Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (meaning the brain and spinal cord). With MS, the immune system attacks myelin, the tissue that protects nerve fibers. This immune system overreaction causes inflammation and communication problems between the body and the brain. Common symptoms include numbness or weakness, tingling, vision problems, lack of coordination, slurred speech, and dizziness. That said, the exact way MS manifests varies from person to person, with some having a type of MS that consists of alternating periods of symptoms and remission, and may ultimately progress into a steady decline, while others have a gradual onset followed by a steady worsening of the disease. The cause of MS is unknown, but a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors plays a role, including family history, living in a temperate climate, having other autoimmune diseases, smoking, certain viruses, and lack of vitamin D. There is no single diagnostic test, so your practitioner will likely focus on your history and symptoms and also do a variety of tests to rule out other conditions. Like many autoimmune diseases, MS doesn’t have a cure, but there are very effective conventional treatments that help make attacks less severe and less frequent and may slow the progression. Studies show that 70% of people with MS have tried complementary and alternative therapies—especially nutrition, exercise, stress management, and complementary medicine— to manage their symptoms, either alone or with conventional treatment. Medical cannabis, for one, has proven to be helpful for muscle spasticity and pain. Other complementary approaches include reflexology, massage, yoga, relaxation, meditation, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and diet changes. Research hasn't proven these practices work, but many people say they find them helpful. Talk to your practitioner to find the right combination of therapies for you! Stay tuned to diet in particular because research is currently being done on how MS responds to the Mediterranean, Paleo, McDougall, and anti-inflammatory diets. It’s pretty interesting, and even though there’s no conclusive evidence yet, there’s a lot to read up on if you’re curious! We know that living with MS can be scary, and support is super important. Reach out to your WanaFam when you are feeling down or scared. They will be there to listen and help!
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Videos about Multiple sclerosis
6-SECRETS TO HEALING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) THAT YOUR NEUROLOGIST DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!!!
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Books about Multiple sclerosis
The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases
Over 90 percent of the population suffers from inflammation or an autoimmune disorder. Until now, conventional medicine has said there is no cure. Minor irritations like rashes and runny noses are ignored, while chronic and debilitating diseases like Crohn's and rheumatoid arthritis are handled with a cocktail of toxic treatments that fail to address their root cause. But it doesn't have to be this way. In The Autoimmune Solution, Dr. Amy Myers, a renowned leader in functional medicine, offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: The Evidence-Based 7 Step Recovery Program
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is an established and successful program of treatment. Once a diagnosis of MS meant inevitable decline and disability. Now thousands of people around the world are living healthy, active lives on the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis recovery program. Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis explains the nature of MS and outlines an evidence-based 7 step program for recovery. Professor George Jelinek devised the program from an exhaustive analysis of medical research when he was first diagnosed with MS in 1999. It has been refined through major ongoing international clinical studies under Professor Jelinek's leadership, examining the lifestyles of several thousand people with MS world-wide and their health outcomes. Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is invaluable for anyone recently diagnosed with MS, living with MS for years, or with a family member with MS. It makes an ideal resource for doctors treating people with MS.
The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease
Millions of people suffer from autoimmunity whether they know it or not. The root cause of most weight gain, brain and mood problems, and fatigue, autoimmunity can take years—or even decades—for symptoms and a clear diagnosis to arise. Through years of research, Dr. Tom O’Bryan has discovered that autoimmunity is actually a spectrum, and many people experiencing general malaise are already on it. And while autoimmune diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and lupus, have become the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer, many people affected are left in the dark. The good news is that many autoimmune conditions can be reversed through a targeted protocol designed to heal the autoimmune system, 70 percent of which is located in the gut. The Autoimmune Fix includes two comprehensive 3-week plans: In the first 3 weeks, you’ll follow a Paleo-inspired diet during which you cut out gluten, sweets, and dairy—the three primary culprits behind autoimmunity. Once the dietary changes have been addressed, The Autoimmune Fix focuses on the other causes of autoimmunity such as genetics, other dietary issues, and microbiome. The Autoimmune Fix provides a practical and much-needed guide to navigating these increasingly common conditions to help you feel better and develop a plan that works for you.
Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery
This new, expanded edition (revised in 2014) gives a breakthrough treatment protocol that can restore health to those with multiple sclerosis. Even though MS is widely believed to be unbeatable, Ann Boroch, certified nutritional consultant and naturopath, has developed a breakthrough treatment protocol that is having dramatic results. This landmark work describes how she cured herself of MS using complementary medicine, the real causes of MS, case histories of those who have triumphed over multiple sclerosis, and a comprehensive how-to section that will show you how to develop your own treatment plan. Healing Multiple Sclerosis contains everything you need to know to bring about recovery, including: A detailed and effective self-help treatment plan Delicious recipes and recommended foods with two weeks of sample menus A five-week nutritional makeover An updated and expanded step-by-step vitamin and supplement protocol Slow-start program for those that are more progressed or not ambulatory User-friendly charts and resources Healing Multiple Sclerosis finally brings hope to those suffering from MS.
