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  • 9 cool things that happened in 2014 for treatment and prevention of MS

    The Lesion Journals
    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. Before trying anything listed below, please consult with your physician or neurologist. Further, this recap is based on info I gathered from exploring other websites including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Strides Made in 2014 Toward a World Free of MS” published early last month. Be sure to check it out in its entirety because the list of accomplishments is long – hurray for our fight against MS! 2014 was a pretty great year for those of us living with Multiple Sclerosis. So many amazing things happened in our journey…
  • What Happens When Governments Say MS Drugs Are Too Pricey?

    Life With Multiple Sclerosis
    Trevis Gleason
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    I’m stuck on this one. In recent days, the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has decided not to widen use of beta-interferon for MS, and the Irish  National Centre for Pharmaeconomics (NCPE) has refused to pay for the oral MS drug Tecfidera. Interesting as well (and I’m not sure exactly how to think of this either) is that the US Supreme Court just made an MS drug ruling too, on Copaxone.  This one seems to go the opposite way from the two European decisions. My first thought is that every person living with multiple sclerosis must be given access to the drugs…
  • Scientists find gene vital to central nervous system

    Multiple Sclerosis News From Medical News Today
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have identified a gene that helps regulate how well nerves of the central nervous system are insulated, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report.
  • A new drug is delivering remarkable results for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers

    MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS - Yahoo News Search Results
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A promising treatment for Multiple Sclerosis once banned in the United States has now been approved. The FDA decided to give the green light to the drug Lemtrada.The drug is a disease-modifying therapy for people with relapsing forms of MS. It is given as intravenous infusions. Many people who suffer […]
  • Advice needed on odd symptoms?

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    bluefish6070
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Undiagnosed Statistics : 2 Post || 4 Views Post by bluefish6070
 
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  • Study detailing axonal death pathway may provide drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Axons connect neurons with each other to form the neural networks that underpin the vital functions of perception, motility, cognition, and memory. In many neurodegenerative disorders, from traumatic injury or toxic damage to diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, axonal degeneration represents an essential pathological feature.
  • Task length linked with cognitive fatigue in MS

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Insight into factors contributing to cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis have been gained through a new study. Cognitive fatigue, which is common in MS, has subjective and objective manifestations. Treatment for fatigue is hindered by the lack of understanding of contributing factors. This study examined how the variables of processing speed, working memory, time on task and cognitive load influence cognitive fatigue in 32 individuals with MS and 24 controls.
  • Stem cell transplantation shows potential for reducing disability in patients with MS

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Results from a preliminary study indicate that among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), treatment with nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was associated with improvement in measures of disability and quality of life, according to a study.
  • Common gut microbe might curb MS risk, at least in women

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    A common gut microbe might curb the risk of developing multiple sclerosis -- at least in women -- suggests the largest study of its kind. If confirmed in other studies, this might prove the hygiene hypothesis, the premise of which is that childhood infections help to prime and regulate the immune system and ward off autoimmune and allergic diseases in later life, say the researchers.
  • HPV vaccination not associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Although some reports have suggested a link between human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and development of multiple sclerosis or other demyelinating diseases -- a group of central nervous system disorders -- a follow-up of girls and women in Denmark and Sweden who received this vaccination found no increased risk for these disorders, according to a study.
 
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  • Cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis depends on task length - study

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    A study from a team of researchers at the Kessler Foundation provides new findings on multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, cognitive fatigue exhibited by MS patients is related to the length of the task they are involved in...
  • Prevalence of CCSVI in multiple sclerosis: a blinded sonographic evaluation

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    L Tromba, S Blasi, A Vestri, D Kiltzanidi, F Tartaglia, A RedlerAbstractObjectives: To verify the prevalence of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency in patients affected by different clinical forms of multiple sclerosis and in healthy subjects using the Zamboni ultrasound protocol combined with M-mode ultrasound examination.....
  • SUNBEAM phase 3 trial for relapsing multiple sclerosis launched

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Biopharmaceutical company Receptos, Inc. has enrolled the first participant with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) in its SUNBEAM phase 3 trial, which will evaluate the potential therapy RPC1063 in patients who suffer from the disease. The company’s phase 3 RADIANCE trial, also involving RMS patients, had already been initiated, which means that Receptos may be able to finish its clinical development program for multiple sclerosis by 2017, according to the company’s press release.........
  • Glatiramer acetate and the interferon betas are clinically similar

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Following on the heels of a Cochrane meta-analysis earlier in 2014, a new study finds that MS patients followed over 10 years have similar annualized relapse rates whether they take glatiramer acetate or one of the interferon betas.No matter how you slice it, glatiramer acetate (GA) and the interferon betas (IFN-β) appear to be equally good treatment options for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). A recent study from the Multiple Sclerosis Journal looked at 10 years of data on over 3,000 RRMS patients registered in MSBase, a global database of MS patients, and…
  • Stem cells reverse multiple sclerosis in small study

    21 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    A therapy that uses patients' own primitive blood cells may be able to reverse some of the effects of multiple sclerosis, a preliminary study suggests.The findings, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, had experts cautiously optimistic.But they also stressed that the study was small -- with around 150 patients -- and the benefits were limited to people who were in the earlier courses of multiple sclerosis (MS)......
 
