There are 2 main rules I violated. 1) I consumed a Deficient and Damaging Diet and 2) Suffered poor Central Nervous System fluid circulation. I kept up with the supplements and the daily brief massage or TENS self acupressure treatment. I avoided a sore throat with the Oscillococcinum. I enjoyed at least 15 minutes of sunlight a day. I did some exercise, but not enough.
Let’s look at my 6 steps to MS health. 1) Detoxify! Not only did I not detoxify, I RETOXIFIED. 2) Supplements I continued but my NUTRITION WAS BAD. 3) My blood/CNS fluid circulation was BAD and I had no professional treatments, only my self treatments which were inadequate. 4) Yes, the Sun I enjoyed but that was hardly enough to overcome my “SINS”. 5) Exercise a bit but not enough. 6) Oscillococcinum – yes, I avoided a viral illness.
1. Glutens. I ate bread every day. Glutens don’t trigger an extreme allergic reaction in me so it’s difficult to believe they can do so much harm. But they do. When Roger McDougall stopped eating glutens, his MS completely disappeared. That might have been true for me had I continued my gluten free diet, but when I moved to France in 1992 I ignored my special diet with predictable results. I was feeling good last Autumn and actually was strong enough to make an exhausting trip. Once I returned to France and stopped eating glutens, I felt less “congested”. My head began to clear up and body symptoms subsided. Glutens are considered “inflammatory”. Below I discuss how such foods trigger skeletal muscle cramps and spasms in the vascular system.
2. Processed meats. The Spanish eat a lot of Processed Meat – excellent Ham, bacon, salami. Hotels offer copious breakfast buffets – coffes, teas, bread, rolls, buns, all kinds of tasty baked goods, fresh fruit, yogurt, fruit juices, cereals, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausages, and sliced processed meats. After a hearty breakfast we took to the road and stopped in the afternoon for a “Tapas” which is a small portion of various dishes.
I need protein to get through the day so at breakfast I ate a large amount of processed chicken. It doubtless was full of chemicals but at least less salty than the ham, bacon or sausages. The only healthy (for me) thing I could eat at these buffets was the fresh fruit, hard boiled egg, fruit juice, yogurt with tea. Confining myself to that I would have left hungry for the day. The “Tapas” are snack like and not particularly healthy either. Also the Nitrates and chemicals in processed meat are known to cause cancer, which is short for saying they undermine the immune system. Nitrates are considered particularly deleterious for someone with a latent EBV herpes virus (like MS).
3. No vegetables. For the first week on the road I didn’t eat a single green vegetable. (Well, maybe a few leaves of wilted lettuce.) For vegetables I was malnourished throughout the trip.
4. Café au lait. I love café au lait, expressos, cappuccino etc but they aren’t good for me. Even when I was traveling in France during my robust 30’s, after I drank café au lait in the morning I felt sick. Now it sends a tinge down the gall bladder meridian outside my left leg which is a signal for me that I’ve been poisoned. And in fact during the whole trip this meridian bothered me which was a sign of toxicity. I wonder if that meridian corresponds to the Autonomic Nervous System? More on the system later.
I continued to drink Café au lait and eat toast in our apartment. I was on vacation, after all! But it poisoned me. (My husband can drink café without antidoting homeopathy. I can’t.)
5. Once we settled into our apartment near Marbella we began to eat better. The local food market lacked fresh meat other than chicken (the hamburger patties seemed processed too?) So we ate lots of chicken. My husband did the shopping, maybe there were more vegetables available than he bought. Lots of salad and greens in cellophane. Fresh fruit yes. Almost no fish. (Doubtless it was available in open air markets, but we didn’t know where they were, or when.)
Scott1 from Thisisms.com directed readers to his 3 part series on the MSTranslate site concerning cell metabolism (and Pilates) which explain how poor diet impacts the nervous system, muscles, and vascular system. http://www.mstranslate.com.au/ms-many-s ... y-muscles/ . The following is my brief summary.
On a cellular level. The poor food connection. Infection and allergies cause inflammation in which white cells release oxidative burst of free radicals (molecules with an unpaired electron) to destroy micro-organisms and limit tissue damage. Free radicals are healthy in little outbursts but if chronic they destroy healthy tissue. Inflammation must be limited so as to not strain the production of Adenisone Triphosphate ATP (basic unit of energy the cells expend). Allergies cause inflammation. Inflammatory foods such as glutens and dairy and sugar diminish ATP leading to cellular release of calcium which triggers skeletal muscles to lock - hence spasms and cramps. At the same time the Autonomic Nervous System (nerves controlling involuntary functions such as heart rate, digestion,repiratory rate, papillary response, urination, bowel function, sexual arousal, fight-or-flight response, vasomotor action upon a blood vessel) is deranged which may trigger spasms in the brain’s draining veins causing blood back jets. It’s a double whammy. Fatty Acids, Oxygen, and Coenzyme Q10 (for example) can rebuild ATP. Thus foods/supplements should be designed to both rebuild ATP and to avoid destroying it. During my “vacation”, I apparently damaged my ATP and am far from having rebuilt it.
