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.

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.

Secrets of Stem Cells in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder in which a persons own immune mechanisms attack the nervous system(myelin sheath of the nerve cells is inflamed) and leads to disability, blindness and sometimes even paralysis. This was first identified as a disease as far back as 1860s; nevertheless the exact reason for this disease is still a mystery. There are several factors that are thought to actually contribute to the disease, which changes itself as different symptoms that can show as so minor and are not recognized, and most often they can leave a person fully disabled or dead.

Several people around the globe suffer from this disease, doctors and researchers are in the process of finding out the reason for this disease. But more importance is given in finding out a cure. Recently a treatment called as stem cell therapy, has received a lot of attention from the scientific world.There is a lot of research on stem cells its cure, which are showing amazing results.

Recent technological advancement in stem cell research has shown that it is possible to reverse the symptoms of multiple sclerosis with stem cells replacement. As this is still in the laboratory stage some measure of success has been achieved in independent studies conducted at several independent Universities and Research Centers.

In this therapy, stem cells are introduced into the patient’s body. Stem cells are naive (immature) cells which can be extracted from the placenta. They have the ability to form into many several types of cells like skin, bone, eye cells etc., As these are injected into the body they start secreting a growth factor, and these growth factors form new blood cells in the blood vessels.Which are healthy and active, they replace the diseased cells in the patient. These new cells keep on increasing in number until disease causing cells are completely replaced with the healthy cells. This process is far better than any painful surgery or chemotherapy or radio therapy. Furthermore this treatment is cost effective when compared to other treatments and is safe in all the ways, as the patients own stem cells are used in most of the cases i.e they are removed from the patient’s own bone marrow are then injected back into the blood stream.

One of the drawbacks of this treatment is that this technology is not accessible in all parts of the globe mostly in developed countries. One has to travel any one of these countries for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

While the results from this therapy are impressive, the treatment of multiple sclerosis with stem cells is still in its early stages and much research needs to be held. Researchers are in the process to confirm, if the immune system can actually be completely reset or if it is suppressed as a chronic condition. We should be very optimistic that this type of therapy will help those patients in the advanced stages.

Multiple Sclerosis, Fitness and You

Disclaimer: I am not in any way involved with any of the programs mentioned nor do I sell, benefit financially or in any other way from talking about my experience with them.

So, yes, I am an MS patient and I went through an extreme workout program with amazing results. So can you, no matter what your fitness level is.

I strongly believe that a fitness program that works on all aspects of your fitness (such as strength, balance, flexibility, co-ordination, breathing and cardio) can only be beneficial for you. No matter if you are someone with an impairment or if you are very fit to start with. The added help with nutrition and explanations about it to make it a really complete program is just the sugar on top. Specially since it directly works against the most frustrating aspects an MS patient has to deal with.

Who told MS patients they are not supposed to work out anyway? Who says you can’t do an extreme program? There are 70 year old people doing P90X, people that were over 300 pounds. Obviously people come in all shapes and sizes and with all different kind of conditions. So what makes it hard for an MS patient to try to exercise?

  • Lack of Energy and MS fatigue
  • general muscle weakness
  • stress levels can trigger a relapse
  • specific impairments in movements
  • balance problems
  • overheating

Guess what, all of those I was struggling with myself. The worst being balance, weakness in my arms and legs and MS fatigue and chronic pain in my bladder. Now lets take a look at the average guy interested in fitness:

  • they are quite often complaining about low energy and lack thereof
  • a lot of people ask for help with specific problems such as knee and back issues, having to recover from an accident or operation, have conditions such as IBS or other hard to cure illnesses.
  • Lots of people have to stick to specific diets or are allergic to certain foods
  • People are notoriously inflexible and even quite fit people hardly ever focus on flexibility or do Yoga

Now lets compare: Both groups will have to modify and be careful about their workouts and nutrition. An MS patient has to be specifically careful to not overdo any kind of exercise to not trigger a relapse due to stress. That is the most important difference between the two groups and both are facing the task to adjust any kind of program accordingly.

People with herniated discs, general back problems, knee problems, shoulder problems, all of them have to modify their exercise routine accordingly, much like MS patients.

Which brings me back to my initial point: You can use any program even something extreme and adjust it to your level and needs. Specially with a program which is very complete and incorporates every single aspect that is helpful for an MS patient. Moderation and listening to your body is the key. If you are in doubt ask your specialist for help and modifications.

