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What Doctors May Not Tell You about MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (410 words)
Posted in Living with MS on June 1, 2012

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Needless to say, I believe that doctors are extremely helpful in guiding me and other MS patients throughout their journey with this disease. Doctors will do their best to answer any questions that a MS patient might have to make them feel as comfortable and as knowledgeable as possible. This, however, can only go so far as doctors have some legal constraints as to what they can advise you to do.

{#/pub/images/Docs.jpg}Doctors must abide by specific rules when it comes to medicine and supplement recommendations. FDA approved and conventional medicines are the only legally allowed advice that may be given due to threat of lawsuits if unconventional medicine does not work as it was supposed to.

In my opinion, aside from conventional medicine, there are others things that complement these doctor recommendations. Diet, exercise, supplements and vitamins, and herbs are all part of my regimen that helps me live my life MS symptom free. I know these are very important components to my healthy lifestyle, but also something that doctors are not legally allowed to advise me to do. My in depth research has brought me to these conclusions and I have enjoyed the benefits from trying these things on my own. Every MS patient goes down a different path so some of these supplements, exercises, etc. may work differently on others than it has on me.

{#/pub/images/Omega3.jpg}One example that I am confident helps me with my MS is taking Omega 3. This supplement has been linked in studies to attribute to the formation of the myelin sheath to protect important nerves. However, Omega 3 is a non-FDA regulated supplement, so for a doctor to recommend any MS patient take Omega 3 could make him liable for a related lawsuit.

All of this is not to say that your doctor should be ignored. Doctors have been essential to my healthy lifestyle. It is the complements to what the doctors have recommended to me that has brought me to a lifestyle of living MS symptom free.

In Chapter 4 of my book, MS – Living Symptom Free, I talk more about what doctors don’t tell you and what you may do aside of conventional medicine.

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