Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-based Guide to Recovery
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis offers real hope for people with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a serious, progressively disabling neurological condition for which current medical treatment is not particularly effective and has many side effects. Professor George Jelinek, an experienced medical clinician and researcher, provides a genuine alternative. Through an exhaustive, evidence-based analysis of medical research, Professor Jelinek reached the surprising conclusion that MS is a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors. He has demonstrated that people with MS who modify their diet, exercise habits, and other aspects of lifestyle can stabilise the illness, and potentially recover. Professor Jelinek's experience with his mother's death from MS, and his own diagnosis in 1999, lend an urgency and compassion to this meticulous work. Professor Jelinek's recommendations will change the lives of thousands of people with MS and support their loved ones.
"As a physician and the spouse of someone with multiple sclerosis I feel that this book contains much wisdom and guidance for achieving one's greatest potential for healing when confronted by the reality of this disease." --Bernie Siegel M.D., author, "Love, Medicine and Miracles"
Professor George Jelinek is an academic emergency physician. He has professorial appointments at the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, and Monash University. He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and founding editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia. He has given many public lectures and retreats for people with MS in Australia and New Zealand.
List of tables and figures Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Prologue Part I: Background 1 About my mother, MS and me 2 About the book: Evidence, research and statistics 3 About MS: Understanding the illness Part II: Considering the evidence 4 Dietary fats: Evidence of immune system effects 5 Dietary fats: Evidence from population studies 6 Dietary fats: Evidence from clinical studies 7 Dietary supplements: Evidence about multivitamins, antioxidants and others 8 Sunlight exposure and vitamin D: Evidence of benefit in MS 9 Other lifestyle issues: Evidence about exercise, stress, depression and smoking 10 Other factors: Evidence about gluten, dental amalgam, vaccinations, hyperbaric oxygen and others 11 The mind - body connection: Evidence about the role of the mind and emotions in healing 12 Steroids 13 Interferons 14 Glatiramer 15 Other drug therapies affecting immune system function 16 Newer drug therapies on