There has been a lot of talk most recently in Canada about Medicinal Marijuana. Have a look at the video that I have posted from Montel Williams. I believe that plant based medicine has a valid spot in our Health Care systems and patients have the right to choose alternative therapy providing it is done properly. You have the right to hear both sides and have your opinion.
Good morning all,
It has been awhile since I had posted and wanted to let you know that I had an attack on New Years Day which left my legs wobbly and my right arm numb for a few days. Even though I could make a fist and flex my bicep, my brain was sending signals to make it feel like it was not working. My fine motor skills were affected and I could not write or type for some time.
I brought this on myself as I had not had any sort of episode in almost 4 yrs and I really thought MS and I were no more due to my super positive mindset. What this did to me was that I started to stray from my healthy eating a little – not eating junk but having some red meat here and there and things that contained wheat and gluten. I was used to having one coffee first thing in the morning and coffee does deplete your adrenals as well. I also started sleeping late continuously and in my case I believe this is what did it to me.
Since Jan 1, I have been back on track and finally this week I feel back to normal. This episode took one month to fully recover from which was much different than previous ones that would take a few weeks. The difference now is that I am older and the body takes longer to heal. I do not drink coffee any more, I sleep daily by 10:30pm and I exercise regularly. Sleep is very important for those of us with MS as the brain is what gets affected the most and those hours before 12 am are very crucial to start healing and repairing.
I went to my Naturopath and got a treatment plan right away. B12 shot weekly, Unda drops and some other supplements. I used Osteopathic treatments to get circulation going and pump fresh blood into affected areas. I am eating back on track and plan on staying that way. Lots of fresh, raw foods and following an anti-flammatory diet utilizing a lot of recipes and meal plans from my good friend Meghan Telpner and her great book UnDiet, Slimming Meals that Heal from Julie Daniluk.
I have come to the full realization that I must stay on track for the rest of my life now as I do not want to take a chance with having another attack again. Since this time took longer to heal, I do not want to imagine how tough it could be 10, 20, 30 years from now and if repair could even happen at that point.
Thanks to my team – Synergistix Fitness & Health, Dr. Almon at Erin Mills Optimum Health and Mindy Parmar & Lily Luu – my Osteopaths. I promise you that this was my last attack and it will not happen to me again for as much as I can prevent it. Wishing you all the best with your healing and recovery!
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerve fibers in the spinal cord, eye and brain. With these myelin sheaths damaged, nerves cannot transmit the impulses necessary for the body to function properly which, in turn, results in a variety of neurological impairments.
Medical science does not understand what causes MS, but attributes it to various factors, such as genetics, environmental insult, or viral infection. Interestingly enough though, no specific virus involved in MS has ever been indentified. Multiple sclerosis is a fairly modern disease, with the first case being recorded in the early 1800′s. Jean Cruveilheir first described the symptoms in Pathological Anatomy of the Human Body (2 vols., 1829-1842).
One test for diagnosing MS is a spinal tap to determine the presence of an abnormal protein in the spinal fluid. The only thing that could result in abnormal proteins in our bodies is a prion, an infectious agent that does not contain RNA or DNA and which changes normal proteins into abnormal proteins, Prions are known to attack the protein structure of neurons. One of the ways a prion enters the body is by ingestion. In other words, it can be traced back to the dinner table; perhaps to the abnormal proteins given to cows in order to have them produce more milk.
It is also interesting to note that multiple sclerosis is more prevalent in people who have spent their childhoods in fairly extreme northern or southern latitudes, and that children who get plenty of sunshine have a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis as adults. Research has shown that, when compared to individuals that do not have multiple sclerosis, multiple sclerosis patients have substantially lower levels of Vitamin D. It is important to note that Vitamin D is a powerful immune modulator.
Conventional medicine uses immunomodulatory therapy in treating multiple sclerosis patients. These treatments are designed to modulate an overactive immune response. Beta-interferon has become the drug of choice in treating MS patients. Interferon tends to slow the progression of the disease, together with reducing the risk of new symptoms. However, the downside is that this drug comes with significant side effects.
In the meantime, research is showing that supplementing with a high dosage of Vitamin D is effective in warding off multiple sclerosis. A study recently published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal Neurology found that high vitamin D levels help to prevent the development of MS at the onset of symptoms. The study, led by Jodie Burton, M. D., followed 49 MS patients for one year. 25 of the patients received a dosage of vitamin D which was increased to 40,000 units daily and then gradually decreased over a year’s period of time. The other patients received no vitamin D supplementation. The group receiving the Vitamin D supplementation experienced a 41% reduction in new MS symptoms, This figure exceeds any results from interferon inoculations which are only from 18 to 38% effective.
