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Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: The Evidence-Based 7 Step Recovery Program Paperback – October 1, 2016


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Customers Reviews

Whatever it takes, whatever you can

4.0 out of 5.0 by iHappy on February 19, 2017
I have MS and have been following the author’s recommendations for three years, based on the first edition of this book. As I explain below, this review, is based on both my personal experience with the program and on how this second edition presents the plan. George Jelinek’s basic argument is that lifestyle choices, particularly dietary decisions, influence the development and progression of multiple sclerosis. The author bases his case on evidence, mostly scientific and scholarly, occasionally anecdotal, and in at least one important instance, a leap of logic. I find much of it persuasive, some of it convincing, and all of it compelling to read. However, I have some problems with both the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) program and how the book sets it forth.The basic premise of the OMS dietary program is based on Dr. Roy Swank’s almost-lifelong study of patients with MS. Those who followed Swank’s diet (the good dieters) minimizing saturated fat (SF) still deteriorated somewhat but were ambulatory even after 30 years. The more they minimized SF, the better their outcomes. Jelinek presents evidence about why this might be true, and some of the primary source studies he cites make for interesting reading, if you like research as much I do.Jelinek improves on Swank, based on simple logic: Swank’s good dieters succeeded but even they declined a little, which must be because that diet still allowed some saturated fat. If SF makes disease progression worse, and you want to prevent any deterioration, SF should be eliminated completely and forever. There is no way to know what a safe level of SF would be (1 gram per day? 5 grams?), and no research study can be designed that would tell us. The best thing to do is to eliminate it altogether.For Jelinek, the easiest way to accomplish this is through a whole foods, plant-based (WFPB) diet that also shuns dairy and oil, eliminating all the most blatant sources of SF in the Western diet. There is, apparently, a strong association between inflammation and the processes of MS; the author shows how an omega 6:omega 3 fat imbalance in the body can lead to inflammation, which either causes or exacerbates MS and its symptoms. The WFPB diet does double duty, then, adjusting the fat balance and eliminating SF. Further, there is specific something about the protein in dairy products that mean even fat-free versions are best avoided. The rest of the program involves stress reduction (meditation is recommended) and the benefit of a positive, take-charge attitude.I started following the OMS program immediately after reading the first edition of the book. I was years into symptoms but only a month into diagnosis. OMS made sense, and I adopted it, along with an oral medication. I have scrupulously avoided meat, dairy, and oil — that is, I have no SF apart from the small amounts in seafood, avocados, a few nuts, and the recommended intake of flaxseed oil (for the omega 3 benefits). I take 10,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. I exercise routinely. And while meditation has over and over, throughout my life, proven impossible, I find time daily to decompress in my own way.But after three years of the absolute strictest adherence to the diet, my family subjected me to an intervention of sorts. They sat me down and lectured me: I never complain about having MS, they said, but, apparently, I have been miserable about the diet since about six months after starting it. I realized they were right: The diet has caused me a great deal of continual stress, of the very kind that OMS says is destructive. My family encouraged me to see what, if any, changes I could make and still be consistent with the program.So I read the second edition and did so much more carefully, parsing the author’s words and claims to see whether I could make the program work better for me. I was not seeking to rationalize any change but rather looking to see what the plan might allow that had gone unstated. After this reading, I am still convinced that OMS offers, as the author says, the best chance of overcoming the disease (nothing is guaranteed, so his language is necessarily vague) but the plan is not as black and white as it first appeared to me.For one thing, I have become more skeptical about the WFPB diet. Jelinek is convinced that a WFPB lifestyle is “the optimal diet for human health,” a conclusion based, at least in part, on the China Study, Colin Campbell’s important research that advocates vegetarianism. That study, of course, was based on a limited population in one part of the world. Recent research indicates that different peoples have different group DNA, and thus evolve to absorb their nutrients more efficiently from either plants or meats (or both) depending on their group. In other words, 50 Chinese villagers may or may not be a good basis for dietary recommendations for residents of Kansas, USA.Although the companion website features discussions about animal proteins, the official OMS program says only that all meat (save fish) is prohibited. Chicken, turkey, and other lean meats are not mentioned, that is, there is no evidence presented as to their relationship to SF in general or MS in particular. Can a patient with MS have a piece of lean chicken now and then? No. “Human nature being what it is,” the author writes, it’s better to avoid even meat with lower fat than an avocado. The slope is slippery. But what if it isn’t? There is no evidence to suggest that human nature is what he says it is, and no way for him to know what, for example, my nature is. I am left to suppose that the human’s nature the author references is his own.Moreover, every dietary guru presents evidence that their approach is the best. Read a different diet book each month and you’ll change your food as often. Get rid of gluten. Eat grass-fed beef. Mind your mitochondria. Eat the way our ancestors did. Consume more carbs. And so on. Maybe there is no optimal diet for all of humanity. There are certainly bad diets, and it seems clear that the Western predilection for sugar, salt, and fat is one of them. It does not follow, though, that the evidence for this (or that) diet is stronger than any other.Dr. Jelinek maintains that only by completely abandoning old habits and enthusiastically embracing the new ones can a person with MS continue to adhere to the diet and reap its benefits. So OMS is not really a plan or a program, and certainly not a diet. It is a lifestyle change and must be embraced as such. He writes in depth about taking charge, not clinging to old ways, about saying not “I can’t eat that” but, rather, “I don’t eat that.” Only this approach will lead to the best outcome. Jelinek tells how when he and others have adopted the OMS program, their MS symptoms stabilized and, in some cases, even reversed. The assumption, then, is that what has worked for the author will work for everyone, and it must be followed the same way.There are two parts to this argument: the positive attitude