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Plan for beating MS and looking good

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Beating multiple sclerosis is a lot like mountain climbing — scary, but it can be done!

You may not be able to cure multiple sclerosis (MS) but the odds are that you can beat it.  Remember, most with MS never end up in a wheel chair. Also remember that the same ultra healthy living steps that will help you beat MS will make you look your best.

This plan for beating multiple sclerosis (MS) is based on a review of thousands of  research abstracts on PubMed and extensive reading, It is a well-rounded plan and includes 11 steps in addition to any medicine you decide to take. This approach has worked for me.  I was diagnosed in 1991 and still have no visible symptoms even though I have never taken any MS medicines — not even steroids. More important, the research seems to be showing this plan can help you sizzle too.

Every major organization serving those with MS recognizes the importance of following a well-rounded plan for staying healthy. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and others all recommend that those with MS follow a healthy low-fat diet, get enough sleep, exercise, etc.

As recommended on the Mayo Clinic web site for some cases, I have always followed a “wait and see” approach to medicines for MS. I do follow the 11 steps rather religiously but, of course, I cheat a bit.

The steps below are in list form. I include more detail in blog posts on each of the 11 steps in the plan (for example, where to get a cooling vest for free if needed). I am still working on my blog posts, however, so if you cannot find what you are looking for, please stop back or send me a comment and I will respond if possible. I also am writing a book I hope to have ready in another month in electronic form. Here are the 11 steps for staying healthy and looking drop dead gorgeous:

  1. Avoid heat and stay cool (100% natural fabrics for clothes and sheets help do this as does a cooling vest). Avoid hot tubs, etc.  Reason: exposure to heat often increases severity of MS symptoms.
  2. Take Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B1, and fish or flax seed oil supplements (enough for a minimum of 4,000 milligrams of Omega-3s each day). After one year of taking fish oil supplements, flax seed oil supplements may be used as a replacement for fish oil if oily fish are or have been eaten regularly as part of the diet. Reasons: research shows that 60% of those with MS have a Vitamin D deficiency, scientific studies suggest that Vitamin D deficiencies help cause MS and lead to rapid worsening of MS, Vitamin B12 deficiencies are also frequent for some reason and cause the same symptoms as MS, fish oil may reduce the number of MS relapses, and most diets probably do not include enough of the other B vitamins on the list. Also, a recent study found that those taking flax seed oil regularly have 60% few relapses. Please see my post on Vitamin D for information on how much Vitamin D3 is probably needed.  Please also note that Professor George Jelinek, M.D., recommends 6,000 milligrams of Omega-3s each day.
  3. Get 10 to 20 minutes of midday sun each day in the summer if at all possible. Reasons: the sun is an excellent source of Vitamin D3, sunlight probably helps lift depression, and some scientists report sunlight exposure helps you sleep soundly. More recent research suggests that the sun helps heal MS even though it is not understood exactly how sunshine exposure helps.
  4. At minimum, follow the Swank diet developed by Dr. Roy Swank, a professor of neurology from a medical school in Oregon. Information on the diet is available for free at by borrowing his book The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book by Dr. Roy Laver Swank from the library using an interlibrary loan if needed. I think this is 100% necessary. No slipping up or things get worse, I think.  Reason: this or another low-fat diet is the healthy diet everyone should eat and reduces inflammation. This diet reduces fatigue. I like the Swank diet because it is precise about what “low-fat” means and has some precise rules from Dr. Swank, who treated thousands of MS patients. An even better approach is to follow recommend the dietary recommendations of Professor George Jelinek, M.D., who has a web site called Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. Professor Jelinek updates Swank’s recommendations.
  5. Get the the right healthy fats. Ensure you have at least the one gram of Omega-3 fatty acids each day as recommended by the Swank diet and preferably four to six grams of Omega-3s. Also, ensure you have a fat called linoleic acid each day. This fat is available from sunflower seeds, etc.  Reason: recent research suggests MS may be caused by a deficiency in Omega-3s and polyunsaturated fats such as linoleic acid. Research suggests both Omega-3s and linoleic acid help reduce MS problems. Also, even when take fish oil and eating oily fish, be sure to take at least one tablespoon of flax seed oil each day because, as mentioned above flax seed oil may reduce relapses up to 60%. Finally, remember that Dr. Swank found that those who take at least 50 grams of healthy oils each days have very little disability and the oils may even help eliminate some any existing disability. (Do remember, however, that if you have any cardiovascular disease, you will probably be best off also avoiding more than minimal omega-6 fatty acids. Also 50 grams a day would be too much for smaller persons.)
  6. Sleep 7 to 8 hours per night and take a 2-hour nap each day if needed. Get extra bed rest during a relapse. Reason: those who sleep enough have fewer symptoms and do better than those who do not.
  7. Exercise (this is needed to evoke what is called brain plasticity — the ability of the brain and neurological system to regrow and even re-wire itself). Reason: those with MS who exercise do better than those who do not; those who exercise sleep better, have less fatigue and even think better than those who do not exercise. Moderate, not strenuous, exercise is needed.
  8. Consider food intolerance and stop eating any food that gives you loose stools, diarrhea or cramps.   (I had to stop eating gluten such as wheat, barley, oats, etc. and this made a big difference for me.) Reason: if something makes you sick, it is obviously not good for you and can only make the MS worse.
  9. Avoid viral and bacterial infections by practicing good hygiene (this means frequent hand washing and no long or polished finger nails). Reason: scientists have found that both viral and bacterial infections can cause MS relapses. Also, treat all ailments aggressively because ailments are extra difficult when you have MS.
  10. Quit smoking. Reason: those who smoke are more likely to get MS and even children exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to get MS. Also, studies show smoking seems to make MS worse by increasing the amount of disability.
  11. Set lifelong goals and go for them. Be like my friend the diplomat. Don’t let MS hold you back. Reason: this evokes brain plasticity too and helps your brain grow new cells and rewire itself.

