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Tag: MS diet

Is Ocrevus the Answer for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Very interesting stuff going on in the world of MS, including a new disease-modifying drug, Ocrevus. Is this new drug the solution to MS that we’ve all been searching for? Let’s take a closer look at how it works.

Ocrevus works by depleting a specific type of a patient’s B cells, which circulate in the blood and are part of the immune system. While they normally help the body fight off infections, they are believed to malfunction and contribute to central nervous system damage in people with multiple sclerosis.”

This new drug reduces the number of B cells because they are “malfunctioning”. B cells are activated during hypersensitivity reactions triggered by an exposure to a substance deemed to be a threat by the T cells, which do the initial assessment.

Although Ocrevus is targeting B cells instead of T cells, the view of the immune system as “malfunctioning” and needing to be dampered is sadly familiar and mainstream in the medical community.

In my theory of MS, the B cells are not “malfunctioning”, but rather being triggered unknowingly by the foods and chemicals that the T cells have decided are threatening to that person’s body.

Therefore, if we can identify what substances are B cell (or T cell, as they work together) triggers and eliminate those exposures, then we can get the same result as this new medication– a pause in the downward trajectory of MS– without any of the pharmaceutical side effects or a decrease of normal immune functions.

It’s much less expensive for someone to use the highly accurate MRT test to identify those reactive substances and change his or her diet accordingly (less than $2,000) than it would be to go on this new drug ($65,000/year for an infusion every six months), and he or she wouldn’t have the side effect of a lowered immune system without enough B cells to fight off a cold.

In my clinic, I have worked with more than 80 multiple sclerosis patients and have found that more than 90% improved when following a customized anti-inflammatory diet, where improvement meant no unexplained exacerbations, less fatigue, more energy, clearer thinking, better balance and coordination, and most importantly, a halt to the downward slide that is the otherwise unavoidable trajectory of MS.

I’d love to tell you more about how it works for MS patients! Send me an email to schedule your free 30-minute initial consultation today!

Multiple Sclerosis and Nutrition in MORE

I was recently interviewed in MORE: For Women of Style and Substance magazine about MS and nutrition. While I tend to focus on removing inflammatory agents from the MS patient’s diet to reduce inflammation and MS symptoms, Thomas Stewart of the Rocky Mountain MS Center also offers good reminders about the roles of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in MS.

Tom and I have done a couple of tv spots together in the past in support of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. He knows a lot about using complementary alternative medicine (CAM) together with western medicine when it comes to MS.