Dr. Nicole Sundene
"Is there a hormone related to Multiple Sclerosis? Why do more women have MS? What is the best diet for managing my Multiple Sclerosis symptoms?" ~Teri H.
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that attacks the central nervous system. Naturopathic Medicine can be helpful in reducing inflammation that triggers MS attacks, as well as addressing the insomnia, chronic fatigue, pain, and anxiety that many of my Multiple Sclerosis patients have.
Hormone imbalance in Perimenopause and Menopause can increase inflammation which can trigger autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis.
The attack of the myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibers (pictured) results in the sclerotic plaques that cause nervous system dysfunction.
Without this sheath functioning properly the nervous system is not able to quickly send the electrical impulses that control bodily functions.
- Get hormones checked to insure your body is not inflamed from hormone imbalance, and your nerves are not under stimulated or overstimulated by high or low thyroid function such as in hypothryoidism, and Hashimoto's disease.
- Milk thistle may be beneficial 
- Lutein improves cognitive function and memory in Multiple Sclerosis patients 
- B-12 Improves mood in Multiple Sclerosis patients.  Ask your doctor if you can start using B-12 and Vitamin D, as they have good research showing benefit for those with MS. Vitamin D should be 2000-5000 iu daily, and levels should be around 50-60 we want to insure they are sufficient, but also not too high and causing hypercalcemia which can trigger nerves very negatively. 
- Most of my Multiple Sclerosis patients give themselves B-12 shots at home and report benefit with nerve symptoms, energy, and mood.
- Intermittent Calorid Restriction was shown to reduce neuroinflammation and protect brain cortical volume. 
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that is exacerbated by inflammation. Most prescription medications work to temper the immune system. 
- Increase Omega-3 rich fish. Try “Dr. Nicole’s Salmon Recipe”.
- Stop Fast Food. Eating fast food and refined foods is like throwing gasoline on the inflammatory fire.
- Add Omega 3 Oils: For MS I would go straight for the fish oil, as it is the more potent anti-inflammatory of the two. These oils are needed to repair the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers that is destroyed by the immune system. The nervous system then has to create connective tissue to “repair” the damage and thus we end up with the “sclerotic plaques” that show up on MRI’s.
- Probiotics reduced inflammation in Multiple Sclerosis patients via gut inflammation. 
- Reduce Stress: Stress exacerbates all chronic disease, try deep breathing and reduction of activities and demands until your symptoms are under better control.
- Quit Smoking! The most important thing on this list to reduce the inflammatory burden on the system. Smoking causes cancer because it causes reactive oxygen species known as “free radicals” to attack healthy tissues and destroy them.
- Join a support group. Making friends with other patients with Multiple Sclerosis is very beneficial to my patients. Especially those with depression, pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
Although I have suggested some diet and lifestyle self help ideas, any chronic disease diagnosis should have a skilled Naturopathic Doctor such as myself to help make important decisions, and understand safety rules combining herbal medicine, supplements and MS drugs.
Prescription drugs for multiple sclerosis can be very complicated. Please do not take any natural medicines for MS without first checking with a Naturopathic Doctor that is trained to understand how to safely combine herbs with prescription drugs.
If you need my help getting on a healthy Multiple Sclerosis regime simply visit my SCHEDULE page.
I would be happy to help with your autoimmune disease.
Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD
Dr. Sundene is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is considered a Female Hormone Expert in Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormones. She specializes in Holistic Women's Health for Menopause, Thyroid, Hashimotos, PMS, Perimenopause, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Food Allergies, Digestion, Dermatology , Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema and Adrenal Hormonal Conditions. In 1999 she began working for a Hormone Doctor prior to starting Naturopathic Medical School. With over 22 years of experience in both Prescription and Natural women's health and hormones she presents to women the best integrated health solutions for their Chronic Disease. She has been an Herbalist for over 27 years and enjoys teaching women how to use herbs to balance their hormones, nutrition and optimize their health. Dr. Sundene relies on blood testing for her hormone metrics. The hormone testing is covered per the patient's insurance plan and conducted at certain points in the woman's menstrual cycle. To learn more about Hormone Testing for Women Visit: Bioidentical Hormones. Follow Dr. Sundene on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more tips on Women's Health, Female Hormones and Naturopathy!
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