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.
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 Mania!
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.
A study involving MS patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis was conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University. People who took lipoic acid had less brain atrophy. There was less brain tissue loss with people who used lipoic acid compared to a control group. The results were promising enough that phase 2 studies are being conducted regarding the safety and efficacy of lipoic acid.
This study caught my eye because I use alpha lipoic acid because it is good for skin. I wonder if the alpha lipoic acid that I have been taking for years was one of the many factors that sent my primary progressive multiple sclerosis into remission. I also take DMAE for skin, but know of no studies regarding its effect on MS.
I think many healthy practices can combine to help MS patients. For example, it is recommended that people drink 8 glasses of water per day (this is especially true in Arizona where I live). You can see the many healthy practices I used at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission