Researchers: Popular Diet May Help With Multiple Sclerosis


ON THE HEALTHWATCH AN EXPERIMENTAL NEW TREATMENT FOR PATIENT WAS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IS DEPENDING ON HAND PATIENTS ARE EATING. STEPHANIE STAHL IS THEY ARE EXPLAIN, STEPHANIE. THEY ARE CHECKING IN TO THIS ONE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IS EFFECTS 400,000 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. CURRENT TREATMENTS MAY HAVE SEVERE SIDE EFFECTS AND THERE IS NO CURE. RESEARCHERS ARE TESTING HOW ONE POPULAR DIET MAY HELP BATTLE THIS DISEASE. ONCE A MONTH THIS PIONEERING GROUP OF MS PATIENTS MEETS TO GET TIPS FROM A NUTRITIONIST. WHEN GRANTS ARE REFINED THEY ARE STRIPPED OF THIS OUTER LAYER. REPORTER: THEY SHARE THEIR TEMPTATIONS. CRAVING TERRIBLE THE OTHER DAY. REPORTER: THEY ARE LEADING ONE OF FIRST CLINICAL TRIALS BETWEEN THE LINK BETWEEN WHATE EAT, GUT BACTERIA AND MS SYMPTOMS. IMMUNE SYSTEM, 07 PERCENT LIVES INSIDE THE GUT AND HAS FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE BODY. REPORTER: IN MS SPLAY NATION OCCURS WHEN CELLS ATTACK THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD, AND, THE STUDY IS TESTING WHETHER A DIET INTERVENTION CANNERY PROGRAM THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO SLOW DOWN THE ASSAULT ON ITSELF. IT IS RIGHT HERE A VERY TYPICAL LOOKING, BOX FOR MS. REPORTER: PATIENTS INVOLVED IN THE TRIAL ARE FOLLOWING A STRICT MEDITERRANEAN STYLE DIET NO PROCESSED FOOD, DAIRY OR MEAT, BUT LOTS OF FRUITS, VEGETABLES AND WHOLE GRAINS. WE THINK THOSE ARE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND NEURO PROTECTIVE. REPORTER: SYMPTOMS OF FATIGUE, DIFFICULTY WALKING, VISION PROBLEMS AND COGNITIVE CHANGES CAN BE SEVERE AND DISABLE. I WAS REALLY FEARFUL BECAUSE I HAVE A FAMILY, I HAVE MY CHILDREN, MY HUSBAND. REPORTER: WITH THE HELP OF MEDICATION THIS MS PATIENT IS STILL ABLE TO WORK, NIGHTS AS AN ONCOLOGY NURSE, FOUR YEARS AFTER HER DIAGNOSIS, AND NOW SHE IS HOPING DIET WILL HELP EVEN MORE. NOW THIS IS A SMALL STUDY OF ABOUT 30 PATIENTS AND IT WILL BE SIX MONTHS BEFORE RESEARCHERS KNOW IF THE DIET HAS ANY MEASURABLE IMPACT ON MS SYMPTOMS, SO, SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THAT GROUP ALREADY SAY THAT THEY ARE FEELING MORE ENERGETIC. WE HAVE KNOWN THAT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET CAN BE HELPFUL FOR OTHER KINDS OF

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