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Alan Caldwell

Running the London Marathon

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My story

[p]I was diagnosed with MS in 1998. Eighteen months ago I took up running and on April 22nd I am taking on the challenge of 26.2 miles in the London Marathon. Fuelled by diet, essential supplements and acupuncture, I have kept myself well for the last 20 years. I want to raise awareness of this nutritional approach and help to give those affected by MS access to this high quality information to keep their MS under control.[/p][p]The NHS and conventional medical practitioners are reluctant to promote this approach because it is not clinically proven. It's not clinically proven because there is no drug at the end to fund the trials. So classic 'treat symptoms not cause' continues. As there is no solid scientific evidence that any of the current MS drugs significantly slow MS progression over the long term, this is all about personal empowerment through access to information. Your donations will support MS-UK, a small charity I have been associated with since my diagnosis, doing great work to help achieve just that.[/p][p]What makes this even more important to me is that Scotland has the highest rates of MS (along with Canada) in the world. Both have a perfect storm of key MS risk factors including a low intake of Vit D due to their northerly location, high intake of dairy and gluten, low intake of omega 3 fat and a high intake of fat and sodium. This combined with a genetically susceptible population produces by far the highest rates of MS in the world. Its a huge task, but a diet of appropriate and good food and even better information are crucial. [/p][p]If you know anyone affected by MS (directly or indirectly) please encourage them to explore the links below. It could change lives. Thanks for supporting me and MS-UK. I really appreciate it and I am happy to speak to anyone about my experience. [/p][p]Most helpful website: [url=http://www.direct-ms.org/]http://www.direct-ms.org[/url][/p][p]Most helpful organisation: [url=http://www.ms-uk.org/]http://www.ms-uk.org[/url][/p][p]Best FAQ: [url=https://www.facebook.com/ashton.embry.1/posts/1965525750146716]https://www.facebook.com/ashton.embry.1/posts/1965525750146716[/url][/p][p]A relatively simple introduction to diets (including the Best Bet Diet) can be found here: [url=http://www.ms-uk.org/sites/default/files/choices_diet.pdf]http://www.ms-uk.org/sites/default/files/choices_diet.pdf[/url][/p][p]This website has a good video introduction to the Best Bet Diet and downloadable sheets for the diet and supplements [url=http://www.mshope.com/]http://www.mshope.com[/url] [/p][p]Best book to read : [url=https://www.waterstones.com/book/multiple-sclerosis/judy-graham/9780892812424]https://www.waterstones.com/book/multiple-sclerosis/judy-graham/9780892812424[/url][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Supporters

May 6, 2018

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Lara

Well done Alan!!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Anonymous

Congratulations Alan. Hero.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

The Chalamandas

What an amazing achievement today Alan. Respect!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Karine

Absolutely brilliant that you made a marathon! More power to you Alan!

£30.00

Apr 22, 2018

John Hynd

Well done Alan, great achievement in the heat today.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Cat and Andy

Awesome going today Alan!! We're delighted for you, and what an incredible job fundraising...now for a well earned rest!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Dukey

Well done Alan! Great achievement not just in running the marathon but raising awareness and dosh for MSUK.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Robin Baker

Well done Alan

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018

Chris

What a great and inspiring journey! All the best from Germany

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid