Optimize Your Life!

This blog was formerly Fighting, and Beating, Multiple Sclerosis, but as I fought on against MS I realized the real fight is multidimensional. It encompasses a multitude of factors affecting the optimization of life in general - not just for those with MS.

I hope to provide inspiration & information so you can Optimize Your Life - no matter what battle you face!
I recently read an article that talked about the beneficial effects of endorphins on the brain and body, even for those with an autoimmune disease or cancer. 

Here is a passage from the article :

"Some people believe that these endorphins reduce symptoms of auto-immune diseases such as MS and even modify other chronic diseases. Endorphins also seem to promote healing and repair of tissues as well as have a positive effect on immune cells; opioid receptors are found on immune cells and some cancer cells. Stimulating the opioid receptors may cause programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells."

I go to the gym, get a pump, produce some endorphins, and can feel good about the effects the workout has on more than just my muscles! 

Whether your thing is working out, running, cycling, swimming, Zumba, or whatever, get into it for the endorphins - and their beneficial health effects!

I recently read an article that talked about the beneficial effects of endorphins on the brain and body, even for those with an autoimmune disease or cancer.

Here is a passage from the article :

"Some people believe that these endorphins reduce symptoms of auto-immune diseases such as MS and even modify other chronic diseases. Endorphins also seem to promote healing and repair of tissues as well as have a positive effect on immune cells; opioid receptors are found on immune cells and some cancer cells. Stimulating the opioid receptors may cause programmed cell death (apoptosis) of cancer cells."

I go to the gym, get a pump, produce some endorphins, and can feel good about the effects the workout has on more than just my muscles!

Whether your thing is working out, running, cycling, swimming, Zumba, or whatever, get into it for the endorphins - and their beneficial health effects!

Surround yourself with the positive, positive people, positive activities, positive thoughts!

Surround yourself with the positive, positive people, positive activities, positive thoughts!

Courage is what keeps you going!

Courage is what keeps you going!

“Boosting the brain’s appetite to fight disease” 

http://michigantoday.umich.edu/boosting-the-brains-appetite-to-fight-disease/ 

Here is an interesting article discussing the importance of autophagy in staving off neurological decline and disease.

  Autophagy is a process whereby our cells recycle the waste that builds up inside of them, allowing the cells to function better and live longer. 

While this article discusses pharmaceutical ways to promote autophagy, and somewhat of any irony with its title, a lot has been written about the body’s natural propensity to increase autophagy when deprived of food.  

That is, when fasting - as in “intermittent fasting.”   Fasting supposedly promotes autopagy which improves neuronal and overall health and longevity. 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20534972 

http://jdmoyer.com/2012/02/01/death-will-eat-itself/ 

http://www.livestrong.com/blog/the-truth-about-cleansing-and-fasting/ 

Others have found that auophagy is promoted by a ketogenic diet, that is, low carbs and high healthy fats. 

http://joshwhiton.com/health/autophagy/

It all sounds good for the long run (and by long run, I mean living well into the 90s or 100s), and it makes sense to start (or at least try) some type of fasting or ketogenic diet now.

 But (and there is always a “but,” right), I’ll have to get over the “I’m hungry all day” bit and the “I need carbs to fuel my workouts” mindset!  

We’ll see - hopefully I’ll find what works before I experience any (more) neuronal decline! (“Wait, what were we talking about.” ha ha)

“Boosting the brain’s appetite to fight disease”

http://michigantoday.umich.edu/boosting-the-brains-appetite-to-fight-disease/

Here is an interesting article discussing the importance of autophagy in staving off neurological decline and disease.

 Autophagy is a process whereby our cells recycle the waste that builds up inside of them, allowing the cells to function better and live longer.

While this article discusses pharmaceutical ways to promote autophagy, and somewhat of any irony with its title, a lot has been written about the body’s natural propensity to increase autophagy when deprived of food.  

That is, when fasting - as in “intermittent fasting.”   Fasting supposedly promotes autopagy which improves neuronal and overall health and longevity.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20534972

http://jdmoyer.com/2012/02/01/death-will-eat-itself/

http://www.livestrong.com/blog/the-truth-about-cleansing-and-fasting/

Others have found that auophagy is promoted by a ketogenic diet, that is, low carbs and high healthy fats.

http://joshwhiton.com/health/autophagy/

It all sounds good for the long run (and by long run, I mean living well into the 90s or 100s), and it makes sense to start (or at least try) some type of fasting or ketogenic diet now.

But (and there is always a “but,” right), I’ll have to get over the “I’m hungry all day” bit and the “I need carbs to fuel my workouts” mindset!  

We’ll see - hopefully I’ll find what works before I experience any (more) neuronal decline! (“Wait, what were we talking about.” ha ha)

What makes you grow!

What makes you grow!

Is MS really Lyme Disease?

I came across an article today that postulated that MS, along with a number of other diseases including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, & fibromyalgia are all manifestations of Lyme Disease and its co-infections. 

The image above showing the parallel between MS & LD deaths in the US is startling. 

The article contains a lot of conspiracy theories, but makes you wonder!  Should long term antibiotics be a front line treatment for MS???

Is MS really Lyme Disease?

I came across an article today that postulated that MS, along with a number of other diseases including ALS, Parkinson’s disease, & fibromyalgia are all manifestations of Lyme Disease and its co-infections.

The image above showing the parallel between MS & LD deaths in the US is startling.

The article contains a lot of conspiracy theories, but makes you wonder! Should long term antibiotics be a front line treatment for MS???

You won’t be the same; probably better!

You won’t be the same; probably better!

(via fatbastich)

Wish Granted: Xander Bailey’s Matchday Experience

Seattle Sounders = Class Act!

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Defy the verdict!!!

#BeatMS

Defy the verdict!!!

#BeatMS