Instantaneously, upon my multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2001 I transformed into an explorer, a seeker and a searcher. My diagnosing neurologist emphatically discouraged me from looking at alternatives but I wouldn’t be stopped. Having been interested in alternative healing prior to my diagnosis, his recommendation I take the Copaxone and “just don’t overheat yourself” didn’t sit right with me and I immediately started researching and learning.
My first call after my diagnosis was to the now somewhat famous Dr. Joel Fuhrman. You may have seen his PBS specials or his infomercials. Even then I believed diet must have some potential to heal.
I worked with various chiropractors, energy healers and in 2009 I discovered that deep tissue massage worked better than Baclofen for my leg pain and spasticity. To this day a monthly massage is a necessity for my self-care. In 2011 I received what was then called “The Liberation Treatment” for CCSVI. After receiving the “experimental” surgery, the results were phenomenal – for a while. Ten months later the MS fatigue and leg spasticity returned with a vengeance.
Nearly sixteen years since my diagnosis I remain free from pharmaceutical medications and have had no serious relapses. That’s a win in my book! Regardless of the fact that some things I tried worked, some worked short term, and some not at all, I appreciate the many levels and avenues available for our healing.
For the past five years I’ve been underwater with MS fatigue. Sleeping 12 hours per night and sometimes afternoons as well. I have been unable to really feel alive or have any motivation. My entire life has felt undone and hopeless if I couldn’t find some relief.
After exploring all kinds of options from the Wahl’s diet, the Candida diet, Biotin supplements, vitamin D supplements, acupuncture, and even asking my doctor for a prescription for Nuvigil; I saw a blog one morning about drinking green juice daily for increased energy. I decided to try it.
I bought a low cost juicer and made myself a deal. I would try it for one week and if I didn’t like it or it was too difficult to manage, I would return the juicer. I sat down while prepping my vegetables for my first days of juicing because my legs were so weak. My expectations weren’t high.
To my surprise I loved it and have now been drinking fresh green juice every morning for more than 75 days. You can see where I got my basic starter recipe from Kris Carr here.
My life has literally transformed. My energy is back and I feel alive again! I sleep 8-9 hours a night. I’m alert and able to do multiple tasks with ease and my walking has even improved. Was it the juice? Well I can’t say it wasn’t.
I have been unable to find significant research pertaining to juicing and MS but my personal explanation for the benefits include:
- Juicing is a direct high dose of phytonutrients directly to my system each morning. My level of nutrition has always been less than optimal. This way my cells are getting what they need directly.
- Green juice is anti-inflammatory. I include all the most anti-inflammatory vegetables and lots of ginger. MS is fundamentally a disease of inflammation and if you reduce inflammation, you improve MS symptoms.
I am in no way interested in selling anyone on anything. I am not a doctor. I’m simply sharing my positive experience with you. What I am interested in is encouraging you to explore, seek, search and trust your intuition.
Have you found anything considered ‘alternative’ to help with your MS?
Kellie has a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and is an Empowerment Coach for people with MS who feel lost, powerless, and are afraid of losing themselves and to the diagnosis. She helps them connect to their internal place of power, realign to their deepest priorities, and recommit to their authentic expression in life. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.