Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune demyelinating disease where the body attacks the myelin sheaths that protects the nerves. Multiple Sclerosis is twice as likely to occur in women than in men, and sufferers of the disease often experience numbness in extremities, tingling, and a loss in vision in the early stages. The son of the famous Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne experienced a loss of vision in his right eye, and sought help from a neurologist who eventually diagnosed him with Multiple Sclerosis. Jack Osbourne who was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS) appeared on the Dr. Oz show for the first time to talk about his controversial decision to treat his Multiple Sclerosis with the Paleo Diet.
Although there is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, treatment options exist that can either reduce symptoms, reduce severity of attacks, or put the disease into remission. Jack made a choice to not give up on himself, and do his due diligence about learning about the disease, the Jack Osbourne MS treatment involved opting for an alternative, Paleo Diet treatment. Discussing his choice to adopt a Paleo Diet and other alternative therapies with Dr. Oz, Jack said:
“Diet is a big thing. I am a firm believer in you are what you eat. I juice a lot, I try and stick to a Paleo Diet. At its core, I look at MS as inflammation, so I try and eliminate foods that cause inflammation. Dairy, gluten, grains.”
Jack learned of his condition shortly following the birth of his daughter, Pearl Clementine, and told People:
“I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’ I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.”
Jack Osbourne treats Multiple Sclerosis with Paleo Diet, but he isn’t the only one. It’s worked wonders for numbers of people within the Paleo Community already, like the famed Dr. Terry Wahls, who defeated progressive MS without drugs. Her story is nothing short of incredible:
Dr. Terry Wahls is a National Tae Kwon Do champion, and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa at Carver College of Medicine teaching internal medicine to residents in primary care clinics. Dr. Wahls had been diagnosed with relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2000, and by 2003 she had transitioned into a progressive state of Multiple Sclerosis.
Wahls had undergone intensive chemotherapy and began using a tilt-recline wheelchair due to increasing weakness. She was fearful that she would eventually become bedridden, having nightmares that she would lose her Medical License. In an effort to avoid that fate, she began to search for the latest information on her condition.
In 2007, Wahls had an ‘aha’ moment, and decided to an experiment; she decided that she would get the nutrients that would improve her brain health from foods, and not supplements. Using her knowledge of the Hunter-Gatherer diet, she created a food plan that within one year, took her out of her tilt-recline chair and allowed her to complete an 18-mile bicycle tour. That diet plan, as you may have guessed, was strikingly similar to the Paleo Diet.
Jack Osbourne and Dr. Terry Wahls both have set an important example to sufferers of this debilitating disease worldwide. Instead of giving up and giving in, they have both made the decision to “Adapt and Overcome,” and that is something remarkable in a society where changing a diet is considered “alternative therapy.”
Watch the Dr. Oz episode with Jack Osbourne here:
Photos courtesy of the Dr. Oz show and TerryWahls.com
Karen Pendergrass is an ENTP who is an enthusiast in a myriad of areas including Agricultural Sustainability, Applications of Bacteriotherapy, Autoimmunity, Color Theory, Hard Determinism, Social Technologies, and Social Engineering. She is the Founder of the Paleo Foundation, the International Paleo Movement Group (IPMG), author of the not-yet-published Sustainability Diet, and Founder of DinnerCrasher.com.