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Do you have MS or know somebody who does who might benefit from learning about
complementary or alternative ways to deal with the condition?
Because there is much to share about this, I've written this article.
What kind of self-care actions do individuals with multiple sclerosis take?
A report in the Journal of Holistic Nursing found that 56% of patients diagnosed
with multiple sclerosis had their mercury dental fillings removed, 50% tried homeopathy, 50% tried massage, 44% changed their
eating patterns, 32% tried physical therapy, 32% tried psychological counseling, 19% participated in aquatic therapy, 13%
used shiatsu, biofeedback or chelation, and 6% tried therapeutic touch or yoga. All respondents reported that the severity
of their symptoms decreased as a result of the therapies they tried. There was a statistically significant improvement in
symptom severity following use of the complementary therapies.
What are some complementary therapies you might want to try for multiple
1. Louise Hay believes what we say and
think affects our physical being. Say or write one of the following affirmations 20 times a day to counteract
the negative mental patterns that may have a hold on you:
* I choose loving, joyous thoughts
* I am safe
* I am free
* I create love and joy
2. Rub any sore, cold or inflexible body parts with gentle compassion, bringing fresh blood and energy to those spots.
3. To help with bowel control and
build up energy reserves: Lie prone on your side with one hand over your head and the other resting on a soft mat,
rug or mattress beneath you. Bend the knee of your top leg, but keep the bottom leg straight. Breathe in and out very slowly
while tightening the muscles of your anus. Hold the muscles tight for as long as you can, then relax. Repeat until you feel
weary or strained, then stop and relax (The Complete System of Self-Healing).
4. Change your eating patterns.
According to the Journal of Neurovirology, a good diet to treat or prevent MS
includes fresh prepared fruits and vegetables to aid in remyelination of your spinal cord and nerves. Replace all animal fat
(meat, milk, eggs, cheese) with plenty of monosaturated fat (olive oil to cook with and put on your salads) and move to a
vegetarian diet, suggests a report in Medical Hypotheses. Eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids (found in salmon, and other cold-water
fish and flax seeds). Also take 500 mg in capsule form of evening primrose oil and black currant oil to reduce inflammation
(Integrative Medicine). If this doesn't help, eliminate bread, pasta, rice, cereals and all grains.
5. To prevent urinary infections,
take vitamin C every day (Journal of Neurovirology).
6. Enroll in a t'ai chi or
exercise class. A study reported in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that walking speed, hamstring flexibility
and psychosocial well-being improved. Another study published in the Annals of Neurology fifty individuals diagnosed with
MS were randomly assigned to a three times a week exercise class or nonexercise groups.
Participants in the exercise group had improved bowel and bladder function and significant increases in upper and lower extremity
strength, aerobic capacity, triglycerides, depression, anger and fatigue.
7. Investigate bodywork/ massage
and psychological counseling to improve depression anxiety and self-esteem (Complementary Therapies in Medicine).
8. Look into aquatic exercise.
A study reported in Physical Therapy found that aquatic therapy with a pool temperature of 94 degrees F. improved mobility.
9. Join a music therapy group.
A study reported in Rehabilitative Nursing found that patients who received music therapy showed more expiratory muscle strength
than patients who attended music appreciation class.
10. If you have constipation, fecal incontinence or a combination, sign
up with a biofeedback specialist. A study reported in the Journal of Neurology and Neurosurgical Psychiatry found a beneficial
effect after biofeedback sessions for patients whose bowel symptoms were having a major impact on their life.
11. Try yoga, its gentle stretches can help you maintain strength, flexibility
and balance. This focused breathing exercise can reduce stress and reduce symptoms. Look for an instructor in your Yellow
Pages or watch for fliers about yoga classes.
12. Take extra B-vitamins to help form and maintain the myelin around your
nerves. Foods that contain B-12 are especially important, including sardines, herring, nutritional (Brewer's) yeast, mackerel,
trout, sea vegetables (kombu, dulse, kelp, wakame), fermented soyfoods (tempeh, natto, and miso).
13. Try an Ayurvedic tonic herb ashwagandha. It could protect your body
against stress and counter fatigue (Integrative Medicine).
