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Tag: food and multiple sclerosis

Study Finds Link between MS and Food Allergies

Study Finds Link between MS and Food Allergies

A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has found that patients with multiple sclerosis who have food allergies had more relapses and a higher likelihood of gadolinium-enhancing lesions than patients with no known allergy.

They assessed more than 1,300 adults with clinical MS and MRI-confirmed disease activity who had a self-reported history of allergic conditions.

The authors of the study suggest this could “lead to new therapeutic and preventative strategies for MS.” In the meantime, they recommend that clinicians counsel their MS patients who have food allergies on preventing or reducing exposures to offending foods.

I couldn’t agree more!

And may I add: What took you so long to figure this out?

If you have MS, you don’t need to wait for your doctor to get up-to-speed!

A recent study showed that medical doctors don’t receive enough training on nutrition and diet in medical school to begin with, so it’s unlikely that they are even aware of the major role that I find diet plays in the progression of MS.

Join me in the future of #MS care in the Fight MS with Food project.* Not only will you benefit from a customized antioliogenic diet designed to reduce inflammatory activity, but you’ll be adding to our collective understanding of how best to help people with MS live long, active, and healthy lives.

Book a complimentary Naturopathic Health Assessment today to see if you are a good candidate for this radically different, natural approach to living with MS.

*Participation in the Fight MS with Food project requires purchase of a treatment package.



Food Sensitivities, Inflammation, and the Autoimmune Connection

I will be interviewed by Sharon Saylor, host of the Autoimmune Hour radio show, on Friday, August 31st, 2018, at 7pm PDT. Here are the details – I hope you tune in!

“A delightful chat with Dr. Elizabeth Yarnell about her mission and methods to improve lives simply by changing the way we think about food and anti-inflammatory diets. As a board-certified naturopath and designer of customized anti-inflammatory diets, Dr. Yarnell runs a nationwide food therapy clinic to help people discover the specific foods that not only taste good but make them feel good, too.
A 1999 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis forced Dr. Yarnell to re-think everything she thought she knew about health and inspired the now-patented invention of a quick and easy method for cooking whole foods that she introduced in her 2009 best-selling cookbook: “Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch Oven Cooking.”
In 2011, she launched the “Fight MS with Food” project to investigate the connection between diet and autoimmune symptoms. In this episode Dr. Yarnell shares some of what she discovered, for example:
  • Causes of inflammation and how to minimize it
  • What are food sensitivities and how you can become allergic to food
  • The gold-standard test for finding food allergies
  • The connection between diet and autoimmune symptoms
  • Other things that can cause inflammation besides food
  • What is ‘Dutch Oven Cooking, plus so much more….
I only wished we’d had more than an hour, as you will hear how passionate Dr. Yarnell is on her quest to improve lives simply by changing the way we think about food. Learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Yarnell and take time to explore her healthy eating and natural lifestyle blog, “Effortless Eating for Healthier Bodies” at Then join us on August 31, at 7PM ET at”

New Study Links Diet and Microbiome with Multiple Sclerosis

A new study out of Brigham and Woman’s hospital in Boston and published in the Journal of Nature Medicine, relays exciting news that validates much of what I’ve been seeing in patients enrolled in the Fight MS with Food Project and our approach to managing autoimmune disorders like MS.

MS and diet and flora bacteria.
Manage Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases through what you eat and how you digest your food.

Here is the link to a more detailed article about the study linking diet with MS, but below are some of what I find to be the most exciting points:

…the team found evidence that dietary changes and intestinal flora can influence astrocyte cell, a type of cerebral and consequently neurodegeneration.

Francisco Quintana, Spanish researcher who led the work, told SINC: “we have demonstrated for the first time that diet and intestinal bacteria collaborate to produce metabolites that travel through the circulation to the central nervous system to regulate inflammation and neurodegeneration.”

Or put another way, the food has some sort of role in the central nervous system through inflammation.  “What we eat influences the ability of intestinal bacteria to produce small molecules, some of which are able to travel to the brain. This opens an unknown area so far. How the intestine controls inflammation of the brain,” he added.

According to the authors, dietary supplements and probiotics may be useful to control processes that contribute to the pathology of neurological diseases. “Our studies were initially focused on multiple sclerosis, but also have implications for other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” said Quintana.

If you’re interested in learning more about tailoring your diet and colonizing your own intestinal bacteria to best manage your autoimmune issues, please contact me for a free initial phone consultation to see if you would be a good candidate for this approach.

A Fight MS with Food Case Study: Marion P.

Marion P. is a 65-year old active married woman. She experienced MS symptoms since the age of 24 but was not diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis until she was 63. A busy, successful business owner with a quick brain, Marion and her husband divide their time between their winter and summer homes.

In March of 2010, Marion noticed that she was experiencing constant MS symptoms of light-headedness, balance and coordination issues, and her gait was off. She felt very fatigued all the time, run down, and depressed.

In July of 2010, Marion joined the Fight MS with Food project and took the MRT blood test to identify her unique food sensitivities. With the results of her personal reactivity to 150 foods and chemicals in hand, we designed a customized meal plan for her to follow out of what we now knew to be her least-reactive foods. She began eating a personalized anti-inflammatory diet that was custom-designed to account for her unique oral tolerance thresholds.

Additionally, Marion collected her urine for 24-hours and submitted it for laboratory analysis. This urinalysis showed Marion had incomplete digestion. She began a customized supplement regimen based on the laboratory results and aimed at helping her to fully digest her foods and assimilate nutrients.

Within three weeks, Marion noticed that the dizziness and wobbliness had abated. Within five weeks she reported that her gait had returned to normal and she no longer had to worry about setting her feet down carefully when she walked. She felt completely clear of MS symptoms.

She reported an incident that happened when she was traveling for business and ate a dinner of food that was off of her diet. Within an hour she had a headache bad enough to send her to bed. By morning, her MS symptoms had reappeared, and she felt dizzy and unstable. She remained faithful to the diet and by the following day she felt fully recovered. That incident convinced her that the this approach was working.

In March of 2011, she reported feeling as if there was a hot, burning spot on the top of her head, an MS symptom. After some probing, she revealed that she had been taking large quantities of aloe vera juice after a conversation with a doctor who believed it could cure MS. When she was reminded that aloe vera is in the same family as onions, to which the MRT showed she was reactive, she ceased taking the aloe vera juice and the hot spots disappeared.

As of June of 2012, two years after changing her diet and changing her life, Marion is continuing to lead an active and busy life while feeling free from MS symptoms.

Learn more about the Fight MS with Food project and how undiagnosed food sensitivities affect MS. Please feel free to contact me to set up a free consultation to see if you would be a good candidate for this protocol.