Fighting, and Beating, Multiple Sclerosis!

Through a 4 pronged approach - (1) exercise; (2) diet & supplementation; (3) prescription medication; and (4) a holistic, healthy lifestyle and mindset- I am determined to BEAT MS and claim my life back!
licii-chan:


Stay positiveStay fightingStay braveStay ambitiousStay focusedStay strong

licii-chan:

Stay positive
Stay fighting
Stay brave
Stay ambitious
Stay focused
Stay strong

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I’m doing it, you can too!  Join me!

I’m doing it, you can too! Join me!

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oscarwildething:

"The government is subsidizing the obesity epidemic" - Michael Pollan

From the trailer for “Fed Up,” food documentary coming out May 2. 

A silent epidemic running through society!

Amen!
neurosciencestuff:

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults
Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. 
The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved “therapeutic cloning” of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease.
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neurosciencestuff:

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient’s DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved “therapeutic cloning” of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease.

Read more

I’ve been playing with fire.

There are some studies indicating that dairy proteins may activate the body’s t-cells, thereby providing a spark setting off the autoimmune inferno. For someone with an autoimmune condition - like MS - it’s a good idea to steer clear. 

That’s why I’ve avoided all dairy for years, but was intrigued when I heard the benefits of bovine colostrum - athletic recovery, promotes lean muscle gain, modulates immune response, prevents the flu & other illnesses, supports the body’s production of growth hormone & testosterone,  and heals the gastrointestinal tract of leaky gut.

I heard a podcast interview with  PerCoBa president Mark Burton talking about Immuno-Dynamic’s first 6-hour bovine colostrum, and decided to give it a try.

 The colostrum capsules arrived just as my wife and I were getting hit by a nasty flu. She and I took the capsules, and my son, who hadn’t gotten the flu yet but who gets every bug there is, took the colostrum lozenges. 

My son never got the flu - I swear it was the colostrum. My wife began to recover and even though it was a nasty strain that kept folks down for 2 weeks, she recovered much more quickly.

I felt better taking the capsules, but then had some one-sided head & face pain, which I feared were symptoms of MS. Even though I had a high fever from the flu which might have caused the head pain, I didn’t want to chance it so stopped the colostrum.

My wife continued taking the capsules & had good results recovering from her broken ankle. 

About 3 weeks later, Mark Burton called to find out how I liked the colostrum. I explained my situation and my concern that it might have aggravated my MS.  He suggested I try liquid colostrum which supposedly has had success with people with various illnesses & conditions. He offered to send 3 bottles for me to try.  I agreed.

I’ve been taking it for  3-4 weeks.

The first day or so i had some minor head pain, but it seemed to be from dehydration, and it stopped after I hydrated.

 As far as workouts, the stuff is like rocket fuel! I feel stronger than I  ever have in the gym, and recovery has been phenomenal. My workout time has increased, intensity has increased, & I feel like getting back at it almost as soon as I leave the gym.

I’m also putting on weight (8 lbs), but from the body fat scale my BF has only increased 1%. Visually, I seem to be putting on lean mass.

As far as my gut, it’s hard to tell, but I’ve not had any problems- and that includes eating out which is usually problematic for me.

I also notice a significant positive change in  mood, energy and libido.  These all may be related, and may be from increased growth hormone or testosterone. 

Anyway, as I said, I might be playing with fire, but I’m liking the results I’m getting. Thought I’d share the “bio hack” with you.

Here is a review by someone else:

http://www.examiner.com/review/product-review-percoba-colostrum-lozenges-and-powder#comments

I’ve been playing with fire.

There are some studies indicating that dairy proteins may activate the body’s t-cells, thereby providing a spark setting off the autoimmune inferno. For someone with an autoimmune condition - like MS - it’s a good idea to steer clear.

That’s why I’ve avoided all dairy for years, but was intrigued when I heard the benefits of bovine colostrum - athletic recovery, promotes lean muscle gain, modulates immune response, prevents the flu & other illnesses, supports the body’s production of growth hormone & testosterone, and heals the gastrointestinal tract of leaky gut.

I heard a podcast interview with PerCoBa president Mark Burton talking about Immuno-Dynamic’s first 6-hour bovine colostrum, and decided to give it a try.

The colostrum capsules arrived just as my wife and I were getting hit by a nasty flu. She and I took the capsules, and my son, who hadn’t gotten the flu yet but who gets every bug there is, took the colostrum lozenges.

My son never got the flu - I swear it was the colostrum. My wife began to recover and even though it was a nasty strain that kept folks down for 2 weeks, she recovered much more quickly.

I felt better taking the capsules, but then had some one-sided head & face pain, which I feared were symptoms of MS. Even though I had a high fever from the flu which might have caused the head pain, I didn’t want to chance it so stopped the colostrum.

My wife continued taking the capsules & had good results recovering from her broken ankle.

