Although positive changes can be seen at microscopic level within six weeks, in practice the benefits may not be fully felt until after three to five years. This is not a constantly-improving process as there will be minor setbacks, but in the long-term, symptoms and quality of life should improve with time.
There is a lot of evidence that suggests the OMS approach would be helpful in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Like MS PD is a degenerative Neurological condition with features of inflammation. There is much interest in the benefit of a plant based diet, a 2016 paper states: ‘A whole food, plant-based diet contains many compounds that fight oxidative stress and inflammation. Evidence from animal models show that various phytochemicals may alter the mechanisms contributing to PD pathophysiology. Epidemiological studies show a relationship between reduced risk of PD and diet. We hypothesize that phytochemicals in plant-based foods may contribute to neuroprotection in PD and that adopting a plant-based diet may provide symptomatic improvement and alter disease progression in PD.’
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Again intake of ‘bad’ fats and dairy is strongly implicated in PD while a diet rich in ‘good fats’ is protective. There is also evidence that Mindfulness interventions, supplementing with Omega 3s, and Vitamin D is helpful. We have linked to some interesting papers below:
► Comparative Effect of Power Training and High-Speed Yoga on Motor Function in Older Patients With Parkinson Disease
► The best medicine? The influence of physical activity and inactivity on Parkinson’s disease
► Physical activity and exercise attenuate neuroinflammation in neurological diseases
This report concludes polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFAs) intake was consistently associated with lower PD risk, and dietary fats modified the association of PD risk with pesticide exposure. If confirmed, these findings suggest that a diet high in PUFAs and low in saturated fats might reduce risk of PD.
This review states: n-3 PUFAs are inexpensive, readily transferable to the clinical setting and their use could represent a neuroprotective strategy or a disease-modifying option to delay the appearance of symptoms. It could also be beneficial as a symptomatology treatment or serve as an add-on therapy to current pharmacological approaches.
Omega 3 Supplementation has been shown to be beneficial for depression in PD.
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Again there is a strong link to dairy:
► Dairy foods intake and risk of Parkinson’s disease
► Dietary and lifestyle variables in relation to incidence of Parkinson’s disease in Greece
Clippers has only recently been recognised and there are still no agreed diagnostic criteria and the disease process is still not understood.
In common with MS it as an inflammatory disease of the brain – and, like MS relapses, are responsive to steroids. Interestingly there is one case report of Interferon Beta (an MS treatment) being beneficial. This medication was chosen given the similarities between MS and Clippers.
It would make sense that the OMS program – which dampens down the immune system, would be beneficial. However I could find nothing in the medical literature on this. Given the lack of alternative treatments, there is no reason not to try this in addition to the medications prescribed by your Doctors. The only potential ‘side effects’ from following the OMS program are beneficial.
For Inflammatory Arthritis there is actually a good deal of evidence that all the measures of the OMS program are likely to be helpful. Most of the research has been in Rheumatoid Arthritis where there is good evidence for the effects of a Vegan diet, Omega 3 and intermittent fasting (which has an anti-inflammatory effect). Studies in other forms have inflammatory arthritis have also shown benefit.
Links to a few interesting papers below
► Excess of adiposity in female children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis
► Physical activity in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis compared to controls
The first thing to say is that people respond differently to the OMS program, just as they do to all the drug therapies in multiple sclerosis. Swank’s research showed that those with early MS did the best, and 95% stayed fit and active for at least 34 years.
However, he also showed that no matter how advanced the disability was at entry to the study, on average the group adhering to his diet deteriorated much less quickly than those not adhering.
And, 34 years later, they had not deteriorated much, even if they started with quite significant disability, many with progressive MS. Remember, however, that Swank only focused on diet; at OMS we are about the whole package: diet, omega-3 supplements, vitamin D, sunlight, exercise, meditation, communication, avoiding depression, etc.
And our data now show that on average, the whole group who come to the retreats is around 20% better at five years. So significant recovery is possible. Of course that is an average figure, and some do better, while others do worse.
The Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis recovery program of diet, supplements, sunlight, meditation and stress management is very anti-inflammatory. Therefore, it is helpful not only for MS but also for most immune-based conditions. These include SLE (lupus), Sjogren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.
The program is also anti-degenerative, and you would expect to get some benefit in degenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia, macular degeneration and so on.