Start slow and very carefully. I started with 1kg and 1.5kg weights. Start where you have to and rather too light then too extreme. You can take all the time in the world to work up from there. No one is pushing you and you know what’s comfortable for you and what feels ok. Forget about goals other’s have or what you think the goal of a specific program is. You set your own goals, for yourself.

Now lets talk about these specific issues again and how I tried to tackle them.

Lack of Energy and MS fatigue

I had a huge struggle with these. I felt exhausted, tired, depressed and unmotivated. On top it felt likemy head was stuffed with cotton. My eating habits were really bad and most probably directly linked to the things mentioned before. I didn’t feel like getting up a few minutes earlier to fix breakfast, specially not since I wasn’t hungry. I ate lunch and maybe something for dinner, that was pretty much it. No wonder that on top of my fatigue I also was lacking the base energy to do the simplest tasks because my eating was severely lacking and thus my whole system was slowed down. Not only did I not eat enough I was also lacking a lot of the important nutrients. I wasn’t aware of all of this until I read the nutrition guide that came with one of the programs I bought.

Changing my eating habits and switching to eating 5 times per day was the most important factor to improve my Energy.

General muscle weakness

I had to ask my boyfriend more often then not to open bottles and cans for me. Walking up stairs was very taxing and the thought of playing tennis was demotivating because I didn’t want to risk of feeling how much I lost control over my body.Yet, I started to do muscle training according to the plan. Working all muscles groups alternating throughout the week. First with very light weights but it didn’t take long until we had to go buy some new dumbbells. And I will have to do it again once I am done with my current cardio program.

Stress levels can trigger a relapse

This is a tough one and specially for MS patients the most important one. Moderate yourself and start really, really slow – rather do too little then too much. I didn’t know how far I could go or if I could do it at all when I started. You know your body best – listen to it, carefully.

Additionally, try to reduces all additional stress as much as you can. A relaxed environment is really helpful. Make your workouts and health the most important part in your life (next to your family of course). Don’t plan your workouts around your everyday life and try to squeeze it in somewhere. Organize your day around your workouts and look at them as “me time”.

Specific impairments in movements

Modify, modify, modify. There is no real difference to someone who has knee issues or someone who has an impairment because of MS. Even if you are in a wheel-chair. You can still work on your upper body strength as Cammie very nicely demonstrates in her YouTube videos.

For example, I noticed my knee problems while starting to work out. I substituted exercises which seemed to aggravate the problems with others that seemed to work the same muscle areas but in a different way. I wasn’t able to do some of the exercises at all, so I just waited and worked on other aspects and strength until I felt ready enough to give it at least a try. When I started I did most of the push-ups on my knees and stopped whenever I felt I couldn’t go further.

I listened to my body and in turn I learned more about it then I did ever before. This dedication really pays off. I can’t remember when I had to switch to my knees for push-ups. A pull-up without a chair was something completely out of the question when I started (even with chair it was tough) and now I can do three unassisted pull-ups (with much struggling on the third one). I can only do unassisted ones in reverse chin-ups. Any other variations is still totally out of the question but who cares.:)

Balance problems

Yoga was the most important contributor to how my balance and flexibility improved. It was also the hardest to go through because it was really frustrating at first. However, the harder a workout seems to be the clearer it is that you lack in exact that area and the more you will benefit from trying to push through it. It’s with going through the hardest tasks that we come out with the most improvements.

Overheating

Even though I don’t have that much problems with heat (surprisingly enough), I am using a fan to blow on my during exercising. Working out in an environment that is comfortable for you is really important.

I am not bumping into the side of doorways anymore and I can walk down a stair without any problems or fear of losing my balance. My feet don’t drop any more while walking and I can open bottles and cans on my own again and I am probably fitter then your average “healthy” person out there.

Just know, if I can, you can. If you are someone with an illness or impairment you just really need to take it slow and work your way up very carefully. But it’s possible. I know it is. Honestly, right now I have to look at my MRIs showing my old lesions and pictures from the hospital and also pull out my lumbar puncture results to make sure the diagnosis was not just a freak accident (even though the tri-weekly injections remind me mercilessly).

This will be the first upcoming MRI test where I go because it is time to check and not because I have symptoms that make it necessary to take one.