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Curing Multiple Sclerosis

Curing Multiple Sclerosis

    See the section on Parkinson's since most of that material and protocol is the same as it is here for MS.  Also see the testimonials who was cured of MS.   

    When Jim Tibbetts started doing research he noticed that there were a lot of people that he heard about in the raw vegan field that had MS and were cured.  Going through the literature it has become obvious that MS is easier to bring into remisison then Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  If a person with MS goes raw vegan and gets off of all grains their chances are very high that they will be cured of MS in under two years.  

     An article from the, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, by John A. McDougall, M.D. has some good inform on MS:  “MS is common in Canada, the United States, and Northern Europe, but rare in Africa and Asia. When people migrate from a country of low MS incidence (which inevitably changes the way they live and eat), their risk for getting the disease increases.  Many studies have investigated the environmental factors that could account for the difference in disease occurrence among various populations.

     The main factor appears to be the strongest contact we have with our environment: our daily food intake. Although wealthy countries generally have higher rates of MS and less affluent countries have lower ones, there is one exception: Japan.  Even though the Japanese live in a modern, industrialized country with all the stress, pollution, and smoking habits common to other industrialized nations, their rice-based diet is more characteristic of the foods consumed in poorer nations where MS is less common.  The Japanese case provides strong evidence that a diet heavy in animal foods, not other ‘modern’ scourges, may lay the foundation for MS.

     Of course, all aspects of a diet filled with rich foods can cause problems, but animal fats—especially those from dairy products—have been the most closely linked to the development of MS.    One theory suggests that feeding cow’s milk to infants lays the foundation for nervous system injury later in life.  Cow’s milk has only one-fifth as much linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid) as human breast milk.  Linoleic acid makes up the building blocks for nervous tissues.  It may be that children raised on a high animal-fat diet deficient in linoleic acid (as most children are in our society) develop a weaker nervous system that is susceptible to problems as they age.  Analysis of brain tissues has shown that people with MS have a higher saturated fat content in their brains than people without the disease.    What precipitates the attacks of MS is unknown, but the suspected culprits include viruses, allergic reactions, and disturbances of the flow of blood to the brain.  Most likely, the offender is connected to the circulatory system in the brain or spinal cord, because the lesions and scarring characteristic of MS are centered in nerve cells near blood vessels. 

     One theory holds that the MS attacks are caused by a decreased supply of blood to the sensitive brain tissues.  Dietary fat can have this effect.  It enters the bloodstream and coats the blood cells.  As a result, the cells stick together, forming clumps that slow the flow of blood to vital tissues.  The blood does not form clots (as in the case of strokes), but in many blood vessels the clumping becomes so severe that the flow of blood stops and the overall oxygen content of the blood falls.  Tissues deprived of blood and oxygen for long periods of time will die.  Could something this simple be a factor in MS?  As an example, let’s take a look at the health of people on a fat-restricted diet.  During World War II, food was scarce and stress was high in occupied Western Europe. People could no longer afford to eat meat, so they turned instead to the grains and vegetables that once nourished their cows, chickens, and pigs. The result was a dramatic reduction in the intake of animal products and of total fat in the diet. Doctors observed that patients with MS had two to two-and-a-half times fewer hospitalizations during the war years.  

     Roy Swank, M.D., former head of University of Oregon's neurology department and now a practicing physician at Oregon Health Sciences University, observed that MS patients improved on this forced low-fat diet.  In the 1950s, Swank began treating his own patients with such a diet.  He got excellent results, so for the next 35 years he treated thousands of MS patients in this way.  By any medical standard, his results have been remarkable: patients' conditions improved by as much as 95 percent.    Patients fared better if they had detected the disease early and had had few attacks, but even long-time MS sufferers experienced a slowdown of the disease's progression.  Originally Swank was most concerned with limiting saturated fat, but over the years he has become more attuned to the dangers of all kinds of fat.  His MS diet is now about 20 percent fat by calories.  Swank's results are unchallenged by other studies.  But instead of advocating a low-fat vegetarian diet for MS patients, many doctors either ignore Swank's work or dismiss it because they think the diet would be too difficult to follow.  When I asked Swank why his studies have largely been ignored by the MS research establishment, he told me, “John, I’m a little guy in this little lab at the university.  Their research funds didn’t pay for this, so how could it be important?” Three important findings emerged from Swank’s research:

