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This is a brief summary of the diets covered in The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book. Although there have been many different diets advocated for MS, these ones seem to have the greatest number of followers.

The Healthy Eating Diet

There is broad agreement among members of the medical profession about what constitutes a healthy diet. Following this diet should certainly improve your general health, and MS is easier to cope with if you aren’t also fighting additional ailments such as infections or flu. The advice is as follows:


The Low-fat Diet

This diet was first suggested by Professor Roy Swank, an American doctor who used it to treat MS patients over a period of thirty years with some degree of success.


The Best Bet Diet

The Best Bet Diet was pioneered by a Canadian scientist, Dr Ashton Embry, whose son has MS.

Foods to be avoided:

Foods that are restricted:

There is also a long list of suggested supplements, the most important of which is vitamin D.


The Overcoming MS Diet

This diet was developed by George Jelinek, a Professor of Emergency Medicine who lives and works in Australia, and who himself has MS. He believes that lifestyle changes are the most effective therapies for chronic Western diseases like MS.  Meat, poultry, dairy produce, sugar, and saturated and processed fats should be avoided, while fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish and seafood can be eaten freely. He advocates daily supplementation with vitamin D, and believes regular exercise and daily meditation are also essential.


The Wahls Diet

Terry Wahls is an American doctor with MS who began to look for other options after regular medication failed to stop her condition deteriorating.  She came to believe that a version of the Paleolithic or stone-age diet was the answer when fighting auto-immune diseases like MS. Her diet is very high in nutrients and includes large amounts of organic vegetables and fruit each day, grass-fed meat and poultry and wild (not farmed) fish. It is also gluten-free and dairy-free and contains only small amount of grains and legumes. This is the most complicated and expensive of the diets, and in my opinion it should only be attempted under medical supervision.

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