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Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 8:23 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I have a family acquintance who has had Multiple Sclerosis for over a decade. She's in her 50's, has been obese for as long as I've known her and she doesn't know about MSG's links to MS or any of the hidden forms of MSG. Worst of all, she seems certain that MS has nothing to do with what food she eats. What's the best way to explain MSG to an adult who has MS? I don't want make her get mad, cry or uncomfortable, but that might be inevitable. Any suggestions on an approach?
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Monday, April 13, 2009 - 3:35 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'd suggest that avoiding MSG in it's various forms might improve things and would offer to help. Whether or not she's already taking glutamate blockers for MS, avoiding MSG is important.
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Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 8:07 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It is a tough situation to try to influence one who is closed to trying things thay may help them, many like that will only turn a deaf ear to what you say to them. One who is closed off like that is really acting in fear of the unknown. She has plenty to deal with and on a deeper level may have given up any hope.

A few suggestions would be to see if there is anyone in her life who she really listens to, and if so, educate that person and allow them to be the one who has the discussion with her.

The other suggestion is to merely acknowledge her disbelief with understanding, but then ask if she is willing to at least try a no msg diet for a few days...afterall, what has she got to lose in doing so? It does take a while to get it out of one's system, so a few days may not even make a difference and a good week may be enough to at least start to notice a slight difference, but getting her to at least start with a few days and then re-evaluate and add one day at a time so as not to feel so overwhelmed. Due to her being overweight, I'd venture to guess her diet is not so healthy to begin with and making any changes would be hard for her....encourage baby steps.

Lastly, maybe drop off literature for her and allow her to read at her own pace and in her own time. Gentle coaxing may be what she needs. And it is not to say that no msg will be a major difference for her - I don't know enough about MS to know for certain, but what I do know is I've heard those with it do make dietary changes to help them feel better.

Just saw Montel Williams on Oprah not long ago and he had to change his diet - he also gets exercise although he is in pain all the while. Anyhow, I hope that helps somewhat for you.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Monday, July 27, 2009 - 5:10 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The best way to explain MSG to a skeptic who has MS is to show them the article linked here:
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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 5:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kevin, this sounds like my x-daughter-in-law.
She has a disbelief system that cannot be shaken,
Not even by scientiific articles.

She does not believe that I have food allergies.
It's all in my head, she says. Of course she cannot explain what is meant by that. Something, like I am imagining it.

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