Communication between the brain and the Autonomic Nervous System operates through the spine. The Autonomic Nervous System controls the smooth muscles needed for systemic blood pressure, to maintain the supply of Oxygen and food to the cells as well as tissue perfusion. The progressive destruction of myelin disrupts this entire process so that eventually it is no longer primarily a question of venous back jets into the brain but a breakdown in the entire body’s CNS function. I realize I have overlooked the role of the spine in maintaining a healthy Autonomic Nervous System. When I was in my 30’s a massage therapist warned me that my spine was so rigid I could have serious problems in the future. I was thinking back bones and vertebrae. But the more central factor leading to a risk of paralysis was the nerves leading off from and controlled by the spine.
POOR FLUID CIRCULATION THROUGH THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
1. PASSENGER STRESS. My shoulders and back were all tensed up the entire road trip. My French husband and I travel badly together by car. I prefer consulting maps. I had organized the entire trip as far as sites to visit and hotels. Very well done. I had purchased the Michelin map of Spain as well as the “green” Andalusia guide book. I should have printed out the maps of all the cities where we lodged. My husband depends on the GPS, except ours was out of order in the car. So he was using his cell phone – which half the time didn’t work. I told him to stop looking at his phone when he was driving, he would have an accident. Well, he did. Have an accident. It infuriates him when I cry “watch out”, but in truth he counts on my being alert. In this case he reproached me afterwords for not having warned him soon enough. Male bad faith. As it is we were headed directly into a car stopped before a red light leading into a roundabout. I cried “watch out” and he turned the steering wheel sharply left. While we just side-swiped the tail light of the car ahead, our car was damaged all along the side so that – once in France - the insurance company refused to pay for the repair saying the car (a nice but “old” Peugeot 607) wasn’t worth the cost of the repair. We are lucky to have avoided a full speed crash into the car ahead which would have led to injuries. Needless to say, this hasn’t enhanced my confidence in his driving.
I hate that GPS. A good old street map suits me just fine.
The French drive differently than Americans, like fish in the sea. When I visited the USA Oct 2015 I observed that American cars on the freeway advance like tanks in military order. It’s impressive. The French dart all over the road which I find stressful. Yes, it’s amazing how they can maneuver through huge star like plazas in which up to 8 roads converge. They sort themselves out intuitively. The technique is to watch out for the guy to your right, and the driver to your left watches out for you. American drivers are traumatized by these huge plazas, often going round and round in fear and trembling before daring to dart out.
Another mistake during my recent travels in Spain. I didn’t move enough. My skeleton felt sclerotic, rigid, frozen. In Paris I take daily walks using a 4 wheeled “caddy” as a de-ambulator which stabilizes me to walk freely. Once settled in our Marbella apartment I enjoyed using it to walk along a smooth brick walkway through a sub-tropical garden. I was in heaven. But on the road trip I didn’t walk independently with the cane. For one thing, hilly cobblestone streets are dangerous to negotiate with a cane. And I was tense all the time watching my husband drive. (He would be furious to read this, but he doesn’t read what I write.)
In order to see the sites my husband wheeled me around in a wheelchair. This freed us both to see things. Otherwise, if I take him by the arm to take a walk, we walk slowly and can’t see too much. It was a pleasure to speed along the lovely lanes of Cordoba and Sevilla and Granada.
But my legs felt weak when I rose from the wheelchair and I didn’t have the occasion to walk freely. Once in a Museum or Cathedral I left the wheelchair behind to walk with the cane. But I was increasingly weak and stiff as time went by.
We had a lovely apartment, but the mattress was bad. My husband’s back suffered as well, but for me it was a disaster. My bones seemed to crush the spinal cord, I woke in terrible back pain with weakened legs. I was reminded of an inclined bed experiment I had tried for 10 days the year previous in which my entire body seemed to press down on the spinal cord in the lumbar region. After my Osteopath re-aligned my skeleton I could walk again, but it was a close call. On this occasion, after nearly 3 weeks on the bed near Marbella, my left ankle went into spasms and almost collapsed when I got up one morning. This is the “drop foot” muscle which I must not lose. It has been weakened. I probably should have slept on the floor, but I can’t get up alone. I had no way of predicting the quality of the mattress from the advertising photo.