If you follow these 11 steps, you will be on your way to being as healthy as you can be. You will also find yourself looking attractive — your skin will glow, you will get in shape, and you will sizzle in more ways than one!

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 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 2009 Rebecca Hoover

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1. Barry (Gray Poet) - October 27, 2008

Good website. Wish you well with your book and thanks for putting up this info.

2. Carrie - December 7, 2009

Thanks for this list of ideas. I’m going to be looking into your thoughts & hope that a variety of practices will get my body in its heathiest place possible.

3. nature boy - April 8, 2010

this is a great list… solid, well-founded recommendations given in a great optimistic spirit…!

4. Rebecca Hoover - May 28, 2010

Thanks for all for the nice comments. I am always happy when this site helps others get to work on an ultra healthy living program that makes all the difference in beating MS. Of course, the accompanying improvements in good looks rock! That part is fun!

5. michelle - October 29, 2010

Wow wow. I was just diagnoised with MS a few months ago. I’ve opted to stay away from the drugs despite the advice of my nuerologist and have embarked on an amazing journey. I’ve shaped up my diet-above and beyond Swank and see a naturalpath that has me on a healing regime of herbal supplements. I’ve lost 20 pounds,I look 5 years younger, I feel better and most important my attitude has improved-minimal depression, anxiety, etc. My MS is virtually non-existant for now. I feel better than before my diagnosis. Your story is the most wonderful thing I’ve read since my diagnosis. It gives me hope and I hope other read this and know there is a different path that produces better results.

6. Alan - January 18, 2011

Words to live by, Rebecca. Thanks for putting it all down so succinctly.

7. GERRIE - May 20, 2011

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF LOW DOSE NALTREXONE

8. cbittles - October 24, 2011

I love your site Rebecca and find it so positive and reassuring and hopeful. When I found it, it was like a big hug and someone telling me everything is going to be ok.

Rebecca Hoover - October 24, 2011

C,

Thanks for your comment! I am glad you find the web site helpful. When I was first diagnosed about 20 years ago, I talked to a woman in her 70’s who had MS and she took the time to reassure me that MS was not so bad at all. I thought that now that I am getting older, I should take the time to help younger individuals too. You know how it goes — we can often help each other more than our doctors can help us!

Rebecca

9. Paul Yassin - January 27, 2012

Hi Rebecca, I was diagnosed in1995 and have had a number of relapses. I came across your blog on Facebook a couple of months ago and immediately bought the books of Jelinek and Swank. I have a renewed zest for life and can’t thank you enough for opening my eyes to these wonderful professors.

Rebecca Hoover - January 27, 2012

Paul, thanks for stopping by. It is amazing how much improvement one can experience in just a few months of ultra healthy living. In three or four more years, you’ll be surprised at all of the progress you’ve made. Many with MS live almost completely normal lives when they live ultra healthy! Take care and be well!

