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There’s No Pill for This

A Naturopathic Physician's Personal Prescription for Managing Multiple Sclerosis

By Michaël Friedman


‘An open, honest, and up-to-date guide, based on personal experience in addition to science, for people living with MS along with their caregivers.’ –Library Journal

From a doctor living with MS: how to dramatically improve your quality of life with diet, hormones, supplements, exercise, and other lifestyle adjustments

Most of us take for granted the little things in life—like walking out to the mailbox, socialising with friends, or enjoying a cup of tea. But what if each daily activity required intensive planning and effort? That’s what living with multiple sclerosis is like, and author Michaël Friedman knows this from first-hand experience.

Since his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis a decade ago, Dr. Friedman has been searching for a cure for the disease. After years of research, he realised that he had some of the answers right in his naturopathic medicine toolbox, and others, surprisingly, lay in the realm of conventional medicine. There’s No Pill for This tells his story and offers treatment advice and hope to those who suffer from MS. He does not promise a miracle cure but instead provides the personal prescriptions he follows that are delaying the disease process and radically improving his quality of life, including dietary measures and supplements to support a healthy microbiome and hormone therapies that can reduce neuroinflammation and possibly promote neurorestoration. Dr. Friedman presents a daily protocol for MS patients, including diet, supplement, detoxification, and hormone strategies; mindfulness therapy; physical therapy; and a wide range of beneficial lifestyle adjustments related to exercise, sleep routines, time management, stress management, and more. He also offers special advice for supporting healthy bladder and bowel function and improving oxygen supply.

In the book’s conclusion, Dr. Friedman reflects on what this complicated chronic disease has taught him, and continues to teach him, about the value of humility and about what is truly important in life.

Reviews and Praise

Library Journal

"An open, honest, and up-to-date guide, based on personal experience in addition to science, for people living with MS along with their caregivers."

“My wife lived with MS for fifty years, and her diagnosis started me on the road to holistic health and medicine. I never let her know what her neurologist predicted, and her diagnosis helped me start to teach patients how to live well and cultivate a survivor personality. Dr. Michaël Friedman is what I call a native. He is living the experience; he is not a tourist who doesn't understand—who treats the disease but not the person experiencing it. I truly recommend There’s No Pill for This because it contains the wisdom of a health care professional who also has the experience of being a patient. Read and learn—participate in your own health and healing and let his wisdom guide you on your journey.”—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of No Endings, Only Beginnings and Love, Medicine & Miracles

“Though no one wants to partake in trial-by-fire, the experience does, in fact, carve a powerful path and purpose. Dr. Friedman’s touching account of the circuitous exploration of his health challenges will help others return to the sacred rhythm of their own lives. He reminds us that we are more than our body and our diagnosis, and offers empowering, insightful, scientifically informed, terrain-based anecdotes and recommendations to address a devastating disease with wisdom and wit.”—Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, coauthor of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer; founder, drnasha.com

“Dr. Michaël Friedman has written the most robust, informative, easily accessible, and helpful book ever for those trying to navigate the rough road of multiple sclerosis. Part personal journey, part modern research, and part clinical pearls, this wonderfully researched guidebook covers a wide variety of conventional, nutritional, and natural therapies as well as novel approaches. I highly recommend this treasure trove of options for patients and their doctors alike.”—Dr. Jill Stansbury, ND, author of Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals

There’s No Pill for This combines the best of conventional medical treatments with a wide range of complimentary and holistic healing modalities for people with MS. The author, a brilliant and compassionate doctor, has written not only a practical guidebook for both health care professionals and people suffering with MS, but also the inspiring story of his own healing journey. Written with insight, compassion, and humor, this deeply personal book offers hope and direction to all of those suffering from MS and other neurological disorders.”—Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist; author; founder, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center

“Michaël Friedman has written the first comprehensive integrative protocol for multiple sclerosis. This book was born out of his fight not only for survival, but also for the right to live a full life with a health condition that can have a terrible prognosis. There’s No Pill for This is a must-read for clinicians and patients who choose to fight for a better now and a longer tomorrow. Thank you, Dr. Friedman, for bringing your own journey to the public to help others.”—Dr. Decker Weiss, NMD, naturopathic cardiologist; founder, Peace Possible

“Michaël Friedman gives us a clear, genuine, firsthand account of the physical, psychological, and emotional obstacles that MS patients face each day. Through his own experiences, Dr. Friedman has gained immense knowledge and understanding about living with MS, and he uses his wisdom and skills to speak directly to others dealing with such challenges. He lays out the options for therapeutic strategies, weaving in diet, herbs, mindset, nutritional supplements, and many lifestyle activities that can improve the quality of life for MS patients. There’s No Pill for This is not only for those living with MS, but also for those who live with MS patients, and it will help health providers broaden their perspective and understanding of what their patients must deal with.”—Dr. Mary Bove, ND, author of Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants

“A unique and powerful personal account of living with MS and using natural strategies to navigate the physical, psychological, and emotional challenges of this mysterious and debilitating condition. There’s No Pill for This is a helpful guide to empower and offer hope for patients living with MS.”—Amy Berger, MS, CNS, author of The Alzheimer’s Antidote and The Stall Slayer