Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms--An Alternative Self-Healing Approach To Overcoming Them
Summary: There is growing evidence that multiple sclerosis symptoms can be alleviated through alternative self-healing approaches. Here are two impressive examples.
People with multiple sclerosis symptoms often assume that mainstream medicine holds their only hope for alleviating these symptoms. There is now abundant evidence that at least some people with this diagnosis can be helped significantly through alternative self-healing approaches. I speak from experience, because my wife, Mildred, has been completely symptom-free for nearly five years now by utilizing an alternative healing pathway.
In the middle of June, 1983--as if hit by lightning-- she was suddenly overcome with extreme dizziness while shopping in the produce section of a supermarket. This particular highly distressing and debilitating symptom continued unabated over the next two years and was accompanied by many other classic multiple sclerosis symptoms. During this time period, she was unable to walk unassisted and spent all of her time either in bed or in a wheel chair.
During the month following this initial attack, she went through a 10-day, intensive inpatient neurological evaluation at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Steroids were the only mainstream treatment option available to her at that point in time. Since she and I were both well aware of the long-term negative side effects of this intervention, she firmly elected to take only Meclazine to help reduce her constant and overwhelming dizziness.
Since we both were previously knowledgeable about, and open to, non-allopathic alternatives, she chose to follow this “road less traveled,” trying out a number of different self-healing options. These included various special diets, large amounts of nutritional supplements, acupuncture, meditation, and guided healing visualization.
By following this shotgun approach over the next two years, her most overwhelming key symptom of dizziness gradually lessened and she was able to start walking again without assistance. Subsequently, she was also able to resume driving and to engage in relatively non-demanding activities of daily life. Her levels of energy and endurance, however, continued to be markedly low most of the time over the next 18 years.
During those years, she also suffered from the classic, intermittent flare-ups of her initial symptoms, including acute episodes of dizziness, numbness in various parts of her body, intense headaches, extreme sensitivity to heat, and--above all--profound, chronic fatigue.
One of her most persistent physical challenges was in walking. Whenever we went walking together, we always moved at a snail’s pace, because she was simply unable to make her legs move faster than that. She also became exhausted quickly and had to rest frequently. This difficulty always became more prominent in even mild heat.
About four years after the onset of her illness, her family physician told her that some of his MS patients had gotten favorable results from taking Symmetrel, an anti-viral agent, and suggested that she might try it. She followed his suggestion and, since it at least had no negative side-effects, she continued to take it until 2003.
In the late fall of 2002, a good friend told her about a new nutritional supplement that reportedly had been helpful to others with multiple sclerosis symptoms. After carefully researching it, she decided to give it a try. The results over the next six to eight months were very impressive to say the least.
The first major improvement came in the form of greatly increased energy and a markedly increased sense of well-being. For the first time since the onset of her symptoms, she found herself again able to engage in a full range of daily activities, instead of having to carefully ration her energy with frequent naps throughout the day.
The next big noticeable improvement came with the onset of warm weather in the following spring and summer. To our great surprise and delight, she was able to join me in a daily, brisk 3-mile walk around the lake where we live in northern Minnesota--even during the hottest part of the summer; in fact, on one of the very hottest days of that summer, she pushed a stroller with two of our grandkids in it for the full distance.
Now, four and a half years later, perhaps the strongest validation of how lasting these improvements have become is that--at age 69--she is providing full-time care for three of our grandchildren, ages 13, 8, and 5--a feat that would have been completely impossible for her prior to this major improvement in her health status.
Another impressive example of marked improvement of multiple sclerosis symptoms through an alternative self-healing approach is documented in a recent book, “No More MS--A Journey Back To Life,” by Sue Ellen Dickinson. Further information about this inspiring book is available at the website listed below.
Here’s a final, important point of clarification about self-healing:
Whereas allopathic medicine aims mainly to counteract or cure disease conditions with medications and/or other external interventions, self-healing strategies focus instead on simply fostering optimal health in every way possible.
Just as darkness is the absence of light, disease in its many forms can be understood similarly as the absence of health. The key self-healing objective, then, is NOT to try to prevent, cure, or mitigate disease as such, but rather to give the body everything it needs to achieve and maintain the highest state of health possible.
Increasingly, this latter approach is being integrated into mainstream medicine and is commonly referred to as “Integrative Medicine.”
* This news post was submitted by George Shears
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