Is Multiple Sclerosis a Disability?

Tips on HealthGuest Post by Jamuna Rangachari

What really is a disability? There are many phrases defining this this, some of them are handicapped, differently-abled, ‘special’ – especially in the case of children and many more such terms. The terms are not really very important. Why is important is how easy the world, a nation, a city or even a home, makes it possible for a person with an issue to lead a complete life the way they want to lead it.

When I got diagnosed with MS, I was extremely disturbed that I too may be in this group. This is because we give only lip service to the people with challenges and do not really understand them. Now, after getting to know their world better, I came across several people who have indeed shown the rest of the world how beautiful life is. I have understood what gratitude truly is, when people with all kinds of challenges are thankful that they are able to breathe and are all the time, leading a complete life, despite, sometimes because of the challenge.

In many parts of the world, including India, we have ATM machines on top a building with no lift, trains and buses who make it extremely complicated for anyone, let alone people with a challenge to commute comfortably, a person who cannot see not even be able to read any book or newspaper and a person who is deaf not be able to communicate with anyone using even words. Most of all, these people being shunted into the corner as it is too uncomfortable for others to see them around.

Apart from these physical challenges, there is usually a litany of ‘advice’ given to them on the temples to visit, mosques to go to and churches to pray in. One good part of this dialogue is that at least in this area, people do seem to recognize that all religions are indeed one.

In a civilized world that I hope will arrive soon, the people who overcome challenges are true heroes or heroines.

Personally, I have definitely progressed spiritually because of the entire experience and request everyone to also view all challenges as just that, ‘a challenge’, not a life sentence or a death sentence.

As for me, I discovered a path to wellness through acupuncture after I had understood this lesson of life completely.

The journey of my path to wellness has been chronicled in a book published by HayHouse. The details of the book are given here. Those who wish to get in touch with me can do so at jamuna.rangachari@gmail.com.

My book, Dancing with Life,  is about affirming the power of life, the power of hope, and the power of strong determination to live life with a purpose. It attempts to give hope and power to everyone, whether or not one has a health challenge.

Most of all, it is a book that aims to convey that one can lead a complete and wholesome life, that MS or any other problem is just a comma in the story of our lives, and not the full stop.
I have learnt a lot of lessons in leading a complete life through my battle with MS (multiple sclerosis). These lessons are relevant to all, ailment or no ailment.

Dancing with Life is now available at:
http://www.uread.com/book/dancing-life-jamuna-rangachari/9789381398814

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ADHD and iPads

All directionsWhile I don’t usually post about this disorder, my 8 year old grandson was recently diagnosed with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, so it’s become of interest to me.

I think the diagnosis was actually for the combined ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). And, his symptoms started at around age 7. He had lots of trouble concentrating in class (2nd grade).

According to WebMD.com, “the symptoms of ADHD include inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity.”

One of the problems is that most 7 and 8 year old boys are a bit hyperactive and can be inattentive. So . . .

Where Does It Cross ‘Accepted Behavior’ Line?

It crosses that line when a child’s behavior it interferes with school, with the child’s ability to sit still and/or pay attention to what the teacher is discussing. This is what happened to my grandson in second grade. Not that it caused him to fail tests or be left back. But, the teacher would have to ‘bring him back’ to focus. And, he felt overwhelmed with lots of homework.

One of my first thoughts is that teachers are in a tough situation. My other daughter is a 3rd grade NYC public school teacher – she’s been teaching for 10 years.

The students today are a new breed. Depending on the geography of the school, students can be disrespectful and feel it’s okay not to do homework or pay attention in class. But, even if the majority of the students are attentive, if a teacher has just one student who needs extra attention or help, it adds an additional burden on her work load. I completely understand this.

A problem that arises is when a child is somewhat hyper and inattentive – unfortunately, in an already overburdened system, there are teachers who simply want the child ‘taken care of’ and may request the school recommend medication.

Now, I have my arms flailing above my head and screaming “WHOA.”

This is when a parent MUST get professional medical evaluations and advice.

There are so many alternative health strategies to take advantage before deciding to medicate a child with medications that ALL have side-effects. There’s allergy testing, there’s diet changes, there’s acupuncture, and there’s Eastern medicine.

