Failure As Opportunity – Homeopathy and Multiple Sclerosis

Have you ever noticed how when you fail at something that you go through a certain process? Like when you were little, before learning to ride a bike – falling off, skinning your knee and running to Mom. Then the next step was: returning again and again until it was mastered. The process requires a burning desire, attention to details and observation of how others accomplish the task. Why not apply the same prototype to today’s challenges as adults?

Take Margaret, for example. Margaret was always a doer. You know, the kind of woman who never stopped learning and experiencing or changing careers with ease because the challenge was fun. Margaret was flying high on her career as an account executive for a large manufacturing firm when she was struck with multiple sclerosis. At first, the symptoms were mild, so when she entered her doctor’s office, she wasn’t alarmed. However, after weeks of tests and furthering muscle weakness, she began to worry about the outcome. When the doctor offered her drugs that wouldn’t cure her, but only manage the problem, she began questioning the decision to follow through. The side effects were written on the medication pack she was handed, albeit in print so small she literally needed a magnifying glass to make out the words. But it was indeed as clear as day. The side effects were equal to, if not more devastating than, the illness. She could have submitted without a struggle and simply taken the drugs. In fact, her husband felt she was foolish to pursue other options. “Why bother?” he had asked. “No”, she thought. “I will not be made worse for the sake of covering up symptoms. I must find another solution.”

And so Margaret got back up on her bike. First, she went to a psychiatrist because of the anxiety she was experiencing. He just offered more drugs. This appointment was followed by one with a chiropractor, then later a naturopath. Both gave some relief, but she was still not satisfied. “I will get rid of this”, she’d murmur. “I have a life to live.”

Finally, Margaret heard of a friend whose arthritis had been cured by a homeopath. “I will keep at this until I find a solution.” The first appointment was over the phone because the homeopath was out of town. After this initial meeting, Margaret was comforted. She was not told her MS would be cured, but the homeopath put it in a different way. “Your body is responding to an imbalance which causes symptoms. We will use the symptoms to determine which homeopathic remedy is best suited to antidote or address the imbalance. Once the energy of the illness is met by the energy of the remedy, it will be unnecessary for the body to react. Instead, the reactions to the disease or symptoms will be antidoted.”

Margaret wasn’t exactly sure what this all meant, but she did indeed notice that her urination improved within the 2nd week of taking the remedy, Causticum. Instead of losing urine when she stood, coughed or laughed, it was as though she had returned to her old self. Symptom by symptom, the disease seemed to melt away. It was so natural and not unlike the way she felt before being struck with MS, that she wondered if it was just a spontaneous remission. When she asked her homeopath about this, she addressed it squarely. “What is a remission”, she asked, “if not a period of well being after illness?” Yet Maraget continued to feel well and the next time she had her MRI, the proof was revealed. The lesions were gone!

So why hadn’t her doctors told her of this amazing medicine? Why had they been so focused on a medicine that had side effects? Perhaps she’ll never know. What Margaret DOES know is that she is free of her dreaded disease. Margaret is to be commended. She didn’t take one suggestion as the solution. Instead, she went through a decision making process that allowed her to become fully capable of the correct decision. Margaret has tenacity and stick-to-it resolve that paid off. And now she has her life back because of it.

Good Tips For Finding a Good Neurologist

While finding a good neurologist may seem like a daunting task, the process actually only requires following a few steps.

First you need to determine your needs in a neurologist. Part of the process of determining a neurologist is the best one for you is finding out if a particular doctor specializes in the condition with which you are dealing. You may want to choose a local specialist unless you are willing to travel and your insurance allows you to choose a doctor from farther away. In addition, you will want to consider any recommendation that your primary care physician may make.

A second step is to get referrals from sources that you trust. If your primary care physician has not already made a referral, then you may want to consult with him or her. In addition, ask your family and friends about any neurologist that they have had experience with. There are several on line review sites that will help you to make your choice. You will also want to check some of the blog sites about your specific condition to see if there is one doctor that is recommended more than others.

After making your final list of possible neurologists, check each doctor’s credentials. He or she should be a member of the American Board or Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition, he should be licensed to practice medicine in the state where he practices.

After you have narrowed your choices, you will want to make a preliminary appointment with the doctor to see if you are comfortable with the doctor, his bedside manner, his treatment approach and his office staff.

If all of the above check out, then you have probably found a doctor with whom you can establish a long term relationship if necessary. You will find a doctor that is well equipped to take care of you and your problem.

