These are the resources I wish every person struggling with MS would consider:
Terry Wahls’ TED talk
I’d start with Dr. Wahls because the most important thing needed to overcome a debilitating illness is hope. If we don’t believe we can be healed, nothing will work. Seeing the pictures of where Dr. Wahl was, and seeing her now — strong, vibrant, healthy — may be just what you need to take a fresh look at alternative therapies.
That’s not to say it’s all in your head, or that healing is guaranteed. Only that, if I choose to wear the label “I have this condition and I always will,” chances are very good that my body will “cooperate” with the diagnosis.
Dr. Wahl’s theory is that MS is a result of inadequate mitochondria. Feed the mitochondria, and MS goes away. (Makes sense. “All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates)
The Mercury Mom: My Journey Back From MS
Stacy Case, a journalist with Fox News, shares her journey and links to video segments documenting her journey of healing from MS through mercury chelation at The Mercury Mom.
Like Dr. Wahls, the author of Healing Multiple Sclerosis was bedridden before healing herself of MS. Also like Dr. Wahls, food played a major part in her recovery. She also links MS to Candida.
In addition to diet, Ann talks about the importance of spiraling upward in her thoughts, recognizing and dismissing negative thoughts, reducing stress, and other alternative therapies.
The Yeast Connection by Dr. William Crook
A groundbreaking book on the subject of Candida. In The Yeast Connection, Dr. Crook explains why and how Candida may be related to MS and many other debilitating illnesses. His recommendations are included in the summary below. His companion book, The Yeast Connection Cookbook, is brilliant.
Amalgam Illness by Andy Cutler
Could mercury be at the root of MS? Certainly it plays a part in some cases. Amalgam Illness is the book that distills and explains what biochemist Andy Cutler, PhD, learned and did as he healed himself.
I’ve read at least one post from a fellow group member following Andy’s low-dose chelation therapy protocol whose follow-up MRI showed zero lesions. In other words, she cured herself of MS by detoxifying from mercury. (Andy’s group also includes parents of formerly-autistic children who are now normal, symptom-free.)
Andy’s book, while not the flashiest one on the market, is the only one I trust or recommend to provide guidance on detoxing mercury safely. For details, see my book review here.
Wellness Mama’s mercury post
How to Detox Heavy Metals (& Get More Energy) is Katie’s summary of her podcast interview with Wendy Myers of Live to 110. Wendy’s protocol is slightly different than the Andy Cutler protocol (the only one I trust), but worth learning about.
Lyme Disease Supercharge by Bryan Rosner
Bryan has an amazing story of recovery from acute and chronic mercury poisoning. He grew up on a farm, literally playing with mercury and has been following Andy Cutler’s low-dose chelation therapy protocol for many years. He was the moderator of the Yahoo group (later migrated here) and remains a wealth of information.
Last year Bryan read a book about mold and decided to follow the protocol. Lyme Disease Supercharge tells his story of making significant gains in detoxing mercury once he began addressing the mold issue.
In a nutshell, everything in these resources points to some commonsense advice that, at the very least, will not hurt a person suffering from MS, and at best could conceivably heal them. Here’s a summary of ideas:
- Reduce stress
- Spend 30 minutes relaxing and interacting with nature daily
- Go barefoot on the grass, or use an earthing mat
- Hug your loved ones
- Enjoy at least one leisurely meal a day together
- Good sleep habits
- Joyful thoughts
- Get fresh air and sunshine every day
- Plenty of exercise
- Walk 10,000 steps if you are able
- Learn how to forgive (become an expert)
- Consume bone broth before every meal to heal the gut
- Boost your immune system with dark leafy greens
- Follow an elimination diet to determine food sensitivities
- Remove processed foods from the diet
- Reduce or eliminate exposure to pesticides
- Avoid conventionally-raised meats in favor of grass-fed, pastured, organic options
- Remove the most common allergens from the diet
- Reduce exposure to heavy metals from diet and environment
- Limit fish to twice a week
- Choose wild-caught (smaller fish like krill and sardines contain less mercury)
- Avoid bottom feeders like shrimp and lobster
- Avoid exposure to mold
- Check your home for damp areas where mold can thrive
- Freeze leftovers if you will not be eating them within 24 hours
- Consider a DIY air purifier, or get the fancier kind
- Consider a noninvasive hair test for heavy metals. (Note: these tests may send you on a damaging rabbit trail if you don’t take time to interpret them properly. read more about them on my book review of Amalgam Illness.)
- Use non-toxic toiletries and cleaning products
- Research your water filter and water sources
After reading that my memory loss might be a result of aluminum exposure from my water filter, I switched my water source and noticed immediate improvement.
Check out this article ranking refillable water filters for heavy metal removal.
Incidentally, I read somewhere that composite fillings could also be a source of aluminum poisoning, but as dental materials expert Jess Clifford explains, that’s not true):
“Should I Be Worried About Aluminum in Fillings and Crowns?” – here.