10. Courtney - May 4, 2012

I was diagnosed with MS at 22years old, I am now 31. I also have opted out of the meds, as it seemed more of a pick your poison kind of situation!
I have been fortunate not to have many severe flare ups, or symptoms….till more recently. I just feel like my MS has progressed from RRMS, not sure though, more of a feeling.
I have been thinking of starting meds recently, as I do have “extensive lesions” on my brain. As well as 5/5 for CCSVI. Which I had treated last year in Albany,NY.
Though after reading your story Rebecca, I am going to try the Swank diet. I did after all buy it years ago, but couldn’t stick to it!!! Myl biggest weakness are the sweets, otherwise I eat pretty healthy!
Though I’ll tell you, I am feeling inspired for new healthy changes!!! Thank you – I’ll let you know my progress!!! You’re an INCREDIBLE woman!!!!!!!!! 🙂

11. Lea - July 16, 2012

I have had ms symtoms since I was 6. I was diagnosed at 31 after giving birth by c section and I’m now 41. I have had minor almost benign ms symtoms my whole life except for the one after I gave birth, which left me completely blind in one eye. I was diagnosed with relapsing form. I have always had mild ms symtoms i.e. tingling, mild dizzyness and I believe its down to sunlight, I have always been a sun worshipper since I was 14. But if you have fair skin eating fish and vitamin D rich foods should be ample. I also think stress is a major factor in ms. Try yoga, you can get it free off utube. I eat fish and a low fat diet most of the time, although I can go for months pigging out on junk food and chocolate, it makes no difference to my ms. I also eat gluten etc, this also makes no difference to my ms, I had the mirena coil fitted three years ago and have been absolutely ms free for the past three years, so mild tingling, nothing. I feel absolutely wonderful, no symtoms and full of energy, so there is definitely a hormonal factor at play. Be careful not to take antibiotics, and if you really need to then make sure you repopulate your gut with good bacteria. To sum all up, I would say sunlight is a must, try and eat a low fat diet but it doesn’t matter if you go off the rails in a big way every so often, delete stress (this is a must), and try and get your hormones balanced if you feel they aren’t already. Be happy and ms free.

Rebecca Hoover - July 17, 2012

Lea,

Thanks for sharing your experience. I am glad you found some things that work for you. Keep in mind, however, that some of your recommendations probably would not work for most others. The recommendations here based based on scientific research rather than just the experience of one person. The research shows that those who eat a lot of saturated fat on average have more disability from MS and progress more rapidly than those who limit their consumption of saturated fat.

Scientific research also shows that infections cause a worsening of MS and, therefore, use of antibiotics when needed is very important in preventing relapses.

Your point about hormones is interesting. The research on that issue is just kicking in and does look promising.

Thanks again for stopping by and sharing your story. I think your time in the sun had a lot to do with your staying well. I try to spend time in the sun myself for that very reason.

Rebecca

12. Mona - August 8, 2012

Hi, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find you. I embarked on almost exactly this journey about 4 years ago. Did Betaseron from 1995-2005, almost died from complications and then discovered Dr. Swank. I now do LDN, multivitamin, eat like Swank suggests and guess what! I was dx in 1986, 26 years later I feel like a new person. Still have foot drop, heat sensitivity, but no real fatigue. I do wish I could improve my gait but it doesn’t matter, I feel great! So happy to find a kindred spirit!!

13. Rebecca Hoover - August 9, 2012

Bravo, Mona! It is great to hear your story and so many like it. Ultra healthy living works!

14. tommy-boy - October 5, 2012

Thank you so much for the website and for the community it brings. Newbie myself, but motivated! Doing some research on glial (bought nuero MD textbooks) cells if I may share when I’m done? $wank for life!!!

Rebecca Hoover - October 5, 2012

Tommy-boy,
Thanks for stopping by. The community spirit keeps us all motivated and doing what we need to do to stay healthy! So much of the outcome depends on ourselves that some help with the motivation is neat. I love Dr. George Jelinek’s site too. I think he updates Swank a bit and so I tend to follow Jelinek quite closely but not 100%. For exammple, I don’t meditate.

