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Beating multiple sclerosis just got easier and more fun June 15, 2010

Posted by Rebecca Hoover in Uncategorized.

No other living person has done more to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis (MS) than medical professor George Jelinek, M.D., from Australia. Born in 1954, Jelinek was diagnosed with MS in 1999, at age 45, and that diagnosis changed his life and the face of MS in the world. Jelinek’s scientific approach to MS can help almost everyone with MS.

His web site has always been the best web site in the world for those with MS. And, currently, with a completely new design and services that help everyone with MS get motivated and stay motivated, Jelinek has put together a new web site that is even better. Quite simply, it is designed to help everyone with MS take the journey to better health. Please be sure to check it out. If you or someone you know has MS and you need some hope and ideas, the Jelinek web site is the place to be.

Before discussing the new web site further, it is helpful to review Jelinek’s journey. Rather than falling prey to despair as so many with MS do, when Jelinek was diagnosed with MS, he began reviewing medical research looking for answers. He found them in scientific research. The answers were simple, economical and straight forward. The answers involved treating MS primarily with simple, affordable, and smart changes in life style. Jelinek made these life style changes and now has gone over 10 years without a relapse. This type of improvement is a common occurrence among those adopting an MS friendly life style.

Fortunately, with these simple changes, most with MS could live long, happy and productive lives. Also, as neurology professor, Roy L. Swank, M.D., pointed out long ago, these life style changes almost serve as a fountain of youth. Those who adopt an ultra healthy living program experience so many health improvements, their appearance takes on a youthful look.

The answers Jelinek found were the same answers I found when I did my own review of medical research. This is the reason I have referred hundreds of individuals to Jelinek’s web site Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis. I have always been a hard-nosed scientific type and Jelinek is the same.

Of course. making the life style changes needed to help MS is not always easy. That is where the new Jelinek web site will help. His web site is called Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, and the new web uses state-of-the-art web design tools not only to present information but also to build a supportive world-wide community. This supportive atmosphere is important because a little support makes making life style changes much, much easier. Here’s a few of the new features Jelinek and his wonderful staff have added to his web site:

Monthly podcasts – In these Jelinek talks about issues of importance such as the need for a diet low in saturated fats for those with MS. Even in audios such as these podcasts, Jelinek conveys the depth of his knowledge and his big, big heart. If ever there was a man worthy of the leadership mantle in the MS field, it is George Jelinek (and Professor Roy L. Swank before him).  I plan to listen to his podcasts myself.

Blog central – A blog central site includes posts from some of the leading MS bloggers in the world.The bloggers are individuals who are simply saying no to MS disability and who are demonstrating that healthy living despite MS is entirely possible.

FAQ – New frequently asked questions and answers provide valuable information such as the answer to the question, “now that I have made life style changes, when will I start feeling better?”.

PDFs – New printable documents such as a list of what not to eat are provided to make life style changes easier.

Smart viewing – A new state-of-the-art capability will present varying information to different users. If one user has participated in a forum discussion, for example, that user will receive updates on recent posts to the forum discussion after logon. This more advanced feature, however, may not be available when the new web site is first launched.

In addition, the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis web site offers:

Recipes – The recipes are all designed to help beat MS. Being on an MS diet does not mean being miserable. Instead, with some great recipes, following an MS diet can be a treat.

A Forum – The forum will continue allowing those with MS and their families to locate needed information and support by communicating with others.

Honest News – The Jelinek news summaries have always provided honest and timely information on medical research research related to MS. For example, when scientific studies showed the beta interferon drugs (Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif) cause brain atrophy (shinkage), Jelinek’s Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis web site helped spread this information to those who need to know.The new site will continue to feature this important news service.

Best of all, unlike many MS organizations, the Jelinek web site has always been free of conflicts of interest. Jelinek does not receive funding from drug companies for any of his MS related work so he has no incentive to encourage use of MS drugs that may do more harm than good.

As I reviewed a preview version of the new web site, I often thought of all of the emails I receive from others thanking me for my own web site on MS. Many write to me and tell me that with all of the depressing and hopeless sites on MS, it is nice to find one, like mine, that presents honest and hope filled information on what is possible.  The Jelinek site also offers realistic hope and it deserves the accolades it receives.

