The last couple of people I’ve divulged my MS to referenced diet and the Overcoming MS regimen in the belief that it is a cure for the condition. Has anyone else had this? It has to be said that I was slightly offended by the insinuation that it is a) my poor diet that has lumbered me with this chronic health condition and b) if I just ate a few less chips and followed a healthier diet I would magically be cured!
The first person was a well meaning friend of my partner who told me she had a friend who had MS then she spent years dieting and doesn’t have it anymore. I’m aware that some people’s MS can be considered benign if they don’t experience a relapse for a long period of time, and clearly improving one’s diet can have significant health benefits but there is no scientific evidence to support altering your diet can cure MS. If only it were possible, and that easy!!
The second person was the receptionist at the doctor I just registered with. I called to make a doctors appointment and also mentioned I’d like to book in for a flu jab. She asked if I’d had a jab last year to which I replied yes, then she asked if I had an underlying health condition. I told her I had MS and she said that doesn’t make me eligible. Funny as everywhere else I’ve been have given it to me without question, and it even states on the NHS website that people with Multiple Sclerosis are eligible for a free jab. Her next comment was “Overcoming MS, have you read the book?”, which seemed a little out of context when I was trying to book an appointment not ask for her advice. The impression I got was that she was implying if I just read that book and ate a bit better I wouldn’t have to worry about MS anymore, or trouble her for a flu jab. Silly me, all this time I’ve been struggling with MS when I could have just gone on a diet and been cured!
Sorry this has been a bit of a rant, just needed to share with some people I thought might understand how condescending it feels when you get unsolicited advice. For the record I eat quite a healthy balanced diet but still enjoy a few chips now and then, life is too short to eat miserably!