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Category: Multiple Sclerosis

Are MS Drugs Effective?

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, there were three “disease-modifying therapies” (DMTs) available to treat multiple sclerosis. Now there are more than ten pharmaceutical drug options on the market for people diagnosed with MS to try in the hopes of slowing down the progression and minimizing the severity of the course of […]

What do Celine Dion, Selma Blair, and Christina Applegate have in common?

Rampant inflammation. While Selma Blair and Christina Applegate have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Celine Dion received a rare diagnosis of something called stiff-person syndrome. Both MS and stiff-person syndrome are considered autoimmune diseases, which means that an overactive immune system releases damaging inflammation that affects the nervous system. When making a specific diagnosis, doctors […]

Redefining Autoimmunity and MS

Autoimmunity is an oxymoron! If we break down the roots of the word, “auto,” meaning “self,” and “immunity,” meaning “allergic,” the word means “allergic to self.” However, evolution says “nay, nay! Not possible!” In this episode of “Inspired Living with Autoimmunity” with health coach Julie Michelson, we discuss why it is time to redefine autoimmunity […]

Multiple Sclerosis 101 and Lifestyle Tips for Reducing Inflammation

Listen in as host Rachel Smith of Natural Health Rising and I dig into the nitty gritty of what is multiple sclerosis, the connection to inflammation, and steps that you can take immediately to help yourself fare better with this disease. We talk about how inflammation is the common root of most, if not all, […]

Meditation As Effective As Anti-anxiety Drugs

Recently, the first study to directly compare medication to mindfulness meditation for treating anxiety found that the two worked equally well. After two months, patients participating in a weekly mindfulness program saw their anxiety decrease the same amount as patients taking anxiety meds like Lexapro. Now, one expert says that the study is reaffirming how […]