Best wishes,
Rebecca

15. Chanda - October 14, 2012

Thank you very much for showing the way for those who have MS. i am following both, Paleo and swank diet, both shows better result in my case. mostly avoiding gluten, lugemens dairy product and red meat that i am avoiding and additional are that in the Paleo and Swank diet. it’s being ending 5 month, i feel better in my health.
hope my future will be good as before MS.

thank you for the Dr, Swank and Paleo

16. sue - April 11, 2013

Rebecca, what is the dosage of the above-mentioned B vitamins that you are taking? I’m wondering about taking the B’s separately or just taking a B-complex (haven’t figured out the dosage of that either). Thanks!

Sue

Rebecca Hoover - April 12, 2013

Hi Sue, I am sorry to be so slow to respond but I have been ultra busy here with work and tax report preparation. First, I strongly discourage use of B-complex vitamins. It is very, very easy to overdose on B6 which can cause some problems that are often mistaken for MS. B6 is one of the more dangerous vitamins out there. So, no B-complex. Both Jelinek and I are always trying to get folks to take very few supplements. I personally take D3, B1, B12, and fish oil and that’s it. I take 100 mg of B1 each day when I have it on hand, I take 500 mcg of B12 two times a week. I have had my B12 level checked somewhat regularly over the years and the amount that I take is sufficient to keep my level at the high end of the normal range. A larger person might need to take 500 mcg three times per week. All in all, the supplement companies do not make much money off of me. I take inexpensive B1 and B12 made by a company called Nature Made and sold in ordinary grocery stores. Likewise, my D3 and fish oil are inexpensive brands that are nonetheless of high quality.

I should mention that I started taking B12 because I had a deficiency when I was first diagnosed with MS. As a consequence, I know that the inexpensive kind of B12 is just fine for correctly deficiencies for most. The so called sublingual B12 is largely marketing hype that makes some tidy profits for supplement companies. The research shows this also.

17. sue - April 12, 2013

Thanks Rebecca. Are you still taking the linoleic acid? I got some from Walmart “CLA Conjugated Linoleic Acid” 810 mg. I hope that’s the right one.

Rebecca Hoover - April 14, 2013

Sue, I get linoleic from eating sunflower seeds. I think that is a better way to get this fatty acid than to buy a supplement. Sunflower seeds are loaded with lots of brain building nutrients.

18. sue - April 12, 2013

So I guess that means no calcium supplement either since as Dr. Jelinek says, enough can come from the diet if one takes the Vit D3, right?

Rebecca Hoover - April 14, 2013

I used to take calcium supplements but based on more recent research I have stopped. I do take D3 as you know. Good luck! I hope you are doing well.

19. sue - April 20, 2013

Hi Rebecca, I’m trying to buy the flaxseed oil but haven’t been able to find it. What brand do you use and where do you buy it? Thanks:)

20. Harriet - May 22, 2013

I have enjoyed reading all your comments and am a great believer in being able to manage the MS rather than it managing you! I was diagnosed in 2007, but still keeping a very active lifestyle and enjoying life. I feel that Yoga has helped in having a life stress free, and just with maintaining a healthy diet with Vit D supplements, I keep extremely well. Support from Physio to strengthen my core muscles has helped with my mobility, and have just enjoyed 10 mile walk on a recent holiday. Not bad for one in their mid fifties.

Rebecca Hoover - May 22, 2013

Harriet, It sounds like you are doing a great job at recovering from MS. MS seems more and more like heart disease by the day. In both cases, changes in lifestyle are needed. It all seems like my mother’s common sense — “you need to eat right”. Ya gotta love our moms.

21. Sanette - May 23, 2013

I have MS for 13 years, I am 40. I am not in a wheelchair, use crutches and works full day. Is it too late to start eating right and do exercises? I take vit. D, Omega 3 and vit B complex. When I was young, the Ms was not that bad and one is foolish and neglected. I work for Physios and it is sad to say, but no one offered to help me.

Rebecca Hoover - June 16, 2013

Hi,

It is definitely never, ever too late to get better with MS. I remember reading a story about someone stuck in bed for 20 years with MS who then got better and even went on to live an almost normal life, walking, etc. So, by means check out the program at http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org and count on getting better.

22. Julia - August 6, 2013

I was diagnosed with RRMS in August 2011. I did 6 months of Avonex and then decided to take my life into my own hands, stopped the injections and have turned to nutrition, supplements and exercise. I have done extensive research online and am familiar with the Swank Diet and the updated version from Dr. Jelinek. I would also suggest looking into Dr. Terry Wahls, an MS patient herself, she has used a nutritional approach to treat her MS. She was once in a tilt recline wheelchair and now rides bicycles and horses. I believe she is on the right path on how to live well with MS and by incorporating much of what she suggests, I have not had a relapse since November 2011 (knock on wood), my last MRI was stellar and I feel pretty normal most days.

