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"In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." - Alert Camus

Friday, October 20, 2017

Think of the Spinal Cord as a "super Highway"

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Dr. Nicholas of @OhioHealthMS helps people living w/ #MS in the Columbus area and suggests #GatherMS

Oct 18

Consider spinal cord as “super highway” taking info from brain 2 feet and back up - lesions causes a “traffic jam”




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Saturday, September 16, 2017


Vocab: Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS): first attack of what could go on 2b . (abnormal brain MRI increases risk)


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Columbus, OH

For everyone who doesn't have multiple sclerosis but thinks they know the cure...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to keep your brain healthy as you age

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'Life's Simple 7' steps for brain health

To compile the advisory, the researchers performed a meta-analysis of 182 scientific studies. In their analysis, the authors looked for factors that could be "measured, monitored, and modified."

So, Dr. Gorelick and colleagues identified seven metrics that they believe can maintain brain health at optimal levels. Four of these are "ideal health behaviors" and three are "ideal health factors."

The recommended health behaviors are: not smoking, maintaining high levels of physical activity, following a healthful diet, and keeping a healthy weight. The health factors are: keeping blood pressure levels under 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mm/Hg), cholesterol levels under 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), and fasting blood sugar levels under 100 mg/dL. 

The seven metrics found in the new report correspond to the so-called Life's Simple 7 - a program developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) with the aim of promoting cardiovascular health in the wide population.

These seven steps are:
  • Manage blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol
  • Keep blood sugar normal
  • Get physically active
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Lose extra weight
  • Don't start smoking or quit
"Over time we have learned that the same risk factors for stroke that are referred to in Life's Simple 7 are also risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and possibly for some of the other neurodegenerative disorders," Dr. Gorelick says.
Maintaining blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar at optimum levels is important because abnormally high levels of these may lead to complications that can cause atherosclerosis and blood clots.
As Dr. Gorelick explains, in time, this may lead to cognitive impairment and vascular dementia.
"[The] arteries carrying blood to the brain may narrow or become damaged, which can lead to dementia. The good news is that managing risk factors - and managing them early on - can keep those arteries strong and make a world of difference for our long-term brain health."
Dr. Philip Gorelick
The advisory stresses the importance of early interventions, as atherosclerosis, they warn, can start as early as childhood.
These recommendations are particularly important, the authors note, given the predicted prevalence of dementia in the United States and across the world. Currently, over 7 million new cases of dementia are diagnosed every year, and by 2030, the authors warn, as many as 75 million people may develop the condition.


Brain patterns hold key to stress-related cardiovascular risk
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Donovan - Season of the Witch


Easter break

Easter break


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New York
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Recovery from Multiple Strokes

Dr. Dow's Brother's Recovery from Multiple Strokes
 By The Doctors Staff on 12:00 AM PT,
April 25, 2017

Dr. Dow's Brother's Recovery from Multiple Strokes
Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow has helped countless guests to The Doctors deal with difficult and painful events. Now he reveals his own family’s struggle with his brother David’s strokes.

“He was a really happy kid, he was a really smart kid,” says Dr. Dow. When David was 10, their parents took the brothers on vacation. In the hotel, David threw up, then lost the ability to speak or move the right side of his body. When they reached the hospital, the doctor told his mother, Carol, “It appears he’s had a stroke.”
Watch: Mini Stroke
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted -- portions of the brain can die off. In David’s case, the stroke destroyed more than half of his brain, focused in the language centers. Dr. Dow recalls, “I’ll never forget walking into that intensive care unit because he just looked at us but he couldn’t talk anymore.”
David had a rare brain malady, moyamoya disease. “I just remember thinking wow, this is really bad,” says Dr. Dow, in tears at the memory. David’s mother adds, “The diagnosis of moyamoya was really a death sentence. He would go on to have one stroke and then another stroke until he was gone.”
Now Dr. Dow joins The Doctors – and so does his brother, David! Although he was never expected to speak or walk again after his first stroke, 22 years later he walks onstage to tell his story. “This is a story of family and love, and I’m assuming that’s what helped you overcome these odds,” ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork tells David.
Watch: 20-Year-Old Stroke Survivor!
His strokes have left David with aphasia, difficulty in speaking. “I think it’s very important for the audience here today to know that people with my condition, aphasia, there’s still opportunities and there’s still hope. It’s so important for us to get out there and enjoy life again,” he says.
“I’m so proud of you David,” Dr. Dow tells him. “And it’s just so amazing to hear him talk in front of all these people. It took him so long. It was hard work every single day for years.” Dr. Dow credits his brother’s ordeal, and what he saw visiting his brother in pediatric wards, with inspiring him to become a psychotherapist.
Dr. Stork asks Carol if she has any advice for other stroke caregivers. “Stimulate, stimulate, stimulate! Because with stroke recovery, you have to work hard. And David has worked unbelievably hard.”
David has founded a nonprofit for stroke survivors. “We have a great Facebook page stroke survivors with aphasia can join with their caregivers. We also take people on events.” They even host cruises! “It’s a great opportunity to be out there and have fun.”
“The most important takeaway here,” concludes Dr. Stork, “David had trouble finding his words as he was going through recovery, but it didn’t mean David didn’t understand. A lot of times, everyone around them assumes that they don’t understand what you’re saying. We’re teaching people that if you meet someone like David, who has aphasia – engage! This is a great man. I’m so happy we had the chance to meet you.”

