A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with Multple Sclerosis. MS, like celiac, is an autoimmune disorder. A recent study indicated that 10% of people living with MS also have celiac, and a third of their first degree relatives have it. But the link isn't clear, nor is it universally accepted as true by the medical community.
I should note my skepticism of relying on Western medicine. My mother put a great deal of faith in her doctors to essentially save her from herself and her less-than-healthy lifestyle choices. The short version is that she died at 53 when an angioplasty-turned-bypass surgery ended in a heart attack in the recovery room.
I do appreciate my health care team comprised of my primary physician, my hematologist and my gastrointerologist. Regardless, I can barely express how thrilled I am that my incurable autoimmune disorder is completely controllable by diet. I know from reading Eat More, Weigh Less and Eat to Live and by reading about the China Study that our nutrition choices can and do have a huge impact on our health and longevity.
So when I got the news about my friend, I remembered the amazing story of Dr. Terry Wahls, who drastically improved her MS symptoms through a radical shift in her diet to a gluten-free paleo diet. My friend has an excellent diet already. I shared this video with her anyway, because it was what I could think of to support her. I share it here again because it's such a powerful story for all of us, with or without celiac or MS. It might be the most important 17 minutes and 47 seconds of your week. Watch it in good health.
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