Thanks for this blog. It is awesome to find others with MS who believe in treating without the pharmaceuticals.

23. David H - August 23, 2013

WOW!!!! So gad I found this!!! Imagine me, a yoga instructor with MS…it turns out I have had RRMS for years, didn’t realize it, I get it now. Yoga has been saving my life! After three years, I am back in the gym with AC,
too…recovering form a huge relapse two years ago…I refused injections…I do the swank diet, and the vitamins, etc…and now that I am back into fitness thanks to a break thorough from my alternative treatments, my symptoms are drastically decreasing. I do Ozone therapy…really works!!! This is an inspiring blog. Thanks!!!

Rebecca Hoover - August 24, 2013

Hi Dave,

Thanks for reading this blog. You should know that lots of folks do very well with MS even into their 80’s and perhaps beyond. Another great web site is Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis by medical professor Dr. George Jelinek. He’s tops in the world in my view.

Rebecca

24. Unica - October 2, 2013

Hi Rebecca,

My husband had a clinically isolated episode 6 years and we hoped it would not return. However his vision acted a bit funny in one eye 2 weeks ago but is quickly recovering. He still does not feel comfortable with medication at this point and this is a looks like a great option. I hope it works! Can you clarify the dosage for Omega-3? In number 2 it says 4,000-6,000 milligrams but then number 5 says 1 gram or 4-6 grams a day.

Rebecca Hoover - October 3, 2013

Hi,

Thanks for the note. 1,000 milligrams equals 1 gram. So 4,000 to 6,000 milligrams are the same as 4 to 6 grams. Hope this helps. It is interesting that in the USA we do not use a metric measuring system so this grams/milligrams, etc. business can be confusing.

Rebecca

P.S. By the way, eating fish works better, it seems from research, than just taking fish oil. Accordingly, rather than taking all fish oil supplements, I try to get most fish oils from eating fish. I personally eat a lot of sockeye salmon.

25. Liz Weaver - October 18, 2013

I’m certain I’m allergic to flax seed oil. I always feel nauseous for several hours after taking it. I know the oil I’ve been taking is good quality and I’ve persevered with it for quite a while in case it was just a question of getting used to it.
I also know taking flax seed oil may reduce relapses but as I can’t tolerate it is there anything else I can do? (I already take 6 fish oil capsules on the days when I don’t eat oily fish).
I would value your opinion as I’m having a relapse at present, the first for 4 years after following all the other OMS recommendations.
Thank you so much

Rebecca Hoover - October 19, 2013

Hi Liz,

Thanks for your question about flaxseed oil. Any oil will make you nauseated if you take it on an empty stomach or if you take too much of it at once. When I take flaxseed oil I eat one teaspoon or thereabout with other food — e.g, a bowl of split pea soup, a baked potato (I use the flaxseed oil instead of butter or other oils). I wonder if this is what is happening. Are you being careful to take flaxseed oil only in a few smaller doses each day? I personally have felt nauseated with flaxseed oil too when taking too much of it at once.

What you describe does not really sound like an allergy. An allergy gives hives or itching usually. A sensitivity to food can also cause cramps and diarrhea. Is this happening? If not, you may just be taking too much flaxseed at one time and you may need to use several small doses each day rather than one or two larger doses.

If you can’t take flaxseed oil, the second best thing is to eat oily fish, it appears from the research. Sockeye salmon (wild caught) is great as are sardines.

Good luck! Please let me know how it turns out. I am sorry you are having a relapse. Be sure to get lots and lots of bed rest. You know I am fond of saying that the best way to get over a relapse is to get enough vitamin D3, eat and whole plant food and fish diet, and get bed rest, bed rest, bed rest. Nothing addresses a relapse faster than bed rest.

Rebecca

26. Arzi - October 22, 2013

Hello Rebeca, thank you very much for this article,I have a question: I bought vitamin B1 , B12 and D3 but as I see you didn’t explain how much miligram D3 should be cous i bought only 10mg of D3 is it enough? Or it should be 100mg?