ADHD and the iPad

Getting to the title of this post, what I’ve noticed, and my daughter and son-in-law also, is that when my grandson doesn’t use his iPad for a day or two, his behavior is different – it’s better. Not that he isn’t still a bit hyper and has trouble sitting at the table for meals, but it’s not as bad.

My daughter discussed this with my grandson’s psychologist and he said iPads are one of the worse things to happen to young children.

Let me reword that a bit. I think it’s more YouTube on iPads than actually playing games, although I’m not absolutely sure that’s what the doctor meant.

Young children are watching some things on YouTube that they shouldn’t be watching. And, the problem is you can’t ‘parental control’ it. Either you have YouTube access or you don’t. And, it’s near impossible to monitor what a child watches every minute of the day. If the parent is doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, or doing work at home, it’s literally impossible to monitor the child every second. And, we all know, kids will be kids.

So, my daughter is keeping both my grandsons away from the iPad.

Since it’s summer now, we’re waiting to see how my grandson handles 3rd grade. The good thing is my daughter is on top of what’s going on and getting my grandson all the help he needs.

Getting an ADHD Diagnosis

WedMD notes that “for a diagnosis of ADHD, some symptoms that cause impairment must be present before age seven. Also, some impairment from the symptoms must be present in more than one setting. For instance, the person may be impaired at home and school or home and work. Also, there must be clear evidence the symptoms interfere with the person’s ability to function at home, in social environments, or at work.”

I’ll be coming back to this topic now and then.

To get more information on ADD and ADHD, visit:

http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-symptoms
http://www.add.org/

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Beware – It May Not be Anxiety (it may be heart disease)

CautionA Panic Attack can Mimic More Serious illnesses such as Congestive Heart Failure

By Karen Cioffi, the Article Writing Doctor

Your heart is racing, you’re having difficulty breathing, you have pins and needles in your limbs, you can’t think straight . . . is it a panic attack?

Anyone who has suffered with panic attacks knows that it can feel like you’re having a heart attack, stroke, or dying. While an actual panic attack can be terrifying, it is not deadly. But, thinking you’re having a panic attack when it really is a life threatening episode can be deadly.

What compounds this situation and makes it even more dangerous is when those around you, knowing you suffer with panic attacks, don’t take your symptoms seriously. Their first reaction is to assume it’s just another anxiety eruption. This is where you need to use common sense and take cautionary measures.

A True Story

The story of a woman who thought she was suffering from non-stop panic attacks for almost a month is a case in point.

The woman had a history of panic attacks, but at this point in her life she already had an episode with a leaky heart valve. Her symptoms were:

• Shortness of breath and light-headedness when getting out of bed in the morning
• She couldn’t breathe when she climbed stairs
• She had a heavy funny feeling in her legs
• She had an ache in her neck and shoulders; and her heart was racing

Why weren’t warning signals going off in her head telling her to go to the hospital?

Ah, the life and death question.

No one wants to think she’s really sick. She especially doesn’t want to believe it’s a life and death situation. And, no one wants to go to the hospital.

Fortunately, this woman’s symptoms continued to get worse and she finally went to see her regular doctor. This was fortunate because if the symptoms didn’t worsen she may not have sought any medical attention and it could have led to her death.

This is such a common and dangerous scenario: once diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks the individual and those around him or her don’t give serious warning signs the attention they deserve. This type of reaction delays and even stops the individual from seeking immediate medical attention.

So, beware!

Don’t recklessly treat common heart attack and stroke symptoms as panic attacks. Better safe than sorry.

What Can You Do to Have Your Symptoms Taken Seriously?

• Don’t assume that doctors are always correct in their diagnosis.
• If you’re told, “don’t worry, it’s just anxiety,” but you have a gnawing feeling that something else is going on, get another opinion.
• If you’re still not satisfied, get a third, fourth and even fifth opinion.
• It’s a good idea to write your symptoms down, so when you get to the doctor you don’t have to rely on your memory.
• Try to be calm (not flustered) when describing your symptoms to doctors – having your symptoms written down will help in this area also.
• Remember: It’s important to listen to your body.

You can learn more about anxiety disorders and the heart at:

Anxiety Disorder Association of America 
American Heart Association
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Multiple Sclerosis and Healthy Eating Tips from Dr. Rudy Cartwright

Healthy eating with fruits and vegetablesBy Karen Cioffi

If you’re living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or you know someone who is, you know just how life-altering this disease can be.