Additional supplements that may also be effective in reducing MS symptoms are the following:
*Oleander extract – Oleander extract is known to be a superb immune modulator, with many testimonies as to its effectiveness. Please note that the oleander plant, in itself, is extremely poisonous. It is when oleander is properly made into an extract that it attains its healing properties.
*Alpha lipoic acid – A dosage of 10 to 25 mg recently showed improvement of biochemical markers for multiple sclerosis in a human trial.
*Carnitine has been found effective in reducing fatigue in MS patients.
*NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) is a potent antioxidant that increases the body’s glutathione levels. NAC’s benefits in treating MS patients have been noted by several researchers.
*Fish Oil – Together with taking fish oil supplements, it is recommended to eat fatty fish at least twice a week. These contain high levels of the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which are known to decrease abnormal proteins produced by individuals with MS.
*COQ10 is an antioxidant that is essential in healthy mitochondrial energy production. Low levels of coenzyme Q10 have been found in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Suggested dosage is 30 mg two or three times a day.
*Bromelain – 40 mg 3 times a day relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
*Calcium and Magnesium – For proper absorption, these two supplements should be taken at a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio. Magnesium is another powerful immune modulator that is essential in a number of body functions. People with autoimmune disorders have been found to be deficient in this important mineral.
*Curcumin. A laboratory study has shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, blocks the progression of multiple sclerosis.
*Liver Cleanse – used daily maintains detoxification.
A proper diet is essential in treating people with multiple sclerosis. MS patients have been found to be deficient in many nutrients. Eating a healthy diet will improve health for everyone, but good nutrition is vital to a person suffering from MS. The following guidelines will benefit not only the individual with multiple sclerosis, but the entire family:
*Decrease protein input by eating less animal based foods and substituting them with plant based protein foods such as beans and quinoa.
*Eliminate milk and all milk products. The only exception to this rule would be raw goat’s milk. Areas of the world that rely on consumption of raw goat’s milk have no incidence of multiple sclerosis.
*Eliminate all polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, and all hydrogenated oils,
*Eat as many organically grown fruits and vegetables as possible.
*Include ginger and turmeric in your diet daily.
Exercise has important benefits for people with MS. There is evidence that exercise not only results in a better quality of life, but that it also relieves MS symptoms. However, individuals with multiple sclerosis should use moderation when exercising. Before starting an exercise program, consult with your doctor to determine which types of exercises will be most effective. Regular exercise can improve heart health, physical strength, bladder and bowel function, fatigue, and depression. Swimming and water aerobics are excellent forms of exercise. Yoga helps to improve muscle and neural function.
Lastly, dealing with stress is crucial. Stress has been linked to the onset or flare-ups of this disease. Take steps to eliminate undue stress. If this is not possible, relaxation exercises, visualization, meditation, hypnotherapy, and emotional freedom technique (EFT) are valuable tools in creating positive energy.
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In July 2007, I was a healthy 34 year old living outside of Toronto with my wife, dog and 5-month-old son. Life was fantastic; I was working out, eating properly and even gave up casual drinking to stay as healthy as I could for my son.
The first week of July gave me a 180 degree switch to my life. My left side started getting weak and I noticed my toes started buckling under my foot a little as I walked up the stairs. I thought nothing of it until, at the end of a long work week, I was carrying my son up the stairs and my leg and arm buckled to the point where I nearly fell and dropped my son- I managed to regain my balance before this happened.
We realized that something was really wrong and my wife rushed me to the hospital.
I was admitted that night and stayed for a week. After numerous tests, CAT scans and an MRI, I was told that I was experiencing demyelination on the right side of my brain. At this point, I was dragging my left side behind me when I tried to walk. I was confused and frustrated but knew that a loss of hope wouldn’t get me through this. I didn’t care to see what I had, I just needed to focus on a game plan was to get me through this. It was after the spinal tap that showed inflammation in my spine and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
MS is an autoimmune condition resulting in the degeneration of the myelin sheath. MS affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively. Conventional medicine teaches that this is an irreversible degenerative disease that causes sufferers increasing physical and cognitive disability. It is believed to have no cure.
I was told that within four months, I would no longer be walking potentially. This was not an option.
