Personalizing Getting Your Life Back

I have indicated earlier that getting your life back from the ravages of MS is similar to running a marathon—-not a sprint. Hence, it requires a different mindset, one that is the realization that the approach to getting rid of thing such as fatigue, balance problems, and heat intolerance should be personalized. One size does not fit all.

Personalization takes into account your age, gender, genetic make-up (including family background), The timing and route of exposure to toxic metals, pesticides, organic compounds, endocrine disrupting chemicals, toxins in the air and water, consumption of alcohol, smoking, dietary intake, and exercise. Exercise causes an increase in the activity of muscles; and of course, there is an increase of body heat.

Melinda, in the previous blog post on “SWEATING” made a simple, but effective, recommendation to produce sweating which causes a reduction of body heat. She recommended including chili peppers into your dietary habit. Try it…it works!

Mylene also indicated that juicing organic-grown foods would be helpful. I agree. She also mentioned methylation. An ideal manner to deal with this endeavor is to supplement your diet with folate, B6, and B12.

Dr. Rudy Cartwright
MS HEALTH COACH

49 thoughts on “Personalizing Getting Your Life Back

  1. I have noticed when I do not take Vitamin B-12 it makes a difference in my balance. I want to try B-6 and folate as well. Maybe I should try B-12 to get my balance back soon as my Disability check comes in. I ran out of it a couple of months ago. I didn’t realize that may have been a problem. Walking has been more difficult but didn’t realize what the difference was. I want to get myself back to my norm and then try B-6 as well. Then I might implement folate to try to see a difference. Can’t do any of that yet, but I would like to let you know.

    I’m not looking forward to Summer with the heat!! It certainly does effect my mobility.

    Thank you for your e-mails. It’s good to hear any new developments in how to counteract problems I have.

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen Johnson

    • Kathleen, taking a Multi B vitamin may do the trick! I’ve incorporated that into my daily routine for quite some time now and have experienced its benefits, as I’ve been trying to overcome MS, for over 30 years now!
      I’ve also been taking at least 750mg of Magnesium, too. But, the one greatest contribution to my struggle has been to alter my diet; a subject I covered with Dr. Cartwright, a few webinars ago.

    • Hi Kathleen,after reading your comment about Vit B,and balance,I uped my dose to twice what I normally take.Took 2 now taking 4,these are Mega B tabs.I am happy to say my balance is much better.Feeling fantastic,just thought you might like to know this.Best Wishes beautiful! Monique

  2. My question: I am a secondary progressive MS patient, is there any new medication to help this MS situation. I do take the vitimans that Dr. Cartwright recommends. I am also a swimmer, love being in the pool and do daily excercising at home. I am still not able to move from the wheelchair, except to pivit to transfer or doing walking excercises holding on a walking bar. Any suggestions would be so appreciated. Thank you Janet

    • Hi Janet
      Did you hear about Dr Walsh? She just published new book Walsh protocol. Really informative, look into it.

      • Hi. Just to let you know it’s the Wahl’s diet/protocol not Walshl. She has MS and is fully recovered. She is very much into the Paleo Diet. Be well…

        • I agree…Dr. Terry Wahls-Minding the Mitochondria gives you lots of diet advice. I have a cocktail of juices everyday to try and get all the veg in that she recommends.

          One contains Kale, broccoli and spinach – i add orange juice to help absorb the good stuff!!

          I also do a mixed berries one- these are anti-oxidants and anti- inflammatory AND aniti-ageing…get that!!
          good luck…i feel sooo much better when when i drink these xx

          • I do exactly the same!!!! and i swear by it!! do not give up….we can beat this together!!!!

  3. I have enjoyed all the information given in the seminars on CD MS Health coaching. I have been taking ESSENTIALS about a month and feel my balance and overall energy has improved. Also adding B12, Lysine, more D3. A lot of what you recommended I have taken many years. Thank you for sharing your research; I feel it tops anything the medical establishment tells you…..because it is natural and the Lord made the body to heal.

    • Jan,
      It is heartwarming to know that you are improving the health side of you. Keep doing the correct things and eventually you’ll get the ‘OLE’ you back.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH UNIVERSITY

  4. When exercising, the purpose of sweat evaporation is to cool the body, If you have a stationary bike, (recumbant if you have back . problems or a large belly that will pull on and put extra strain on your back), keep a fan close by. When you start to perspire, turn on your fan which will cause the sweat to evaporate and help cool your body. Good Luck, Sherry, Exercise Physiologist

  5. Hello, I am wondering about these NRf2 supplements like Protandim? There is also one by David Perlmutter and proposes to activate the NRf2 pathway (which Tecfidera new oral drug for ms does too)
    Are there dangers in too many antioxidants in ms?