It can disrupt your balance, cause shakiness and pins and needles throughout your body. It can cause motor (muscular) disturbance, severe fatigue, vision disturbances, and a slew of other disabling symptoms.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.”

In layman terms, MS is a chronic illness that usually progresses. The body, actually the immune system, attacks the sheaths (myelin) of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing lots and lots of life-limiting disturbances. It’s considered an autoimmune disease because of the immune system’s involvement.

Understanding what MS is and how it affects the body, it’s easy to see why anyone suffering with this disabling disease needs to take actions to fight its potential devastating health effects. They need to be informed.

Dr. Ruby Cartwright, a neurosurgeon and MS expert with over 30 years of experience in the field, presented a webinar on foods and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The doctor is well-versed in MS and his research has found that foods play an important factor in the progression or remission or recovery of the disease.

Here is an overview of Dr. Cartwright’s findings:

FOODS TO EAT:

– Fruits and vegetable: oranges, pomegranates, apples, broccoli, asparagus (helps in detoxing the body)

– Drink: 9 glasses of water daily (helps with detox)

– Drink 1 cup of green tea (helps reduce inflammation)

– Add supplements to your diet: Fish Oil, vitamin D3, DHEA

*NOTE: When contemplating any supplements or changes to your diet, talk to your doctor first.

FOODS TO AVOID:

– NO gluten or gliadian (wheat, rye, barley, oats). This tip is for everyone with an autoimmune disease.
– NO dairy or calcium supplements.
– NO processed foods.
– NO Red meats.

Dr. Cartwright emphasized that this diet is geared to aid in the recovery of MS.

If you’d like to listen to the talk, CLICK HERE.

I’m not sure how long it will be available, so check it out soon.

Also, for a quick look at what happens to your body with MS, check out this YouTube video:

 

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The Number One Food to Avoid for a Healthier You

Tips on HealthBy Karen Cioffi

Whether you’re in the children’s group, the teen group, the 20s, 30s, 40s group, or you’re in an older group, there are certain foods that are downright unhealthy for you.

In this ‘unhealthy’ category are processed foods, junk food, fatty foods, and GMOs (genetically modified foods). But, the #1 food that should be avoided or at least eaten in very moderate amounts is . . . sugar.

The #1 Food to Avoid is Sugar

According to Henry Lee, a Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist in practice for over 35 years, sugar is very harmful. He explains that eating sugar weakens your immune system; in fact, it plays havoc on your immune system and produces inflammation in the body, among other harmful effects.

Dr. Mercola concurs with this, “Science has now shown us, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food is taking a devastating toll on your health.” Once you eat fructose, it turns into fat that’s deposited throughout your body. But, even more dangerous is fructose elevates uric acid, causing other reactions within the body. This causes higher blood pressure and also “leads to chronic, low-level inflammation.” This chronic inflammation contributes toward heart attacks, strokes, and possibly cancer. (1)

The problem in avoiding sugar is it’s now in just about everything. Sugar, including high fructose corn syrup is in:

  • Processed foods, including breakfast cerealsBaked goods
  • Soft drinks
  • Cold cuts
  • Pretzels
  • Many cheeses
  • Juice and sports drinksInfant formula

This is just a tiny sampling of the foods that contain some form of sugar. It doesn’t mention the sugar added to foods in restaurants and fast food places. And, it’s frightening and appalling that food manufacturers are adding this harmful ingredient in foods for infants, babies, and toddlers.

Are All Sugars the Same?

All sugars aren’t the same and it’s important to know the differences as some are more harmful than others.

Intrinsic or simple sugars are those that are found naturally in honey, sugar beets, sugar cane, fruits, vegetables, and other natural sources.

These sugars are known as glucose, dextrose, and fructose.

Extrinsic sugar (or added sugar) refers to sucrose or other refined sugars that are ADDED to beverages and foods. This type of sugar includes high fructose corn syrup. These are sugars added to foods and beverages by food manufacturers. It’s also the sugar added by chefs and cooks to the foods they’re preparing.

Another label for extrinsic sugar is ‘free sugars.

Then there are sugar substitutes, such as sucralose (Splenda) and aspartame. There are sugar alcohols, such as xylitol and sorbitol. And, there are products like agave syrup.