At the beginning of our trip I did enjoy a Bio-Magnetic Pair treatment near San Sebastian Spain, but after that did not get any treatment. I treated myself with the TENS Acupressure and my husband massaged my back. But given the back problems, I really needed an Osteopath. An Acupuncture treatment would have helped as well.
After Marbella we continued north, visiting Granada, Sevilla, Merida, Salamanca. The car accident occurred in Salamanca. Toledo, Grenada, Salamanca are built on steep cobblestone hills. They were dangerous in the wheelchair. Early on in Toledo the brakes of the wheelchair were stripped going downhill. I feared that if my husband had a malaise and let go I would hurtle down the hill to my death. Salamanca really frightened me. (Our Apartment was also built on a hill, every day I feared being killed in an accident. All this was stressful and only bunched up my back.)
Poor nutrition caused the Autonomic Nervous System to malfunction which
1) triggered skeletal muscle cramps 2) triggered spasms in the veins’ smooth muscles to disrupt blood flow from the brain 3) disturbed nerve impulses from the spine to the brain. In any case the poor nutrition triggered pain in the Gall Bladder meridian which runs down the outside of my “good” left leg. (The same meridian in the right leg is “dead”. This meridian corresponds to the “drop foot” muscles. Interestingly, after the Biomagnetic Pair treatment the right leg meridian went into spasms and I could left that leg voluntarily for about 2 weeks.)
I’ve been very weak. Did I diminish the ATP – basic unit of cell energy?
Upon my return to France I first checked out my healing diet of 1984 as a reminder of what I should be eating.
Dr. Jimmy Scott Diet 6 March 1984
Portions per week:
Starchy Vegetables – 1 raw, 1 cooked (2 a week), Lo starch vegetables – 8 raw, 3 cooked (11 a week), Fruits – Acid 1, Sub acid 1, sweet 1 ANIMAL Eggs – 6 raw, 2 cooked, Dairy – 0, Red Meats, Organ Meats – 0, Poultry – 1 cooked, Seafood – 4 Raw, NUTS 3 Raw, GRAINS – 4 cooked (soak 8-12 hours ) SEEDS – 2 Raw, Misc. 3 cooked, VEGGIE JUICE – 12 per week
11 Meals per day, 1 Cup maximum per meal, Water 40-45 oz per day, 0 Salt per day, one half tsp. Oil per day, no avocado, all Papaya
No glutens, dairy, sugars, processed food.
I then called my San Francisco Kinesiologist. She thought I could recover. She asked about my diet. I said I ate non-gluten bread (quinoa) mornings with almond or nut paste and a hard boiled egg with tea. She recommended that I add Flax seed and or Chia at breakfast by adding water and maybe fruit to make a paste which would provide omega 3 and essential fatty acids. At lunch I eat a protein – mostly fish with a vegetable, quinoa or rice and salad greens and fruit. She added red meat at least twice a week because I need protein. She also recommended meat in the afternoon – cheese, egg or meat (Usually I avoid cheese.) Also liver, duck paté. I was surprised she recommended cheese because normally I should avoid dairy. I also use a juicer to make raw veggie juice – usually carrot with celery – at least once a week. Evenings I eat raw broccoli and yoghurt. I also snack throughout the day on raw almonds or noisettes with raisins or prunes.
In addition to my regular Standard Process supplement protocol, she recommended 4 Chlorophyll pearls a day (rather than 2) and Cataplex B12 3 times a day (rather than once.) Also add Probiotics.
She also recommended the homeopathic remedy Gelsemium 12Ch to recover from the trip trauma. Indications? The remedy acts as a tonic. Works on anticipation anxiety, heaviness, weakness, paralysis, the impression of not having recovered from the flu. Dose? 4 grains 3 times a day. She tested that the BioMagneticPair therapy was good for me, that I should do the recommended home treatment 3 times a week (Black (negative) magnet on the right eye and the base of skull, red (positive) magnet on the left eye and the back of the skull. Later Xabier Zabala, the Spanish BMP therapist encouraged me to continue by writing that, given the prescribed home treatment, my Parisian BMP therapist apparently knew what she was doing.)
My Kinesiologist finished the session by saying that my first priority should be 1. Diet and supplements, adding Protein and Essential Fatty Acids. (She warned against Scott1’s idea of CoQ10 and acetyl-l-carnitine for me.). Number two – Physical Therapy. Number three – BMP therapy
I am gradually regaining strength. My ankle is stronger. I still walk slower than before, but in time I hope to recover. I re-read my post for December 7, 2016 and regret having abandoned my diet and treatment protocol as outlined in my Six Steps to MS Health. Let this be a caustionary tale.
Tags: Adenisone Triphosphate ATP, Allergy, Glutens, Autonomic Nervous System, Flax seeds, Chia, Probiotics, Roger McDougall, Muscle cramps, inflammatory foods, Oscillococcinum