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  • Google, Biogen team up on MS research: report

    John Carroll
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Looking for some insights into the way that environment and biology influence the development of multiple sclerosis, Biogen Idec will team up with Google to sift through a mountain of data on the topic, according to a report from Bloomberg.
  • UPDATED: Biogen Idec's remyelination drug raises hopes--and fears--in PhII

    John Carroll
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:23 am
    Shares of Biogen Idec were buoyed this morning after the big biotech highlighted positive data from its mid-stage study of anti-LINGO-1, a closely watched drug that raises the potential for spurring remyelination--repairing the damage done by diseases like multiple sclerosis. But a careful second look at the results also underscores just how challenging this development program is for Biogen Idec.
  • GeNeuro snags a $455M deal, inks MS drug pact with Servier

    John Carroll
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Geneva-based GeNeuro, a spinout of the Institut Mérieux, has come up with a licensing deal that will deliver $47 million needed to complete a Phase IIb study of its experimental therapy for multiple sclerosis. And France's Servier gets an option on ex-U.S. and Japanese rights that's tied to a $408 million package of milestones along with a chance to buy an equity stake in the biotech sometime in the next year.
  • FDA reverses an embarrassing rejection of Sanofi's Lemtrada, OKs MS drug

    John Carroll
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Late on Friday the FDA put out the word that it has reversed its earlier decision against Sanofi's multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada, agreeing to allow the pharma giant the right to market the treatment--with some tight controls on just who will get this drug for the relapsing form of the disease.
  • AbbVie and Biogen inch toward the FDA with once-a-month MS drug

    Damian Garde
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Partners Biogen Idec and AbbVie are touting late-stage results for their new, monthly multiple sclerosis treatment, preparing to hand in regulatory applications next year and contend in a crowded market.
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  • MS Symptom Thesaurus: Dysarthrias, or Speech Problems

    Trevis Gleason
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    It’s been a while since our last MS Symptom Thesaurus post.  Between the flu, the holidays, and life in general, I’ve been off my schedule.  Well, we’re back this month. This time, we’ll talk about how multiple sclerosis can and does affect people’s speech. The medical term for MS speech muck-ups is dysarthrias, conditions in which you have difficulty controlling or coordinating the muscles you use when you speak, or weakness of those muscles.  We’re not talking about the loss of words or searching for what you mean to say – that’s a different thing all together. Just like…
  • Look at Your Shoes: They Can Tell Your MS Story

    Trevis Gleason
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Who needs timed walking assessments or Hollywood-inspired motion-sensor tests?  If I want to know how my gait is effected by MS, all I have to do is look at my shoes. I bought a pair of shoes nearly three years ago and I love them – perhaps too much.  I wear them most days for most of the day. These shoes fit me perfectly.  They are sturdy enough to fit the orthotic inserts I require, yet comfortable enough to wear all day.  While I used to wear slippers in the house, those arch supports require shoes, and these dearies are just the thing. They shine up if I need them to look decent in…
  • What Happens When Governments Say MS Drugs Are Too Pricey?

    Trevis Gleason
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    I’m stuck on this one. In recent days, the UK’s National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has decided not to widen use of beta-interferon for MS, and the Irish  National Centre for Pharmaeconomics (NCPE) has refused to pay for the oral MS drug Tecfidera. Interesting as well (and I’m not sure exactly how to think of this either) is that the US Supreme Court just made an MS drug ruling too, on Copaxone.  This one seems to go the opposite way from the two European decisions. My first thought is that every person living with multiple sclerosis must be given access to the drugs…
  • How’s Your MS Today? Post-Flu, I’m Feeling Better

    Trevis Gleason
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Time flies when you have a chronic illness! That doesn’t seem right, but I just realized that this month marks the year eight of us asking the monthly question, “How’s your MS today?”  How can it be?  Then I realized that we are soon to mark the end of our ninth year of the Life with MS blog and that this post is number 1,100!  The mind is completely boggled. In this time, you have used our monthly check-in to ask yourself – and perhaps ask those close to you, who may see things that we do not – how things are going.  In recent years we’ve added the Life with Multiple…
  • The Kindnesses We Can Do for Ourselves

