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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Donovan - Season of the Witch


 

Easter break



Easter break


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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.





Link: http://www.thedoctorstv.com/articles/4058-dr-dow-s-brother-s-recovery-from-multiple-strokes  



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 

https://vimeo.com/channels/1015411/117382149
 Jim is a Scot who gets m.s. ...


Source: https://vimeo.com/channels/1015411/117382149



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) https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/general-health/probiotics-and-autoimmune-diseases.html … #Science #Health




 
 

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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


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Almost 300,000 set the yoga world record in India
International Yoga Day   
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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? http://dld.bz/fPKrm

 
Researchers Develop New Method to Specifically Target Immune Cells that Trigger































Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cheering for Politics of the moment






Toad-em Pole

frogs 




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

THE low-cost PILL THAT SLOWS DISEASE  

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

Focus

 

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

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.  





Source:
http://htl.li/I5M950c2Z9K



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: http://radioopensource.org/return-pro...




Heroic man travels the country for charity



Heroic man travels the country for charity
, Crosses Second Severn Crossing today http://new-port.co.uk/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

 





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What Matters to You?




What Matters to You? 

If you feel stuck, are unable to make the changes you want, are tired of struggling and feeling frustrated then it is time to identify your core values, what motivates you and how you can deal with your thinking and emotions that sabotage your best efforts.

Learn to live life with awareness: taking conscious action open to experience and fully engage in whatever you are doing or trying to change. 


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Things To Do To Improve Your Mental Health and Wellbeing


According to the World Health Organization, 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. 

With numbers like that, it is highly likely that you know someone who’s suffered from it if you haven’t yourself.

And depression isn’t the only mental illness out there – from anxiety to other mood disorders, there are quite a few.

Whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with one of these mental illnesses, there is a variety of things you can do to live a mentally healthier life.

We could all do with a little brain tune-up. Fortunately, science has some suggestions for how to overcome personality quirks or unhealthy patterns of thinking that leave people functioning less than optimally

Here are some things that studies have found may improve people’s mental health:
  1. Make your bed every day.
    By making your bed, you are starting to declutter your space. A decluttered space lowers your level of stress. You don’t waste mental energy.
  2. Value yourself. 
    Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language. Learn how to fall in love with yourself and how to embrace yourself.
  3. Feeling stressed? Smile.
    It may not be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.
  4. Give yourself. 
    Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people.
  5. Pick up a hobby to make you feel good. 
    Not a hobby that will look good on your college apps or your résumé. Not something you’re eh about but that you think will make you a more well-rounded person. Literally, just something you find fulfilling or relaxing or cool.
  6. Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature
    it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
  7. Try meditation. 
    Meditation is no longer some New Age fad that’s too intimidating to try. The practice has a host of health benefits, from better concentration to — yep — improved mental well-being. That being said, the practice doesn’t have to be complicated: Try the free app TinyRelax which is designed for those who’ve always been curious about meditation but haven’t known where to start.
  8. Practice gratitude.
    Life’s so much better when you’re acknowledging the bright side. Research suggests that expressing what you’re thankful for — from your dog to your favorite song on the radio — will improve your mental well-being. Start this powerful habit with 30 Days to Gratitude Workbook right now.
  9. Put a small memory in a jar every day. 
    writing down the amazing things that happen to you when they happen works as a great gratitude exercise day to day.
  10. Say “no” more — without explaining yourself. 
    One of two things inevitably happen when you say “yes” to things you don’t want to do — either you do them at the expense of your own happiness or you make excuses and flake later at the expense of your relationships. Don’t do that. Be gracious and polite, sure, but look out for yourself. “No” is a complete sentence.
  11. Complain less. 
    Not only does it make you an unpleasant person to be around in general, but also complaining = ruminating in negative thoughts. And ruminating in negative thoughts takes a big toll on your mental health in the long run. Don’t hold stuff in, by any means, but make an effort to express those negative thoughts once and move on.
  12. Treat emotional pain like physical pain. 
    If you need a mental health day, take one. If you find getting out of bed getting more and more difficult, go to the doctor. Don’t brush something off because it’s not an obvious injury.
  13. Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
  14. Break up the monotony. 
    Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.
  15. Write in a journal. 
    Putting pen to paper can be a liberating and cathartic experience. Try keeping a journal or even just writing your anxieties and tossing them in the trash. A 2012 study found that writing what’s stressing you out and then physically throwing it away may help clear your mind.
  16. Spend more alone time with yourself. 
    Carve out time once a week or month to date yourself. Take yourself out to dinner and a movie or go exploring around your city. Learn to be comfortable spending time alone. Learn to love your own company.
  17. Start every day by reminding yourself of one positive thing about your life. 
    We tend to hold on to negative thoughts a lot stronger than positive ones, so expressing gratitude before you get out of bed in the morning is a small, effective way to get on the right path and to connect with happier thoughts.
  18. Take time to laugh.
    Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out cute videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.
  19. Celebrate little victories more often. 
    There’s nothing wrong with setting big goals for yourself this time of year — but achieving little goals is just as important, so celebrate those, too.
  20. Dance around while you do your housework.
    Not only will you get chores done, but dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body’s “feel-good” chemicals).
  21. Quiet your mind. 
    Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy. To get connected, get free android app TinyRelax. This simple, clean app combines a lot of the best features to quiet your mind.