and the strict nature of the adherence to the WFPB diet. The thinking here is not so much a conclusion based on research as it is a gross supposition about individual psychology, for which the evidence is scant.For me at least, the strict nature of the diet and the positive attitude are in conflict with each other. Yet Dr. Jelinek maintains that the only way to stick to such a program is to be enthusiastic about it because feeling miserable leads to stress. OMSers should embrace the new lifestyle rather than feeling burdened by it. Well, sure, that would be better. But how can you tell someone to like something when they don’t? Individual character is key, and the OMS plan does not allow for it. I can say “I don’t eat that” three meals a day but adopting it as a mantra doesn’t change how I feel about it.OMSers are supposed to take control of their life, of their disease, and not be controlled by it, and this will enable them to embrace the lifestyle change. Speaking for myself, though, I do feel strongly that I am taking control of my disease but I feel even more strongly that the OMS diet has taken control of me. My family made it clear: I am bitter about it, resentful, and deeply unhappy — not about the MS, and not about myself (I do not suffer from depression) but about how inflexible and difficult the diet is for me, and the stress that adhering to it has put on my family. If, as the author maintains, a positive attitude is necessary for the body to maintain and recover its health, how am I supposed to reconcile the unhappiness the program creates with the happiness it is designed to promote?The author is adamant that, after a time, we will lose our taste for meat, that we will come to enjoy and appreciate the pescatarian approach. There is no evidence presented to support that assertion. How much time? After three years, I have not lost my taste for meat. I do not enjoy living on vegetables, grains, and legumes, no matter how deliciously and intricately we prepare them. The OMS cookbook and forum have plenty of recipes but the success of any recipe depends on the preference of the person tasting the result. Some things I like, many I don’t, and most are boring. There must be others like me who, even after a few years, do not find happiness in the new lifestyle and whose emotions cannot be swayed by logic that they should. And telling me over and over that the food is delicious doesn’t make it so — for me.After my family’s intervention, and a careful reading of the second edition of this book, I decided to allow myself to eat commercial products containing some oil, as long as the saturated fat was listed as zero. While that might mean some SF sneaks in, as long as the portion is controlled, the amount is miniscule. I have also allowed myself two “forbidden” meals each year to look forward to, and one egg or its equivalent (in a baked product, for example) per week. I have been told that my mood and my quality of life have improved substantially, and I can feel the difference. These changes are still in keeping with the evidence presented in the book as they do not increase my overall blood level of saturated fat.You might ask whether I won’t be just as frustrated three years from now, and start sliding down the author’s slope. But I know me better than you do. My human nature being what it is, that’s not a danger, and never has been in my life.One understands why the author must present the program in such black-and-white terms. And defenders of the faith are strongly present on the companion website, where I lurk frequently. Even they, however, note the occasional exception. A long-time OMS adherent once admitted to eating eggs daily. Another liked a favorite commercial bread product, ignoring the trivial amount of oil in it. Those “cheats” were what enabled them to stay with the overall goals of the program. Human nature being what it is, allowing a small exception can help maintain broader adherence — at least for them.The OMS motto is “Whatever it takes,” suggesting that people with MS charge forward with the new lifestyle, and medication if necessary, Vitamin D supplements, meditation, and exercise. People should do whatever is necessary to overcome MS. But that can be taken another way: they should also do whatever it takes to stick to the OMS program, even if that means modifying it, within reason, to suit the individual’s psychology, budget, and family. The slogan, then, really ought to be modified: “Whatever it takes and whatever you can.”Finally, although I am not seeking to rationalize a decision to modify the diet, it does occur to me that Jelinek’s logic on Swank is open to question and should be clarified in a third edition. Recall that Swank allowed some SF but even his good dieters deteriorated over 30 years. Therefore, Jelinek says to give up SF so as to avoid all deterioration. However, he does not address the fact that those good dieters were also human beings who got older over those decades. As the body ages, its ability to deal with chronic conditions may weaken. It is possible, even likely, therefore, that Swank’s dieters deteriorated not because they had a few grams of saturated fat but simply because they got older. If so, then the small amounts of SF in chicken or turkey (or kangaroo, as Jelinek is Australian) may not be that harmful, and this may be a reason the author omits discussion of them in the book.The OMS program is too new to know what its adherents will experience over 30 years. For me, I am confident that my approach and my newfound happiness will give me the best chance to have the best outcome. I plan to stick with the program, mutatis mutandis, and if Amazon is still around three decades from now, I’ll update this review and let you know.
I AM A BELIEVER in this program!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Geni on November 11, 2016
Thank you Geoge! My daughter, a livel,y bright and beautiful 19 year old was diagnosed in April. We luckily found this book and immediately began applying its principles. We are former low fat vegans that got off the good diet a number of years ago for reasons too long to list. We never ate healthy fats -- just no fats-- then we ate the bad fats. The world renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas got my husband started on a vegan diet 23 years ago because he had hypercholesterolemia. Immediately his cholesterol levels dropped. Fast forward two decades and we didn't think a similar issue would be going on with our daughter in the form of MS. Additionally, my side of the family has low vitamin D issues, even with living in sun soaked Texas. I believe in the lifestyle changes promulgated in this book; I believe in the dedicated, intelligent and ethical man who authored the book; I believe in the wonderful young doctor in Austin who is actually reading the book at our request; I believe in our awesome family to support my daughter; I believe in the incredible community created by this author and book; and most importantly I believe in my courageous, wonder woman of a daughter -- who is doing very very well following the program with an upbeat attitude. BUY THIS BOOK!! Good luck and God speed in your healing...
Want to know how to live strong with MS? This book provides a great guide and lots of information that will make a difference.

