MS sufferer promotes virtues of natural healing

    Canadian afflicted with MS says orthomolecular medicine turned his life

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - A Canadian suffering from Multiple Sclerosis is on
a mission during MS Awareness Month to help those afflicted with the illness
discover the healing power of natural remedies, such as orthomolecular
    Peter Leeds, a 35-year-old native of Toronto, is urging those suffering
from the devastating physical effects of MS to consider using natural
substances to help curb symptoms and improve their day-to-day life.
    MS is a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system and
can cause severe symptoms, including muscle stiffness, difficulty speaking,
memory loss, bowel problems and even paralysis. MS has no known cause or cure
and cannot be predicted. There are more than 55,000 Canadians afflicted with
MS, one of the highest national rates in the world. May was designated as MS
Awareness month in the late 1970s to help bring attention to the growing
affliction of the illness and help raise funds for research.
    The most common treatment for MS involves a tiered series of medications.
However, Leeds who was diagnosed with MS in 2005 was able to relieve many of
his symptoms by complementing his medication with a dietary regime prescribed
by an orthomolecular practitioner.
    "Orthomolecular treatment changed my life completely," said Leeds, who
has built the Peter's Promise website dedicated to raising awareness of
orthomolecular medicine. "By following the dietary and vitamin regime
prescribed to me, I was able to better control my health and my MS symptoms
than I could with a treatment based strictly on medication."
    Orthomolecular medicine is a science-based approach to healing developed
in 1968 that balances and optimizes the body's natural substances. Many
illnesses, including MS, can be caused by an imbalance of vitamins and
nutrients in the body, but with the right diet and use of vitamin supplements,
the symptoms of these illnesses can be treated and in some cases eliminated.
    Leeds used an orthomolecular diet that focused on the use of Vitamin D,
B3 (Niacin) and B-12 supplements and the reduction or elimination of caffeine,
dairy and aspartame. In addition, Leeds' diet included Vitamin C and essential
fatty acids found in fish.
    "By taking specific quantities of vitamin supplements and strictly
adhering to a diet specifically designed for my condition and my biochemical
makeup, I was able to relieve many of the effects of MS and force the disease
into regression," said Leeds. "In fact, my year-over-year Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) scans show significant progress in my condition."
    Leeds stresses that orthomolecular medicine is not a substitute for
traditional medication, but rather a complement to it, allowing the body's
imbalances to be corrected while the medication does its own work.

    About Orthomolecular Medicine

    Orthomolecular medicine is a scientifically based approach to healing.
While paying attention to an individual's biochemistry, it prevents and treats
illness by balancing substances natural to the body through diet and dietary
supplements, ultimately optimizing health and quality of life. Orthomolecular
medicine is intended to complement conventional therapies. For more
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For further information:

For further information: To schedule an interview with Peter Leeds or
with an orthomolecular practitioner, please contact: Sonia Prashar, APEX
Public Relations, (416) 924-4442/ext. 223,

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