More MS news articles for Dec 2001

Sign & Support the Campaign for Research into 'Diet and Multiple Sclerosis'

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/747307120?sign[partnerID]=1&sign[memberID]=841085076&sign[partner_userID]=841085076

December 05, 2001
Target: Julia Hitchen Publicity Team Best Bet Diet Group
Sponsor: Sylvia Brown
 
Sign this petition today and help end Multiple Sclerosis! Click here to sign.

This petition is in support of the Campaign run by the 'Best Bet Diet Group' (http://www.ms-diet.org) to secure funding for Scientific Research Trials to be carried out into 'Diet & Multiple Sclerosis'.

Why? Because thousands of people with Multiple Sclerosis are trying the 'Best Bet Diet', alleviating symptoms and stabilising Multiple Sclerosis. We know that it works but scientific proof is needed .

Through this petition we can make a stand to prove to the govenment that this Research Avenue cannot and should not be ignored any longer. Please support The Best Bet Diet Group Campaign by signing this petition to get vital Research done into 'Diet and Multiple Sclerosis'.
 
To many of us with MS, it seems glaringly obvious that diet is a probable cause of MS. Yet it has been widely ignored. We all know about the geographical distribution of MS: High where they eat a lot of dairy produce, saturated fat, and grains; low where they eat a lot of fish. Just visit Direct-MS and take a look at the evidence (http://www.direct-ms.org).

On top of this, there is overwhelming anecdotal evidence about diet and MS. Many, like me, (http://www.livingwithms.co.uk/ms) who radically change their diet see results. Your condition gradually improves. Many doctors have seen this for themselves.

So why don't the medical profession take it seriously?

"There is no doubt that clinical trials with diet are needed," states Professor Christine Williams at the Nutrition Unit at the University of Reading."There is sufficient indication that diet could be an effective modulator for this disease."

So what's the problem? Money, it seems, lies at the root of the problem. You can't make a bundle of cash or a nice tidy profit from proving that people with MS can get better by changing their diet. Though heart disease seems to manage allright.

"I'm afraid the power of the drug companies has distracted many MS researchers away from diet and other non-drug issues," says Professor Charles Warlow, a neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh. " It is much easier for a researcher to do a drug trial sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, than raise funds to do a serious trial of dietary interventions."

"This is not to blame the industry," Professor Warlow continues. " They are doing what they have to do in a competitive market. The problem lies with government which is not prepared to redress the balance and fund research into interventions of no commercial interest."

Ah. Commercial interest.

It seems ironic that our drive for diet to be taken seriously comes at a time when one of the most extensively-researched and expensive drugs for MS, beta interferon, is deemed "not sufficiently cost-effective" by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to be widely prescribed for MS patients on the NHS. So wouldn't it be better to fund diet trials which could result in cost-effective treatment for more people?"

This is where the petition comes in. We will be sending it to people in the government and the MS Society who have power and influence. This is your chance to speak out and help us to get a proven answer to the question "Does diet play a role in MS"? Saying 'we don't know' is no longer good enough. We do know and this vital research field cannot and should not be ignored any longer!

For more information on the 'Best Bet Diet' Publicity Campaign please phone 01506 491441 and leave a message or email Julie (copgreen@onetel.net.uk).

Please support medical research for MS today!