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Multiple Sclerosis (MS): The Movement and Food Part

If you had 100$ at the start of everyday, where would you spend your money? This is the analogy I often use with my clients who have MS. If you know you need do laundry and clean the floors, well that's $50 right there, so don't expect to go shopping that same day because you will be in debt. Fatigue, weakness and spasticity are common in individuals with MS, so they must prioritize and plan their daily energy expenditures.

#MultipleSclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive disease of the central the nervous system.

The exact cause of MS is still unknown, however most scientists believe that "it involves an autoimmune response that is influenced by a combination of environmental, infections and genetic factors" (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013). The clinical presentation of MS can be quite widespread; from someone walking with a cane to someone requiring a motorized wheelchair.

The reason I am writing this post is because despite the fact that MS is a progressive disease with the exact cause unknown, #physiotherapy can help slow the progression and improve function. And, to my most recent interest, there is ample evidence showing that #food

can have a huge impact on this disease as well... this is another time when I ask myself.. why isn't this being talked about more? Maybe it is and I'm just oblivious to it? When someone is diagnosed with MS they are entitled to this information. Whether they choose to act on it or not, that's their choice but they NEED TO KNOW.

I am trying to keep this short and simple.... so basically:

Physiotherapy and MS: work on maintaining function and slowing the progression of disease. Strength, endurance and flexibility of specific muscle groups.

Food and MS: Progression of disease can be greatly reduced with a diet low in saturated fat. Cows milk consumption is strongly linked to MS (Cambell, TM 2004).

Remember I am not a nutritionist, and this is not a scientific literature review, if you want to know more there are numerous studies out there. My main goal is to bring to the reader's attention that diet plays a role in most diseases, even the one's that we think there is nothing we can do about.

If you or someone you know has MS and you want more information feel free to message me!

Campbell II, Thomas M. The China study: the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss and long-term health. BenBella Books, Inc., 2004.

American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM's guidelines for exercise testing and prescription. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

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