David and Dr. Dow have co-written a book. Entitled “Healing the Broken Brain,” it answers questions that survivors and their families and caregivers have about stroke.


Runner Living with Multiple Sclerosis Shares Inspiring Challenge

Runner Living with Multiple Sclerosis Shares Inspiring Challenge

Cheryl joins The Doctors to talk about living with MS and her inspiring goal to become the first person with MS to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 12 months.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chopin Saved My Life from Tim Cragg on Vimeo.

Chopin Saved My Life from Tim Cragg on Vimeo.

This documentary was on Knowledge Network and it was very inspiring to see the spirit of resilience displayed by Jim in dealing with the progressive nature of multiple sclerosis
 Jim is a Scot who gets m.s. ...


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are Probiotics Useful For Therapy of Autoimmune Diseases?

Are Probiotics Useful For Therapy of Autoimmune Diseases? (science popularization article by me) … #Science #Health


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Professor and Head of Molecular Biology Department at IGAB PAS: Molecular medicine, Nutrigenomics, Biotechnology, Natural Products, Molecular Pharmacology.
Joined December 2013

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Learn Something New

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. - Theodore Roosevelt

For all things difficult to acquire, the intelligent man works with perseverance. — Lao Tzu

Thomas Annan Glasgow 1868 

Republican "Christians" want healthcare only for those who “earn” it. You know, like when Jesus ran a credit report on Lazarus. John 11:1-44

interview with CEO of on how we can counter extremism in our society

.,..interview with Former Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Trials which followed World War 2

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Horse Tribute


 Soldiers pay tribute to 8 million horses who died during the First World War. 1915


Almost 300,000 set the yoga world record in India

Monument in Big Muddy Valley looks like a giant sandcastle
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This glove could give some independence to elderly and disabled people

Published on Sep 10, 2016
This wearable robot helps disabled patients regain control of their hands

This glove could give some independence to elderly and disabled people
The Exo-Glove is a wearable soft robot
The Exo-Glove was created by a team at SNU Robotics, and it is helping some paralyzed people by allowing them to grasp and lift things up to a pound.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Brain fog of multiple sclerosis

Is the brain fog of multiple sclerosis causing you to doubt your sanity?

Researchers Develop New Method to Specifically Target Immune Cells that Trigger

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cheering for Politics of the moment

Toad-em Pole


Low-cosr pill delays the progress of early-stage m.s.


Patients with early-stage MS could be offered an antibiotic commonly used to treat acne.

The drug, minocycline, costs less than 1p a pill and has been shown to delay the progress of the disease.

In a six-month Canadian trial, 142 patients with early signs of MS were given either a twice-daily minocycline tablet or a placebo. Twice as many in the placebo group went on to develop MS.

Treating patients with minocycline could be far cheaper than injectable therapies currently available, which can cost tens of thousands of pounds per patient.

The dose given to MS patients was twice that for acne and there are side effects, including nausea and skin discoloration, which may be permanent.