    Trevis Gleason
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    We’ve just finished the “it’s better to give than receive” season. Many of us have made New Year’s resolutions that have us living some part of life with long teeth. And we’re only weeks away from the liturgical season — Lent — where many will give up something dear to them for six weeks of penance and self-denial. So I’m going to turn the tables and talk about giving something to ourselves. I’ve said before that MS is a thief.  It takes more from me than I am willing to give, but it usually doesn’t matter whether I’m willing or not.  For that reason,…
 
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  • 2014 The Highs and Lows

    31 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    That's me December 31, 2014 12:00 p.m.  I was saying good bye to this year at the Multicultural Association office where I do mentoring. OK, even though I don't normally go for these year in review summaries,  I decided to write one for my blog, because 2014 really was an interesting time. So here they are, the highs and lows  of 2014.Highs I lost 30 lbs.  thanks to a low cab diet and plenty of swimming at the Golden Hawk recreation centre.  This regime has also greatly improved my walking and my strength. My neighbours have commented on how much better I'm…
  • RAMBLES FROM MY CHAIR: Rambling towards Christmas

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    RAMBLES FROM MY CHAIR: Rambling towards Christmas
  • Christmas Season 2015

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Here's  a pic of the very first Christmas wreath that I have made myself, and all from scratch.It's funny how things work out sometimes. I  was accepted to be a mentor at the local community college, New Brunswick Community College. It's to help people who want to start their own business and need some free advice. I'll be writing a separate post about that program  as soon as I get permission from the college and my mentee.  Anyway, one thing led to another, and I was asked to join a wreath making course.What fun it was and great to learn how simple the technique is.
  • Proudly Canadian?

    6 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Here is one of the few things left that is made in Canada and owned  and operated by Canadians.Medical Marijuana!!  This is how I get my weed  now; from a licensed producer, purchased online, and  delivered to my door by express post. Amazing that it comes from the other side of Canada; British Colombia, in less than two days.  They also have custom strains of marijuana for different needs. I use the ones for pain relief, muscle spasms , anxiety, and for sleep.  MS fatigue  is bad enough and insomnia only makes it worse. My fatigue can actually be…
  • Spring in New Brunswick

    12 Jun 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Here's a little crab that was found on the beach during a field trip to Bouctouche Dunes in New Brunswick.I do mentoring with grade three kids  at  the local public school where I live and they asked me to join them on this class outing .It felt good  today to be out breathing the ocean air.  I have to say that the  first year  of my new life has turned out pretty good. My physical health is  much  improved and my MS is under control.  I have lost weight and toned up my body, thanks to the  indoor swimming pool that is right across the…
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  • Progressive MS research

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The February 2015 issue of Lancet Neurology contains a series of articles by MS researchers on current research activity into progressive MS. National MS Society (USA) Progressive MS - A to Z of MS
  • Beta interferon and Copaxone relapse rates similar

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A study has found that over 10 years the relapse rate for people on glatiramer acetate or beta interferon is similar. MS Discovery Forum Disease modifying drugs for relapsing remitting MS - A to Z of MS
  • HIV and MS

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    British research shows that people with HIV have a very low risk of developing MS. A trial is underway to see if an antiretroviral drug used in HIV is effective in MS. MSIF Getting involved in research
  • Corpus callosum associated with cognitive symptoms

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A study that followed 37 people with MS over 17 years has found that damage to an area of the brain called the corpus callosum is highly associated cognitive symptoms and moderately associated with physical disability. MS Discovery Forum Cognitive symptoms - A to Z of MS
  • Wheelchair assessments

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A study at Brunel University has highlighted the need for a proper assessment of people needing a wheelchair in order to identify and manage health issues other than just mobility. Brunel University Wheelchair services - A to Z of MS
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  • Stomach bacteria might protect against MS

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A study in Australia suggests that women infected with the common stomach bug Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori) have a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
  • MS patients are 'invisible' in most Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Invisible Patients, a new report published today by the Neurological Alliance has found that people with MS in England are unknown to their local Clinical Commissioning Groups. The Neurological Alliance sent Freedom of Information requests to all CCGs, to ascertain how aware they are of neurological conditions in their patch. What they found was:
  • Plegridy will be available on the NHS in Scotland

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy) as a treatment for relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis on the NHS in Scotland.
  • John Shuttleworth to perform in aid of MS

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    John Shuttleworth and friends (including Chas and Dave, Toyah, Martyn Ware, John Otway, Gordon Giltrap and others to be announced) will perform for one night only at the London Palladium in 'A Knight at the Palladium' in aid of the MS Trust and an MS Centre in Sheffield.
  • MS campaigner Trishna to feature in The People's Strictly

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We're delighted to reveal that Trishna Bharadia has been chosen to participate in The People's Strictly on BBC One as part of this year's Comic Relief campaign.
 
