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Salahi aside, being thin's not a typical MS symptom

So maybe Michaele Salahi's extreme thinitude is in fact related to her having multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Who knows?

But the official word from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is that of all the many and varied symptoms that can result from MS, being underweight is not a typical one.


Michaele Salahi, in the dress she wore to the White House dinner (Bill O'leary/the Washington Post)

Here's the Society's statement, from Rosalind Kalb, vice president of its Professional Resource Center and author of "Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies":

What people need to understand is when you meet one person with MS, you know one case of life with MS. The hallmark of multiple sclerosis is its unpredictability and that symptoms can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis and can frequently come and go without warning. Weight loss is not a typical symptom of MS. However, there are other factors such as medications, fatigue, depression or difficulty swallowing that can affect appetite so if weight loss is observed in an MS patient, they should consult their physician.

As one who both has MS and has long struggled with weight issues, I was caught off guard by Salahi's attributing her thin physique to her 17 years of dealing with MS. But I have no reason to doubt her.

Plus, I figure that anything that gets people thinking about MS is good. There's lots of positive news for people with MS on the immediate horizon. If Salahi's announcement sends some newly curious readers to the MS Society's Web site to read all about it, that's all for the better.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | September 15, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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"As one who both has MS and has long struggled with weight issues, I was caught off guard by Salahi's attributing her thin physique to her 17 years of dealing with MS. But I have no reason to doubt her.

Plus, I figure that anything that gets people thinking about MS is good."

I beg to differ. These people have no credibility. They are frequently caught in lies.

As someone who suffers from a chronic condition but looks "normal" I take great offense to her trying to gin up sympathy. Everything we know about her says she does not battle at all. Jetsetting to Paris, partying, and flitting around giving boundary violating hugs all the while never appearing to have any difficulty.

This woman has a pathological need for attention. I think the MS society should call her out and make her prove it.

Posted by: seraphina2 | September 15, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I believe she has MS, Michelle Salahi disease, symptoms include: Pathological Lying,Scamming everyone they come into contact with, Delusions of Grandeur and being Desperate for attention. I'll believe this story when they produce a medical report performed by an independent CREDIBLE Physician. This is just another ploy to deflect from their never ending BS. Lets not forget the "verrrrry serious" FBI investigation Tareq claims about Mary Amons daughter that never was. There is NO level these two would not sink to, to gain attention. Their book claims Bravo barred them from testifying and revealing the truth about the WH dinner which they DID IN FACT CRASH, Bravo has come out calling them out on their LIES.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

This poser has had WAY more than her 15 minutes of fame. Please PLEASE make her (and her fake MS claim) go AWAY already!!

Posted by: ms1234 | September 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

You have no reason to doubt her? Really? There are a lot of Wash. Post articles that, in total, point to a con artist, pathological liar, or both.

Posted by: sarahabc | September 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Before you question whether Michael Salahi does, indeed, have MS because "being thin" is not a "typical MS symptom", perhaps you should look at the facts. There are least two people that I know of who have MS who are thin - Joan Didion and Annette Funicello. Are you going to question whether they have MS?

Chronic vertigo, a symptom of MS, can, in fact, cause MS patients to loose weight...and was a reason cited by Funicello for hiding her MS diagnosis from the public for years. Mrs. Salahi's assertion then does seem plausible.

You may not like Salahi's personality, but that is no reason to question whether she, in fact, has this disability. As someone with a disability, I can tell you the only thing worse than having the disability is having someone, who knows nothing about it, claim that you are a liar.

Posted by: IResearcher | September 15, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If memory serves me right, didn't they immediately go to a pub someplace near the WH after leaving the State Dinner? If she wasn't feeling well because of "supposed" MS symptoms, why would they go have a drink? I'm with Holly1971...will believe it when I see a bonified medical report. Until then it's just another tall tale.

Posted by: scritten | September 15, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

IResearcher, had this been any other person I would have nothing but the utmost respect and sympathy. However, this is Michelle, aka Missy aka Michaele who is a Known Pathological liar. She claims she's kept this secret for 17 years? Excuse me, but on a 2008 Americas Polo promotional video clip she clearly states she HAS MS..This supposed deep dark "secret" is a SHAM and a publicity stunt. Here's an excerpt from the Vid along with the link.

America's Polo Cup Highlights from 2008-2009 featuring Tareq & Michaele Salahi
To help answer the question "who are these people," this video and photo montage features the now infamous couple known as the White House dinner crashers... Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Tareq and Michaele founded the America's Polo Cup to raise money for their charity, Journey for the Cure. Because Michaele was diagnosed with MS, Journey for the Cure is passionate about finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. Tareq and Michaele are widely known in the Washington, DC area and seem to know everyone and anyone of wealth or prestige. One word to describe them is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0Vq_cCOqpg&feature=player_embedded#!

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 16, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

So,once again Missy is doing what she does Best..embellishing and making up stories that never were. She also claims on a televised interview with Carol Joynt her parents named her "Michaele" because it was a combination of their first names Michael and Michelle..the only problem with that story is, their names are Howard and Rosemary.

The only disease this woman suffers from is Terminal BS. Symptoms are: Pathological lying, illusions of Grandeur, scamming and pension for ripping off everyone they come into contact with.

Her engagement announcement in WAPO years ago is yet another display of her Illness. She self proclaims herself as a Chanel, Victoria Secrets, Ralph Lauren,Escada Model been featured in Vogue, Instyle ( long list of prestigious magazines and publications) featured on MTV, Bet, etc That NEVER WAS.
She has a small pic where you can barely see her face for a Mattress ad in Asia, due to this one and ONLY shred of proof she ever did any professional modeling, she self proclaims herself as an "International model" This woman has spent her entire life living a BIG FAT LIE. I've also heard during her days as a make up counter girl at Nordstroms she would tell ppl grandiose tales about how she used to be a "Super Model"

I, for one, am Disappointed the media didn't uncover this little factoid/video clip BEFORE running her BS/MS story. Especially given their history with Habitual Lying.

Posted by: Holly1971 | September 16, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The Salahis say they left the dinner because she felt ill and hadn't eaten all day and there was nothing on the menu she wanted. She wants you to believe her feeling ill was an MS flare-up - FAIL. They left right when it was time for dinner seating and they knew there was no place for them. She was so ill they went immediately to the bar across the street and stayed there for 2hrs 45min. When their driver picked them up he noted them to be "excited." Hardly the picture of an MS sufferer needing to get home because of a flare-up.

Posted by: seraphina2 | September 16, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Only MS? Why couldn't it have been the Ebola virus?

..... damn

Posted by: bromo999 | September 16, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The Salahis have NO credibility on any subject, but I have to say that the two MS patients that I've known personally were both very thin, one from the effects of the drugs she was taking, and the other attributed her weight loss to depression and anxiety after she was diagnosed.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 17, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

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