In response to my post, The Value of Money or the Value of Health..., a fellow MSer from Toronto left an interesting comment regarding the use of diet to 'treat' her multiple sclerosis. She referenced a presentation given in Alberta last October by DIRECT-MS, Diet Research into the Cause and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, which also supports The Best Bet Diet.
Orla Hegarty is "40 years old and has had a passion for cooking since she was able to whip up her first batch of cookies at the age of 10 or so. She published her first recipe in 1977 at this same age. She blames it all on Laura Ingalls Wilder." Orla blogs at Great Mastications and provides recipes which are diary-free, gluten-free, legume-free, and tomato-free. Her recipes look pretty tasty and you should check them out.
Orla makes the point that her choice of treatment costs considerably less than the $21,000 per year that prescription Copaxone costs. Personally, I do not believe that the use of appropriate pharmaceuticals must be divorced from the use of diet to help control MS symptoms. And I am a little sad that MSers who choose a diet-only approach feel the need to carry a chip on their shoulder when it comes to the skepticism of an MS Cause or Cure found in nutrition from the evidence-based medical community.
Orla also says..."Patient advocacy is a moot [sic] point when it comes to patients choosing diet modifications." I believe that patient advocacy can be executed in a wide variety of situations. Perhaps there is a need to increase the availability of high-quality, fresh foods in urban areas without access to locally grown foodstuffs. Or why ARE so many processed foods, made to be tasty by substances such as high-fructose corn syrup or partially-hydrogenated oils, available at such cheap prices? Could there be a need to eliminate or limit federal farm subsidies which distort nutritional incentives? Just some thoughts.
Namaste to you, Orla, and thank you for visiting.