How Much Sugar Should You Be Eating?

Due to its concern over the ‘sugar epidemic’ and its effect on the public, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new draft guideline for sugar consumption earlier this year.

In a Huffington Post article, “Eating Sugar Causes Massive Health Problems,” it states that WHO is prompting people to reduce their ‘free’ sugar to 10% of their daily calorie intake.

To get an idea of the significance of 10 percent, in ‘trend’ research noted by Dr. Mercola, in 2009, over 50 percent of Americans consumed half-a-pound of sugar a day. That’s A LOT of sugar!

The new WHO guidelines would have adults cutting their sugar intake to six teaspoons a day. There’s more sugar than that in just one can of soda.

And, for children, the guidelines suggest no more than 3 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Is this even possible with the American diet?

What’s a Person to Do?

There are several steps you can take to help reduce the amount of sugar you and your family intake:

  1. The first course of action is to become familiar with the harmful sugar names.
  2. With this knowledge, you need to READ the ingredient labels on the foods you buy.
  3. Limit the amount of food you eat out.
  4. Keep informed on healthy eating tips.
  5. Buy and eat organic foods.
  6. Limit the amount of sugar-filled foods and beverages you consume.
  7. Learn of healthier ‘sweet’ options, such as using honey and Stevia.

For a comprehensive article that covers all the health dangers of sugar, readFructose – This Addictive Commonly Used Food.”

Sources:

(1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
(2) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/05/eating-sugar_n_4903790.html
(3) http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/106/4/523.full
(4) http://www.who.int/nutrition/sugars_public_consultation/en/

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Processed Meats and Your Health

Tips on HealthIt’s long been known that processed foods aren’t good for you. You’d have to live under a rock not to be aware of this. So, knowledge isn’t the problem.

The problem is convenience and taste. Maybe laziness?

I’m in the same boat. I definitely know better, but boy those processed foods are quick, easy, and taste so good.

Another problem I think those of us in the U.S. have is stress, advertisements, and the ease of getting any and all unhealthy foods we want.

I’m not sure what’s happened to discipline and will power. I know I’ve been struggling with those characteristics lately. I’m sure many of you have also. Is this something unique to the U.S.?

Well, I read a couple of articles today that reminded me of the importance of watching what we put into our bodies. The first is from Care2.com is about a study that has found bacon and other processes meats to be very unhealthy:

Death by Bacon

A study published in the journal BMC Medicine of 448,568 people found that eating processed foods like bacon, sausage, ham, and other processed meats increases the risk of dying prematurely. The massive long-term study followed people in 10 European countries for 12.7 years.”

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/death-by-bacon.html

The second article is from another health site (healthy.net) and is an interview with Dr. Mary Enig, Ph.D.:

More than a decade of research at the University of Maryland, as well as research that was being done at other institutions, showed that consumption of trans fatty acids from partially hydrogenated (a process that adds hydrogen to solidify or harden) vegetable fats and oils had many adverse effects in health areas such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immunity, reproduction and lactation, and obesity. It is rather easy today to come up with a long list of these adverse effects from the published research done by many scientists around the world, as well as the researchers at the University of Maryland.V

Read more: http://www.healthy.net/scr/interview.aspx?Id=162

Why on earth would you and I continue to eat these unhealthy and ‘premature death’ foods.

I do try to eat health. I get organic whenever I can. I drink plenty of water. B-U-T, I do eat junk food and processed foods. My acupuncturist (Dr. Henry Z. H. Lee) said that after 40 years old, eating unhealthy is a horrible idea. The body can’t get rid of the toxins as easily as when you’re young. He told me to use discipline!

I’m going to create a vision board and part of it will be about my diet. I will do my best to make 2014 a much healthier year. I hope you do the same.

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Karen Cioffi
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Caregivers – Learn Strategies Recommended by Physicians to Assist You

Tips on HealthMy sister and I were the caregivers to our quadriplegic mother. She had multiple sclerosis (MS).

Back then, around 20 years ago, the internet wasn’t teeming with free and readily accessible information for caregivers to those with MS or other illnesses. Thankfully, today information and help is easily available.

MedilinePlus realizes the importance of providing help to caregivers of the disabled and has information from a recently published commentary on the subject in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The article begins:

The commentary’s author (who is a professor at Harvard Medical School) explains about 42 million Americans are caregivers and they assist patients for an average of 20 hours a week. Muriel Gillick M.D. reports the majority of caregivers are middle-aged women caring for aging parents.

