Letter from Dad about diet and MS

One of my clients with MS forwarded me this email from his dad.  It’s really nice, and I have permission to share it ( and then I replied) Thanks XXXXXX and ‘Dad’ !


There are two significant surveys reported today. They should give you some comfort that the changes to diet you took aboard a year ago were absolutely the right thing to do. 

The first one about processed meat is from a massive study over a long period of time. Although it is not directly about MS it is a reminder of the other significant risks you have significantly reduced as a result of your diet changes. There is one figure that jumps out – people with very differing diets had a 44% different chances of dying over a thirteen year period.

While this study lent massive support to the ever growing consensus on healthy eating, the second report about salt intake is specifically relevant to MS. It appears to be a significant study which seems to being well received as providing a new insight into the triggers for the disease. It also seems to reinforce the part that the microbiome might play in MS (I think I sent you an Economist article on this topic but if not I will dig it out). Although as always there is a long way to go before it can all be validated, and will not cure MS it seems reasonable to hope that it may moderate it. The author of the report says quite clearly in his final sentence:

If I had MS, I would think very much about not eating processed foods and really cutting down my salt intake,”

It may give you some encouragement, that you have inadvertently been doing this in following your new diet. Although it is not yet proven, it is one of those low cost, low risk, high potential gain actions that are worth a punt.



(This guy has taken on the OMS dietary approach. here’s my reply)


Nice to read such an articulate email! I did read the meat one, but hadn’t seen the salt!

Another biggy ( huge, really) is The China Study – copied here from wikipedia:
The China Study (2005) is a book by T. Colin Campbell, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, and his son Thomas M. Campbell II, a physician. It examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and a variety of chronic illnesses, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel.[2] The book had sold 750,000 copies as of January 2013.[3] It is one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.[4]

…The authors conclude that people who eat a plant-based/vegan diet—avoiding animal products such as beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce or reverse the development of chronic diseases. They also recommend adequate amounts of sunshine to maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D, and supplements of vitamin B12 in case of complete avoidance of animal products.

All the best! 🙂 Miranda

3 thoughts on “Letter from Dad about diet and MS

  1. Made interesting reading Miranda thanks for sending it ,I think its too late for any major change to my diet but hopefully it could help others bye for now x

  2. Hi Miranda What level of vitamin D do you recommend a person with MS should take? Kind regards, Kirsty Zigler-Heasman. 07740073685 Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 17:49:02 +0000 To: kzhome@hotmail.co.uk

  3. Hi Kirsty,
    Standard safe dose for people who don’t want to mess about too much is 5000IU daily. If you want to be proactive, follow the recommendations on http://www.overcomingms.org. You can get your blood checked for vit D levels in the UK for about £25, or £30 overseas now by post http://www.cityassays.org.uk Saying that, some studies have shown no effect from taking a high level dose of vit D as a supplement, and I have started recommending a 10-15 minute sunbed that puts out UVB rays once a month – being careful not to burn, of course, because it may be that we absorb it better that way.Take care, Miranda

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