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    Matt Embry and his documentary: Living Proof

    For those who know Matt Embry's story (no need to have seen the documentary to answer my question) - what is his story?? The first I ever remember hearing about him is yesterday when I watched his documentary on Amazon Prime. I enjoyed the film, but afterwards I could not remember anything specific about his story. I mean, the title of the film is "Living Proof", but they say nothing about how he was before.

    They did say he was diagnosed at age 19 (I think), and they said that was 20 years ago, but what happened to him at 19 years old to prompt him to go to the neurologist? And what was he like before, during, and after his diagnosis prior to his dad (Ashton Embry, founder of direct-ms and the Best Bet Diet ... both of which are new to me as well, though I do have a vague memory of hearing about the diet before, probably from Wahls?) doing all the research and putting his son, Matt, on the diet and supplements?

    I looked on his website, mshope, as well as his dad's website, and found nothing about his past story. I also did a few different google searches, changing the wording a few times, and came up with nothing. I searched msworld too, but again, found nothing to answer my question. Of course I could just be missing it, or maybe there's a youtube video or SOMETHING out there where he shares and has "Living Proof" to back up his claims that his special diet, supplements, and CCSVI treatment.

    Thanks!

    Not officially diagnosed due to non-MS-specific spots on MRIs, but the neurologists all agree it's MS.
    Frustrated. January 2019: finally saw an MS specialist worth seeing. Maybe we'll get to the bottom of this.
    EDSS of 5.5, sometimes 6.0

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    Originally posted by jjs View Post
    I enjoyed the film, but afterwards I could not remember anything specific about his story. I mean, the title of the film is "Living Proof", but they say nothing about how he was before.
    I watched it too, and have wondered the same thing.

    Originally posted by jjs View Post
    They did say he was diagnosed at age 19 (I think), and they said that was 20 years ago, but what happened to him at 19 years old to prompt him to go to the neurologist? And what was he like before, during, and after his diagnosis prior to his dad (Ashton Embry, founder of direct-ms and the Best Bet Diet ... both of which are new to me as well, though I do have a vague memory of hearing about the diet before, probably from Wahls?) doing all the research and putting his son, Matt, on the diet and supplements?
    My impression (that he gives) is that his MS never developed into any issues due to his diet and CCSVI.

    And he is very critical of the MS drugs, the pharmaceutical companies, and the MS Societies.

    Also in the film, the woman he highlighted that had stem cell treatment didn't look like she had a very significant improvement. Did you notice that?

    So, my interpretation is that he is promoting diet and CCSVI as a treatment, and even as a cure for MS.

    Take Care
    PPMS for 24 years (dx 1998)
    ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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      #3
      Originally posted by KoKo View Post
      I watched it too, and have wondered the same thing.

      My impression (that he gives) is that his MS never developed into any issues due to his diet and CCSVI.

      And he is very critical of the MS drugs, the pharmaceutical companies, and the MS Societies.

      Also in the film, the woman he highlighted that had stem cell treatment didn't look like she had a very significant improvement. Did you notice that?

      So, my interpretation is that he is promoting diet and CCSVI as a treatment, and even as a cure for MS.

      Take Care
      I came to the same conclusions [though I am somewhat quietly critical of big pharma and the corporations, too ... but I know they can do some good for some people]. I have been asking around and trying to find more info. So far the only thing I have gotten is someone on a facebook group saying he had RRMS and had lingering symptoms the first year after diagnosis, but with diligence in diet and such he has been symptom free for 20 years. But, I'm not sure where this person got that information.

      I guess I'm just feeling a bit frustrated. Don't get me wrong - I am very happy for him that he does not have to struggle like some of us ... but for some of us ... every day is a struggle regardless of what we try to do to help ourselves. We can do everything "just right" (according to this diet or that diet or everything in between and so on) and still have steady decline with mobility and such.

      The frustrated feeling is in part due to the title "Living Proof" ... I mean, my friend with MS has had the same experience as him (6 months or so of the initial hard time with RRMS and then nothing after that for about 25 years), but she did not go on a special diet, take special supplements, and did not have the CCSVI procedure. If his 20 years being symptom free is "living proof" that his strict diet, supplements, and CCSVI has worked, then what is my friend's 25 or so years of being symptom free with no dietary changes "living proof" of? It's a contradiction ... and just a bit misleading.

      Sure, people have been helped by implementing the diet and supplements suggested, but what were they doing before? I have said it before on here (probably more than once) that of course someone is going to experience some kind of improvement when they cut out all the junk food, cut out the sugar, eat lots of vegetables, and so on. But that's not an improvement with MS. My mom who does not have MS [but has a host of other health issues including being obese] would feel WORLDS BETTER if she would simply take care of herself. Those of us with MS are just adding insult to injury if we do not take care of ourselves!!!

      Well, I'm thinking out loud. I'm not trying to be offensive to anyone and I pray it does not come off that way. I'm not just skeptical or frustrated or disappointed; I'm even skeptical about Wahls' story. I love her diet and I love the best bet diet. I believe implementing either one would be very beneficial to ANYONE ... but for people like us, the false hope can really mess with our minds if we let it. And I guess that's the key ... we just have to use our heads and have discernment. Do the best we can to live as healthy and peaceful as possible.

      Not officially diagnosed due to non-MS-specific spots on MRIs, but the neurologists all agree it's MS.
      Frustrated. January 2019: finally saw an MS specialist worth seeing. Maybe we'll get to the bottom of this.
      EDSS of 5.5, sometimes 6.0

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        jjs

        I do understand what you are saying.

        With RRMS, there is a wide variability in how it affects people.

        The thing about the special MS diets is that they can vary so much in what is allowed and what is not allowed.

        This new article talks about a diet that may reduce risk of MS ~ veggies, poultry, eggs, low fat dairy, legumes. Interesting, as some special MS diets prohibit some of those foods.

        https://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.c...-ms-risk-study

        In any case, I hope I'm still around when they find out what the heck causes MS - could even be a virus or bacteria of some sort!

        Take Care
        PPMS for 24 years (dx 1998)
        ~ Worrying will not take away tomorrow's troubles ~ But it will take away today's peace. ~

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