The one thing the Jelinek site does not do is to point out how good all of our proposed life style changes will make you look. I guess that is left to this site. In the meantime, Jelinek himself serves as a great role model and demonstrates overcoming MS — at age 56 he is more active than most and is looking very, very good — drop dead gorgeous from eating right! Viva la ultra healthy living.

P.S. Special thanks to the wonderful volunteer who with Jelinek and who keep the best web site in the world for MS top notch.

Please let me know if you find my blog helpful. Please add a comment. What did you like? What would you like added? Thanks! Together we can change the way the world views MS. Please also join the Intelligent Guide to MS page on Facebook. I will use that page to make timely posts on new research and other issues likely to be of interest to others.

Please remember to consult your with doctors about how to stay as healthy as possible. Nothing here should be interpreted as medical advice. Instead, please use the information you find here in your discussions with your doctor.

Copyright 2010 Rebecca Hoover

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1. Dianne Krstulovich - June 18, 2010

That was really fun to read. Thanks, Rebecca! I look forward to spending lots of time here !

2. Rebecca Hoover - June 18, 2010

Thanks Dianne! When we all work together, each of us can move along on the journey to wellness more easily.

3. Multiple Sclerosis Management | HealthEngine Blog - June 21, 2010

[…] Treatments evaluated include diet with emphasis on dietary fats, sunlight and vitamin D, meditation, exercise, supplements, the mind-body connection and medications. Recommendations are provided for people with MS to use in aiming at overcoming multiple sclerosis and recovering. New research is being published all the time and, if it passes rigorous scrutiny, it is presented on the website for community discussion and review. No other living person has done more to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis (MS) than medical professor George Jelinek, M.D., from Australia. Born in 1954, Jelinek was diagnosed with MS in 1999, at age 45, and that diagnosis changed his life and the face of MS in the world. Jelinek’s scientific approach to MS can help almost everyone with MS. – Rebecca Hoover […]

4. karen green - July 28, 2010

Inspirational…I am already following a diet low in bad fats & high in good fats, plus no gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, & legumes…also low sugar.

Rebecca Hoover - July 28, 2010


Thanks for the feedback. Many of us have had great results with life style changes. You are smart to pay attention to diet. Exercise, vitamin D3, some time in the sun, intellectual stimulation and other things from the list under the plan tab help too.


5. Stephanie - August 4, 2010

Hi Rebecca,

What do you think about Plant Stanol Esters? I used to take them to lower cholesterol (which they did for me) but gave them up for fear that they would absorb the Omega 3s in the fish oil I take. They do not lower HDL levels, just LDL. So far I can find no studies that even look at that issue. They are available in tablet form so you don’t need to consume them in a margarine.

Thanks for any insights you might have.

Rebecca Hoover - August 4, 2010


There really is no reason to try to lower HDL, which is a good cholesterol. It is LDL that is problematic. Also fish oil lowers trigylcerides and that is helpful. The way to lower LDL is to eat a healthy whole plan food diet with fish and get some exercise.

In general, except for the few supplements I suggest are needed, I do not think taking supplements is a good idea. There is no regulation of supplement companies and many produce products that are downright dangerous. I think we are best off getting our nutrition from unprocessed food.


6. Stephanie - August 4, 2010

Hi Rebecca,

I totally agree. I will be interested to see how my numbers are now that I have been following the Swank/Jelinek diet for some time now!



7. Stephanie - August 9, 2010

Hi Rebecca,

Aside from sunfower seeds, what is another good source of Linoleic acid?



Rebecca Hoover - August 19, 2010


Sorry for my late response but I have had a cold. Almonds are another great source of linoleic acid and walnuts have some.

I do not recommend oils because they have very few vitamins or minerals that are so vital to our health. Oils have had much of their nutrition removed, unfortunately.

You are smart to add your lifestyle issues. You attention to the details will have you looking great too! I’ve sure you have noticed that if you have been on an MS diet for a while.


8. Stephanie - August 27, 2010

As always, thank you Rebecca!

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