You sound like a dear soul. You are intelligent, but face it, you are really in bad shape, physically. I humbly offer you my input, only because you seem like the type of person who can see a situation, and make a decision. By the way, your sense of humor is great to see. And, as you say, you have your loved ones also. And you have your intelligence.
Your post is asking physicians to figure out what is wrong with you, and give you the right medication to make you healthy again. You have heart disease. You have diabetes. You think you probably have MS. You are intelligent. You know the answer to this question. Can a physician heal heart disease, diabetes or MS? No, not at all. The most physicians promise, is medications or surgery to help you live with those conditions, while the condition hopefully does not get worse too quickly. But there is a great deal of hope! Please read on.
There is a movement of physicians who have been curing heart disease, diabetes and hypertension and more, for over 30 years. I follow Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live diet. Dr. Fuhrman has excellent success with autoimmune disease, including MS, also. I believe Dr. Fuhrman has improved upon the other programs I list. I followed Pritikin for 30 years, and changed to Fuhrman 6 years ago.
President Bill Clinton has adopted the Ornish diet, and is reversing his heart disease. Dr. Dean Ornish (www.pmri.org ).
Dr. Esselstyn published the most effective treatment for heart disease, ever published in a medical journal. See his website www.heartattackproof.com and click on Article/Studies, to see references of articles he authored, in including 2 articles in the American Journal of Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology, and more.
The Pritikin Longevity Center has been open over 30 years, and has published over 100 articles in medical and nutrition journals. Open www.pritikin.com and click on Your Health - Scientifically Proven Results. A couple exerpts:
Control Diabetes and, for Many, Eliminate the Need for Drugs
A meta-analysis of 864 diabetics found that fasting glucose fell on average 19% within three weeks. Of those on oral drugs, 74% left Pritikin free of these drugs, and the majority of the others had their dosages significantly reduced. Of those taking insulin shots, 44% left insulin-free. Journal of Applied Physiology,98: 3, 2005. See also Diabetes Care, 17: 1469, 1994.
A two- to three-year follow-up of another group of diabetics who attended the Pritikin Center documented long-term control of diabetes through the Pritikin Program. Diabetes Care, 6: 268, 1983.
A five-year follow-up of 64 people who went to Pritikin instead of having coronary bypass surgery found that 80% had never needed the surgery. Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation, 3: 183, 1983.
The Pritikin Center was covered by 60 Minutes twice, back in the 1970's.
The wonderful thing is, that the same treatment, this diet and exercise, is the treatment for all of these conditions. I eat vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts and seeds, and whole grains.
In Alaska, you can have frozen veggies and fruit. Beans are the only cheap and super healthy food. Do the best you can to find some lettuce and other greens, in your market.
If this is all true, why have you not heard of this? Why has you doctor not told you? Why has you doctor not head of this? The most important reason is probably that no one has a financial incentive to publicize this program. You can't keep the operating rooms full and the pharmaceutical companies prosperous, by telling people how to avoid drugs and surgery by getting well.
Wishing you the best in health, EngineerGuy (Stacy)View Thread
Shirl, you have an immediate issue and need for help. Perhaps my suggestion of a diet, does not seem what you need at this moment. Please follow your physician's advice and Hackwriter's advice. But also please review Dr. Greger's video, posted Nov 5.
You might be pointing out that you have MS, and are not directly interested in results of others who overcome lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases. You might point out that you need a therapy for MS, not another disease. I would humbly submit that your doctor treats MS and nearly all autoimmune diseases with a very similar toolbox of medications, such as Prednisone and Methotrexate. Perhaps one diet might also be helpful for autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Fuhrman has had excellent success improving autoimmune disease with his patients, and with thousands who have read his books. Many patients report complete recovery. Dr. Fuhrman has said that his MS patients are "doing quite well." I
Our instincts, designed over thousands of years, are designed to help us eat all available food, to avoid starvation. However, today our Standard American Diet (SAD) provides nearly infinite calories. Our natural satiety signals are overwhelmed by foods designed to be as scrumptious as possible, with unnatural levels of sugar, fat and salt. Our food today has much fewer phytochemicals and antioxidants, which our body needs to repair and regenerate. This high calorie, low nutrient environment is a very unnatural situation for our body, which promotes overweight, inflammation, poor circulation, etc. How our body responds to this situation, varies widely, from person to person.
The body is a miraculous self healing machine. We can help ourselves attain that miraculous vibrant health, by removing harmful things, and maximizing healthful things. Many of us who are struggling to regain health, have to be quite diligent in our diet. Also, of course, get plenty of sleep, avoid too much stress, exercise, etc.
MS folks ought to be certain to have their blood vitamin D levels checked. Normal is 35 to 55. This actually applies to everyone.
There is evidence that MS may be affected by salt in the diet. Eat lots of vegetables, and the necessary salt in our diet will be received there. (By the way, where do we get iodine, if we cut out added salt? Recall that salt has added iodine. Note also that sea salt is also inadequate in iodine. If we cut out salt, and we should, we should take a multi with iodine. Or we could take kelp supplements, but then we can get too much iodine, if we are not careful. But I digress.)
I would like to post some good studies with MS patients, showing the benefit of diet. Well, we have to sit tight until April when Dr. McDougall publishes his study, which is a randomized controlled study.
Dr. Roy Swank was a medical researcher, published in New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, AMA Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry and others.
I searched this site for posts mentioning the Swank diet. I saw some from 2 years ago. CrystalCity posted that she was diagnosed with MS 25 years earlier, adopted the Swank diet, followed it pretty well, and a recent MRI showed minimal lesions and minimal diability for a person after 25 years of MS.
Dr. Gregor has an interesting short 8 minute video, quoting many papers by Dr. Swank, published in medical journals, concerning MS.(1)
Dr Gregor describes success of the Swank diet, as well as a study to be published in April 2014, run by Dr. McDougall.
I do not have MS. For the last 6 years, I myself have followed the Dr Fuhrman Eat To Live diet, which is similar to Dr. McDougall's program. I previously followed Pritikin, for 30 years, very similar to McDougall. My interest is to prevent heart disease and diabetes, which run in my family, and avoid dimentia. Other similar programs include Dr Dean Ornish, Dr Esselstyn (www.heartattackproof.com - which is the most effective study for treatment of heart disease ever published in a medical journal), Pritikin, Dr. Neal Bernard, and increasingly many others. The success of one program supports the success of all.
If anyone would like to discuss more, I am generally on the Heart Health Fuhrman Ornish WebMD site.(2)