The Power of Hope

 


In the 1950’s, Richter at Harvard University did an interesting experiment. They put rats in water and saw how long they would tread water. A stressed rat or wild rat would only last fifteen minutes; however, hope could dramatically change that.

Tame rats who were regularly handled by humans could tread water for sixty hours–they knew that humans would probably eventually save them. Wild rats who were saved when they were just about to die at the end of fifteen minutes, were saved and then allowed to rest for a few minutes before being put back in the water.

After a brief rest of some minutes, these rats on their second treading of water were able to last the full sixty hours. On the second try, they had hope that they would be rescued so were not anxious and able to go the maximum sixty hours.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/kidding-ourselves/201405/the-remarkable-power-hope
It seems the effects of hope are hard wired into our bones and brains. I know it was what kept me in my journey to full remission described in “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds.”

Vitamin D is good for Multiple Sclerosis and Coronavirus

Vitamin D levels may impact COVID-19 mortality rates, study claims , more details : https://www.bnews.app/news/11596496

Vitamin D is good for Multiple Sclerosis and Coronavirus

 

 

Superfoods

Here are ten superfoods to charge your batteries. I have not heard of some of them before. See https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5rOiW_xY-kc

Drink low fat milk to live longer

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A recent study found that people who drink low fat or no fat milk live longer. See https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157974377369254&id=107948684253

Sleep is important to your body and brain

This Is What Happens When You Don't Get Enough Sleep (Infographic)
Sleep was an important part of my recovery from MS described in my book at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_awdo_t1_.pDiBbVDAK0S4

Mayzent for active secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis MS

Mayzent is taken orally. It has been shown to slow the progression of disability progression in MS in people who are starting down the road of secondary progressive MS. This article gives the information. I still think that Ocrevus might be best although I know of no direct comparisons. I would like to see comparative studies or meta reviews of the efficacy of Ocrevus compared to Mayzent and other MS drugs. See

Mayzent ‘Will Change Lives’ of MS Patients Transitioning to SPMS, Novartis Says

Preparing for Surgery Meditation

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Catherine Shainberg describes meditation to do before and after surgery. Such meditations typically decrease the need for pain medications and speed healing. See:

https://s.amsu.ng/aibFABjBNhUN

How you think and feel can improve recovery at http://www.msmissionremission.com

Remylination: The Holy Grail for MS

The holy grail is remylination of multiple sclerosis damage. See

“Novel regeneration (remyelination) with stem cells and good antibodies in patients. These therapies may help nerves recover normal signaling functions and improve movement and cognition in patients with MS and other autoimmune neurological disorders.”
https://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-multiple-sclerosis-autoimmune-neurology/research/multiple-sclerosis

See my book at http://www.msmissionremission.com

Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds

NONJUDGEMENTAL and COMPASSION are 90 percent of everything that is good

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I attended a seminar by Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen MD about twenty years ago. I wrote her a letter asking about how to cope with the multiple sclerosis I had at the time. She responded with a hand written two page letter.

The Dali Lama at one point chose her as one of twenty psychiatrists and psychologists to attend a tour. A main value of Buddhists is compassion. It is easy to see why he chose her.

Her Goddesses in Every Woman and Gods in Every Man books helped me learn to interpret dreams. She has written many books. As a psychiatrist, she used to do group therapy with people who had cancer (the book is Close to the Bone). I hope to be more like her someday.