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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Your Most Burning Questions About TOXIC Food Ingredients to AVOID

The Truth About Toxic Ingredients in 
Your Food

Did you know that there are dangerous and life threatening ingredients that can be found in food items that you purchase from your grocery store and at restaurants?

The truth about toxic food ingredients in your food! 

This new information can not be found anywhere else.
So, before you go grocery shopping, read this report now! 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I Write About My MS

   I am a Patient~Expert on Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a disease that is potentially disabling, physically and psychologically. This disease affects the Central Nervous System and is estimated to have affected over 350,000 nationwide.
   I was diagnosed with MS in 1997 and have developed a website: MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis where I walk you through everything you need to learn and do to live a physically fit lifestyle. 

   I have walked in your shoes! I have had the same range of emotions after the diagnosis of MS, ranging from depression, despair, anxiety, anger and hostility.
   But let me tell you that after I learned what I could about MS, and started a disease modifying therapy and began to Think Wellness, I found that I had a better attitude for my future with MS.
Wellness is another way to expand your lines of defense and expand your view of how to live life with MS completely.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rice Therapy

RICE therapy stands for REST, ICE, COMPRESSION and ELEVATION. It is considered an emergency home treatment for most muscle, tendon strains, sprains, ligaments, suspected fractures, joint inflammation and bruises. Lets take a closer look at the individual components.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MS Affects Speech

   I was out having lunch with my mom the other day and we were having a normal conversation when all of a sudden my words starting coming out all jumbled and not making any sense. I tried to correct my sentences but I ended up over correcting them. The words were racing around in my head but I couldn't make any words come out clearly and correctly. Finally I threw up my arms and stopped talking. I needed to take a deep breath and try to relax.
   This isn't the first time that this unfortunate situation has happened. Usually I explain it away as being a 'Brain Fart'. I get some giggles and just move on with the conversation.
   I am by no means a social butterfly and these speech problems pull me inward even more. In my head I have the correct words and the smoothness of a sentence but when I try to vocalize it, it may or may not come out right. This is very embarrassing especially if I don't know the person I am speaking with.
   There are many times when I am in a group and want to speak my thoughts but think twice about it and just keep my thoughts to myself avoiding fumbling bumbling words.

   I came across this article from Modern Day MS and it is about how Multiple Sclerosis Affects Speech. Hopefully if this is a stumbling block with your MS as it is mine, you will find some reassurances about this MS symptom. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dealing With Stress and MS

What is Stress?

Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in disease causation (the act of causing). Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses, and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied. While many people associate the term stress with psychological stress, scientist and physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions.

In the face of a chronic, often progressive illness like MS, people may tend to focus primarily on their physical health and neglect their emotional health~which is an essential component of overall health and wellness. They may assume that being very anxious or depressed is natural, given the challenges of life with MS. But it is essential to recognize and address significant mood changes.

Dealing With MS~related Stress

How we respond to stress has a lot to do with perception. For people with MS, perception may play an even bigger role. MS~related fatigue and depression may affect your mood, while MS may also interfere with basic cognitive functions. Either one of these factors may momentarily affect your ability to view the situation realistically.

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress Management

Whether you've just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or you've been living with it for years, odds are you've already experienced some form of MS-related stress. In fact, for some people, stress begins at diagnosis and continues to grow, once they experience the impact MS can have on their everyday lives.

Fortunately, there's no reason to see MS-related stress as something you "just live with." There are many techniques, backed by sound science that may significantly reduce your stress levels. The more you learn about stress management now, the easier it will be to integrate it into your daily routines over time.

Use the following link for a wide range of stress-relieving techniques you can learn fairly quickly and start using right away. While they combine insights from many different disciplines, these techniques have one thing in common: They depend on your ability to step away from denial and accept the fact that living with MS means adaption to a new set of rules.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Living Well with MS

In the United States, more than a third of a million people are living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Much has already been discovered about this disease, and research continues to offer new treatments and better management, which means a better quality of life for people with MS.

Living with MS is a challenge, but it's a challenge that can be met. Keeping yourself well, both emotionally and physically, is the key. How and what you do for yourself ~ how you take control ~ will play a big part.

