I am so confused about the whole leaky gut issue. Does everyone with ms have that? Is that the reason we got ms in the first place? Dr.McDougall and Dr.Jelinek's diets say to eat grains, but that supposedly makes leaky gut worse? I hope someone can help me understand, because I'm running out of foods that are not "harmful". If I cut out grains and legumes there isn't much left to eat
Professor Jelineks recommendations are based on a rigorous review of scientific evidence. There is not enough evidence to support removing legumes and grains from the OMS diet.
Legumes, including soy, are extremely healthy foods, and are full of protein, which is useful for people not eating animal products. They have been used for centuries by many societies and there is no clear documentation of any health problems associated with their use. Some have suggested they be avoided by people with immune based diseases, but there does not appear to be any strong basis for this suggestion. Soy in particular would appear to have many advantages over dairy products, and most studies suggest better health outcomes for those consuming soy products regularly.
The same with grains. It is important to try to base these recommendations on evidence, not just theory, and Professor Jelinek feels comfortable that the evidence does not support a link with eating grains to make a recommendation to exclude them.