1. The earlier an MS patient adopted a low-fat diet, the better the chance of avoiding deterioration and death from the disease.
2. Patients who limited their saturated fat intake to less than 20 grams a day no longer showed the expected deterioration from the disease. (Most Americans eat 125 grams or more each day.)
3. Among patients whose saturated fat intake was 17 grams or less daily, the death rate over a 35-year period was 31 percent—close to normal. The death rate was 21 percent for the patients who kept to that low level of fat consumption and who started the diet within three years of diagnosis of the disease. On the other hand, patients consuming more than 25 grams of saturated fat daily had a death rate of 79 percent over the period of the study; nearly half of those deaths were directly due to MS. 

     The findings are clear.  To arrest MS, the diet must be as low in saturated fat as possible, approximately 6 percent of total calories.  That translates into a low-fat vegetarian diet: one of starches, vegetables, and fruits—delicious foods containing only 5 to 10 percent total fat. If you skip eggs, dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut or palm kernel oil, you eat virtually no saturated fat.  Besides arresting MS, a low-fat vegetarian diet promotes weight loss in the obese, relieves constipation, and cuts the food bill by 40 percent.  In fact, this type of diet is in line with recommendations made by other health organizations (including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Surgeon General’s office) that urge Americans to eat less fat, meat, and dairy products, while adding more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.  

     Robert Young, PhD, makes a good point about acidity:  “Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimers, ALS are all inflammatory dis-eases.  Inflammation is just another word for acidity that affects the central nervous system and causes a variety of symptoms including changes in sensation, visual problems, muscle weakness, depression, speech and coordination difficulties, severe fatigue, short term memory loss, balance impairment, overheating and pain.  Thus, what is said to be MS, Parkinson's Alzheimers, or ALS is a misunderstanding of the body's alkaline design and acidic function and the use of a throwback catch-all diagnosis category when no other present-day medically accepted explanation or category seems to fit.  Every cell in the body regenerates itself over time, especially when the body receives the proper nutritional resources. This means that the body must have plenty of living waters and foods like green vegetables and healthy fats which not only neutralize acids but provide the raw materials for building new red blood cells and, therefore, bodily cells which also include the rebuilding of nerves and the myelin sheath.” 

     Norman Walker, D.Sc. a respected health advocate and author in discussing Multiple Sclerosis. “Degenerative state of the nervous ststem due to starvation of nerve and cerebrospinal cells.  This disease is the most conclusive evidence of the destructive effect of starches and grains used as food for humans.  No permanent improvement has ever been achieved, in my 50 years of observation, while the patient was allowed to eat bread, cereals and other starchy foods.  Many people however have been helped slowly to recover, by omitting these, and meat, from the diet, eating instead mostly raw fruits and vegetables, drinking at least 3 quarts of fresh RAW juices daily, and with frequent colonic irrigations.  The greatest danger in this disease comes from neglecting to follow this program consistently, and so develop secondly complications.”    . 

     Dr. Walker was dealing with multiple sclerosis back in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s before the pharmaceutical companies had control of the medical system.  As he notes he helped many people on a raw food diet, juicing and 6 day juice fasts, which he used in his practice.  He wrote about eight books on health still being read today, his approach was an early form of a raw vegan diet.  His writings are excellent and with authority.  He was an expert on juiceing and lived to be about 117 years old (some say it was 109?).  The previous paragraph is excellent advise to heal multiple sclerosis, take it as your formula! 

     Dr. Norman Walker, Dr. Max Gerson and Dr. Herbert Shelton are some of the greats in the past concerning raw food diets.  Six Sigma Nutrition is basically the approach they are talking about and pays respects to these giants in the health food field.

Six Sigma Soul Motivations!
A slight increase each month in the percentage of raw foods in your diet will yield big health changes over a few years.  Practice living healthfully until it becomes habitual.
It is easier to maintain your health then it is to regain your health.

Alleluia Spirit Meditations!
“As for this kind, it is cast out only by prayer and fasting.”    Mt 17:21;  Mk 9.29
“My point is that you should live in accordance with the spirit and
      you will not yield to the cravings of the flesh.”                 Gal 6.16     
“Brothers and Sisters: Christ will be magnified in my body,
      whether by life or death.  For me, life is Christ...”             Phil 1:20,21 

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