Posted by: Thixia | May 19, 2008

The Direct Diet for MS


Note from Bonnie:


I am presenting this diet to you so that you may make a informed decision about whether or not you would like to adhere to a special diet.  I suggest that you use your preferred diet along with medications.  Get the best of both methods!



DIRECT-MS, short for DIet REsearch into the Cause and Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis


  1. Foods that contain proteins which have the potential to cause autoimmune reactions. These are:
    1. All dairy products (e.g. milk, cheese, yoghurt)
    2. Foods containing gluten grains (e.g. wheat, rye or barley)
    3. Legumes (e.g. beans, soy, peanuts. peas)
  2. Any food that causes an allergic reaction as determined by a body reaction or a blood test. These foods can cause increased intestinal permeability (a leaky gut) and increased immune reactions.
  3. Candy, soft drinks and foods with a high sugar content. These foods alter the gut flora which in turn can cause a leaky gut and problematic immune reactions.


  1. Foods that contain saturated fat. Eat red meat (lean cuts) only once a week.
  2. The intake of omega 6 polyunsaturated fat which are found in margarine, salad oils and many baked goods. Use olive oil (monounsaturated fat) for fat supply
  3. Non-gluten grains such as corn and oats. Use mainly rice for grain products and eat these in moderation.
  4. Alcohol consumption. At best, drink wine in moderation and completely avoid beer.


  1. Eat skinless chicken breast, game meat and fish for protein content. Fish such as salmon and mackerel also contain omega 3 polyunsaturated fat, which is very beneficial.
  2. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits for carbohydrates and fiber.
  3. Take a variety of supplements to bolster immune regulation, to increase anti-oxidant capacity and to avoid deficiencies. The recommended supplements are listed on the Supplement Page.


Ashton Embry, Ph.D.
Calgary, Canada



(Ph.D. does not indicate that Ashton is a medical doctor.  He may have a Ph.D. in any area.  Say that I believe that he has done thoroush research into this diet.)



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