At the top of this blog is a link to Dr. McDougall's lecture on MS and autoimmune diseases (like RA, Lupus etc.). I would highly recommend that anybody who has not already seen this lecture do so. It will open your eyes not only to the power of lifestyle medicine, but to facts that the drug companies would just as soon keep out of public view. To paraphrase Dr. McDougall in this lecture, what the drug companies are doing with respect to MS is virtually criminal.
I personally know a person who has had MS for many years while showing no interest in lifestyle medicine. I have watched him deteriorate from a strong and healthy person into a wheelchair bound cripple. It is sad to think that he had a greater then 95% chance of complete remission with the knowledge available to, but dismissed by, the medical profession and the media. In my recent TV appearance with Dr. McDougall, I sat next to a lady who was diagnosed with obvious MS seventeen years ago, and has had no further problems. Her MRIs showed that the brain lesions have actually shrunk (but not a lot) and not grown any further. Dr. McDougall explains how bad foods affect the blood-brain barrier and how this process can be stopped almost immediately.
There is also a touching story of one woman in the current Oregon medical school study who was not treated with diet because she was in the (untreated) control group. She broke down in tears when she learned how well the treated (with diet) group was doing and how much unnecessary damage had been done to her nervous system during the clinical trial.
This is one of Dr. McDougall's best lectures ever. If you don't like this one, you probably won't like any. The lecture is relevant to general health, and not of interest only to sufferers of any of the tragic diseases discussed.
If you want reason to resist meat and dairy, or convince a loved one, just click the tab at the top for his lecture. Once you understand the common etiology of these diseases, you are going to understand just how destructive these "foods" can be.