Dr. Gillick notes caregivers often assist patients with daily living activities, such as shopping, cooking, bathing, and dressing. However, Dr. Gillick writes (and we quote) “Nearly half of all caregivers report responsibility for complex medical tasks that often are the province of a professional nurse or trained technician’ (end of quote).

Dr. Gillick finds caregivers report they are responsible for clinical activities including: diet adherence, wound care, treating pressure ulcers, providing medications and intravenous fluids, as well as operating medical equipment.

To read the full article, go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/podcast/transcript093013.html

Having multiple sclerosis myself, I do lots of research and use alternative medicine as my front-line defense. One strategy that I know helps with just about any illness is meditation.

RECOMMENDED TOOL: GUIDED MEDITATIONS

Healing with meditationAs I mentioned, I do meditation. It was originally recommended by my acupuncturist, Dr. Henry Z. H. Lee. I’ve also gotten involved with the mediation series offered by Oprah and Deepak Chopra. It really does work.

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Protect Your Children’s School Lunches

School lunch safety and childrenIn a recent article from the National Institutes of Health, Packing School Lunches With Food Safety in Mind by Mary Elizabeth Dallas, several useful tips on how to keep your kids’ lunches safe were discussed.

As a grandmother of two grandchildren, one in second grade and one in preschool, I’m certainly concerned with their well-being. Parents knowing how to prepare and store school lunches is important and this article gives them the information they need.

The article begins with:

Schoolchildren should start each day with a clean lunch bag or box to help prevent the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, according to a food safety expert.
Insulated, vinyl lunch bags are most effective in keeping foods cool and fresh during the day, and when kids get home from school, parents or caregivers should clean the bags with warm soapy water, and allow them to dry completely overnight, said Rutgers University professor Don Schaffner, an extension specialist in food science.

To read the full article, go to:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_140614.html

I hope you find this information helpful.

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Health – Privacy – Gmail

Health, take action, safetyI belong to a number of environmental and health related groups. One of those groups is Care2.com.

Care2 sent an alert about Google’s Gmail and your privacy. It seems Google reads “every word of every single email you send or receive every single day,” including those involving “personal relationships, your health information, your finances, and more.”

YIKES!

Google’s response to a lawsuit against them for this invasion of privacy is that their users have “no legitimate expectation of privacy” in regard to their email.

Again, YIKES!

Interesting, it’s a federal offense to read another person’s traditional mail. Why isn’t email held up to the same privacy expectations, especially when Google uses the information in our emails to target you with ads.

I signed the petition Care2 has in place to tell Google I expect email privacy. If you feel inclined to do the same, the link to the online petition is:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/429/574/063/?z00m=20629232

Please take action and share this alert.

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Moving – Multiple Sclerosis – Adrenalin

Life, balance, and healthI moved on August 30th, from a house I lived in for almost 18 years. There was an attic and basement, so lots of space to save things in.

Unfortunately, I didn’t plan well enough and left the bulk of packing to move until two weeks before. This was a mistake. Having multiple sclerosis, it’s important to pace yourself and not over do it. With only two weeks and NO help (my husband has a very bad back and restricted lung capacity, and my kids were unable to help) the adrenalin kicked in. I went into overdrive.

When this happens, it’s important to be careful. While the adrenalin will usually keep you going, you don’t want to throw yourself into a bout. I was able to get through this phase of moving uneventfully.

Then came the move and unpacking. This too was uneventful, until I got cellulitis in my ankle and a heel spur in my heel on the same leg. This stopped me in my tracks. I have to keep my leg elevated as much as possible. I’ll also have to go to physical therapy, an added expense.

Because of the cellulitis, I’m on antibiotics, the only one I can take, azithromycin. I’ll allergic or very sensitive to all the other antibiotics, so having to be on the only one I can take is a bit unnerving, because I’m also sensitive to prednisone. Multiple chemical sensitivity can be very dangerous, even life threatening.

So, as it stand now, I have to wait until the cellutilitis is all cleared up – taking longer than normal because of the MS and not being able to go on stronger meds – before I can continue unpacking and get some order in my new home.

That’s the update for now.

Karen