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Some people who have
multiple sclerosis (MS) think that making changes in diet,
environment, and lifestyle can ease the symptoms of MS and possibly even
reverse the course of the disease. But medical research does not show that alternative or nonmedical treatments influence the course of the disease. These treatments are not recommended.
People who practice alternative medicine may think that certain things may increase the risk of having an attack of MS, including:
Many people who have MS also experiment with their diets, in part
because there are many claims about the effectiveness of certain diets and
nutritional supplements in the treatment of MS.
There is no evidence to show that any of these diets or supplements have any benefit in the treatment of MS. A
healthful, balanced diet will provide all the nutrients you need in most cases.
Good nutrition may also help you feel better and benefit your overall
Be careful about taking supplements. Some minerals and vitamins are
toxic if they are taken in large amounts.
Discuss your treatment options with your doctor before trying any type of unconventional treatment for MS. You can also
get reliable advice from an MS treatment center or the National Multiple
February 15, 2012
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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