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Lipids

Americans are seeing some positive results by injecting mice with Lipids. They are aware that post mortems carried out on MS suffers show depletion of this fat in the areas damaged by MS. The mice have also shown improvement in certain cases. This all sounds encouraging but I have no idea which foods contain Lipids, because I might as well give it a go. It could be received by  omega 3 rich foods. I just wondered if this means anything to anyone?.

 

Peter

I'm not aware of anyone with MS having benefited from injecting mice with anything!  For a start, mice DON'T have MS.  A disorder which mimics it can be artificially induced in the laboratory, but that doesn't mean it's the same thing.  And secondly, mice are - well, mice - not people.  Although both are mammals, the fact that something is effective in mice with an MS-like condition doesn't mean the same is true for humans with real MS.  It also doesn't mean it would be safe or without side-effects for humans, even if it did show some promise.

So, I'd be very cautious about adopting anything into daily living, simply because it has "shown promise in mice".

Having said that, I DO take an Omega 3 supplement, because research suggests it may be beneficial for MS - but my decision to take it is not linked specifically to the mouse studies - which I didn't even know about.

If you prefer to avoid supplements, it's easy to Google which foods are rich in Omega 3.

Tina

 

Good call Tina, saw a dietitian today who said the same thing, Omega 3 good Omega 6 bad apparently. As for the mice thing, I am prepared to explore anything that shows promise as I haven't got time to wait another 10/20 years for stem cell treatments that may or may not become available.

 

Thanks

 

Peter

There's been a fair bit of research into lipids and MS. From what I've read, overall, the studies where MSers increased lipid intake showed no benefit. It's an interesting area though - lipids may be involved somewhere along the line (possibly related to the Epstein Barr virus I think); it's just that they don't know what to do about it or even if they can do anything about it. Changing diet doesn't seem to work. Shame :-(

Karen x

Thanks Karen,

As you say a world of unknowns. I am interested in exploring the effect of diet on my symptoms, and was fumbling around on my own. I have now got professional help,  broadly along the lines suggested by Joel Fuhrman in his book Fasting and eating for health. If I have any improvement I will update here, my own belief has always been that the body is programmed/designed to cure itself and we just need to find what's causing the blockage. Some interesting stuff in his book about auto- immune diseases and the negative effect toxins have on our cells, no doubt caused by our western style diet. When I was diagnosed in 2009, I hoped the doctors would make me better but that clearly isn't going to happen and need to take ownership of my health myself. Well it keeps me busy!.

Peter