THE FLU SHOT!?!
Too many web sites CLAIM that Nutrasweet, the brand name of the artificial
sweetener Aspertame is to blame for a litany of diseases, including
We have found absolutely nothing to back this up.
Put this one to the bone bed!
For more information, please visit the following web sites:
Viral and bacterial infections CAN trigger an MS attack.
To fight bacteria WASH, WASH, WASH your hands.
As for viral infections, like the flu, only those who have trouble breathing
or have upper limb weakness are recommended for the shot.
As MS is a chronic condition… there is NO CHARGE. Go to the free flu clinics.
HERBAL MEDICINES and VITAMINS
Be CAREFUL! More than 80% of drugs on the market came from chemicals found
in plants. So don't be fooled that something so 'natural' is safe.
Many chemicals found in herbs may be toxic and interact poorly with drugs.
Herbs are NOT recommended for pregnant women, people with multiple medical
problems, or those who take multiple medications.
Talk to your doctor before self-medicating with a 'natural' substance.
This herb stimulates the immune system. Great for the average person fighting
a cold… BUT those with MS have an aggressive immune system, and certainly
don't need any more stimulation! Click
here for more information.
ST. JOHN'S WORT
Patients with MS may experience depression and St. John's Wort is an herb
that appears to have antidepressant effects. Many clinical studies are
underway and until they are completed it IS known that this herb interacts
with many MS medications including amitriptyline, carbamazepine, imipramine,
nortriptyline, phenytoin, phenobarbital, and primidone.
Cranberry has a long history of use to treat or prevent UTI, urinary tract
infections. Some clinical studies indicate it may be effective for preventing
UTI but it's not yet definitive. The only known adverse effects are diarrhea
and other gastrointestinal symptoms if more than 3 litres of juice is
consumed in a day. While it may prevent UTI, there is no reason to believe
that Cranberries CURE it.
In 1997 an article was published stating the benefits of Ginkgo for treating
dementia in elderly patients. Ginkgo has anti-oxidant properties and inhibits
blood clotting and inflammations. Two studies done since then on MS patients
found that the herb was not effective in stopping or reducing exacerbations.
Its effect on cognitive dysfunction has not been studied as of yet.
The concerns about this herb include spontaneous bleeding in the brain
It is to be AVOIDED for those who take blood thinners, have blood disorders
or are scheduled for any type of surgery.
The root of this plant is said to be effective for insomnia. However,
as it may cause excessive sedation, this is a nasty herb for people with
MS who find it difficult to fight that enduring fatigue.
Daily supplements in recommended doses are fine. Don't make the mistake
that if a few are good, then lots must be better. Within the MS community
it was believed that as Vitamin B was beneficial for the nervous system,
then it was good to take large doses. The OPPOSITE is true!
Nervous system injury may occur if the intake of Vitamin B6 is deficient
The antioxidant vitamins including A, C and E are claimed to be effective
therapies for MS. In fact, there is suggestive evidence that free-radical-induced
oxidative damage is increased in MS patients and that oxidative damage
plays a role in myelin injury. There is no clinical proof yet and more
studies are needed. Until then, anti-oxidants, whether as vitamins or
grape-seed extracts are not recommended for those with MS.
D and CALCIUM
A 6-month study of MS patients treated with Vitamin D revealed no change
in the course of the disease and did not reduce the disease activity.
However, it is increasingly recognized that those with MS appear to have
decreased bone density and therefore are more prone to a bone fracture.
This could be due to reduced physical activity. A daily recommended dose
of Vitamin D or increased calcium-rich foods in the diet may be needed.
Here are some links in regards to lack of Vitamin D (from the sun), depression
and immune suppression: