MS, lesions, also known as plaques, are patches of inflammation in the central nervous system in which the nerve cells have been striped of their protective myelin or insulating cover. These demyelinated neurons do not function properly and it is these lesions that give rise to the symptoms of MS.

In relapsing-remitting MS, their is significant recovery as the inflammation dies down. Special maintenance cells called glial cells are responsible for the repair of the damaged nerves. One type of glial cell, called an oligodendrocyte, lays down new myelin and another type, called an astrocyte lays down SCAR tissue.

A STAR is defined as a heavenly body, champion, headliner or a virtuoso. Another definition of a Star is defined as a network whose components are connected to a hub.

My faith in God is my connection and that is how I am "Turning Those MS Scars Into Stars." I am striving to experience the challenge of living with MS as a Blessing, an opportunity to grow in compassion, patience, grace, and love, all of which are blessings - Multiple Blessings Not Multiple Sclerosis!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MS and Good Health - FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Is it possible to have Multiple Sclerosis and be healthy? Apparently, the answer to this question is as individual as the symptoms of MS are to each person. 
Living in a healthy state of being should be the goal for each individual. A person with MS should strive to find the best level of health or wellness for their state or stage of the condition. One of the ways to achieve that goal is through our diets. We are what we eat. However, there are other components to a healthy diet, which should be address. Are you taking additional supplements with your healthy diet? According to the experts, no matter how well balanced, organic and nutritious the meal, we need additional supplements to achieve the optimum healing benefits from food without over-eating. One might argue, "I am a juicer."  Great, but how many of those precious vitamins are left in the bulk fiber by-product thrown away by juicing? Also, we hear about the effects of organic vs non-organic and GM (genetically modified) Foods vs non-GMO or Raw Food materials in our diet, which also effects the nutritional value we receive from what we eat. 
I am now learning more about "Transforming your health with the power of living nutrients," in the book, 'Raw Truth', by Jordan Rubin. Jordan Rubin is also, the Publisher of the magazine, 'Extraordinary Health', which can be fount in health food stores free of charge. 'Extraordinary Health' is published by Garden of Life, LLC, located on the web at http://www.gardenoflife.com.  There is lots of information to digest in this magazine or should I say, for your digestion?
People with MS may not have a lot to say about how this disease will affect them but we can control what actions we will take to affect the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. This is just a little FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

Also, as always check with your neurologist before taking any supplements.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MS Diet - You Have Got to Eat!

The MS Diet is still going strong. I would like to share a Chicken Soup recipe that I prepared. Great for this time of year. I also enjoyed Blue Diamond Gluten Free Crackers with this in the Ranch Flavor.
This takes about 2 hours from start to finish with the prep and simmer time included.

3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
32 oz. Free Range Chicken Broth Low Salt
4 Tables Olive Oil
2 Knorr Chipotle Mini Cubes
1 cup Brown Rice
2 Small Shollot

3 Stalks of Celery ( 2 cups)
1 Small bag of Baby Carrots
3 Ears of Corn (cut into 6 or more pieces)
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
Mrs Dash Original Seasoning or Garlic

2 Roma Tomatoes
1 Large Avocado
1/2 Red Onion

Directions for Prep: In a large soup pot, saute shallots, celery, bell peppers in olive oil until translucent. Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces and season with Mrs Dash, (I use Original).  Add chicken to vegetables and cook until lightly brown and done. Next add carrots and corn. Continue to cook on medium high heat 2 - 3 minutes more. Add 32 oz chicken broth and Chipotle seasoning cubes, simmer for 35 - 40 minutes.
Then, add 1 cup uncooked brown rice and 2 cups additional liquid (water). Simmer at high heat  for additional 40 minutes or until rice is cooked.

Mince red onion and cilantro combine with cut and seeds removed tomatoes. You can chop by hand or use food processor. Cut or chop avocados into large bit size pieces or slices. Use as a garnish for each of a bowl of soup.

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did creating, cooking and eating it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

MS Diet and Moderation

The MS diet is still a way of life for me. I have now found which foods I have sensitivity to in my diet. Most of what I can eat without any worry is chicken breast, fish and/or vegetables. These foods must be prepared carefully with natural seasoning and olive oil or one of the allowed oils, if necessary. I do eat rice, oatmeal, grits, corn products, no additives no preservatives. All types of potatoes are still in my diet, mostly baked.  As well as most raw fruits and nuts.  I am trying to include different types of fruits and vegetables to see if there is a noticeable improvement. During the winter season the choices are fewer. The hardest part of this diet is gluten or dairy products restrictions.
The one area to watch is sugar from fruit drinks. Items like orange juice and apple juice even if they are organic, contain a lot of sugar. It is a good idea to pay close attention to the labels. A good juicer may be the solution to the problem, any suggestions? Also, I am planning to refine my diet to include more homemade gluten free breads instead of store bought products. A bread machine might make baking gluten free products somewhat easier. I have purchased a variety of gluten free grains for baking bread and cakes. They can be found in most grocery stores baking isles. Eggs have also been excluded from the MS Diet. Powdered egg substitute does work well as a replacement.

This year the exercise part of this project will be in the forefront as well. Floor exercises like simple Dahn Yoga floor stretches are great. I look forward to making progress in this area. As the year progresses there will be other new changes- I'll keep you posted.