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Tag: customized anti-inflammatory diet

How Diet Affects MS: A Fight MS with Food Case Study

In the Fight MS with Food Project we are looking at the effect of a customized anti-inflammatory diet on the progression of multiple sclerosis in already diagnosed patients. Our goal is to halt the downhill slide of the typical MS patient by identifying and eliminating inflammatory triggers in their diet and environment.Could MS be caused by food?

In April, 2013, I began working with a 15-year old MS patient, “G.,” who lives in a rural area in the Pacific Northwest. Here, G.’s mother tells his story of how targeted dietary changes have helped him avoid further exacerbations and even regain motor functions:

“G.’s first attack was Sept. 2010, when he lost the sensation of cold on his right arm and leg.  At that time he did not show any loss of mobility and the MRI scans were normal.  (On going back over my notes-I keep journals of Doc visits on all my children-I had recorded that he complained of abdominal pain and soreness.  Sore to touch that lasted from the 9/17 to 9/21 when it went away.  He also had soreness in his neck on the back side.  I don’t know if this is significant.  Kind of looks like it to me though.  At least very interesting.)

It wasn’t until his April 2011 that he lost the feeling on the left side of his body (arm, face, leg) and staggered when he walked.  He had to use a wheel chair in the hospital but refused one for home and instead used two hiking sticks.  The MRI showed 10 lesions.

Despite the prognosis of needing  a wheel chair for life, he was determined to walk and eventually, over a month’s time, went down to one walking stick and then to none.  It wasn’t a perfect gait, but he was walking without assistance.  He went on to have small MS exacerbations in the fall and following spring of 2012.

It wasn’t until after attending a church youth camp in July 2012 that he had another more substantial attack where his right arm, leg and speech were affected.   He recovered from these, too, but not 100%.  We noticed he would drag a foot up the stairs (clump-clump pause, clump-clump pause). The next round of MRI scans showed more lesions and the Doc wanted to double his Avonex shots.  He was starting to get increasing side affects from this medication at the shot site and also flu symptoms and depression.   This was early 2013 and our search for some different answers led us to you.

He did not start to have full recovery of his mobility and fine motor skills until 4 weeks after he took the MRT and began the LEAP diet in April 2013. While his dragging a foot up the stairs (clump-clump pause, clump-clump pause) cleared up in the first few months after beginning the diet to an even  left, right, left, right going up the stairs, what we noticed in Dec./Jan., 2013, which may have occurred sooner, was actually running and or trotting up and down the stairs with no balance or coordination issues!

His father and I noticed he was doing this, reflected on the change, and gave thanks to God for leading us to you, the LEAP test and the diet.

We want to continue this because it is working. G. never had a relapse after his nasty bronchial cold over Christmas, either, which is a first. This is a big deal to us as he has always had some relapse after bronchial colds in the past.

I am looking out my window watching my 16-year old son chop and split wood.  He basically has a log camp set up at the edge of our small forest.  He recently used his chain saw that he bought with his own money that he saved to saw down some dead trees as he and his father work on forest management on our property.  (The trees were smallish, but none the less a great accomplishment.)  He gets great pleasure out of being able to do these things that he loves.

He is healthy and so strong and I know that without a doubt he would not be able to do these things if he was still on the path we were on before the diet.”

Chronic Sinusitis Can Be Due to Food Sensitivities

Do you suffer from chronic sinus infections, drippy nose, or just plain old congestion? If so, the cause is likely something you’re eating all the time that you don’t realize is making you sick.LEAP-logo

Here’s a testimonial from a client who received a customized anti-inflammatory LEAP diet based on Mediator Release Test (MRT) results and found a life where she no longer has sinus issues. As a Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT), my job is to design a customized anti-inflammatory diet to resolve symptoms. The MRT allows us to pinpoint the triggers of inflammatory activity instead of shooting arrows in the dark and so produces real results.

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I originally sought counseling from Dr. Yarnell at the advice of a good friend. I have had chronic sinus pressure which resulted in me taking a nasal decongestant every day. I also used to get about 4 sinus infections a year which ended with me taking antibiotics. Otherwise, I was a very healthy person who regularly exercises, only ate organic produce and didn’t smoke. Therefore, I was a bit skeptical of whether or not the LEAP program could really make a dramatic difference for me.

I was also concerned with my ability to stick to the program. The first two weeks were restrictive. For someone who had multiple cups of coffee every day and a piece of chocolate, this seemed daunting. However, because I was feeling so much better and Dr. Yarnell was my advocate I was able to get through it. Once I started introducing new foods I felt like I had so many options and zero interest in the foods that caused me to feel bad.

The benefits of LEAP were amazing and unexpected. My hair started growing thicker, I no longer crave caffeine or sweets, I have more energy, I sleep better, I am less anxious and I think more clearly. My sinus issues are gone as well. I also realize that I could not have done this program without the guidance of Dr. Yarnell. She is relateable, encouraging and worked with me to develop a customized program. The blood tests alone would not have allowed such a complete transformation.

