Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 - The Gawler Foundation

World first Melbourne research shows lifestyle strategies can reverse Multiple Sclerosis

Exciting new research released today by The Gawler Foundation, shows that new lifestyle approaches to treating Multiple Sclerosis are highly effective in minimising, halting and even reversing the effects of the disease.

The results of a new study accepted for publication in the prestigious, international, peer-reviewed journal Neurological Sciences proves the effectiveness of lifestyle strategies in not only halting, but reversing the typical health deterioration experienced by people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The study, the first of its kind in the world, was undertaken by the Melbourne based Gawler Foundation, an organisation that advocates and supports the adoption of evidenced based, lifestyle approaches to treating cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and other life threatening illnesses.

The research study found that people who adopted a lifestyle approach, advocated by The Foundation, enjoyed a staggering 19.5 per cent improvement in quality of life, 17.8 per cent improvement in physical health and an amazing 22.8 per cent improvement in mental health after five years.

“If any drug or surgical procedure was able to achieve around a 20 per cent improvement in people’s MS symptoms, like the results achieved with this approach, and it had minimal or no adverse side effects, then people would be queuing up to get the medicine,” study author Professor George Jelinek, who now runs programs at The Gawler Foundation and is also a Professor in Emergency Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, said.

“This study shows that while a drug-only approach can slow the progression of MS somewhat, the addition of lifestyle interventions can actually improve the health of people with MS,” Professor Jelinek said.

"Given that MS is known to result in deteriorating quality of life and increasing disability over time, these results are quite remarkable," Professor Jelinek said.

Professor Jelinek urged doctors supporting those with MS and people with MS to review the study results and consider adopting the approach advocated.

“These are really remarkable results and clearly demonstrate that for people with MS, the adoption of a lifestyle approach to dealing with the disease should be a recommended course of action,” Professor Jelinek said.
The results were sustained over a period of five years with study participants showing continued improvement of results compared to 1 and 2.5-year studies.

The lifestyle approach which is advocated and taught at The Gawler Foundation is an integrated approach to MS management that combines mainstream drug treatments with a low saturated fat, plant-based diet, plus seafood, exercise, sunlight exposure, Vitamin D and omega-3 supplementation, meditation and stress-reduction techniques.
Links: Neurological Sciences Journal http://www.springer.com/medicine/neurology/journal/10072?changeHeader


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