Ann Boroch, CNC, Naturopath, was once a sugar addict. She suffered from a candida overgrowth and various infections throughout her life until she developed the autoimmune condition multiple sclerosis. Instead of following the path of traditional medicine, she chose to use natural remedies to cure multiple sclerosis and to heal herself. It was a long road to travel, but she now has her multiple sclerosis under control. She is also a successful naturopath, helping others heal their bodies through the food, supplementation and stress-relieving techniques that saved her own life. Read on to learn how you do might also be able to cure your multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune condition, or any other chronic illness naturally.
At age 24, my life came to a screeching halt.
As I sat in a restaurant eating with a friend, I lost the ability to breathe, swallow and move for several seconds. And then my body started to spasm uncontrollably. What looked like a seizure was actually an immune response attack.
After extensive medical testing, there was good news and bad news. The good news? I didn’t have cancer. The bad news? I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune condition. The prognosis was not good. I was told to prepare for chemotherapy and a wheelchair.
And while I knew nothing about MS, I did know that there had to be a better way to cope than with drug therapy as a cure for multiple sclerosis. Finally, through major changes in my diet and lifestyle, I triumphed and got my health under control. I have been symptom-free from multiple sclerosis for 23 years. And believe me, I’m counting!
Through my journey, I realized the power within my own body to heal itself, and knew I could help others. I became a naturopath and a nutritionist 19 years ago, and have since helped thousands of clients fight their own battles for wellness and to help cure their chronic health conditions. I believe in the power of food in helping to heal and cure disease.
How Being a Sugar Addict Led to My Candida and MS
When I look back, my history tells the story of someone who was the poster child for autoimmune disease to erupt. Until the age of 18, I was a sugar addict. I was sick all the time – cold, flus and sinus infections. I easily took over 60 courses of antibiotics throughout my life. I had rotted out almost every tooth from eating sugar by the time I was a teenager, and had a mouthful of silver amalgam fillings.
To make matters worse, I was a type “A” personality and spent a lot of energy trying to please people. In other words, I was under a lot of stress.
At 19, I contracted Epstein-Barr virus (more commonly known as mono). I saw eight different specialists and took more than 20 different drugs, mainly steroids and antibiotics, with no success. Through a miracle, I found Dr. William Crook’s book, The Yeast Connection. I realized I was dealing with candida (yeast) overgrowth, which can be caused by overconsumption of sugar. I followed an anti-candida diet and took an antifungal powder for a year, which helped me heal for the short term.
And while that was a small reprieve from illness, I didn’t realize how important it was to keep the microbiome, or my gut ecology, in balance. I later learned that candida overgrowth can come back more virulently if not kept in check. So several years later, when my stress levels were high and sugar and carbs crept back into my diet, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
How I Reversed Multiple Sclerosis
My four-year tumultuous journey of curing multiple sclerosis started with getting back on the anti-candida diet. I eliminated dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten and corn. I also took an antifungal drug for two years, and then switched to an herbal formula. I relied heavily on the book Multiple Sclerosis, by Judy Graham, which gave me direction and guidance about supplementation. I learned about the benefits of supplementing with anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric and ginger.
To remove toxins from my body, I had 15 silver amalgam fillings taken out. I went through this without any pain relief to avoid an immune response attack.
I worked on my physical and emotional health, pushing through this near-death illness, and I coped with buried emotional traumas, and even survived a suicide attempt.
The Link Between Candida and Autoimmune Disease
The most-ignored infection in the world is candida overgrowth, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS). For the most part, candida, which is comprised of yeast and fungus, can be found both inside and outside the body naturally, and it’s harmless until it starts to multiply. Several factors can cause candida to overgrow including:
- Birth control pills
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Heavy metals
Among the causes of candida overgrowth, sugar is the biggest offender and will continue to feed yeast and fungus throughout your lifetime. Sugar is in cookies, chocolate, pizza, pasta, pastries, lattes, milk, cheese, wine, beer or bread, or more—all of which turn into sugar rapidly and feed not only yeast, but parasites, viruses and bacteria.
Minor symptoms of candida overgrowth can be gas, bloating, heartburn, fatigue, weight gain, depression, anxiety, sinusitis, constipation and diarrhea. As as you can see from my own history, candida can cause more serious conditions, including autoimmune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis) and cancer.
How To Begin To Heal
You need to remove inflammation and infection from the body. What seems like an insurmountable task can be done slowly and methodically. Keep in mind that baby steps can lead to victory!
- Maintain an anti-candida diet (Avoid dairy, sugar, alcohol, gluten and corn)
- Take an herbal antifungal supplement.
- Supplement with turmeric to help reduce inflammation and boost your immunity. Try Daily Turmeric Tonic which contains both antioxidants and adaptogens which can help reduce inflammation and fight pain.
- Add in collagen peptides to help replenish and repair the body. Collagen peptides also help to reduce stiffness and pain associated with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions. I’ve even seen collagen help with the brain fog that comes with MS.
- Participate in stress management techniques – Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), meditation, journaling or counseling.
- Ensure you are getting quality sleep.
- Exercise! Whether it’s yoga, walking or isometrics, be active!
- Believe in yourself!
Healing an autoimmune condition, such as multiple sclerosis, does not happen overnight. There is no quick cure to multiple sclerosis or any chronic health condition. There is no magic drug, herb or food that will help you get better. It requires making lifestyle changes and sticking with them. But it is completely possible to cure multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions by treating the root causes. Be sure to work with an expert naturopath or functional medicine doctor who can guide you on your journey. The most important factor is to believe you can heal your body, and then following it up with a program that reduces inflammation and infection.
With time and tenacity, you, too, can be triumphant!
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