Pasteurized Milk and Multiple Sclerosis

Dairy is often promoted as a major source of the nutrition that we need but at the same time it is also one of the most prevalent causes of allergies in humans. Lactose intolerance is a widespread phenomenon and many people also feel that milk just does not agree with their digestive systems. The main problem with milk in terms of health and the development of illnesses and allergies is pasteurization. Since Louis Pasteur invented the method, pasteurization has been used as a means of controlling pathogens in the milk given by dairy cows, but there are many drawbacks to the process. Among many other ailments, research shows that there is a link between the pasteurization of milk and the development of multiple sclerosis. Let’s take a closer look at what pasteurization does and how it contributes to MS and other ailments in order that you may be more informed about your dietary choices.

Pasteurization is the process of heating up milk to an intense heat for a short period of time in order to rid the milk of pathogens and contaminants. While this is a good practice in terms of getting rid of bad bacteria, pasteurization also gets rid of many of the health benefits of the milk such as the minerals and nutrients like vitamin B6, B12, and C. Probably the most harmful effect of pasteurization is the destruction of the enzymes that contribute to digestion and immunity. One of these enzymes is lactase, which allows the milk to breakdown the milk sugar lactose, contributing to high rates of lactose intolerance. Because pasteurized milk is stripped of its nutrients as well as enzymes it is unable to perform one of its most vital functions-pass on the immune supporting compounds that trigger the immune response and the growth of antibodies. Thus, pasteurized milk becomes a trigger for various illnesses but especially autoimmune diseases like MS. This claim is backed up by science-researchers at Faculte de Medicine in France found a high correlation between drinking pasteurized milk and the development of MS in their study entitled “Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study” which was published in 1992.

The scientific community has known about the dangers of pasteurization for years but this does not mean that the food industry will continue to anything but turn a blind eye to the research. Pasteurization is a process that is tied up just as much in politics and money as it is in milk. Still, there are ways to avoid the harms of pasteurization and its potentially damaging side effects like MS. Raw milk or unpasteurized milk is more natural and does not harm the natural enzymes or nutrients. Additionally, there is always the option to choose a non-dairy diet by sticking to soy and other milk replacements such as rice milk. You only have one body in this life so it is important that you take care of it and that means knowing the risks associated with the various processes at work in the modern food industry.

MS and Fatigue – Learn How to Pace Yourself

Unfortunately MS and fatigue are two words that go very well together and for many MS patients, fatigue is what grinds them down on a daily basis. The important thing to learn is how to lessen the effects of MS fatigue and try to change your lifestyle in order to try to avoid bringing it on.

It is important to work within your capabilities and over a period of time you should be able to assess just what you can and cannot do. Your body will tell you when it is had enough, and you need to realise and accept that you can now do less than before you had MS. Fatigue can be unpredictable so take note as to what times of the day you feel most tired and also be aware of the warning signs of fatigue such as a general tiredness all over, lack of energy, increased irritability, tired eyes and limbs.

It is a good idea to try and conserve your energy in ways that you may not have considered before, for example sitting where you previously may have stood. An example of this is, if you are doing the washing-up try to sit on a stool at the sink rather than stand. Pace yourself between activities and take frequent and short rests and when sitting try to use a chair with good back support. Try to plan your activities so that you limit unnecessary journeys. How often do we end up going upstairs twice because we have forgotten something so try to focus on your journey and make sure that the one trip is all you need. It has also been noted that particularly hot showers or baths can cause increased fatigue so pay attention to the temperature and the length of time spent.

A lack of exercise due to your MS fatigue can also lead to an increased feeling of tiredness and lack of energy. Try to stay active within your capabilities to increase your energy ensuring that you do not overdo it. Even if you feel that you can go on, you must learn to adapt to life at a slower pace, as by using up too much energy now may lead to a couple of days of heavy fatigue.

In summary with MS and fatigue you need to know your limitations and only carry out tasks that are essential whilst leaving those that can wait. If you have a day coming up which you know will be strenuous you need to prepare for it by getting as much rest as possible beforehand. Recognising and accepting that you now can do less than you used to is difficult, but it is better to be able to carry out some things comfortably than to be laid up and unable to do anything at all.

MS and fatigue played a major part in my life a few years ago but over time I have learned to manage it and I am now very aware of my capabilities. One of the other things which can help prevent fatigue is eating the correct diet. As I’m sure you’re aware there appears to be a direct link between MS and diet, and I realised quickly that the one thing I had complete control over was my food. It was solely down to me to decide what I put in my mouth and what I didn’t, so I set about changing my diet to give myself the best chance of fighting my MS. There are some well-publicised MS diets around but I generally found them boring and restrictive, and whilst trying to put together a diet that would also allow me to enjoy my food, I came across an eating plan specifically for MS sufferers which looked at every aspect of MS nutrition including food, supplements, and vitamins.