    • Maia,
      In multiple sclerosis, there is persistent chronic Inflammation and profound oxidation of the central nervous system that lead to destruction of Myelin (demyelination) and death of Nerve cells (Neurodegeneration). The body need all the help in can get.
      References:
      Brain. 2011 July; 134(7): 1914–1924.
      Oxidative damage in multiple sclerosis lesions
      Lukas Haider and Hans Lassman, et al

      PLoS One. 2013; 8(6): e65184.
      Involvement of Oxidative Stress in Occurrence of Relapses in Multiple Sclerosis
      Ada Fiorini, et al

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

    • Maia,
      In multiple sclerosis, there is persistent chronic Inflammation and profound oxidation of the central nervous system that lead to destruction of Myelin (demyelination) and death of Nerve cells (Neurodegeneration). The body need all the help in can get.
      References:
      Brain. 2011 July; 134(7): 1914–1924.
      Oxidative damage in multiple sclerosis lesions
      Lukas Haider and Hans Lassman, et al

      PLoS One. 2013; 8(6): e65184.
      Involvement of Oxidative Stress in Occurrence of Relapses in Multiple Sclerosis
      Ada Fiorini, et al

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  6. Thanks as usual for all info to help us improve.I recently added chili peppers and tumeric to most of our meals as we are now growing both of them.I find they do help.Shall now add B12 for balance as it is a problem with me.

    • Juel,

      A B-complex that contains B6, B12, and folic acid will really help.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  7. How and where can I get the essentials tablets from I would be very interested

    thank you

    Patricia McCarthy

  8. I live in England and this week is MS week. I have been in secondary MS for about 6 years now. I can shuffle around the house and in the garden with a stick but need a wheelchair if I have to go any distance. I stick to a gluten, wheat and dairy free diet, take supplements and also have a cup of bone broth every day. I also make a smoothy daily with raw veg. as recommended by Dr Terry Wahl. I will try anything if I think it will help me. I might have slowed down secondary MS but I am slowly getting worse. There is plenty of talk about dealing with “symptoms” but I don’t hear much about looking for a cure. I feel the money would be better spent on that as I think we would all prefer that. Masking the symptoms is one thing but a cure is what we want

    • Carol,
      It is my opinion that improving your health will slowly but surely move you in the direction that you wish. It would be nice to know what supplements, and how much of each, you’re taking. You have not mentioned any exercises that you do, the status of your bowel and bladder, or your age and how long you’ve had MS. These things are important.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  9. My son has had secondary progressive MS for 13 years. His balance is very bad and tremers really makes it hard for him to eat. Tell me about the B12, B6 and the folate. How does this help? How much should he take and how often. I would appreciate a reply from you. Thank you, La Verne

    • La Verne,

      B6, B12, and folic acid can help DNA repair itself. It takes awhile, many, many months. You can pick up a B-complex product from the store and have your son take as suggested on the label. Be extremely patient about his getting better. and by all means, keep a good diary of his progress.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

    • La Verne,
      Your son can be helped by the combination of B6, B12, and folic acid. A good B-complex product that contain these can be gotten at a drug store.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  10. I am wondering if I can get by with the tablets instead of the B12 shots. I don’t know how my Doctor talked me in to taking ‘Copaxone shots, the way I hate shots. I would hate to have to take B12 shots too.

    RLN

  11. Dr. Cartwright, have you heard anything about using low dose naltrexone for MS? What are your thoughts on this drug?

    • Lori,

      Many MS recoverers use low dose naltrexone (LDN). Based on the feedback that I received concerning its use, I researched the published literature. It is my opinion that it can be beneficial.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  12. What is a good D3 level for people with MS? Is it possible for the level to get too high or will they use the D3 before this happens? I’ve talked to you before about Kevin. He’s 45 and has been dx since 2007. He is having almost constant seizures now and is on 3 meds for them. It seems at times that he is over medicated (and he is). Any suggestions on what can be done? Told by the Dr. that dx in 2007 that he is the worst case of MS she’s ever seen. Maybe most people just give up by this stage. I feel the VA has written him off as a lost cause and has really messed up on his treatment lately. He really has the will to live and get better.

