By: Alexa Aviles

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.30.49 AMEarlier this year, one of my sisters was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It causes loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. What seemed like a pinched nerve, eventually progressed to tingling and numbness on one side of her body. Her vision began to deteriorate to a point that she felt like she was looking out of a dirty windshield. Eventually her balance was off and she soon had to use a cane [in order to keep her from falling]. When the MRI results finally showed that she officially had M.S. it was a blow to my entire family’s stomachs. This disease seemed to come out of nowhere and completely changed all of our lives, especially my sister’s. With a one year old, two teenage children, and a husband that had just been deployed overseas for one year, the timing couldn’t seem worse. Obviously, illness leads to doctors, which leads  to medication. Unfortunately, there is no official cure for M.S. There are certain medications that have worked for some people and not for others. Medications which can cause other symptoms to occur, and in some situations, even death…And none promising to remove this disease indefinitely. In addition to the uncertainty of the effects medication would have on my sister, she is a breastfeeding mother to my nephew. They have a bond that is indescribable and very dear to them both because of breastfeeding. If my sister were to begin a medication, she would have had to stop breastfeeding. This broke my sister’s heart; more than her MS diagnosis.

Fortunately, we have the resourceful internet to help receive any information we may need.  With a few clicks of the mouse, our mom fell upon Dr. Terry Wahls’ website. Dr. Wahls was also diagnosed with M.S. and unlike my sister, she tried all the top-ranked medicines available.  Her condition worsened and she eventually was forced into a zero-gravity wheelchair.   She even tried chemo therapy. Dr. Wahls decided to do her own research and eventually thought of researching vitamins and supplements that would help any kind of progressive brain disorder. She soon had the bright idea to get these same nutrients through foods, which is how the Wahls Protocol was born.  Within one year, Dr. Wahls was walking without a cane and even participated and completed an 18-mile bicycle tour!

This golden nugget of information was enough to convince my mom, myself and my sister that this route was definitely worth a shot.  My sister learned to discipline herself to the following diet:

-3 cups tightly packed raw or cooked leafy greens, like kale, collards, chard, Asian greens, and lettuces.

-3 cups of deeply colored veggies and fruits, such as berries, tomatoes, beets, carrots and winter squash.

-3 cups of sulfur-rich veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes, onions and garlic.

I’m sure some of you are [twisting] up your faces, sticking out your tongues and making disgusted sounds…But before you close your mind and your mouth, consider this…You Are What You Eat…All of these foods are natural, organic, grown from our earth.  These were the foods hunters and gatherers ate before [us]. Before we became addicted to processed, greasy, sugary foods that are causing harm to your body, your temple. The diet above is specific for people with Multiple Sclerosis.  You can create your own diet based on any issues you might have in your own body.  Just Google “natural remedies for …pain” or “natural foods to help with ….” You’ll be amazed at the information you receive 🙂 You can make delicious, flavorful, quick meals!

Within [merely] TWO weeks, [my sister’s] improvement was unbelievable.  She was able to walk into the grocery store by herself! Without a cane [and without anyone] to lean on.  A couple of months later, her vision began clearing up and she was eventually able to operate a vehicle.

The video above, shows my sister running for the first time since her diagnosis.  Words cannot explain the joy and gratitude I felt when I saw this beautiful moment.

This was not just some miracle that happened over night.  Because of the dedication and sacrifices my sister made, the support and the love, she is living proof that there are more options to eliminate these diseases infecting us every day.

Leave the excuses with yesterday.  The only time to break old habits is now.  Prevent having to pay doctors bills and prescriptions for the rest of your life.  Be an example for your children and teach them a new way of living.  Turn it into a new adventure that will improve your well-being.  Nourish yourself! You are a precious being, temporarily living in this human form.  Cherish and appreciate yourself.  You deserve to live pain-free and happy.

Despite the bump in the road, my sister’s illness has truly been a blessing in disguise. It has brought our family closer and showed how much love we really have for each other. It was amazing to see how quickly everyone showed their support and worked together to make sure my sister had all that she needed. It has been even more amazing and inspirational to watch the strength and determination that my sister has had.  Healthy living can help with any disease, weight loss, and even longevity of our lives.  Combine a healthy diet with a little physical activity, time for silence, laughter, fun and gratitude and watch your life completely transform into the life of your dreams!

P.S. For more information on the diet my sister is doing, go to http://www.terrywahls.com

Alexa Aviles
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