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.
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
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.
I was interview #606 on psychologist Dr. David Van Nuys’ http://www.Shrinkrapradio.com
Gilenya was first pill for multiple sclerosis which was approved in 2010 for relapsing-remitting MS. In 2018 it was approved for use in children and adolescents. Another study found that it was a viable option for patients switching from Tysabri.
People often eventually switch from Tysabri to a different drug because they became JC positive. The JC virus is often latent in the brain, but if you become JC positive, new lesions could form on your brain.
In the study involving children and adolescents, Gilenya appeared to have the same or better results than people on Tysabri after two years. Gilenya is another option for people with multiple sclerosis. Its major advantage is that it has nothing to do with injection needles, because it’s a pill.
I have been on Ocrevus for seven months now, and so far, so good. Ocrevus is an infusion that you get once every six months. I will stick with Ocrevus because I have noticed that I respond better to infusions rather than pills. I believe this is because with pills, you are introducing another variable between yourself and the MS, which is your digestive system.
My digestive system must do something to medicines which is not a good thing. The infusion, I believe, leads to more direct treatment of the MS without having to go through my digestive system first.
Other people may experience different results because we are all different. Gilenya is another treatment option for MS patients which they can choose in consultation with their medical doctor.
Find a path to treatment of MS which can be individualized with consultation with your medical doctor. See https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=cm_cr_othr_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8
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
Ocrevus was approved by the FDA in March of 2017. It is the only medication approved for primary progressive multiple sclerosis although it can also be used for relapsing-remitting MS. It has a different method of dealing with the immune system.
Most MS drugs modify the T-cells of the immune system. Ocrevus is one of the only drugs that targets the myelin-attacking mature B cells.
Ocrevus changes the B cells of the immune system which is, so far, more successful.
Ocrevus slowed the progression of primary progressive MS, which is the most severe form of multiple sclerosis. It also reduces disease activity. It is always good to have things quiet down with MS.
Primary progressive MS affects about ten percent of people with multiple sclerosis. It’s the type of multiple sclerosis that I have. How it was sent into remission is described in my book 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