    • Dorothey,

      After you get the results of Kevin’s D3 level, along with a serum calcium level, and a PTH level, let me know what they are. Then, I can render a reasonable opinion.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS HEALTH COACH

  13. Hi, just would like some info on drop attacks or wipe outs, whatever they may be called. On Easter Sunday I tried to figure out what was going on with me, I was seeing colors purple/blue in my eyes, after blinking a few times I saw the wall/floor in front of me, than I realized I was dlying on the floor on my left side, my face was paining when I tried to blink, speak or move. I was loosing contact again so I kept talking to myself and tried counting, after ?5 minutes I realized I had just dropped to the floor, reason, I don’t have one. I new I was in the house alone, so I had to do something. I tried getting up but that wasn’t going to work, so I had to slide and drag myself across the family room/kitchen approx 20 ft to get to my cell phone. I reached up to the end table and got it, pushed my contacts and called my cousin. When she answered all I could get out was I fell down, so she told me to stay on the line and she kept talking to me but also called her neighbor to come over. He helped me up off the floor and lay on the couch, he got an ice pak to apply to my face until she got home. By this time the side of my face was turning red and the eye was red/purplle. We went directly to the Emerg. Dept. /Hospital. They did a cat scan/xrays of ribs, shoulder and wrist,. Results was a mild concussion, bruised ribs, injured wrist because we discovered after that I had a water bottle in that hand. The Emerg Dr, told my friend to keep me alert for the next 12 hrs. stay with friends for 3/4 days and be prepared to have sore ribs for 2/4 wks. That I am still experiencin.

    This is the 3rd time that this as happened in 2 yrs, what would your answer be, I see my own Neurologist next mth. but this time it was different, it was frightening, I don’t want to stay caged in but it doesn’t matter, it as happened in a store, my house and this time down to Florida and I was not exposed to any heat. I had not been outside that day or the day prior too.

    • Joycelyn,

      There are other disease processes that can occur with MS. They are known as “co-morbidities”. A good place to start for the work-up of this problem is your internist.

      Dr. Cartwright
      MS Health Coach

  14. Have been researching Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for MS. I know they use it for many things in Europe. It is not a cure, but seems to be promising to improve quality of life as we struggle with MS, I respect your opinion, Dr. Cartwright. I am 74 yrs. old, diagnosed at 66 yrs of age, still do most activities but my walking and balance most affected. Excercise 3 times a week, Beta Seron since diagnosed and lots of supplementation and alternate therapies. Feel good most of the time….just want to get mobility back, if possible. Just had my MRI this week, and no new or active lesions….in fact sounded questionable that they were there. Very thankful.

    • Jan,
      HBO has been shown to benefit many MS recoverers. One of the authorities in the field is William S. Maxfield, MD located in Tampa, Florida. Also, Water therapy and yoga are beneficial.

      Dr. Rudy Cartwright
      MS Health Coach

    • Kamel,

      You have placed a percentage sign following the number 42. Vitamin D3 levels are not given in percentages. Hence, we still do not know your level.

      Dr. Rudy Cartwright
      MS Health Coach

        • Kamel,

          Your level of 42 ng/ml when multiplied by 2.5 is 105 millimoles/L. This is relatively decent. However, I think that a level of about 300 millimoles/L is better.

          Dr. Rudy Cartwright
          MS Health Coach

  15. Regarding Vitamin B12, I am taking that now to help with optic neuritis that I developed on April 2, 2014. It’s natural and my eyesight is almost all back

  16. Dr. Cartwright, How much B6 and B12 do you recommend taking. although I am taking the Essentials my balance problems still seem to not be getting better but worse.