I have recommended the LEAP program and Dr. Yarnell’s guidance to my family and friends – and look forward to hearing their success stories as well.

~Lauren C., New York

The MRT vs the ALCAT: Is Food Sensitivity Testing Reliable?

People ask me all the time if food sensitivity testing is reliable. My answer is always: “Depends on which test you use.”

Food sensitivity/food allergy testing that looks for IgE or IgG antibodies can show us whether or not someone has been exposed to a food and created an antibody to it, but not necessarily if the person becomes symptomatic when exposed.

In other words, antibodies can tell us there is a gun in the room, but not whether it has been fired. The existence of these antibodies are not reliable indicators of symptoms.

The ALCAT test, invented in the early 1980s by a team led by Dr. Mark Pasula, was the first test to look at the release of inflammatory markers known as mediators rather than the slippery antibodies. Over time, Dr. Pasula wasn’t satisfied with the way the ALCAT measured the mediator release from the blood. This led to a bitter difference of opinion within ALCAT and Dr. Pasoula split to apply what he had figured out to making a more accurate and reliable test.

The state-of-the-art Mediator Release Test, or MRT, is like ALCAT 2.0.

Dr. Allen Bonilla, D.C., in Los Angeles, recently decided to see once and for all which test, the ALCAT or the MRT, would provide more accurate results with which to treat his suffering patients. In this video, he takes blood samples for three ALCAT tests and three MRT tests on the same afternoon and submitted them to the labs.

Holding the results side-by-side, it’s plain to see that the ALCAT results changed radically from sample to sample, while the MRT results were practically identical for the three submissions.

Thank you, Dr. Bonilla, for this enlightening experiment, and for sharing it on video. (Be sure to continue reading below the video for more…)

I’ve always found it hard to trust ALCAT results when working with clients, and now I can see exactly how unreliable this test is. It’s unfortunate, because ALCAT employs a sales force that convinces allergists and other doctors to order this test for their patients. When following the ALCAT results does not eliminate their symptoms, they dismiss the idea the dietary therapy could help relieve their condition.

Oxford Laboratories, on the other hand, the company Dr. Pasula founded to build the MRT, realizes that doctors do not have the time or expertise in nutrition to correctly interpret the test results and implement a therapeutic diet, so they focused their efforts on training Registered Dieticians (RDs) and other practitioners knowledgeable in nutrition and food.

Which makes the MRT a choice to go with a professional who can take the time to work with you to regain your health.

My food sensitivities clinic is open to clients nationwide. My clients receive not only the reliable results from the MRT, but also extensive analysis and customized anti-inflammatory diet plans complete with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas, recipes, and safe brands and shopping advice.

LEAP Customized Anti-inflammatory Diet Testimonials

If you’re wondering what a customized anti-inflammatory diet can do for you, and you’ve checked out the LEAP blogs I mentioned yesterday, take a look at the testimonials collected by the lab that runs the Mediator Release Test (MRT) on this Facebook Page.

If you’ve been looking for a new path to take to relieve your discomfort and physical distress, a customized anti-inflammatory diet might be your solution. Don’t shoot darts in the dark when changing your diet; use sophisticated, state-of-the-art blood testing to see exactly what causes inflammation in your body to design the right diet for you.

LEAP Bloggers Share Success With Food Sensitivities

Inflammation is at the root of a host of our modern health issues, and food sensitivities may play a larger role in inflammation than many realize. Get rid of the inflammation, and symptoms will resolve. Really, who wouldn’t feel better without pesky inflammation causing pain and discomfort?

LEAP food sensitivity testingMy nationwide virtual clinic employs state-of-the-art MRT blood testing to identify hidden food sensitivities, then practices the Lifestyle, Eating And Performance (LEAP) scientifically-based dietary protocols to design customized anti-inflammatory diets for clients. Clients usually arrive at my site suffering from chronic inflammatory issues such as migraines, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS), Acid Reflux, chronic constipation, diarrhea, colitis, chronic fatigue, failure to thrive, or other seemingly intractable issues.

Auto-immune suffers, including MS patients, also find relief from following customized anti-inflammatory diets along with the other protocols used in the Fight MS with Food project.

Other sufferers who have seen improvement with these protocols include those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, interstitial cystitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and any other conditions that have an inflammatory component.

A couple of LEAP patients have been chronicling their life-changing journeys into changing their diets in order to feel better. They offer a peek into how quickly their symptoms are clearing and how well they can eat while complying with their personal “safe” diets. If you’ve been wondering what this kind of change could look like for you, I invite you to check them out:

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A gift of the MRT testing and LEAP therapy is the gift that brings a lifetime of relief to someone in pain!