Many people ask me about ”how to heal MS”, or, multiple sclerosis. Here’s my take on it.
What helped me out the most, was just realizing that I can’t heal much, but the body can. I can do positive things to support the body. In a challenging situation, I may have to do more than normal, but it’s doable. Here’s the best of the best ideas and personal experiences I’m most enthusiastic to share – whether you’re dealing with ms, another chronic condition, or seek to feel better in general. Pick and choose what suits you, try something that seems most feasible in your life situation. Go for something that sounds fun to you, and keep what works.
There’s a ton of positive things to do more of: finding better foods with nutrient density, enjoying sunlight, fresh air, inspiring thoughts, getting near people who dare to dream big… and there’s a ton of things to avoid, such as bad quality air, lower quality drinking water, and many the most common industrial food ingredients that tend to cause inflammation. You can probably easily list a hundred things that make you feel good in a sustainable way – and a hundred things that do more harm than good. And take steps to improve your circumstances accordingly.
In early 2007 I learned – from David Wolfe – that it’s easier to focus on adding more of the good stuff and letting it naturally crowd out the rest – rather than focusing too much on the negatives. The more time I spend in the good quality air, the less time I have for bad indoor air – and so on. Especially true with food: eat more delicious green smoothies, and you’ll automatically crave less of McDonalds’ fake smoothies.
Also, it’s easier to upgrade the quality on something I habitually enjoy, than try to avoid, shut out or change the habit. Let’s use what you’ve already learned, and upgrade it! It’s easier to buy better quality sweets than trying to avoid treats altogether. Big thanks to Biohacker Dave Asprey for popularizing the concept of Upgrading the quality of everything.
That’s it, that’s what helped me the most. Back in 2008, I wrote a short book, in the Finnish language, called Nutrix. It details the aforementioned strategies of upgrading and adding in, to make any positive change without actually changing anything; just enjoying everything more freely and richly than before. Good health is consistent or appreciative of nature. I believe that a good strategy is also consistent with our own nature, and not against it. Rather than restricting my diet, I want to expand my enjoyment – which my body already wants and seeks to do anyway. With this simple insight, you can let your body do what it loves to do, in an enlightened way.
Then onto the delicious details.
Broths and soups
Bone Broth. Quality soups with the whole chicken, with skin, bones, organ meats, all of it. Organic or wild-caught salmon, with skin, head, bones, all of it. Add in water, quality salt, lemon, lots of onion – and for example organic turmeric powder, if you’re into that. All the healing anti-inflammatory herbs, spices and vegetables help you more in a delicious soup than by themselves. There are all sorts of synergies and amazing benefits in traditional ways of cooking, that I’ll write more about in a future post here.
That’s as healing as it gets. Choose high-quality ingredients when possible, and utilize all parts. Supplement your meal with a natural living probiotic, such as sauerkraut, or whatever works for you.
The idea is to make something that is super nutrient dense, gives you a broad spectrum of nutrients in a tried-and-true way, that’s also good for the stomach and digests well – and leaves you feeling really good. More on this later. For now, know that there’s more to cooking than salt, pepper, and artificial margarine. Food that’s truly good for you actually tastes more delicious and attractive than any unhealthy delicacy ever.
When it comes to a difficult condition, the body is probably more or less deficient in some or many of these crucial ones. These are the ones that have helped me the most:
Macrominerals: magnesium, potassium, MSM (sulfur), perhaps also silica in some form. More on these and other details in future posts!
Trace minerals: zinc, selenium, iodine (provided you’re already good with magnesium), perhaps some others as well
Vitamins: I like a super high-quality B complex, with maybe some additional Methylcobalamin and Adenosylcobalamin taken sublingually. Vitamin C is, of course, great, mostly from natural sources. Vitamin D, from as natural sources as possible, coupled with K2 is cool.
Other supplements: My brain likes to get a big dose of the best quality Omega Threes I can find. I also like the best Greens Powders. Or green smoothies, or vegetable juicing.
There will be many more posts on supplementing! It’s an artform, and the quality of the products means a huge deal. The kinds of supplements that I would recommend are not the most common ones (to say the least..).
Navigating Natural Health
The idea is to go for the body, not against it. Supporting what the body wants to do – not trying to manipulate it or even correct it.
Please do utilize ideas and experts that you’re drawn to from the field of natural and alternative health. Just remember, that their job is to serve you, and not the other way around. They all have their own point of view – and none of it is The Absolute Truth – because no map is the absolute truth about the actual territory. Don’t worry if different maps have some different lines on them. Use different viewpoints to increase your self-knowledge. You don’t have to obey anything that a certain viewpoint says. Let it all increase your understanding.
