Across the last few weeks, the MStranslate Facebook page has placed a large focus on lifestyle modifications and how they can be used to help manage multiple sclerosis. As well as gauging how members of the MS community feel about different approaches in this regard, such as diet and exercise, we have looked at various research articles that have studied these topics.

We think that both of these sources of information are really important for people in the multiple sclerosis community to have access to.

Firstly, personal experiences help shine a light on techniques that have helped people in similar circumstances.  This often puts a human face on situations, helping reduce and/or remove feelings of “I can’t do that” or “this isn’t for people like me”.  Further, community insights play a key role in reducing the isolation felt by some people living with MS, reinforcing that they are not alone in the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Secondly, research into these areas can help provide a scientific basis for the use of such approaches.  This is important as it has often been tested across a large number of people and the clinical benefits, as well as quality of life measures, have been determined.  These studies are not only important for people with multiple sclerosis, but can also provide evidence and justification for medical professions to begin to recommend these lifestyle modifications as part of an effective MS management plan.

Following on from that idea, we are pleased today to be able to share with you a recent journal article written by members of the Menzies Institute Multiple Sclerosis Research Group from Tasmania.  This article has looked at four key areas of alternative multiple sclerosis treatment approaches (diet, exercise, cannabis and psychological) and summarised the key studies that have been conducted in these areas between 2001 and 2016.

We have received written permission from the authors of the publication to share the original article with you.  The article can be read in full below.  We will be discussing each of the areas covered within this paper in more detail over the coming weeks, but if you have any questions after reading it, please don’t hesitate to ask them either here or under the post on our Facebook page.

 

Caflin jnnp-2016-CAM MS review

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