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Multiple sclerosis cure remains elusive

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It’s a compelling story to be sure. The headline reads “Doctor Cures Her Incurable Multiple Sclerosis with Diet Alone.” It is all about how Terry Wahls managed to discard her wheelchair by resorting to a “hunter-gatherer diet,” or as it is commonly called, a “Paleo Diet.” Before going any further, let’s ask this question. What is the likelihood that an internist at Veterans Hospital in Iowa has discovered a cure that has eluded thousands and thousands of high-powered researchers around the world? Not impossible, but pretty unlikely. Especially given that the “cure” is so simple. Just eat like the cavemen did!

In multiple sclerosis (MS), the body’s immune system mistakenly targets and damages myelin, the protective sheath that coats nerves in the brain and spinal cord. The upshot of this is an impediment to the transmission of nerve impulses, resulting in a host of symptoms that can include fatigue, lack of co-ordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. No cause has been established, but it is likely that both genetic and environmental factors are involved. Since MS becomes more prevalent with distance from the equator, lack of exposure to sunshine has been proposed as a causative factor. Canada has one of the highest rates........

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