14. Investigate hypnosis.
A study in the American Journal of Hypnosis reported the use of hypnosis with individuals with multiple sclerosis. Hypnosis
helped patients get out of wheel chairs, walk with better balance and experience reduced pain. A secondary effect of hypnosis
was an increased sense of hopefulness.
15. Drink fresh juices every day. If you don't have a juicer, buy one.
It can help you. Start with a pint (2 glasses) of carrot juice or 9 ounces of carrot juice with 5 ounces of celery juice and
2 ounces of parsley juice, 12 ounces of carrot juice mixed with 4 ounces of parsley
juice. Work up to several quarts of fresh juice a day.
Dr. Klenner's program adapted to current thinking (that eliminates injections includes):
1. B-complex 50, 4 capsules taken taken thirty
minutes before meals and at bedtime.
2. Calcium citrate, 1000 mg after meals and bed time.
3. Lecithin. 1200 mg (19 grains) one capsule after
meals and at bed time with two percent
4. Vitamin A 50,000 unit gel capsule, after breakfast
5. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherals) 400 I. units. Four capsules at bedtime.
6. Magnesium oxide 300 mg tablet. One tablet after meals and before bed time.
7. Trinsicon or Feosol. One capsule twice daily or sufficient to maintain a hemoglobin of at least thirteen grams.
8. Sunflower seed oil capsules. One capsule after meals and bed time. (If can digest the seeds, either whole or crushed,
have two handfuls of seeds in drinks , or on salads, or as a snack (not roasted or salted)
9. Lipotriad. Three capsules yields 700 mg of choline. Two capsules after each meal. It is used as a methylating agent.
10. 4 cups of plain yogurt with active cultures a day (to help with digestion and reduce risk of infections.)
11. Flax oil capsules. One capsule after meals and at bedtime. Contains linolenic, oleic and linoleic acids.
12. Protein supplement containing eighteen amino acids. One ounce in a glass of milk or mixed with yogurt, apple juice
and stevia or honey four times a day. Some of the above can be taken with this drink.
Dr. Klenner found that RNA and DNA tablets, 100 mg of each, were helpful to some patients; one to three of each daily along
with the other vitamins. Inositol, 500 mg, one to three times a day may help.
Because of the large number of pills and capsules to be taken daily, Dr. Klenner suggested they be put into a blender
along with a protein powder, milk, vanilla, and carob to make a tasty drink. They all might go down more easily.
If over age 40 or digestion is poor, take digestive enzymes, 1-2 after each meal.
For indigestion, drink 1-4 ounces of aloe vera gel or juice.
Dr. Klenner cited some cases:
- Female developed weakness in extremities in 1961. She was sent home to deteriorate. Dr. Klenner began his program,
and she is now cured and has been leading an active life for over 21 years. “The central nervous system can be regenerated,
but it does require time. Ten years was given to the restitution of her entire nervous pathways.” She is “full
of vim, vigor, and vitality.”
- Another woman had complete paralysis of both legs and left arm. She required a steel brace from hips to neck. After two
years of this she was taken to Dr. Klenner and started on the above therapy. In sixteen months she could move her right
leg and left arm. In three years she began to move her left foot and button her blouse. In nine years she could stand unaided.
A modem day miracle, “Enzyme, co-enzyme, and metabolite theory is the correct approach to the rehabilitation of the
- In 1918 a male was diagnosed as M.S. because of blurred vision, numbness, and low back pain. In four months Dr. Klenner
began his program and in six months the man was back driving the fire truck. He continued to improve and cut firewood during
off hours. Early M.S. cases will respond quickly.
- Another female with dizziness, poor vision, lateral, and rotatory nystagmus (dancing eyeballs). The nausea was so profound;
she could not swallow the oral vitamins. But after one year of the vitamin injections she could do the oral route. From not
being able to read a billboard, she can now read large type books. The nystagmus is gone, but she needs a cane to ambulate.
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This article is for information purposes only and is excerpted from Carolyn
Chambers Clark's American Holistic Nurses' Association Guide to Common Chronic Conditions: Self-Care Options to Complement
Your Doctor's Advice, John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
Copyright 2006 Carolyn Chambers