheath.  I believe that Dr. Swank and Mr. Embry are onto something, but I don't know if they're painting with too broad a brush. The molecular mimecry of BTN and MOG antibodies seems more targeted to me.

     

    For this reason, I allow myself casein products, although they also come from milk. Although MS patients are often more reactive to casein than the general population, I find it helpful to allow myself cheese substitutes that contain casein but no BTN.

     

    I also ensure that I have a daily enrichment of omega 3s, because this is a more targeted interpretation of Dr. Swank's epidemiological findings in the 30s last century. I don't know about the other animal fats, so I avoid red meats, but allow myself chicken and fish. This enables me to have a far more normal social life, which is also worth something.

     

    Researchers from Calgary, in Canada, have found that a sustained high blood serum level of vitamen D is more effective as a neuroprotector than most of the available drugs. I therefore take 10,000 units per day, and periodically, when I feel intuitively guided to do so, I bump that up a little for a few days.

     

    One of the metabolites produced in the brain around MS lesions is elevated choline, which is one of the ingredients in lecithin. I therefore sprinkle lecithin granules on various foods as a regular supplement.

     

    Finally, cannabis has been shown to be a mild neuroprotector in animals (who know nothing about the culture wars) as well as in a variety of large and small published studies from around the world. I'm concerned about the bi-products of smoking pot, so I vaporize it or ingest it daily as a neuroprotector, though not in excessive amounts. I'm fortunate to live in a medical marijuana state.

     

    In a recent study, soon to be published, chronic stress was shown to significantly increase the number of gad lesions among MS patients, and in my experience, I only have an exacerbation during times of high, chronic stress. I know this, but sometimes cannot avoid stress. We all live in a toxic culture, and all of us will do better when our society becomes more humane for everyone.

     

     

  • griffin63
    Apr. 12, 2010

    Hi,

    I have been following the best bet diet,but not to ther letter,I was dagnosed with PPMS 4 years ago and have been diagnosed as 100% visually disabled as a symptom of Ms.

    Not conciously following the diet mentioned above but taking most of the vitamins,oils,and exracts mentioned in the diet,I have found that my physical well-being has not significantly gotten...

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    Hi,

    I have been following the best bet diet,but not to ther letter,I was dagnosed with PPMS 4 years ago and have been diagnosed as 100% visually disabled as a symptom of Ms.

    Not conciously following the diet mentioned above but taking most of the vitamins,oils,and exracts mentioned in the diet,I have found that my physical well-being has not significantly gotten worse over the intervening years!

     

    I shall carry on taking these supplementgs as at ptresent I find them to be beneficial.

    I have to add,that I am not a person who has really bothered  with my own health over the years,prefering to live for the moment.I believe that fostering this positive mental attitude has gone as far and done as much as taking these supplements.

    Together they seem to have had a positive effect on my daily jousts with this iritating more than any thing desease!

    Hope this gives some others some hope and energy to fight and beat this affliction

     

    Regards

    Griffin63

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      Hi Griffin,

       

      Thank you for sharing how your diet and positive have helped keep you in a good place.  Wonderful to hear!

  • BambiLee
    Apr. 08, 2010

    Wouldn't it be easier to suggest what is good to eat rather than what not to and add supplements in place of food...What should I eat?  I like to eat.

    • Lisa Emrich
      Health Guide
      Apr. 13, 2010

      Hi BambiLee,

       

      Yea, the list of foods to avoid seems longer than the foods to eat.  Simplified down to the basic fundamentals, most of these dietary approaches suggest we should eat lots of fruits and vegetables for our carbohydrate needs, fish and skinless breast of chicken or turkey for protein, and use extra virgin olive oil when fats are needed....

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      Hi BambiLee,

       

      Yea, the list of foods to avoid seems longer than the foods to eat.  Simplified down to the basic fundamentals, most of these dietary approaches suggest we should eat lots of fruits and vegetables for our carbohydrate needs, fish and skinless breast of chicken or turkey for protein, and use extra virgin olive oil when fats are needed.

       


  • Anonymous
    Eva L. DeNicola
    Aug. 30, 2009

    Thank you for sharing there are alot of things that I'm missing from my diet.

    Thank you,

  • Anonymous
    chekoala
    Aug. 25, 2009

    Hi Lisa

    Interesting to see the different diets side by side and that even though they all are similar in elminating processed and over-refined foods there are such significant differences between them.

     

    I found that just paying closer attention to what I was eating uncovered some disturbing things and unnecesary things that occur in our general food consumption...

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    Hi Lisa

    Interesting to see the different diets side by side and that even though they all are similar in elminating processed and over-refined foods there are such significant differences between them.

     

    I found that just paying closer attention to what I was eating uncovered some disturbing things and unnecesary things that occur in our general food consumption when we don't question it - things like the huge proportions of processed sugar, cheap trans and saturated oils and wheat in unnecessary foodstuffs like sauces and dressings.  Even if you don't follow one of these diets, taking the time to read ingredient lists can be a bit of an eye opener and can result in healthier choices. For example things like muffins often are pitched as 'healthy' but have huge amounts of oils and dodgy oils to boot, even the 'low fat' ones. Some breads have dairy products in them but many don't. Some have cheap oils added, again there are plenty of breads just as (if not more) tasty that do not.

     

    I've been following Jelinek's suggestions since the start of the year (and more loosely Swank's before that) after attending one of his retreats. On the retreat he goes into a lot of detail about the different fats and his hypothesis built on his knowledge so far. (Udo Erasmus website has some helpful explanations about oils and their roles:

    http://www.udoerasmus.com/FAQ/FAQ1_en.htm)

     

     

    The diets can look a bit drastic when presented as bald lists but I must say on the retreat over five days we had food cooked and served at all meals following George's guidelines and it was all very tasty and easy to prepare. A lot of it involved taking more care, rather than having no choice. In that way, the ideas about eating also have something in common with movements like the Slow Food Movement and Peter Singer's book 'The Ethics of Eating'.

     

     

    cheers - sorry, comment turned a bit longer than I intended!

     

     

  • Suz
    Suz
    Aug. 25, 2009

    This is a great guide of how to help our immune systems where we can and to alleviate the triggers that set it off.  I'm printing and keeping on my desk as a reference and reminder of the go to's.  Also I found not waiting to eat until you are really hungry, otherwise I tend to eat the things that aren't so great but are packaged, processed and at...

    RHMLucky777

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    This is a great guide of how to help our immune systems where we can and to alleviate the triggers that set it off.  I'm printing and keeping on my desk as a reference and reminder of the go to's.  Also I found not waiting to eat until you are really hungry, otherwise I tend to eat the things that aren't so great but are packaged, processed and at hand.  I nosh on things i've prepared for myself that are good and allowable as fast go to's in the fridge to help avoid the quick fix food that isn't so great.

     

    Thanks Lisa!Laughing