This is a disease that we hear a lot about nowadays. Is it on the rise? In any case, according to Dr. Seignalet, its frequency is 0.03% in France. It particularly affects young women in their third decade. Recently, the link between hepatitis B vaccination and the onset of multiple sclerosis has been established. Thus, one must be very careful about heavy metal (dental amalgams) and other chemical pollutants that can be a triggering factor in many autoimmune processes.
In this disease, motor, visual, sensory disorders in a more or less advanced stage, are due to the formation of sclerosis plaques damaging the myelin of nerves at various levels of the nervous system.
It is much less common among black, yellow, Arab and Indian populations. It is much more common in Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian countries. It appears that populations that consume a lot of fat, especially high-fat milk, have high rates of MS; those who eat fish products, on the other hand, are virtually immune to the disease. This difference is obviously due to environmental factors, of which food is a part, but where stress also plays a significant role.
Among the factors intrinsic to the disease, we note a syndrome of chronic malabsorption (Besson, 1994) and intestinal hyperpermeability that favors MS (Seignalet, 1998). Biopsies of the small mucosa in a large number of patients have shown the presence of lesions similar to those of celiac disease (Lange and Shiner, 1976).
Diet can play a very favorable role in reducing the frequency and intensity of flare-ups, or even stabilizing them, by fighting against the production of free radicals that facilitate the degeneration phenomenon, and against the accumulation of acidic metabolic waste that facilitates chronic inflammatory phenomena.
Dietary measures common to many researchers
The commonalities of the measures advocated by many researchers in the context of this pathology are:
- Reduce or even ban saturated fats of animal origin (fatty meats, milk, butter, cheese) and fatty cooking methods.
- Regularly consume unsaturated fatty acids: first cold-pressed virgin oils, evening primrose oil, fish and fish oils.
- Regularly consume whole grains, legumes and fresh vegetables and fruits that provide vitamins and trace elements.
- Avoid refined foods and excitants.
- Opt resolutely for products from organic agriculture.
- Furthermore, Dr. Kousmine insists on the maintenance of the intestinal flora, because of its fundamental role in immunity.
Some interesting findings
The lack of lecithin in the myelin sheaths of the nerves and brain means that these patients would have to take in extra food rich in the nutrients needed to produce lecithin. It also appears that their lecithin contains more saturated fat than normal, hence the absolute necessity to reduce the intake of this type of fat. In addition, it is known that a diet rich in fats prevents the transformation of linoleic acid into prostaglandin E1 in the body. Prostaglandins appear to be a determining factor in the evolution of this pathology. One study showed that D-phenylalanine supplements were helpful. Phenylalanine is itself converted into another amino acid, tyrosine. High carbohydrate meals reduce tyrosine levels, so try to avoid high carbohydrate meals or choose to eat protein at every meal.
While the influence of the diet is excellent on the evolution of the disease,
the old neurological sequelae are, however, usually irreversible.
Eating raw meat is widely allowed in other autoimmune conditions, but in MS, it must be taken into account that meat contains nerve fibres, i.e. myelin. It is possible that some myelin antigens do not have species specificity, so that beef, horse or sheep myelin may contain antigens in common with human myelin. Therefore, the position of some doctors or dieticians in this case is to ban meat at least for the first three months, then reintroduce it in raw form, even if it means cutting it out again in case of unfavorable effects.
Nutrition is a therapy that should be tried anyway, not only because conventional medicine has no treatment for this disease, but also because the results observed are very encouraging.
Additional useful tips
Eat five or more small meals a day to fight fatigue. Eat more foods rich in linoleic acid. It is said that essential fatty acids are 50 times more active in the form of lecithin than otherwise. Eat enough foods with lots of nutrients that are essential for myelin production and maintenance, including protein, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid; copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Avoid meals high in carbohydrates and saturated fats.
- Calcium/Magnesium PIDOLATE. 1 capsule with each meal 450/50 mg (morning - noon - evening). In case of inflammatory outbreak: 9 capsules per day with meals (3 morning - 3 noon - 3 evening) for 10 days, then return to the maintenance dose.
- SILICIUM ORG. 3 to 9 caps per day ¼ hour before each meal, 1 to 3 pure caps under the tongue, let act a few seconds, then swallow.
- VITAMINS 2 tablets per day during the meal (morning - noon).
- In case of heavy metals LAMINARIA JAPONICA 10 to 12 capsules for at least 6 months. 5-day break once a month.
It should be taken on an empty stomach with a large glass of water, ideally in the morning on an empty stomach. Avoid taking in the evening, as the product has an energetic effect that can interfere with sleep quality.