I got into physiotherapy the following day in a private clinic as I did not want to be on the hospital’s waiting list. I didn’t have time to wait. I knew if I waited, my muscles would be completely dead by that point. The therapy was the most intense training I had ever been through, but I just kept my son as my motivation to get through this.
As he neared his 6 month milestone – I vowed that I would be walking before him. With my therapy and my wife assisting me with my exercises, I started was walking again within the first week out of the hospital.
As I was on my road to recovery, Robin Sharma’s books really got me through the hardship as I connected with the characters in his story and realized that this was a learning lesson, if I chose receive it as that. I then started reading everything that I could get my hands on to keep my brain as positive and strong as it could be and I do believe that this was the greatest medicine I equipped myself with: the healing power of a positive mind and channeling good energy.
It has now been over 6 years with my supposed “incurable condition” and I have been having great results every year and remain symptom free 99% of the time.
I follow a stricter diet which involves cutting out most sugars, gluten, wheat, alcohol and other items that promote inflammation in the body. I take supplements on a daily basis including multi vitamins and Omega 3 fish oils which have assisted significantly. My MRIs get better every time. I have actually regenerated nerve damage in my brain when conventional doctors told me it was impossible to do so.
I have never taken any medication to this date – just clean living and a very positive attitude. I have learned not to let anything get to me personally and often say, “If you think this project is hard, try doing it without an arm or a leg and then you will see what is difficult.”
I often forget that I have a condition because of the strength I have built up in my mind and body. I would have never been able to understand all of this unless I went through this challenge and I am thankful that I did. I am stronger than I was even before MS and I hold down a great position as a Solution Consultant for Canada’s Largest Job Board. My personal slogan that guides me daily, “Without hardship, there is no learning”.
I have also since studied Neuro Linguistic Programming which is the study of how what we say and think affects our overall well-being and I use that to take care of myself with great results. I work with my Naturopath directly and she has been a fantastic doctor. My mission on this earth is to help as many people to get out of hardship and back to smiling again, providing that they want to help themselves first. As a NLP Practitioner myself, my goal is to help as many people out of hardship that I can.
I wish all of you much success and best of health.
“Love yourself enough to fight for yourself.”
A group of doctors in Italy is investigating a fascinating new treatment for multiple sclerosis, based on a theory that, if proven true, could radically alter the lives of patients.
An investigation by CTV’s W5 reveals that this treatment appears to stop the disease from progressing. Patients seen in the documentary relate how, after the simple procedure, their MS symptoms suddenly stopped and, in some cases, they were able to resume normal lives.
The Italian research is asking fundamental questions about the origins of the debilitating condition, whose causes have long remained a mystery.
It’s generally assumed that MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the central nervous system, leading to weakness, extreme fatigue, chronic pain and visual problems.
But what if MS were really a vascular problem? What if it were caused by a structural defect in the veins, one that could be diagnosed and treated before patients become disabled?
That is the radical theory being presented by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a former vascular surgeon and professor at the University of Ferrara. Zamboni has been conducting research on MS patients and has noticed that almost all of them have malformed or blocked veins in their neck and chest that take blood away from their brains.
He believes that may be contributing to, or even causing, their Multiple Sclerosis.
“This is a breakthrough because it opens a new opportunity for research,” Zamboni told CTV’s W5 from his research lab in Ferrara, Italy.
Using ultrasound, Zamboni discovered that almost all MS patients have blocked or twisted veins in their necks and upper chest, while healthy people do not.
Zamboni has dubbed the vein condition CCSVI, or Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency and believes that in those with the condition, blood fails to properly drain from the brain and can even flow back upwards into the brain.
There, the blood could be depositing iron, a substance that is toxic to the brain’s grey matter. This excess iron could be what sets off a host of immune reactions — and possibly, the symptoms of MS.
Zamboni has begun publishing research on CCSVI, hoping to compel others doctors to take a look at his theory.
His work has intrigued Dr. Robert Zivadinov at the University of Buffalo, who is also now conducting research to see how prevalent CCSVI is. He is leading a team that recruiting 1,600 adults and 100 children from the U.S. and Canada, both those with MS and those without. They plan to test the volunteers and analyze blood flow in and out of their brains.
“The first step is to prove that this is true and is more prevalent in MS patients, which I believe, medically speaking, it is true,” he told CTV News. “Then, is it the cause or the consequence of MS? We don’t know.”
Even more exciting than a new theory on the cause of MS is new hope for a treatment.
Dr. Zamboni has tested a procedure he calls the “Liberation Treatment” that he says can open those blocked veins using a balloon inserted in the vein, in much the way surgeons repair coronary arteries in angioplasty.