Many people have gotten used to the western scientific worldview, where you have to find the absolutely right map – even though no such thing exists. We have been scared and bullied into submission and obedience – and when we receive orders (or viewpoints) that seem to conflict each other in some manner, we freeze and get stuck and give up. I suggest: keep going. Focus on the commonalities, and forget about the 5% difference, or whatever you don’t feel like you understand. In reality, there’s always a gazillion time more to learn than what we already can explain. So don’t look for perfect information, look for useful.
Around 2006 I was troubled for a while because I discovered many experts that I really wanted to believe in – and they said some different things! Then I started listing, which issues do they specifically disagree on – and how many issues they definitely agree on. Quickly it became clear that all of the alternative and natural health people agree on at least 95% of meaningful matters. So why worry about the 5%? Of course, as Peter Diamandis would say, our primal mind is designed to spot inconsistencies, conflicts, drama and danger – so our mind naturally picks up on the 5%, rather than focusing on the 95% that’s going great. Once I realized this, I was ok with a bit of disagreement since then. Everyone in the natural health field agrees that refined food is not the coolest thing and that you’re better off if you enjoy life. So I went looking for nutritious foods and enjoyable life. It takes a bit of training to learn to focus on the constructive 95% and let go of the small amount of confusion – and it can be done.
Connecting with nature
Touching the earth has been one of the best things for me – and mostly it’s freely available. It’s no joke. More information can be found on the Earthing pages around the Internet. I’ve even had most of the Earthing products at some point and liked them. Nowadays I just tend to simplify life as much as possible, so I can be even lazier and write more.
I believe that health has a lot to do with diversity – on all levels, starting from the small microbes that are an integral part of any vibrantly healthy ecosystem. So that’s another reason to connect with true nature and get dirty in the dirt. Just like the children naturally love to do. I’ll write more on the holistic and specific benefits and ways to pleasurably connect with nature and literally jump into it.
Currently, there’s a bias toward too heroic ways of exercise – and in extremely dull, lame, one-sided ways. We’re not meant to jog the same route over and again, we’re meant to move in literally thousands of different ways and nuances. The way we move today is almost as poor in variety and color as our modern industrial food. Movement can be joyful, playful – and novel. Forget about exercise, and start to enjoy the body. Here as I’m writing, I’m doing some enjoyable movements with my upper body, listening to fun songs – and singing along at times, if I feel like it in the moment. The body likes to be twisted, shaken, and used in playful, novel ways. The modern society tends to take color and variety out of life – and out of movement. Ido Portal is probably the coolest expert on movement. Daniel Vitalis has a cool piece of newsletter on the subject. Don’t stiffen up: enjoy the variety of things we can do and experience with the body. Not all of it is called sport: laughing can be amazing, or experiencing emotions, or learning to draw and dress up nicely. Do cool things! And put it in Instagram, so other people can benefit with the activation of their mirror neurons, or, receive the inspiration.
Forget about exercising for health, and start going for exciting experiences – coupled with deep relaxation that your body also craves.
Like Kasper Van Meulen says, seek to alternate between different states throughout the day. Most people nowadays just go, go, go. It’s better to go fully and relax deeply. Looking at our most biologically related species, it seems we should actually take it quite easy most of the time. Be ready for action, but not in the active mode all the time. I believe that most of the time we should rest, play and creatively screw around – and put it all in only when the situation arises. Like, say, my partner needs me to translate some text for him to take the website online, I’ll focus 110% immediately, and get it done excellently asap. And then go back to basically enjoying myself.
It all starts with getting to know the body, hearing its messages. As Brendon Burchard would say: “What state am I in right now?” That’s a good question. It’s the question. Before you know that, nothing I say will help you much. Because the point of everything here is to serve the needs and desires of your body. That becomes possible as the body gets heard and seen, as your inner nature gets acknowledged and enjoyed.
That question helps me discover what I like, what I don’t like, what I actually desire right now. Nowadays there’s also all sorts of biohacking devices to help you answer this question ever better, such as The Oura Ring. But even then, it all starts with you starting to form a relationship with the inner world and what it’s trying to say, right now.
In the next parts, we’ll look deeper into many of the most common natural health perspectives, such as the Ayurvedic one. I’ll share my experiences and views on those. There’s a ton to tell, enough to fill many books. If you find value in these, you can help more people discover similar insights by sharing the posts!
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