Sunday, February 26, 2012

Multiple Sclerosis Therapies...

Well you asked for an extensive list of Multiple Sclerosis Therapies and now you got them. I have been compiling this list for a few years now. Rather than have you run all around the internet by yourself, this should help give you a great jump start. As anyone that becomes ill, help, direction, and support are always greatly appreciated. How do I know? I've got Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Dealing with MS is like trying to guess the winning lottery numbers. It's not easy and frankly it is extremely frustrating to deal with. Every exacerbation is different. That's right, no two are the same. Currently, there is no "definitive cure" according to the FDA for MS. But, as a believer that a cure does exist, I forge onward. Therefore, you should to. The following list of Multiple Sclerosis Therapy links is my gift to anyone that is suffering with this disease. It maybe one or a combination of therapies that works for you. Stability, remission, a better quality of life, or even a cure, are positive steps... You will notice that I did not include the traditional CRAB Therapies. Why? No research has to be done to find them. They are the traditional therapies that any Neurologist already knows about, prescribes, have minimal positive effects, and lots of good ole bad side effects. So I say, big deal to: Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex, and Betaseron (CRAB). You got it. It's time to get better...

Clinical Trials Link - this link lists all the clinical trials being done in every country on this planet. You type in your ailment and it will tell you what stage the trial is in, where it is at, and the qualifying factors necessary to participate.
Healthy and Healing Foods for MS Video - just over 7 minute video. Has a book you may purchase. Written by a women and her doctor husband that found what foods are best to reduce MS exacerbations.
Foods That Reduce Inflammation Link - the less inflammation in the body, the better you feel.
Inflammation Factor Rating System Link - the "IF Factor" food rating system. Which foods are the best and worst to reduce inflammation.
Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Link - a brillant discovery. Costs about $30 a month. Can be used on all autoimmune diseases and cancers. Current clinical studies being conducted with LDN. Any doctor can write the prescription. Only side effect are vivid dreams. A MUST TO TRY. Worked fantastically on me for six months. Others claim, longer or ever lasting results.
New Horizons LDN Link
SammyJo's LDN Link
LDN Forum Link
Crystals MS, TM, and LDN Link - a patient's website that covers her experience with Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis, and using Low Dose Naltrexone. A great website loaded with information.
Rituxan Drug Link - a drug developed, and that actually works very, very, well, for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Chronic Lymphocytic Luekemia, and Rheumatoid Arhtritis. This is now being used on an "off label" basis to slow down or halt the progression of MS. You typically need to find a Neurologist that works for both a hospital and university where research is conducted. They will consider prescribing on a case-by-case basis. The results are extremely promising.
Wayne State University and Harper Hospital Link - located in Detroit, Michigan. They prescribe Rituxan on a case-by-case basis at their MS Clinic.
Prokarin Gel Definition Link - developed by a nurse with MS. It is administered transdermally.
How and Where To Buy Prokarin Link
Calcium EAP Link - developed in Germany. Being used on MS, Cancers, and a host of other diseases and conditions. This website is a great informational tool of other therapies, books, etc...
Ampyra Drug Link - approved by the FDA in 2010. It mainly helps with walking in MS patients.
Gilenya Drug Link - approved by the FDA in 2010. It mainly helps with reducing the progression, frequency, and severity of exacerbations. IT IS TAKEN ORALLY.
Larneton Natural Product Link - a natural alternative aimed to reduce Myelitis. No prescription needed.
IVIG Drug Link - commonly referred to as Liquid Gold because of it's highly expensive cost. It clears harmful antibodies and reduces inflammation. Administered via a monthly infusion.
The ReBuilder Device Link - a device that uses electrical stimulation, at a specified frequency, to regenerate nerve endings. FDA approved. Paid for by most health insurance companies, including Medicare.This is not a TENS Machine. It truly works. I should know. I have one.
StemEnhance Product Link - a natural, alage based, product designed so that your body produces more adult stem cells.
Dr. Richard Burt Link - world renowned doctor conducting mainly Autologous Adult Stem Cell Transplants for various autoimmune diseases. He works out of Chicago, Illinois at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Adult Stem Cells Treating MS Video - this is a Phase 1 clinical study between the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western University. This study opened late in 2011 and is currently full. This does show great hope for the use of Adult Stem Cells and MS.
The Liberation Treatment Video - endovascular surgery to free the blood flow in the veins in/near the brain and neck. This procedure was discovered by Dr. Zamboni from Italy back in 2009.
Fast Nerve Regeneration Link - non-surgical procedure that repairs severed nerves in minutes.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Definition Link - a very extensive description of this therapy. This is typically not covered by health insurance companies for treating MS. But, clinics are all around that do accept payment at the time of treatment for MS. HBOT is widely accepted and used in the United Kingdom to treat MS. Slowly it is being seen as an effective therapy for MS here in the U.S..