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Friday, June 9, 2017



Because the mind’s tendency is to wander from one worry... The Worry-Free Mind - Carol Kershaw, EdD & Bill Wade, PhD

Study shows Buddhist practices help improve pain threshold

Don't take painkillers - try meditation instead: Just 10 minutes of the mind-calming practice helps to alleviate any discomfort

  • A new study showed that the Buddhist practices helps improve pain threshold
  • The British findings bolster evidence that suggests mindfulness is effective
  • While it also adds to the growing suggestions that painkillers don't work
Meditation is just as effective as painkillers in alleviating discomfort, a new study has found.

Just 10 minutes of the trendy Buddhist practice could be used as an alternative to paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.

Taking up the mindset, which has existed for centuries, improves someone's pain threshold, a small trial showed. 

The findings bolster evidence that suggests mindfulness, which helps to calm the mind, does work in boosting the power of the brain.

While it also adds to the growing suggestions that painkillers are largely ineffective and that discomfort is just in the mind. 

Taking up meditation, which has existed for centuries, improves someone's pain threshold, a small Leeds Beckett University trial showed
Taking up meditation, which has existed for centuries, improves someone's pain threshold, a small Leeds Beckett University trial showed

How was the study carried out?

Researchers at Leeds Beckett University used a group of 24 healthy university-aged students for the study.

They were randomly split into either a control group or a meditation group.

All volunteers experienced pain through a cold-pressor task in the form of putting their hand in warm water before removing it when they could no longer bare it.
They then either sat quietly for ten minutes or meditated for the same time frame before repeating the same experiment.  

Five groups of data were then collected; anxiety towards pain, pain threshold, pain tolerance, pain intensity and pain unpleasantness. 

What did they find? 

There was no difference in pain reported by participants for the initial cold-pressor task, the study showed.


Mindfulness could be bad for you - causing insomnia, anxiety and hypersensitivity to light and sound.

These were side effects discovered by Brown University researchers exploring the phenomenon of 'meditation sickness' by interviewing nearly 100 people.

They found, while some experienced bliss from concentrating on their breathing and practising 'loving kindness', others were left in pain or struggling to return to normal life.

Explaining the symptoms last month, the authors said meditation could cause problems by mimicking sensory deprivation.

People who spend a long time with their eyes closed, very still in a silent environment, can then become hypersensitive to the noise and light of normal life. 

But for the second, those in the meditation group reported a significant increase in their pain threshold and tolerance. 

Dr Osama Tashani, who was involved in the study, said: 'While further research is needed to explore this in a more clinical setting on chronic pain patients, these results do show that a brief mindfulness meditation intervention can be of benefit in pain relief.

'The ease of application and cost effectiveness of the mindfulness meditation may also make it a viable addition to the arsenal of therapies for pain management.

'The mindfulness mediation was led by a researcher who was a novice; so in theory clinicians could administer this with little training needed. 

'It’s based on traditional Buddhist teachings which focuses attention and awareness on your breathing.' 

Previous findings 

It comes after researchers last year also found that meditation is more effective than medication at easing chronic lower back pain.

The Group Health Research Institute study noted that the technique of quietening the mind could be used by some to help alleviate pain.  

Training the brain to respond differently to pain signals may be an effective pain relief tool, the authors said.  

The new findings also comes after leading doctors in the US warned that back pain should only be treated with painkillers as a last resort. 

In a review of the evidence, the American College of Physicians said pills should only be used after physical therapies had failed.  


Thursday, June 8, 2017

vision problems


A Buddhist nun who I once met told me: "Most people are used 24 hours a day. A meditative person uses 24 hours a day."

Dr. Cornel West on the Unpopular James Baldwin

Published on Feb 23, 2017
Dr. Cornel West joined us at Harvard Divinity School to discuss James Baldwin's legacy.

Tune into our full Baldwin w/ Dr. West, Raoul Peck, Teju Cole and Ed Pavlic on our site:

Heroic man travels the country for charity

Heroic man travels the country for charity
, Crosses Second Severn Crossing today …

Depression or a low mood can be a symptom of MS

Depression or a low mood can be a symptom of MS so on this '' here are 10 tips for happier living -

New research provides evidence vitamin D can dampen the immune response in MS. Read:

Fatigue vs feeling tired. A quote from one of our supporters living with #MS. #WednesdayWisdom