Jack Osbourne has recently talked on the Dr. Oz show about his decision to follow the paleo diet to fight multiple sclerosis. The singer was diagnosed with this life-threatening condition about four years ago. He is a firm believer that diet can improve health and quality of life. This eating plan helped him stop the rapid deterioration of his body due to MS and maintain a normal weight.
Multiple sclerosis affects over two and a half million people worldwide. This condition causes the body to attack the myelin sheaths protecting the nerves. Women are twice as likely as men to develop MS. Suffers experience vision loss, tingling, numbness in their arms and legs, poor sleep, urinary problems, muscle stiffness, tiredness, fatigue, and chronic pain. Some may lose their ability to walk. Depression, mood swings, and loss of sensitivity are common symptoms.
Jack experienced loss of vision in his right eye before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. But he decided not to give up, and adopted a new mantra: adapt and overcome. As a result, he embraced the paleo diet, which has been shown to relieve MS symptoms and reduce the need for medication. Dr. Terry Wahls helped Jack transition to the paleo lifestyle and fight the disease. They both have set an important example to MS patients worldwide.
This chronic illness disrupts the flow of information within the brain. Its cause is unknown. Researchers believe that certain people are genetically predisposed to multiple sclerosis. Several studies indicate that a diet high in refined sugar, grains, and dairy may cause inflammation and trigger the onset of MS symptoms. The paleo lifestyle, which eliminates these foods, has been shown to prevent the disease and slow its progress.
Thousands of MS patients who went paleo claimed to have seen an improvement to their condition. Dr. Wahls herself was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. After years of treatment, she decided to try the paleo diet and created an eating plan that allowed her to walk again and even complete a 18-mile bicycle tour. Later on, she helped Jack Osbourne and other patients overcome MS and enjoy a healthier life.
The paleo diet may help relieve MS symptoms by fighting inflammation. This eating plan is based on high-fat, high-protein foods, such as farm raised meat, pastured eggs, ghee, coconut oil, fresh fruit, and vegetables. At the same time, it eliminates gluten and dairy, which are a primary cause of inflammation.