Can Alternative Therapies Help Manage Multiple Sclerosis?

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Another question that comes up often, again and I'll put on my scientific hat now, I like to see the evidence that a treatment makes a difference. So I'm not keen to suggest therapies that haven't been proven to be effective. But that person comes to me and says Dr. Smith, you know I've been taking this medication called low-dose naltrexone LDN, and I'm feeling much better. It's a simple drug, it's harmless, it's mostly used as a narcotics antagonist but people have promoted its use in MS and other conditions because it may make patients feel better, great I'm happy I'll write the transcription for you, if that's making you better, go for it.
Where I draw the line when someone says
Dr. Smith I think I'm going to take LDN instead of my disease modifying therapy. Then I get kind of anxious, because I know that LDN, there's no proof that it has any effect on the course of the illness. It may make symptoms better, no question about it, but it does not prevent the accumulation of plaques if you have that form of MS. What we're trying to treat with the drugs like interferon, copaxone, sosabre[sp?] and so on, that's where I get very concerned, I don't mind complementary. I get anxious with alternative.

So if you find a diet that you think is working and it is a safe and reasonable diet, take it. If you find that drinking Noni juice is great for you, do it if you can afford it, but please don't discontinue, the interferon, the copaxone, the joanthium[sp?] the aubagio.