  17. Hello..I read all these with great interest…I wish I could have joined in, but firstly had a job to get it, said page was not available, here in uk. for some reason…but also, I had to be out at a clinic here that day….The problem with me is that I am older, now 81, as I have written in to Sue about…I hoe various problems..temporal artritis for about 4-5 years now, polymyalgia….osteoporosis for a long time…had both hips and one knee replacement….I am now diagnosed heart failure….which I am not so sure about….I could explain so much more…I have had umbilical hernia removed from outside one, and now have an inside one growing..but because of my age I think, it has been left..so far touch wood, no pain, just a lump!….I have had cyst on my liver late 90s, it had to be drained before Easter than year, I went home after three weeks…I think the drainage was about 6 litres….then had to go in hospital again, and had it removed, and was told it was about 10lb….now without me getting my files out, it may have been the opposite…10 litres, and 6 lb…please forgive me…I am very tired now, and I get fatigue a lot…..I have had many other things to….but I see all the symptoms of MS, and I appear to have nearly all of them….doctors tell me THEY DONT THINK I HAVE MS….don’t think!!!! the hospitals say the same….I was also taken off an HRT at the age of 79….I fought it, as a professor in that department 6-8 years ago, said if I needed it It was o.k.. to stay on it for life….she had since retired, an no one else would listen….I only found a few words in a letter she had sent to me, it did not help…..the hrt helped with bone structure, which is what I needed also, with osteoporosis…and the osteoarthritis I have …..my feet are bad, and I am walking on bone on one foot now….as I had a callous, which has worn to the bone, and the other foot is a problem now…. my teeth are a problem, since I was a teenager, I had troubles then, and cared for my teeth and gums after EVERY meal since, and now lost the bottom teeth, and the gums receded very badly…so I have to mince much of my food…I do love cooking thankfully, so gives me a hobby, as well as typing, as I rang my own secretarial business, and had office in town for 20 years, but worked from home also, for over 50 years…and I still type most things, and learnt internet and e mails….which keeps me in touch with the world, and friends and family out there….HAVING SAID ALL THIS….I cannot get diagnosed for multiple sclerosis…..my doctor and the others at the surgery, said is is unlikely I have it, at my age…not diagnosed at this late stage..however, I have had many of the symptoms throughout my life, I am a hard worker, and just worked through them, having had my own little business which did not thrive that well, as computers came in, and people did their own typing, like students with thesis, etc…..it has now caught me up…at this age…
    some of my symptoms now are: NUMBNESS OR TINGLNG IN THE ARMS, LEGS…HAD IT IN MY LEFT ARM….A LONG TIME, THEN I HAD PAIN TOP OF MY LEFT LEG, AT THE BACK….THEN IN MY RIGHT SIDE OF MY BOTTOM, TINGLING, THEN PAIN, THAT I COULD NOT SIT DOWN FOR A WHILE, AND IF I DID I SCREECHED!..THAT WENT, AND LAST WEEKEND THE PAIN IN MY ARM WAS TERRIBLE….MADE ME SCREECH AT TIMES, SO HAD TO HOLD IT STILL….FOUND SOMETHING THAT HELPED, A PATCH, AND A MEDICUR PAIN RELIEF…..HAD MANY MORE PAIN THINGS, THAT IS THE LATEST…I HAVE SLURRED SPEECH……BLURRED VISION, AND SOMETIMES MY EYES ARE NOT GOOD, OTHER TIMES, I AM A LOT BETTER…MUSCLE WEAKNESS, MY LEGS VERY WEAK, I WALK IN THE HOUSE HOLDING ON TO THINGS..I HAE A WALKER…JUST HAD A STAIR LIFT PUT IN….PROBLEMS WITH BALANCE ALSO, WHICH I HAVE HAD FOR YEARS TO..STIFFNESS AND PAIN A LOT OF THE TIME….I USED TO LOVE DANCING, BUT IN THE 70s I FELT WORSE, AND MY LEGS WERE TOO WEAK AT TIMES, TO DANCE MUCH…MY MEMORY IS POOR ON AND OFF….I DONT FEEL THAT BAD WITH ALTZEIMERS, JUST MEMORY, AND HAVE TO THINK…BEING A SECRETARY KEEPS ME GOING, I MAKE NOTES, AND WHEN GETTING MEALS ALSO…I CANNOT GET MEALS NOW FOR THE FAMILY, USED TO HAVE 12 ON BOXING DAYS….WITH FIVE GRANDCHILDREN…..I HAVE BOWEL PROBLEMS AT TIMES, AND CONSTIPATION, BUT MAYBE DUE TO MEDICATION…..I GET THESE THINGS ALL THE TIME…AND I READ THAT IF SYMPTOMS LAST OVER 24 HOURS ONE SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR….LIKELY TO DIAGNOSE M.S., AND HAVE AN MRI SCAN…I READ SO MUCH….I HAVE ALSO HEARD THAT ONE OVER MY AGE CAN BE DIAGNOSED WITH M.S. BUT NO ONE WANTS TO KNOW….I AM TRYING HARD….I AM SORRY THIS IS SO RUSHED, I AM FEELING SO TIRED, I GET FATIGUE MORE THAN EVER NOW..I NEED A SLEEP…
    I found all this interesting…and just wanted to reply with with my story….
    very grateful to share, Barbara C. and p.s. I am now in tears, as I JUST HAD ANOTHER PHONE CALL..another old school friend has passed away…this last 6-8 months I have literally heard of so may pass away, friends old and new, and some family also….it is incredible, it really is..but I know GOD IS WATCHING US FROM A DISTANCE, AND I PRAY…AND HAVE FAITH….AND WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES ANOTHER ONE OPENS THEY SAY, AND IT IS TRUE, IT HAS HAPPENED MORE THAN TWICE IN MY LIFE SO FAR. God Bless all.

  18. I was diagnosed with MS in 2001. I slowly got worse and had to ngo on disability in 2009. I am totally wheelchair bound. I now can barely stand. I took the supplements you recommended along with The Essentials but had to quit because I could no longer afford them. I have bad constipation and my PCP told me to take Miralax everyday. I have been and have gotten ALOT worse. I was wondering if Miralax would cause me to get worse.

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