5.0 out of 5.0 by Linda Montgomery on October 23, 2017
Just diagnosed with MS, and taking medications that slow the disease progression. There is no cure for MS. But, also wanted a wholistic (or life) approach to living with MS. This book provides a balanced review of diet, exercise, supplements, stress and meditation. And, it is personal. The author, Dr. George Jelinek, was diagnosed with MS at a later age; his mother was diagnosed with MS at an early age, and he watched her deteriorate until she was essentially trapped in her bed. The book is full of information from research studies that provide hope (and a plan) for staying healthy and strong, and Dr. Jelinek provides you with steps to take for continued strength and well-being. Easy to read, although I had to reread some of the material to make sure I understood all about fatty acids. I have gone to a plant-based diet with seafood, exercise, and take supplements as recommended. And, there is a great website for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis that also gives you lots of information. Dr. Jelinek was diagnosed in 1999, and continues to be healthy and strong. Overall, this book added a great deal to my continuing knowledge about MS and how to live best with the disease. Thanks.
A MUST FOR PEOPLE WITH MS!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Greenman on September 26, 2017
This book has changed my life! I have MS, and have been following Dr. Jelinek's program [OMS] since 2014. It has had a tremendous healing effect, and I am healthier now than before my diagnosis.
Excellent book for MS sufferers!

5.0 out of 5.0 by Jim Deth on March 6, 2017
Love this book! Dr. Jelinek explains causes of MS in a way my neurologist didn't. He explains teh importance of diet and avoiding environmental triggers for MS attacks, and outlines a 7-step process for living well after diagnosis. I wish I'd found this book a year ago!Highly recommended for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as those trying to manage their MS and who aren't making progress.