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How a gluten free diet helped clear symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

May 6, 2009

Here is a letter a patient wrote us with her experience using a gluten free diet to help her with symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis.  Based on the medical literature we instituted a gluten free diet as part of this patient’s Integrative Manual Therapy program.  Her resutls were consistent with the results found in the medical literature.  For more information visit a great research site www.TheBurnhamReview.com and search for gluten sensitivity research.  After reading it, I would ask, “which Multiple Sclerosis patient are you not going to tell about a gluten free program?  More info can be found at our site www.missionhillspt.com and at www.metagenics.com/webinars ( go to page two and look for Dr. O’Bryan’s gluten sensitivity power point)

————————Here is E.J.’s story…
I can admit that in the past I have been sold snake oil. I have a whole cabinet full of “miracle cures” and another spilling over with various prescriptions from doctors.  I gave up on both a long time ago, especially about 3 years ago when my MS was constantly flaring up, each time robbing me of the use of my legs and landing me in the hospital for months.  Ralph and company were able to ease the pain in my lower back, which in the hospital required IV pain meds.  This was tremendous, but the most progress came 5 months ago when I eliminated gluten from my diet.  Ralph provided me with a wealth of information and research from highly regarded medical journals.  This eased my neuroscience-oriented mind, and the snake oil alarm in my head never went off, there were no red flags, and instead of the fake hope I’d experienced before, I felt real hope.

My life began 26 years ago, took a turn at 20 with my MS diagnosis, stalled completely 3 years ago, and began again 5 months ago.  I remember telling Ralph after being gluten free 2-3 months that I felt I had already made up for the 2 1/2 – 3 years I was in and out of the hospital.  Within a month of going gluten free, I knew something wonderful was happening – life was livable again, constant fatigue replaced by constant energy, and the spasticity in my legs I had experienced daily was gone.  Even my neurologist, who does not speak in non-pharmaceutical terms, could not find any trace of it.  His response to all of these positive changes after gluten-free: “You can’t argue with results like this!”.

Doctors and MS groups look at me with jaws dropped to the floor.  I make sure and tell them about having gone gluten-free. I see such a high likelihood for fast improvement that I recommend at least trying a gluten-free diet to all my friends with MS, other neurological problems, and even those who are healthy but say they “could be better.”  It can’t hurt to try, and you never know just how amazing the results might be.

E.J. April 2009

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2 comments

  1. […] Elisabeth Hasselbeck Writes On Living With Gluten Free DietHere is a letter a patient wrote us with her experience using a gluten free diet to help her with symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis. Based on the medical literature we instituted a gluten free diet as part of this patient’s … Read more […]


  2. It’s needless to say that the importance of diet cannot be underlined enough when it comes to MS. There are plenty of diets out there, but one thing should always be considered by multiple sclerosis patients: how does the diet make them feel.

    When it comes to MS, one’s diet needs to contain enough nourishment without putting extra strain on the body, and at the same time needs not to contain aliments that worsen the symptoms. So, it’s recommended to keep a journal with what you ate and how it made you feel when you start on a new diet. This way you’ll have a better look at how the diet works for you.



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