Adverse Childhood Experiences Shorten Life

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There is now compelling evidence that adverse circumstances can significantly shorten a child’s life.  Adverse events such as child physical, sexual, and emotional abuse make the child as an adult more susceptible to chronic illness.  I stated this in my book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.”  It is nice to see supporting information at

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-last-best-cure/201508/7-ways-childhood-adversity-can-change-your-brain

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Update on my MS

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I have had primary progressive multiple sclerosis for 28 years. Following a series of medical, alternative and spiritual interventions, the MS went into full remission 13 years ago. I work full time and have written two books. I excercise and can run if I have to.
I just received my third infusion of Ocrevus which you only need to do every six months.

My writing continues to be legible and I have had no significant side effects from the Ocrevus medication. Part of the reason I am writing this is to express my thanks to all the people and to the universe/God (they are one and the same in my mind) who helped create this miracle.

Whenever you talk to enlightened prople who are “awake,” it is virtually unanimous that gratitude is a very important part in continuing a creative and positive dance with the universe. When working on manifesting a change in your life, many suggest that expressing gratitude as if the miracle has already occurred is most effective.

In my world, it has been most effective to condition myself to at least allow for the possibility that the miracle could occur such as what follows:
“I am willing to consider that I could allow myself to learn that the miracle could occur.”

For myself, I have found that allowing for the conceivable possibility that a miracle could occur is what has mainly helped me. For me, it is more believable and a lot less stressful than proclaiming that the virtually impossible has already happened. Regardless, it is important to maintain a positive attitude of gratitude so that the best possible outcome for all can be achieved.

You can listen to how I did it at https://www.audible.com/pd/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-MS-Against-All-Odds-Audiobook/B07KFPTRTX

Audiobook sample of MS book

The beginning of Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds can be heard at the following link:

The audiobook can be purchased at https://www.audible.com/pd/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-MS-Against-All-Odds-Audiobook/B07KFPTRTX

Does Vitamin D help dementia?

Post 18: Vitamjn D may help your thinking

Researchers have been surprised with how strong the correlation between low levels of vitamin D and dementia is.  it is best to take vitamin D through fortified foods such as milk or pills to avoid cancer caused by the sun. It is unproven at this point whether vitamin D supplementation can reverse or slow dementia, so stay tuned.  See https://www.alzheimers.net/8-27-14-vitamin-d-and-dementia/

Reading “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission” can improve your thoughts about healing.

Vitamin D Mania!
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Post 17: when getting your D is good

Neurologists are seeing the light regarding the importance of vitamins. I always took about 400 units of vitamin D. My neurologist recently recommended that I increase it to 20,000 units. They are getting research results implicating low levels of vitamin D with increased risk for multiple sclerosis. And beyond that, as noted in the chart above, low levels of vitamin D may play a role in many diseases.

See helpful healing to chronic disease described in my book “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds” available at amazon.com.

Availble as an audiobook

Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission is also an audiobook at https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07KFQD9DV/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission is now also available as an audiobook!

“Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission” is available as an audiobook at:
https://bookmate.com/audiobooks/ZWaotJbv?dscvr=top_result

What is an exciting new research finding for MS?

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Post 14: Protein found may be involved in MS passing through the blood brain barrier

According to https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/surprise-finding-could-lead-to-new-ms-treatments/

They found that peole with MS have more calnexin protein in their brains than other people. The thought is that if they can find a way to decrease calnexin, that it might be a way to prevent MS from passing through the blood brain barrier.

Mice studies seem to support the idea, but such results can be different with humans. Nevertheless, it is opening an important avenue, as there is much we do not understand about the blood brain barrier. I know that medications that allow vitamin B to cross the blood brain barrier, such as metafolbic and foltanx, have been helpful with neurological symptoms. Check with your medical doctor as to whether these medications could be helpful for you.

The brain is the last place you want MS to be at

Resilience is needed to cope with chronic illness

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My wife, Deborah Brogan, MD, was a board certified psychiatrist. We were married when she was 28 years old. She was not expected to live beyond the age of 40. She lived to be 61 years old and did private practice until she was 58 years old. She also worked at Arizona State University on their eating disorders team for 22 years after we were married. Prior to all of this, she worked at Albany County mental health clinic in albany, New York for 3 years. Prior to this, she spent seven years with medical school and a psychiatric residency.

She had severe juvenile diabetes since she was 12 years old. In 1998, 19 years before death in 2017, she had a kidney-pancreas transplant which was necessary because of the diabetes. She was hospitalized about 30 times, and continued working in between hospitalizations.

She was fond of the above “Elements of Resilience” and incorporated it into psychotherapy with her patients in private practice. It is good guidance in what to strive for to meet the challenges of life. It is a good summary of what helps me to cope with multiple sclerosis. It is the spirit I try to convey in my book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds” at

Stem Cell treatment for multiple sclerosis

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MS Post 12: We have come a long way, baby!

Stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis is one of the newer success stories. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28621766/

Findings are that autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation will completely suppress MS disease activity for four or five years in seventy to eighty percent of people completing the procedure. That’s the good news.

The less fortunate news is that it works best on young ambulatory MS patients who have inflammatory activity going on in their brains, i.e. the multiple sclerosis is more active. So that probably rules me out.

Prior to 2005, there was a 3.6 percent mortality associated with this complex procedure. After 2005, the mortality was greatly reduced to only 0.3 percent.

I am older and very ambulatory with no inflammatory lesions or disease activity going on in my brain so I am probably not the best candidate for what sounds like an arduous procedure. I have achieved total remission with the help of a combination of different medical drugs with many healthy, alternative, and spiritual practices described in my book at