Learning as much as you can is the best way to address your concerns and prepare to work with the health professionals involved in your care.
Through its chapters, the National MS Society offers counseling, education, social and recreational activities, information and referral, equipment assistance, and more.

The Society publishes many pamphlets and articles about various aspects of MS. To ask for these or for other information, contact the chapter nearest you or call the National MS Society at 1-800-FIGHT-MS [1-800-344-4867]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aromatherapy for MS Multiple Sclerosis

Q:  Dear Dr. Power; A friend of mine has had multiple sclerosis for about 3 years, and it is getting worse quite quickly. I am in massage therapy school right now and have been using aromatherapy for almost 7 years, off and on. My question for you is, what can I do to help ease this time in her life? Is there any way to help the body produce more myelin? Thanks & blessed be, R. 

A:   Dear R., Thanks for your question and for your interest in using aromatherapy to help your friend. The best discussion of aromatherapy and MS that I have found is in Shirley Price's book, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. In this book, she reports that essential oils have been used to improve sleep, strengthen muscles and relieve muscle tension and spasm in people with MS. 

The oils used for these purposes (which have been reported to have good results) include Sandalwood, Geranium and Lemongrass. Rosemary has also been reported to help with muscle fatigue, balancing immune function, and memory. 

Most interestingly, Price reports a specific case study in which an aromatherapist had wonderful success in helping a 46 year old woman with MS who came to her with spasms, headaches, pain in the neck and shoulder, and poor sleep. This aromatherapist initially used a massage oil containing 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 1 drop Lavender and 5 drops Sweet Marjoram (this should be diluted in 4 teaspoons carrier oil). In between visits, the patient's husband applied the oil mixture at night before bed. After several weeks, the aromatherapist changed to the following formula: Rosemary - 2 drops Roman Chamomile, 2 drops, Lavender - 2 drops and Cedarwood Atlas - 2 drops (again, this should be diluted in 4 tsp carrier oil). 

The first formula she used is very deeply relaxing and would help to release stress and fear from the body and promote good sleep. The second formula would be a little more energizing and strengthening while still retaining the stress-reducing benefits of the Lavender and Chamomile. 

I like the way in which this aromatherapist used the more deeply relaxing and comforting formula first ( so that her patient's body could get some rest) before using a somewhat more energizing formula. It is a common mistake, when people are experiencing fatigue, to apply energizing oils before the body is ready and/or to use too much of an energizing formula. 

I am not aware of any essential oil that has been shown to regenerate myelin. However, many experts feel that there are dietary measures and supplements that can slow the progression of the illness and reduce the number of attacks. 

Dr. Roy Swank, professor of neurology at the University of Oregon Medical School, recommends a diet low in saturated fats. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Murray and Pizzorno has an excellent discussion of this and other holistic approaches. Here's Dr. Swank's dietary recommendation as presented in their book: 

- saturated fat intake of no more than 10 grams per day 
- daily intake of 40 to 50 grams of polyunsaturated oils (margarine, shortening and hydrogenated oils are NOT      allowed) 
- at least 1 tsp of cod liver oil per day 
- a normal allowance of protein 
- consumption of fish three or more time per week (especially cold water fish) 

A diet low in saturated fats significantly restricts animal sources of protein, which must be found in other sources (legumes, grains and vegetables). 

Essential oils containing large proportions of esters and aldehydes have been recommended for MS patients (always dilute with carrier oils). Esters are found in high proportions in Lavender, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram and Roman Chamomile, which are all relaxing and antispasmodic. Aldehydes are found in Melissa, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus citriodora. These are also often relaxing as well as uplifting but can cause skin irritation or sensitization so it is especially important to do two consecutive patch tests over at least 2 days and use very low concentrations in massage (maximum 1 drop per application to start). 

I spoke today with my acupuncturist, who is a third generation traditional Chinese doctor, and he tells me that he has had much success in using acupuncture to help people with MS. Best of luck. Let me know how your friend progresses and, of course, feel free to call or write if you have further questions. Best Regards, Joie Power, Ph.D.

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