TV Star Jack Osbourne Takes To Paleo Diet to Cure Multiple Sclerosis
By Afza Fathima | August 7, 2014 2:38 PM EST
The son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, TV star Jack Osbourne, was diagnosed for multiple sclerosis after the birth of his daughter, Pearl. He took to the Paleo diet to help eliminate the inflammation, which he feels is what MS is all about.
Sharon Osbourne(R) shares a light moment with Sara Gilbert at the Emmy Awards June 22, 2014
Most people look at these diets for weight loss, but for Jack and singer Chad Vaccarino of 'A Great Big World' it is a cure for multiple sclerosis in addition to weight loss.
Jack announced on Dr. Mehmet Oz's talk show that since diet is a huge thing, he drinks juices a lot and follows the Paleo diet. He received support from the author of "The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine", Dr. Terry Wahls on his decision to adopt the high-fat low-carb ketogenic diet. Dr. Wahls believes that the ketogenic diet in combination with Paleo diet principles will help those with neurological conditions.
She added that studies were currently being done to see if ketogenic diets help in seizures, Parkinson's and ALS and that research has showed that ketosis increases factors that promote nerve growth in turn repairing the damaged brain cells.
Dr. David Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar-- Your Brain's Silent Killers", agreed with Jack Osbourne that inflammation is the root of many neurological conditions, which can be cut down by eliminating carbohydrates from ones diet. He added that conditions ranging from dementia to depression can be prevented with the help of high-fat low-carb ketogenic diets.
He explained that carbohydrates have a tendency to increase infllammation as well as the production of chemicals that leads to damage of protein, fat and DNA. In a research project done by Dr. Perlmutter, he found that apart from Alzheimers and multiple sclerosis, inflammation is linked to weight gain as well. The American Heart Association has recommended a low-fat, grain-rich diet for those with inflammations, but Dr. Perlmuter warns against it, stating that since the brain is 60 per cent of fat, fat can help reduce inflammation.
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