Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Train Your Brain!'ve heard it before...I learned it when I was diagnosed - MS makes your brain shrink.  Scary thought.

"Problems in attention, memory, verbal fluency, and information processing can be common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), with difficulties reported in finding the right words and keeping up in conversations, or trouble remembering routines at home or work. According to the researchers, these problems are thought to be associated with volume loss and atrophy in the brain’s grey matter."1

If only there was something we could do to stop this from happening.

Oh wait, there is!  Challenge your brain! Better yet, train your brain...

"Training your brain will increase the brain growth hormones your brain needs to repair damage, build new connections and grow more brain cells."  - The Wahls Protocol, Terry Wahls, M.D.

Lumosity is an online program consisting of games geared towards improving memory, attention, flexibility, speed of processing, and problem solving.  Scientists and game designers have combined talents to turn common cognitive and neuropsychological research tasks into fun, exciting games.

A training session only takes less than five minutes a day and is accessible via a computer, tablet or smartphone.  I love being able to do it anytime, anywhere, on any device.  Makes waiting for the doctor a lot more productive...

Many of the games adapt to a player’s ability level, ensuring that you are challenged to the full extent of your abilities.  But the best part, is that these games are fun!  The graphics and the sounds are awesome - it feels more like play than training.

While this is pay to play model, you can access three games a day for free!  Personally, I took the free version for a 30-day spin to ensure I would stay engaged. Then guess what, 25% coupons started coming my way.

I really enjoy the Lumosity games and make it a priority to train my brain daily as one more way that I Am Beating MS!

Beating MS!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Donate to MS While You Shop! you know that you can donate to charity at no cost to you every time you shop at

The key is to shop AmazonSmile.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you will be asked to select the charitable organization of your choice to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Your selection will be stored in your Amazon profile and then every eligible purchase you make at AmazonSmile will result in a donation!  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.

https://www.drmcdougall.comWhile there are nearly one million organizations to support, I like to make my donation work for me by donating to a non-profit foundation with a history in studying the affects of diet on multiple sclerosis. 

Specifically, the foundation started and run by Dr. John McDougall; a physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through diet and  has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.

The McDougall Research & Education Foundation has funded a study on the dietary treatment of
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the Oregon Health & Science University. Their second ongoing project is the measurement of artery wall thickness changes that occur as a result of the McDougall Diet using ultrasound measurements (CIMT).  Additionally, some of the foundation money goes towards the education of medical students and medical residents from the US and around the world to learn how to practice diet-therapy.

We all shop, we might as well help out others while we do it!

Beating MS!