Jack Osbourne, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis about a year ago, sat down with Dr. Oz to talk about living with MS, including his decision to adopt a paleo diet (and other controversial therapies) to deal with his illness.
This interview (which aired earlier this week) was one of the first Jack’s done since learning of his diagnosis. Dr. Oz, who I usually have mixed feelings about, is friendly but also quite doctorly in the first part of the interview: He somewhat creepily pulls out a brain and spinal cord to show Jack a visual representation of what multiple sclerosis actually does in the body. It’s kind of weird and Jack seems uncomfortable at first, but I think it was ultimately a cool way to model the actual science of MS to viewers.
In the second part, they get down to the nitty gritty: what it’s like to live with MS and how Jack has decided to manage his illness. Jack says:
“Diet is a big thing. I’m a firm believer in you are what you eat. I juice a lot, I stick to a paleo diet. At its core, I look at MS as inflammation, so I try and eliminate foods that cause inflammation. Dairy, gluten, grains.”
We haven’t always been kind to the paleo lifestyle here on Blisstree, but I’m glad to hear it’s working for Jack. He also told Dr. Oz how he’s tried some alternative therapies for his disease, including stem cell therapy;
“I look at what I’ve done to treat my MS as kind of a 360 approach. I’ve spoke with a lot of doctors and I decided, you know, why not try the stem cell? I was told there is the blood/brain barrier issue (a lot of people say the stem cells cannot pass through the blood/brain barrier) but it was from my own blood…they extracted blood from me and grew my own stem cells and injected them back into me ten days later. In that ten day period, I was getting detoxed and they found I had heavy metal poisoning and blood parasites and all this stuff which doctors in America don’t usually test for because they don’t think to test for it.”
Interesting stuff. I don’t know enough about medicine to comment on the efficacy of either a paleo diet or stem cell therapy for MS, but I have to say I admire the fact that Jack is taking a proactive approach to his health and doing his homework. Dr. Oz has come under fire (notably in a New Yorker article) about his openness to alternative therapies and treatments, so I’m sure both he and Jack will get some flak for espousing diet and stem cell therapy as treatment for MS on a national talk show. Personally, I think it’s great that Jack is talking about his somewhat unconventional treatments to the public. We should all be strive to be informed participants in our own health, and it sounds like that’s exactly what Jack is doing.