© by Dr. Samuel Verghese
Multiple Sclerosis occurs when the protective
sheaths that surround nerve-cell fibers (called myelin) degenerate.
Degeneration of the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerves occurs,
producing scarring or plaques.
Since nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord
progressively suffer damage, any part of the body could be affected.
Mental symptoms include severe mood swings ranging from anxiety to
depression or euphoria.
Muscular symptoms include feelings of heaviness,
weakness, leg dragging, clumsiness, fatigue, tingling, dizziness,
slurred speech, spasms and stiffness. The course of the disease is
extremely variable and individualistic, making it difficult to
predict. Symptoms include:
- Visual: pain in the eyeball, blurred or
double vision or progressive vision loss.
- Sensory: pins-and-needles, electrical
sensations, dead feeling in the arms and legs.
- Gastrointestinal: digestive problem,
nausea, gastric reflux and vomiting.
- Vestibular: light-headedness, sensation
of drunkenness, or feeling of spinning.
- Genito-urinary: incontinence, loss of
bladder or bowel sensation, loss of sexual desire, impotence.
- Consume low-fat, unprocessed whole grains,
vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits.
- Eat fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits
and vegetables, and add bran, apple pectin, psyllium seed husk or
ground flax seeds.
- Eliminate refined sugars and processed foods.
Use only a small amount of pure maple syrup, honey, molasses or
Stevia herb extract as sweetener.
- Drink pure water.
- Avoid margarine, all trans-fatty acids and
lower saturated fats.