Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that is attacking
the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the fatty insulation on the wiring, and so the
signals don’t go through as easily and that leads to problems either with senses, such
as balance problems, vision problems, or pain. Or, it can lead to weakness or problems with
coordination. Within three months I was able to get up and
walk between exam rooms using my cane. And in five months I was able to walk throughout
the hospital without a cane, although I certainly still did have a limp. At about eight months
I was able to get on my bike and start biking around the block and the neighborhood, and
three months later, I was able to do an eighteen-mile bicycle ride with my family. Obviously, this
experience has changed greatly how I think about disease and health. I worked with some
other scientific colleagues to design a clinical trial testing my intervention, which had been
so successful at restoring my function and health, in others with progressive Multiple
Sclerosis. I had, like many physicians, fallen prey to thinking it was our genes that were
bad. But in study after study there are five to ten, twenty, maybe 100 different genes
that slightly, maybe two to three percent, increase your risk for a particular disease.
It is the interaction of your unique DNA and the foods you’re eating, the toxins to which
you’re exposed: are you smoking or not, are you physically active or not? The health of
your relationships that are increasing the risk of disease and causing your onset of
high blood pressure, heart burn, obesity, heart disease, an autoimmune problem.
If you want to die young, get demented early, disabled early, eat processed foods. If you
want to be healthy, and more rigorous, shop the periphery of the store, get fresh produce,
fresh foods, your meet, fish, and cook that. If it’s been processed, nutrition’s been removed.
In my clinical practice now, I teach people how to eat this nutrient-dense diet. And I
see people with diabetes lose weight without hunger, I see their blood sugars improve,
blood pressure improve, cholesterol, lipids improve. I see people with depression, bi-polar,
severe post-traumatic stress disorder also improve. I see people with traumatic brain
injury have much more rapid and more complete recovery. Could this diet reverse much of
the chronic disease epidemic that’s taking America? Absolutely. If you look at models
of addiction and what lights up in your brain when you’re addicted, there’s a very clear
pattern, we’ve been studying that for many, many years to understand the addiction of
alcohol, of nicotine, of cocaine, heroin, and sugar consumption, high carb consumption,
and we see the same patterns. I had some professors who were willing to
give credit to undergraduate students to work in my lab. We’ve got, really, very exciting
results, we have that information off to a manuscript journal and we’ll see, hopefully
we’ll get that published here soon. And the second wave is underway, they will finish
up in December.