Friday, February 24, 2012

Just say "NO to MSG"...

First, for those of you New Yorkers, this post has absolutely nothing to do with Madison Square Garden or tearing it down. Life does exist beyond the boarders of NYC people... So, what this post does refer to are those flashing neon signs that most of you have seen in the windows of a Chinese Restaurant. Sounds familiar now huh? Monosodium Glutamate, or commonly referred to as MSG, is the controversial health issue here. MSG is made from fermented sugar beet or sugar cane molasses. It is the salt version of Glutamic Acid. Though, rather than tasting like salt, it has a sweetening taste. As it is, our bodies produce enough of it so there is no need to supplement it in to our diet. But, it is that fact that MSG is commonly used as seasoning with Chinese cooking that is one of the issues. Soy Sauce for example. You see, when used as a seasoning, MSG alerts your taste buds glutamate receptors to enhance the foods flavors. In layman's terms, that means yum, yum, I WANT MORE and MORE. Now that we understand that MSG can become somewhat addictive, the issue comes down to the side effects. These side effects range from: headaches, dizziness, chest pains, to even an Alzheimer's effect of loss of memory. These side effects have been labeled as "The Chinese Restaurant Syndrome". Now, don't get me wrong. MSG is not only in Chinese foods, but is also in many other Asian culture dishes. And yes, let's not forget it's being used in many processed and frozen foods. Got to get that addictive sweetening taste ya know. As a matter of fact, the seasoning brand "Accent", that has been around for a long time, is LOADED WITH MSG. No wonder why I liked putting it on my steaks so much. But, the name "Accent" seemed so friendly and  harmless... If you eat foods with MSG, just remember to limit them and drink a lot of water to flush it through your body.

Monosodium Glutamate Definition Link

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Xylitol is a natural sweetener...

It may have a freaky name that may lead you to initially think it's some new man made artificial sweetener, but it's not... Xylitol is a natural sweetener that looks and tastes like sugar. And... It was first used back in the 1960's. It has the same sweetness as sugar, 40% fewer calories, none of the negative tooth decay properties, none of the insulin release effects, no carbohydrates, builds immunity, has anti-aging effects, protects against chronic disease, prevents diabetes, prevents weight gain, doesn't increase your blood pressure, and rates only a 7 on the Glycemic Index. That's low. For those of you that cook, it's becoming extremely popular. Why not? It's safe for the body without compromising on taste. It's being used as a sweetener (coffee/baking/cooking/Kool-Aid, ice tea, soda, etc...), in toothpaste, in gum, in candy, in jam, in honey, in mints, in ice cream, AND EVEN NASAL SPRAY. So where does the magical Xylitol come from? It's comes from plums, strawberries, corn, and birch bark.
There of course is one potential draw back of Xylitol. If taken in excessive amounts, it can have a laxative effect. Of course that is in EXCESSIVE amounts. Though, for some people, that just maybe a good side effect huh.

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