Please do take the time to press the “home” tab and read the posts on how you can probably beat multiple sclerosis (MS).
I was diagnosed with MS in 1991 and now, more than 20 years later at age 63, I have no visible symptoms — despite never taking any drugs for MS, not even steroids. Most likely, I have done so well because I spent hundreds of hours reviewing research abstracts in PubMed and finding out what scientists and researchers said could be done to make MS more manageable. I have not had a relapse in more than 13 years. Because many of the steps involve very low or no costs, I want to share this information others with MS. Most of the steps do involve ultra living healthy — making wise choices about diet, exercise, sleep, etc.
You might be interested in seeing a brief welcome video I made welcoming you to this blog.
Early after I was diagnosed with MS, I had my share of MS problems. These included severe problems walking and two bouts of optic neuritis that caused temporary blindness first in one eye and later in the other. I was happy to learn that life style changes could help keep these problems away. After experiencing MS problems, I was definitely motivated enough to change my life style.
So how good do I feel after all of these years with MS? Well, quite good. I broke an ankle a few years ago and now have arthritis in that ankle thanks to that nasty break. That dang ankle hurts. Other than that, I am in good shape. When I had my last cardiovascular stress test, I outran the average woman of my age and, of course, the average woman does not have MS. I walk briskly and run intervals in a routine that takes an hour per day, five days each week. Three days a week I do strength building exercises including lifting weights.
I can even dance on my tiptoes and pretend I’m Beyonce for 15 minutes without difficulty. My overweight neighbor, in contrast, who is 20 years younger than I am, cannot even walk 10 feet on her tiptoes. I work as the Administrator for a law firm that specializes in debt relief. (Those from other countries other than the USA may not know that debt relief is very important in the USA because our lack of guaranteed access to health care means that many end up with huge medical bills they can never afford to pay.)
Some think that those of us with MS have to accept disability but I think we may have to accept inconvenience but we can combine this inconvenience with wellness, good looks, even glamor if we wish, and a full and vibrant life.
My goal is to no less than help create the Intelligent Person’s Guide to Beating MS because the reality is that ultra healthy living is needed to beat MS. If you want to beat MS, it helps to know what scientists think you should eat, how much you should sleep, what you should do about heat, etc.
Just so you know, I want to mention that I think the MS drugs are not at all impressive and often produce results that are much less healthy than those produced by ultra-healthy living. The research shows that some of the drugs make MS worse for about 30% of those who take these drugs. Moreover, when the drugs do work, the drugs reduce relapses by about 30% — hardly an exciting result. One study showed just taking 14,000 I.U. of Vitamin D3 could produce better results than that (about a 40% reduction in relapses). In addition, the drugs produce severe side effects for some, and many try the drugs but experience such problems that they stop taking the drugs. The drugs are ultra risky and ultra expensive especially since some of them can make MS worse than it would other be.
Ultra healthy living, on the other hand, has almost no side effects other than a rare food allergy and is ultra economical. Most who try ultra healthy living end up in great shape and with good looking skin, lowered blood pressure, and a lower risk of heart disease. I think everyone needs to get on the healthy living train. Please talk to your doctor and get started! Ultra healthy living, however, is more precise than you might imagine. The research shows candy bars and ice cream, for example, are not part of ultra healthy living for those with MS. Please take the time to read the posts here to find out what ultra healthy living means for those with MS.
In addition to sharing information on how you can improve your odds by making wise choices, I want to help smash stereotypes associated with MS. Some of the most impressive, hard working and even sexy people in the world have had MS and I think it is time that those of us with MS challenge the view of us as somehow not capable of much. Please recall Paul Wellstone was a U.S. Senator who had MS. Barbara Jordan, who gave one of the best 100 speeches of the 20th century, had MS.
I work full-time (this pays the bills) and my interests include social justice, the environment, and health care for all. In recognition for some of my contributions to the community, I was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Our goals are to foster enlightenment thinking and to serve a force for social progress. There are about 25,000 fellows at this time. More notable fellows from the past include Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, William Hogarth and Charles Dickens. Needless to say, most of us are not quite as notable as these past fellows.
For me, this blog is very much about expressing the yearnings of my heart and about challenging ourselves and the world and taking back our power. Please do leave comments on my blog. Please let me know what you like and what you find helpful. Please also let me know of ideas for adding topics. You can reach me at rebecca10012002 at yahoo dot com.
Thank you for visiting this site and for all you do. Remember with some ultra healthy living you probably can beat MS too.
Copyright 2009 Rebecca Hoover
Please remember to consult your 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