About 3 weeks later, Mark Burton called to find out how I liked the colostrum. I explained my situation and my concern that it might have aggravated my MS. He suggested I try liquid colostrum which supposedly has had success with people with various illnesses & conditions. He offered to send 3 bottles for me to try. I agreed.

I’ve been taking it for 3-4 weeks.

The first day or so i had some minor head pain, but it seemed to be from dehydration, and it stopped after I hydrated.

As far as workouts, the stuff is like rocket fuel! I feel stronger than I ever have in the gym, and recovery has been phenomenal. My workout time has increased, intensity has increased, & I feel like getting back at it almost as soon as I leave the gym.

I’m also putting on weight (8 lbs), but from the body fat scale my BF has only increased 1%. Visually, I seem to be putting on lean mass.

As far as my gut, it’s hard to tell, but I’ve not had any problems- and that includes eating out which is usually problematic for me.

I also notice a significant positive change in mood, energy and libido. These all may be related, and may be from increased growth hormone or testosterone.

Anyway, as I said, I might be playing with fire, but I’m liking the results I’m getting. Thought I’d share the “bio hack” with you.

Here is a review by someone else: http://www.examiner.com/review/product-review-percoba-colostrum-lozenges-and-powder#comments

femininefreak:

Boston Strong Women

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lifeneverfavorsweakness asked: Re: Swank Study on Fats-- We all want longevity, but that's a rather vague goal. I mean, so what if we live to 99? If we're suffering daily pain & dysfunction, is that ideal? I personally, would rather have 60 strong, full, healthy years, than to have 99 fatigued, weak, sickly years. What I'm trying to say is, if you feel you've found something that markedly improves your daily quality of life, frees you from suffering symptoms- I'd say that sounds fairly ideal to me!! :) I'm excited for you!!

Thanks Theresa, that’s how I feel too!

championsfitnessnetwork:

4.22.14/Saturday … Are you ready for this? 
#teamcfn1

More words of wisdom from RWE.

championsfitnessnetwork:

4.22.14/Saturday … Are you ready for this?
#teamcfn1

More words of wisdom from RWE.

neurolove:


MYTH: Once your brain cells die, they can’t grow back. The brain does not change.
This follows the myth that you are born with all the neurons you’ll ever have. In fact, some neurons do regenerate and/or change. If they couldn’t, you’d have lost your sense of smell years ago! Not to mention, you’d never be able to form new memories or learn new things.
In the neuroscience community, we often discuss this with terms like “neurogenesis” and brain “plasticity.” Meaning that new neurons can grow (neurogenesis) and can change (plasticity) with time. Adult neurogenesis in mammals appears to occur in the olfactory bulb (these neurons have frequent turnover, due to their exposure and death) and the hippocampus- the part of the brain that creates memories (more info here). There is evidence that it may happen elsewhere in the brain too (for instance, this paper in Cell showed that it happens to interneurons in striatum).
However, unfortunately, some nerves can’t repair themselves or regrow once damaged in adulthood (like those in the spinal column). Not all neurons are like this, and sometimes they can repair themselves with partial damage but not when completely damaged, as comes into play with paralysis and Alzheimer’s disease. The field is still learning about these and which factors make them irreparable or irreplaceable. Maybe one day we’ll be able to fix all neural damage (people are investigating how to do this now! We’re not close to a cure, but others are beginning to understand this better).
For now, it’s important to know that this absolute statement is a myth, and some neurons do regrow- and our brain is changing all the time, as we learn new things and experience new memories.
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neurolove:

MYTH: Once your brain cells die, they can’t grow back. The brain does not change.

This follows the myth that you are born with all the neurons you’ll ever have. In fact, some neurons do regenerate and/or change. If they couldn’t, you’d have lost your sense of smell years ago! Not to mention, you’d never be able to form new memories or learn new things.

In the neuroscience community, we often discuss this with terms like “neurogenesis” and brain “plasticity.” Meaning that new neurons can grow (neurogenesis) and can change (plasticity) with time. Adult neurogenesis in mammals appears to occur in the olfactory bulb (these neurons have frequent turnover, due to their exposure and death) and the hippocampus- the part of the brain that creates memories (more info here). There is evidence that it may happen elsewhere in the brain too (for instance, this paper in Cell showed that it happens to interneurons in striatum).

However, unfortunately, some nerves can’t repair themselves or regrow once damaged in adulthood (like those in the spinal column). Not all neurons are like this, and sometimes they can repair themselves with partial damage but not when completely damaged, as comes into play with paralysis and Alzheimer’s disease. The field is still learning about these and which factors make them irreparable or irreplaceable. Maybe one day we’ll be able to fix all neural damage (people are investigating how to do this now! We’re not close to a cure, but others are beginning to understand this better).

For now, it’s important to know that this absolute statement is a myth, and some neurons do regrow- and our brain is changing all the time, as we learn new things and experience new memories.

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