Monday, June 29, 2015

MS and Red Dye

First of all, take this with a grain of salt. I'm not a health expert but am only sharing what happened to me personally. Maybe by some extraordinary chance someone out there has experienced this too or someone in the science world can tell me if I'm crazy or not. So here it goes. After I got diagnosed with MS I noticed something very strange. When I drank chocolate milk, my legs would get worse. When I ate red licorice or other candies with red dye my legs would get worse. One day after drinking a litre of chocolate milk in one shot (it was a hot day and we were travelling) I could barely walk. I had to stop having these things. I could understand the red dye in the candies could be affecting me but why chocolate milk? White milk didn't harm me and neither did chocolate! I was perplexed so I checked out the ingredients and lo and behold it said colour. Colour? Why colour? Isn't chocolate milk brown because its made with cocoa? Apparently, people don't like their chocolate milk too dark so they add red dye to it to lighten the colour. Who knew? So red dye was really the culprit for me. But why? I knew that red dye was linked to hyperactivity in children but it was causing the opposite in me so to speak. I tried to search for information and came up with zilch! So I am perplexed. All I know is that for me personally, I have to avoid it. I don't know if scientists will ever discover anything about this or not but I have no choice in this matter. I am glad that I figured out it was bothering me. Alhumdullilah. Now whether it is a natural (ie made from a bug) or chemical dye that is affecting me, I still don't know.

Aside from this peculiar aha moment for me, my health regarding my legs is improving as I continue to see a homeopath. Still not cured but I am grateful for my mobility. Now in Ramadan I've noticed my legs seem even better than usual. But I think this is a first as I don't remember such a thing happening last Ramadan.

May Allah bless you all this Ramadan and cure you of any diseases. Amin.


  1. I'm glad you are posting about MS. I would love it if you keep posting about your journey with MS as it affects so many people, and more awareness never hurt anyone., I also love your Muslim take on life. Your blog is refreshing, and I appreciate your honesty.

  2. Asalaamu Alaikum The American Muslimah (I'm the Canadian Muslimah tee hee)

    I intend to keep writing about my journey insha Allah and hope it helps someone. Masha Allah thanks for the compliments. I checked out your blog and was happy to see you like to read too. Do check out my book recommendations.

  3. My husband has MS had he has benefited enormously by high-dose vitamin D, every ten days. A friend I recommended it to also got positive result. May Allah grant us all health.

  4. Asalaamu alaikum MH

    Ameen. How is the Vitamin D taken? pill form?