This month makes 29 years that I am living with Multiple Sclerosis. I’m happy to still be fairly independent, even though I do use a walker and a scooter, and my husband helps me a lot. I’ve seen how much this disease can take from people, and I could be worse. But I’m so absolutely grateful for what I can still do.
I owe these blessings to God – Who strengthens me; my Mom – for a fighting attitude; my hubby who is so kind and helpful;-family and friends for their support, encouragement ,and laughter; and eating a healthy diet [sometimes I mess-up]; and exercising regularly . For me [and you too], a healthy diet is tremendous in helping to prevent and deal with the symptoms and complications of this disease!
My body [yours too] is like a nice car or truck. The fuel that goes in the tank matters a lot. Apple juice and soda are cheaper than gas, but I wouldn’t dare pour those beverages in my tank. But the years before I got MS I was dumping into my ‘tank’ [body] junk foods, Pepsi, frozen dinners, sugar-loaded foods, and fast foods. And even though I was doing aerobics twice a day, jogging, swimming, and bike riding, I see where that ‘fuel’ got me. But thankfully some kind people shared what they had learned.
Over the years I was blessed to meet people who showed me the value of right food choices; that what I put in my body would lead to wellness or sickness. It would also affect how I felt, thought, and moved. And I’m forever grateful to the lady who introduced me to gluten-free eating [I’m sensitive].
So for all these 29 years I’ve not taken any of the MS drugs – I didn’t want any more problems from side-effects of those drugs. And I treat my symptoms mostly with right lifestyle choices like a vegetarian diet [working on vegan], regular exercise, drinking more water, getting fresh air and moderate sunlight, getting good rest at night [to bed before 12am], avoiding the bad things my body’ doesn’t need [still struggling with that], and trusting God for help and strength. *These choices are all part of the 8 Laws of Health. We will go over each one in detail at Principle of Health #7.
I do take 5mg of Baclofen at bedtime for muscle spasms. And won’t hesitate to ask my neurologist for Prednisone [steroid] if my symptoms get too bad, or I feel a relapse coming on. It helps perk me up.
Now, for a few more MS tips:
Some things are outside of our control. But even with MS, there are things we can do to help reduce our symptoms and complications, and improve our quality of living. Like healthier choices.
It’s not enough to take drugs for MS or its complications. We must deal with the cause of the problem. Take a good look at how we lived pre-MS. Some things were not done right. We need to correct them, or we will never improve.
I don’t think a wrong diet is the only thing that leads to MS. But it is critical. Good food choices feed the cells, helping them to function properly. Wrong food choices don’t nourish cells, which leads to their malfunctioning and disease.
There are wonderful benefits for making better choices to live with MS. But those choices will also help reduce risks for getting cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and more. Not bad.
And when we are working at improving our health, we can gently help our loved ones adopt some of those choices. It will help improve their health and prevent other diseases too.
Not helpful to us are saturated fats [from animal products], dairy, foods made from white flour [weakens hands and muscles], sugar, high fructose corn syrup, flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate [MSG], artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives, and other man-made things.
Helpful to us are fresh vegetable or fruit juices and eating simply prepared plant-based foods. They feed the cells so they can function properly.
Eat a few dates each day for a sweet boost of energy. They are also full of vitamins and minerals that feed the body [especially B vitamins for nerves ]. *Diabetics don’t eat too many. And watch out for pits.
I get foggy brain a lot, but listening to classical music helps me focus, concentrate, and get many things done. Researchers believe that this music does not disrupt natural body rhythms [some music does], but works in-tune with them. This increases the body’s ability to function. I listen online at www.allclassical.org, in Portland, Oregon.
Never neglect exercise. Do what is possible. Exercise strengthens everything inside and outside the body. I’m getting another Rebounder. Yeah! They give a great workout.
That’s all for now. Take care and see you next time.
Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence
Next week’s Post will be on autointoxication. It is a big word, a huge topic, and extremely important to our health. In preparation for that Post, I just want to share a few things about disease.
• Disease never shows up out of nowhere. There is always a cause. In the USA [and other developed countries] some of the most common causes are: germs; genetics [‘bad’ genes]; long-term exposure to environmental pollutants; and lifestyle choices – our daily choices about what we eat, drink, and breathe; how we exercise and rest; our thoughts, attitudes, and more. Of these causes, lifestyle choices are the main reason many Americans are sick and dying. Diseases like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, MS, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, obesity, and more. These diseases, for the most part, can be prevented.
• So called “bad genes’ play a role in diseases forming, but not as big as lifestyle choices. Generally, our daily choices are three times stronger for us getting sick, than our genes. There is a saying that genetics can load a gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. Meaning: when we have genes that could cause certain diseases to develop, our lifestyle choices could either ‘turn them on’ [activate] or ‘turn them off’ [inactivate]. Epigenetics is the field of biology that studies this amazing discovery. It gives us hope that we can possibly play a role in preventing some diseases.
• Disease needs the right conditions to develop and grow. Our daily choices help build blood that will either strengthen our bodies so they can grow and fight off disease, or build weak and sickly cells that are easy targets for disease. Making good or poor blood doesn’t just start in adulthood. It is influenced by habits and choices from childhood; choices we made or that others made for us. But we don’t have to stick with bad choices. We can choose to change.
• And this process doesn’t end with us. It can affect our children and possibly our grand-children. When we have children, the choices we have made and the quality of blood and cells we have made, they can lay the foundation for the health or disease in those little ones. But if, like me, your choices have not always been the best, we can start right now to make healthier ones that will help build up our bodies. The body is so awesome, it will respond to every good thing that we do for it.
• The body’s fight against disease also begins with the cells. Enemies to the body are always around us. They enter the body through the air, food, or water; through our eyes, noses, mouths, open cuts, or from dirty hands. Even though numerous enemies can be floating in our blood every day, many of us don’t get sick regularly. Why? Because our immune systems are strong enough to fight them off. Invaders [like bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, parasites, cancer cells, pollutants, chemicals, etc] can only cause illnesses if they can break into our cells. And they can’t break in unless the immune system is too weak to fight. And disease-causing germs don’t go after strong and healthy cells. They are like bullies and go after weak and damaged cells.
To be continued …
Copyright © 2013 Regina Spence
Man has 3 parts: body, mind, and spirit. We’ve just finished looking at 5 outstanding qualities of the body, and now we’ll look at man’s second component: The Mind.
The brain is in the head. It is divided into several parts [lobes]. Each part has a specific job to do. Behind the forehead is the largest part of the brain – the right and left frontal lobes. Usually they are just called ‘the frontal lobe’. This lobe isn’t fully developed until age 30. And this lobe is the mind or what some call our “inner space”.
The brain controls the whole body, but the mind controls the whole person – who we really are. It controls the highest and most complex mental and moral functions that make each person unique. For example: intelligence, applying knowledge, thinking, memory, ideas, imagination, creativity, conscience [right/wrong], judgment, reasoning, will power, hope, prayer, spirituality, understanding divine things, character, values, personality, emotions, caring, self-control, moral choices, social behavior, and more.
These are such important aspects of a person. Who can afford to have any of them damaged or destroyed? But sadly, some of our choices are hurting our frontal lobes and slowly ‘chipping away’ pieces of who we are.