One of the things that really drives me nuts about having multiple sclerosis is that there are so many unknowns about the disease.
In Europe, for example, CCSVI (Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) is widely thought to be a leading cause of multiple sclerosis, while here in America, we still believe it to be largely auto-immune. Because of the difference of opinion, many more people in Europe are likely to get the surgery to fix their bloodflow.
Many people posit that the difference in opinion exists because our neurologists here in America are “in bed” with “Big Pharm” while others say it’s because we’re extra cautious and want to make sure all the appropriate studies are done before having vein surgery that affects our brains!
And then, of course, there are the diets that have been researched and designed to help us! The Swank Diet, the Best Bet Diet, the McDougall diet, the MS Recovery Diet, the Wahls Diet, the Paleo Diet, and the fact that throughout the USA the hardline recommendation is simply to stick to the FDA’s recommended diet for a healthy heart! 😛
Clearly, you can tell my opinion on that. Our neurologists are not food scientists or nutritionists! But they are brain doctors who are looking out for your best interests and will tell you when the work you have done for yourself is making a positive difference in your health.
So, who do you trust? I say trust yourself.
Only you know what your body feels like, so only you will know what difference a change in diet makes to your condition.
I was never an advocate of a diet before I tried the Paleo diet for 6 weeks and saw a massive change in the amount of physical pain I was enduring. Waking up without being in pain after 5 years of waking up in pain was like having a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. Your experience may vary!
But you’ll never know if you don’t let yourself try something different, in earnest, for a significant period of time.
Besides, what do you have to lose?