Welcome To PPMS-ing!!!
I live with PPMS. So I thought it was befitting to name my musings as such.
As you may know, PPMS is Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Only 10%-15% of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have PPMS. And there’s only one approved medication to treat PPMS. Ocrevus. PPMS is also more disabling. MS in general is autoimmune & neurodegenerative.
I may have PPMS, but PPMS does not have me. I choose to thrive to the best of my ability each day with it, despite my disability.
The Magic Is In The Food
I remember sitting in my rheumatologist’s office, probably 2 years prior to my MS diagnosis, once again going through everything and assuring me it wasn’t fibromyalgia or lupus or RA et al. I looked at him and asked, “Holistically, where do I start to attack this? What supplements would you suggest?”
That’s how I started with curcumin, garlic, ginger and I believe cinnamon pills. He’s not even a holistic doctor, so I’m not sure why I asked him that. But I wasn’t wrong to ask, because he had fundamental answers, and I built on it with magnesium, CoQ10, Omega-3 et al over the years. I was already on Vitamin D by this time, because I was aware that I was deficient, but I optimized it further and added K2.
And I haven’t looked back since. I made a decision, that I was going to use natural products at my disposal to treat this mystery inflammatory condition that had no name yet.
As a family, we also resolved further on eating organic, non-gmo foods, though it would be much later (after my MS diagnosis), before I encountered the Wahls Protocol. And it was a few more years before I came around to understanding the importance, and addressing my gut, and then the concept of toxins.
I’d come to realize at some point, that I could not out-supplement MS however. As beneficial as supplements are, the feeling I started to get after a kale salad, or some other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, or a few cloves of garlic, is almost indescribable. That boost was a feeling that supplements alone without an optimized nutrition plan for me, could not achieve.
“The magic is in the food, not the supplements.”-Dr. Terry Wahls, author of the Wahls Protocol. (Mind-Body & The Vagus Nerve Connection Summit, by Health Means. August 22, 2021.)
Thank God Food Is Medicine
Food is medicine for for me, and for every ailment, not just PPMS. My “medicines” are food, supplements, Ocrevus, and everything else in between like exercise, mindfulness and yoga. That’s the combo that has worked for me so far.
It has been a long journey, not so much in years, but in what I have been through, and what I have had to do, to combat MS.
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