Podcasts about Multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Discovery - Series
The Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum (MSDF) is an online resource that aims to accelerate progress toward cures for multiple sclerosis and related disorders by sparking new ideas and catalyzing unforeseen connections. The site focuses attention on what is known and not yet known about the causes of these conditions, their pathological mechanisms, and potential ways to intervene. By communicating this information in a way that builds bridges among different disciplines, we will open new routes toward significant clinical advances. The podcast will include the latest in MS research news as well as one-on-one interviews with prominent MS researchers and clinicians. While the podcast is intended mainly for other researchers and clinicians, we welcome people with MS, their caregivers, and anyone else with an interest in multiple sclerosis and related disorders.
Can Do MS Podcast - SERIES
Can Do MS delivers health and wellness education programs to help families living with MS thrive. The Can Do MS Podcast will share conversations, real life experiences, stories, and information from MS experts and people living with MS.
FUMS: Giving Multiple Sclerosis The Finger
A podcast providing information, inspiration and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves - tell it "FUMS" everyday!
The Model Health Show: Proven Methods to Reverse Multiple Sclerosis And Other Chronic Autoimmune Diseases with Dr. Terry Wahls
I thought that it was too late for me. I thought that too much time had passed… For two and a half years I was in pain as my spine was essentially falling apart. Two herniated discs, advanced degeneration, and a disease prognosis that gave me no hope of recovery. Leading up to the day that I finally decided to make some changes and do something about it, this profound sense of hopelessness came over me. I thought to myself, “Too much time has passed. If my body was going to get any better it would’ve happened by now.” I was giving myself an out before I even started. But, fortunately I woke up and gave my body a chance. The funny thing was actually witnessing how quickly my body turned things around. My body was wanting all along to restore vibrant health, but I was fighting against it. All I needed to do was give my body the right conditions to do what it already knows how to do. Our bodies are designed to heal. Our bodies are designed to thrive. But what about the case of an autoimmune disease? Isn’t your body fighting against you this time? Well, not exactly. In the case of many autoimmune diseases, your body thinks that it’s actually helping you by attacking your tissues. It’s friendly fire. But, why in the world would it do that? That’s what Dr. Terry Wahls was struggling to understand when multiple sclerosis left her wheelchair-bound and slowly watching her life slip away. Years went by for her as well. But, fortunately, she didn’t give up. And her story, which you’re going to hear today, is absolutely incredible! Dr. Wahls' protocol has enabled tens of thousands of people all over the world to put their MS or autoimmune diseases into remission. The principles in how she was able to make this happen are bundled up for you right here, and I’m beyond grateful to be able to share it with you. As you may know from my story, I had a complete reversal of the spinal and bone disease, and better health than I could’ve ever imagined. But there are countless stories of transformations like this, and Dr. Wahls' is one of them. I want you to know that no matter how long you’ve been struggling in your health, there is always an opportunity for you to turn things around. Hopefully Dr. Wahls' protocol will provide you with some tools and inspiration to help make it happen. Enjoy! In this episode you'll discover: How magnesium deeply impacts sleep quality. How multiple sclerosis (MS) invaded Dr. Wahls’ life leaving her debilitated and struggling with chronic pain. What enabled Dr. Wahls to go from wheelchair bound to full, energetic function (she can now go on an 18 mile bike ride just for fun!) How to enable hope to reemerge in your life. What the underlying cause behind MS is. The severe problems with the way conventional medicine treats MS. What roles genetics plays in developing MS. How myelin is related to MS and the important function it plays for overall health. How to improve the performance of myelin through exercise. Which essential nutrients are crucial for creating and supporting myelin. How cholesterol lowering drugs can contribute to complications with MS. Which key hormones your body creates through the modification of cholesterol. How sun exposure is intimately related to MS. The shocking number of genes that are influenced by vitamin D. Why sunscreen might be more problematic than beneficial. The incredible way that our microbiome and gut health influence MS. Why Dr. Wahls had affordability and simplicity in mind when she created her cookbook. How stress and unresolved conflict can wreak havoc on your health. Whether or not The Wahls Protocol can be effective in treating other autoimmune diseases besides MS. Items mentioned in this episode include: Onnit.com/Model EASE Magnesium ⇐ Get an exclusive 15% off here! Terry Wahls - TEDx Talk Wahls Protocol Clinician Seminar TerryWahls.com The Wahls Protocol The Wahls Protocol Cookbook Come and hang out with me in Austin!
Sickboy: Walkers & Catheters: Multiple Sclerosis
This week on Sickboy we sit down with Ardra and dig into what it's like to live with MS, what it's like to rock a walker as a young woman, and how simple catheters can be, although, Taylor is still a little confused. Accessibility becomes a hot topic and we learn just how much of our society is constructed without it in mind. We had a really enlightening conversation and we want to give a huge shoutout to Ardra's blog, Tripping on Air, at trippingonair.com Get exclusive content on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/sickboy Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/sickboy/id1034… This episode is brought to you by: Hello Fresh - Visit hellofresh.ca/sickboy and enter promo code SICKBOY to get 50% your first Hello Fresh box Freshbooks - Visit freshbooks.com/sickboy and enter Sickboy in the ‘How did you hear about us’ section to get your free one month trial of this amazing cloud accounting software
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