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    The Lesion Journals

  • Just for fun on a (somewhat) wordless wednesday

    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    © The Graphics Fairy 2007Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.John F KennedyCheers to more bike rides in 2015! Happy New Year friends.Best always,Christie
  • 9 cool things that happened in 2014 for treatment and prevention of MS

    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV. Before trying anything listed below, please consult with your physician or neurologist. Further, this recap is based on info I gathered from exploring other websites including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Strides Made in 2014 Toward a World Free of MS” published early last month. Be sure to check it out in its entirety because the list of accomplishments is long – hurray for our fight against MS! 2014 was a pretty great year for those of us living with Multiple Sclerosis. So many amazing things happened in our journey…
  • I'm conquering MS, 'wanna join me?

    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    From time to time groundbreaking stuff happens on the planet that gets us really jazzed up and the launch of iConquerMS.orgis no exception. As someone who lives with Multiple Sclerosis, this project is so very near and dear to my heart and I am super proud to be part of iConquerMS team and watch this go live.So, you might be wondering, “Who/what exactly is iConquerMS.org?”iConquer MS.org is a patient driven initiative that focuses on using ‘big data’ in the form of research suggestions and health data, to tackle all kinds of issues important to the MS community, including finding that…
  • Walking around in style with my Top & Derby walking stick

    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Who says assistive devices have to be drab, ugly, and without color? Not me. And two award winning companies agree: meet Omhu and Top and Derby who infuse the mobility sector with color, design, and cool looking walking sticks. I jotted up a post a while ago about Omhu. They bring us totally rad canes, made from natural wood and high-strength bicycle-grade aluminum materials, in six gorgeous colors. Our friends over at Top and Derby make a great cane, too, and I think you’ll agree that this is a really nice departure from the usual cold and clinical ones.Check it out.Top and Derby feel like…
  • My exams may be unimpressive but I feel pretty lucky

    Christie @ the Lesion Journals
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Your exam is really quite unimpressive”, says my neurologist this past week during my annual exam. These are the words I love to hear. Having someone tell me I’m “unimpressive” otherwise may actually hurt my feeling (wait, what? I’m not special?) yet during my exam, I love hearing this. Unimpressive means no new lesions per my last MRI, a normal physical examination (for an MSer anyway) and validates that the big T flowing through my veins every month is working and doing its magic.Yes! Fist pump in the air.The physical examination* is pretty standard for MSers. I read tiny…
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  • A Stem Cell Scam Unravels…

    The Wheelchair Kamikaze
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    As many MS patients are aware, stem cells represent one of the great hopes for vanquishing multiple sclerosis by way of their tantalizing potential for repairing damaged brain and spinal cord tissues, regulating aberrant immune responses, and ultimately restoring patients to good health. Research into the use of stem cells to treat a wide variety of diseases is increasing seemingly by the day, and scientists are beginning to unlock the tremendous promise of these emerging therapies. The therapeutic use of stem cells may dramatically transform the medical landscape in the coming years, and…
  • A Call to the Cosmic Complaint Department…

    The Wheelchair Kamikaze
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:41 pm
    RHello…? Mr. Universe…? Mrs. Universe…? Sir…? Ma’am…? Anybody…? Well, if you’re listening, I think there’s been a terrible mistake. You see, I’ve got this, well, this creeping paralysis, and it just won’t stop creeping… and creeping… and creeping. It’s creeping so much that it’s creeping me out, and I’m afraid it’s about to swallow me. So, before things get completely out of hand, I’d like to lodge a formal complaint and see if I can get some kind of a cosmic credit, or even maybe a do-over. You know, like back in the schoolyard, when in the middle of a…
  • Ho Ho Heave

    The Wheelchair Kamikaze
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Well, it seems that I got a bit of an early Christmas present this year – in the form of THE FLU! Not a present I asked for, wanted, or needed. I guess I opened the window and in flew Enza… Suffice it to say that the flu and MS don't play well together.  As a result of their unholy alliance, I'm forced to compose this blog post from bed, using my iPad and a blogging app. The iPad is a wonderful little device, but it's voice recognition capabilities suck, at least for composing anything longer than just a few sentences. So, I'm going to have to keep this short, if only to keep from…
  • Winter’s Discontents

