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Multiple sclerosis: what can and cannot be done.

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Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS An introduction Staying well Eric (front cover), diagnosed in 1951. Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS An introduction by: allen bowling, Md, pHd & tHoMaS Stewart, pa-c, MS, Jd Allen Bowling, Md, Phd, is the Medical director of the MS Service and director of the complementary and Alternative Medicine Service at the colorado neurological institute (cni), and clinical Associate Professor of neurology at the university of colorado. thomas Stewart, PA-c, MS, Jd, is a certified physician assistant and is the director of Programs and Services at the rocky Mountain MS center. this publication is supported by contributions to the national MS Society from its members and friends. reviewed by members of the client Education committee of the national Multiple Sclerosis Society’s clinical Advisory Board. © 2011 nAtionAl MultiPlE SclEroSiS SociEty. All rightS rESErvEd. Staying well | 21 | Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs in MS introduction this booklet focuses on the use of popular vitamins, minerals and herbs by people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The use of these supplements is one form of complementary and alternative medicine, which we’ll call caM. caM is difficult to define, in part because its contours continually shift. one definition describes caM as therapies that are not commonly taught at U.S. medical schools nor commonly available at U.S. hospitals. almost by definition, then, this booklet explores controversial and incompletely studied treatments. accordingly, this booklet is not intended to be a primary source for understanding the standard, evidence-based, treatment of multiple sclerosis. rather, it is intended for those who already use, or at least understand, the benefits of mainstream medical interventions. over the last decade, medications have been developed that modify or slow down MS. The majority of people with MS should be using one of these medications under the supervision of a physician with

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