The hope is that the treatment allows blood to drain properly and arrests the progression of MS.
Buffalo resident Kevin Lipp, 49, has already undergone the treatment as part of Zamboni and Zivadinov’s research. He was diagnosed with MS a decade ago and suffered increasingly severe attacks that left him unable to work.
Lipp says his whole life changed after the procedure. He felt better almost immediately and hasn’t had an MS attack in the 10 months since the procedure.
“I think it’s amazing. I think it’s totally amazing,” he told W5.
While he’s hopeful the results will last, he’s reticent to say he’s cured.
“It’s only been 10 months. If nothing happens to me in the next two, three years, you know it’s working,” he says.
Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, an associate professor of neurology at Buffalo University in Buffalo, finds the new theory – and the Liberation Treatment – very exciting.
“If this is proven correct, it will be a very, very big discovery because we’ll completely change the way we think about MS, and how we’ll treat it,” she says.
For now, MS Societies in Canada and the U.S. have reacted cautiously to the research,, saying there is “insufficient evidence to suggest this phenomenon is the cause of MS” and discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking treatment.
But the researchers testing Zamboni’s theory believe they’re on to something that could change the future for MS patients around the world.
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CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Fri. Nov. 20 2009 5:59 PM ET
First of all, I can not take credit for this amazing article that I am about to post but I can thank the amazing words of a dear friend of mine Meghan, for writing this on her blog – www.thehealthycookie.com.
It is truly inspiring and so much in tune with my thoughts… enjoy!
With the start of Spring comes another round of charity events. There are so many of these fund-raising events, they are becoming ridiculous. The M&M meat shops BBQ to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada is my personal favourite. The website promoting the event reads as follows: “For a minimum donation of $2.50, hungry guests will receive a delicious hamburger or hot dog, drink, and a bag of chips. Every cent raised will be used to support medical research to find the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.”
This is really, the dumbest fundraiser I have ever come across. Selling cheap processed meat, aspartame loaded pop and saturated fat laden potato chips to raise money for a disease that is aggravated by these very things.
Walking for cures. Cures for cancer. Cures for MS. Cures for heart disease, lung disease, obesity, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s… it goes on and on and on. Walks, runs, rides, picnics, shows, concerts… Argue with me all you want, but I can tell you that not a penny of my money will go into supporting a cure. I am happy to help when and where I can, the people suffering from a disease. I just can’t help support the labs. It is not that I don’t believe we need to find cures for all of these horrible, debilitating and often fatal diseases. I do. But I, personally, can not put money toward more drug research. Drugs that cause further illness. Drugs that are all too often recalled. (Incidentally, Zelnorm, one of the many many drugs I was prescribed last summer but never took, was recalled last week for causing heart attacks and other serious gastric ailments). There is not now, and will never be a magic pill that will cure all sufferers of a single disease. I do fully acknowledge and respect that research must continue on to find cures and that doctors do incredible things in helping patients manage symptoms and disease. But wouldn’t it also be helpful to find out how to avoid getting sick at all?
What we need is to raise awareness for prevention. It is actually long over due. There are too many sick people. Too many people who go about their day without knowing how their very lifestyle, their actions, their thoughts, their state of being, the sleep habits and their diet are all working against their own bodies. They are actively building disease that no amount of money, and no amount of research seems able to find a cure for.
We need to start raisong money to fund prevention awareness programs and start taking our health into our own hands through prevention. There is no greater power than to have the power over your own health. This I know for sure. People say all the time “I know I should eat better” or “I know I should exercise more”. We shouldn’t be waiting until something goes wrong to make it right. Keep it right.
Prevention means taking an active role in our personal well being. Prevention is not about taking an Aspirin every morning, or making sure we get out supplements. Prevention is as much about what we do as what we don’t do. Prevention means eating well, resting, exercising, limiting toxin in take, taking measures to cleanse these toxins that accumulate in our bodies. Prevention is about laughing, smiling, having joy and love. Prevention is about staying active and busy and to make it a priority to take the time needed for ourselves. Prevention is about taking responsibility for our current state of health and future state of health. Living a healthy life is not a green light to a life free of disease. But it does guarantee that if you do fall ill, for whatever reason, your body and mind have the reserves of strength to heal and recover.
There is currently only one established organization in Canada that is raising money for prevention. That’s right. ONE. One organization of only a few people asking individuals to join up events in their community to help them raise money.