    The Wheelchair Kamikaze
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:52 pm
    (Apologies to The Mamas and The Papas) All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray I needed to go outside, on a winter’s day Struggled with socks, sweater, coat; but when all was done and said Barely had the strength, to just get back into bed… Please excuse the above bad poetry (actually, it’s a gross disservice to poems to even call it poetry), but I just couldn’t resist. Here in New York City, winter is once again upon us, and along with the season’s cold and inclement weather, for us gimps the winter months are chock full of hurdles and obstacles that the able-bodied need give…
  • iConquerMS – Your Chance to Help Bloody the Beast

    The Wheelchair Kamikaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Okay, my fellow MSers, are you sick of sitting on the sidelines like powerless spectators observing a do or die contest that will determine your very own fate, waiting anxiously for neurologists, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies to ride to the rescue? Are you, like me, sick and tired of being sick and tired, weary of having very little ability to do anything about the situation except listen to the same old same old, held hostage by a status quo that offers more questions than answers? Do you just for once want to pick up a club and give MS a good smash in the kisser, to kick the…
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  • Invisible Illness - MS

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Explain an invisible illness like MS to a friend. I know. It's hard. "You look fine", they say. However, inside you are hoping you don't fall over while talking to them.
  • MRI Still the Same

    28 Dec 2014 | 11:47 am
    Question: Hi, I was diagnosed 10 years ago with PPMS. 3 months ago I had another MRI and it hasn't changed. Do I have PPMS or is it a different one?
  • Webinar - Jan 2015

    27 Dec 2014 | 8:17 pm
    The National Disability Institute has released their schedule for the 2014 financial wellness webinar series for people living with multiple sclerosis.
  • Older Onset MS?

    27 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Comment First: Thank you for your site. It's encouraging to me! I am 53 and may have MS. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 45. Now, symptoms
  • Vince J. Smith

    27 Dec 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Vince J. Smith, a long time friend of Annette Funicello, also suffered from MS. As a tribute to her, he wrote "My Annette", specially for her.
 
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  • My Earliest MS Symptoms

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:54 pm
         I was a sickly child.  Not on the same level as Tiny Tim, but certainly a few notches more sickly than the average snot-nosed tyke.  My allergies were remarkably awful, with my immunologists placing my reactions "off-the-charts" in many cases.  The minute I started sneezing, my parents and I knew that we were in for an acute sinus infection so wicked that it would keep me from school for a good two weeks.  Allergy shots and 2 inhalers alleviated some of my woes but, I was still a mess and I was always tired.     Throughout junior high,…
  • Kohlslaw: Kohlrabi Slaw Recipe

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    This past weekend, I published a post discussing how to fight inflammation with food.  Now it's time to bulk up the recipes page with recipes to help everyone incorporate these anti-inflammatory foods into your culinary repertoires.     First, a little background on a swollen stem - yes, that is how it is classified - called kohlrabi.  Many Americans have never heard of this delicious veg, which has been popular in the German-speaking areas of Europe for ages.  The name itself combines the German words for cabbage and turnip, which is a fair…
  • Fight Inflammation through your Diet: anti-inflammatory foods

    17 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
         Most people know that inflammation is something to be avoided.  However, many forget that inflammation plays key roles in many physical conditions and illnesses.   For example, the lesions found in the brain in multiple sclerosis and other similar demyelinating diseases are examples of localized inflammation of the myelin sheath following the autoimmune mechanism that damages the sheath.  The digestive tract can also become inflamed, in Crohn's disease - an inflammatory bowel disease - and Celiac disease, which both exhibit inflammation of the tissue of the…
  • Chronic Illness and Discrimination

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
         It's been over a year since my last post.  There are many reasons for this intermission of sorts.  My family moved to the Washington, I moved to Colorado to be closer to extended family and attend nursing school, and there was lots of work in between.New friends in CO     Between January of 2012 and the summer of 2013, I was in remission but, still unclear about my long term plans.  In September of 2013 - while applying for a few nannying jobs in the Hamptons - I had a genuinely unpleasant and disheartening experience, surrounding this blog…
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Cognitive Function: Speech

    8 Mar 2013 | 8:51 am
    word vomit.    Prolonged cold snaps do things to me.  More specifically, they seem to make my thoughts and focus phlegmy, like milk that has curdled.  During the last few sessions with my therapist, my ability to carry on a conversation seems to have been reduced to a level on par with the verbal capabilities and coherence of a drunken toddler.       There are days when certain words sound like utter gibberish to me.  Most recently, it's been, "scarf."  I'll question it every time my tongue flops it out.  I think, Surely that's not a…
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