In a previous appointment with my functional medicine MD, we discussed possible ways to kill of my population of bad bacteria—namely Campylobacter and some Clostridia. None of the options looked appealing (antibiotics), but recently there have been good results reported with some garlic-based supplements. I began these on April 14th and will continue for at least 3 months while increasing the dose.

I remain on my SF722 to kill off the candida for another 2 months for a total of 6 months.

At the end of these protocols will be additional samples to insure I am clear of the unwanted guests.

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considering a walker

Before we cancelled our spring trek to Japan because of the Edwin factor, I was feeling spry enough to purchase a walker which I was using to take walks around the neighborhood—short without and long with Oscar. Although traveling with a wheelchair is certainly workable, it is much better for my health on many levels (eg improved digestion, structure, cardiovascular) to walk upright. Walking with a cane as I normally do is fine, as well, but it has its own limitations when I begin to fatigue. My posture and, therefore, structure are better served by a walker. Having both assistive devices available means I may endeavor to be good to my body by walking as much as possible AND accomplish lots of things while traveling even though I may become fatigued (extra-long days= wheelchair). I have between now and September to increase my endurance with the walker. Bon courage!

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I have this love/hate relationship with the news media. I love to stay informed, but one must define what “informed” is exactly. Is it informed or overwhelmed? There is a fine line, and my trigeminal neuralgia excels at pointing out the difference. I check different news sites—everything from the BBC, NY Times, CNN, and NHK. By far the most irritating or amusing, depending on your point of view, is CNN.

• How Pilates can help women with MS
• 11 ways to manage spine arthritis
• Solving the riddle of RA
• Tips for a sound sleep with MS
• 8 rheumatoid arthritis exercises
• The 123s of treating afib
• 8 ways to live better with RA

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Swank diet

When Bob told me that the Swank diet was nonsense, I had already come to the same conclusion myself after reading the publication. The Swank diet basically believes that people with MS should not intake fat; the Wiki says “low in saturated fat,” but the people who I knew who were on it back in the mid to late 90s said they avoided all fat. The mere idea of someone who is having the myelin stripped from their central nervous system avoid fat is bizarre. Myelin is by definition 70-80% lipids (fat) . How would one ever hope to repair the myelin if the weren’t consuming the building blocks necessary to do so? Oh, that’s right. Back then, the common belief was that you simply DIDN’T remyelinate. I never heard Bob say that, however.

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