Rebecca Hoover - October 24, 2013

Hi Arzi,

Thanks for the question about D3. D3 is usually sold in doses that are described with I.U. IUs can be converted to micrograms (mcg) but usually not mg. If you bought some D3 doses that actually do contain 10 mg of D3, you would have a very large dose of D3. Please check the label again and let me know what you have. Most of us with MS take between 4,000 IU (100 mcg) per day to 10,000 IU (250 mcg) per day. Most of us take about 4,000 IU to maintain our current level of vitamin D while 10,000 would be used to raise our level vitamin D. The needed dose depends upon factors such as weight, sun exposure, and diet. The best way to determine how much D3 is needed is to have a blood test to find out what your current level is. Then if you want to raise that level (most of try to keep our levels at the high end of the normal range), you would try taking 10,000 IU per day and then get tested again in three months. If you keep revising doses as needed, eventually you will figure out what is needed. Most doctors are willing to help you do this since vitamin D3 is so important to those of us with MS.

27. Liz Weaver - October 22, 2013

This is such good advice Rebecca, thank you.
I think I was taking too much flaxseed oil at one time. Now I’ve cut down to a teaspoonful (rather than more like a tablespoonful) three times a day it’s fine. I feel silly for not realizing this for myself.
Thank you for the bed rest reminder too.
It’s so helpful to have some-one who can help you objectively when you get in a panic!
Liz

Rebecca Hoover - October 24, 2013

Hi Liz,

I am glad the comment was helpful. Remember that flaxseed oil seems to be good for us so I would try to have at least three teaspoons each day (measured with a real measuring spoon). This will give you the amount found to be associated with fewer relapses and reduced disability in MS. I personally have about four teaspoons a day these days.

Of course, it is important to take a dose of the oil after eating food. I have one teaspoon when eating a meal or a snack. I am glad you found that taking smaller doses with food works for you too.

Rebecca

Arzi - October 24, 2013

Thanks for the answer Rebeca. I checked the D3 dose and it is 400 IU or 10mcg so it should be 100mcg or 4,000 IU. I would like to ask you also about my symptom that I am having if you could give me any advice ? I’m having pressure in my chest during the day i can’t breath normally I feel like I’m not geting enough oxigen with my lungs I dont know if you have this symptom but its very stresfull I hope the D3 will help me :).

Thanks again

Rebecca Hoover - October 25, 2013

Arzi,

If the dose for D3 is 400 IU, you would need 10 tablets to get 4,000 IU. Most of us take 4,000 IU per day if we are at the high end of the normal range for vitamin D on the blood test for vitamin D.

If you have pressure in your chest, I think you need to see the doctor right away. This sounds like a heart problem.This could be an emergency and you need to see a doctor without delay.

Rebecca

28. Anne - November 15, 2013

Hi Rebecca,

I have a question about the Shingles Vaccine. Do you think it is safe for those with MS?

Thanks,
Anne

29. Kentica Davis - June 20, 2015

Hi my name is tica and I was so scared when I was first faced with this challenge but I believe God lead me to your blog.Thank you for sharing your story with us all this is going to help me and so many others.

Rebecca Hoover - June 21, 2015

Hi Tica,

I am glad you found my blog. We really do have a lot more control than many believed a few years ago. I hope you study the program at http://www.overcomingmultiplesclerosis.org . That is the greatest and has helped numerous people with MS throughout the world. Good luck. It’s normal to feel scared in the beginning but as you learn more about ultra healthy living and see the results, you will start feeling confident again. (That does take about five years, though.) In the meantime, eat and live ultra healthy! This matters.

30. Helen Scott - October 18, 2015

Just stumbled on to this site–it is so affirming and moving to hear others engaged in the same process of staying well with ms. I’ve had a good 20 years pretty much following the course recommended in Rebecca’s 11 steps. After a couple of years of exceptional stress and disruption I had a bad relapse earlier this summer and am rebuilding a regimen with all the updated information. I am plagued by daily headaches as well as fatigue and other symptoms so am trying to find out if I have new triggers. Very interested in the hormonal connection. My excellent neurologist has raised the Mirena IUD as a way to help women with MS get through the menopause and I’m trying to find out more. One comment above was very positive but I’d be glad to find more detailed information.
thanks all, Helen

Rebecca Hoover - October 19, 2015

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Since I work, I haven’t had much time to update it much as I would like. I am sorry to hear about your current problems. Are you following the program outlined at: http://www.overcomingms.org?


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