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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Detriment of Unsolicited Advice Regarding MS and Chronic Illness


                                                                  
  
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BY TERESA WRIGHT-JOHNSON 

I am sure many of us have had instances where someone “offered” their advice on what is the best way to manage our illnesses. They are not medical professionals and many of them don’t suffer from the disease themselves. They present their beliefs as scientific dogma, often referring to something they have read or  heard and have formed an opinion about.

I have had people ask why I choose to take traditional MS medication as opposed to holistic or natural therapy. Their opinion is emboldened by their belief that the approved therapies for MS damage the body over time, that they are a conglomerate of pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and medical professionals for financial gain, and they do not guarantee the disease will not progress. My response is that nothing is guaranteed.

I have been told, as if I am uninformed, that MS is an inflammatory disease. A few have declared that reducing the inflammation in my body will “cure” my disease. That is not the case. While there is a multitude of evidence to support that symptoms of MS can be reduced and/or alleviated by eating foods that reduce inflammation, I have not yet seen any empirical evidence to prove that belief.

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