Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dr. John McDougall's Curing MS Resources

"Too few people are told that within 10 years of diagnosis, even with the best treatments available, nearly half of those with Multiple Sclerosis will be wheelchair bound, bedridden, or dead. Given this hard look at the reality of Multiple Sclerosis, more people would be interested in a treatment that is cost-free, side-effect-free and stops the disease in over 90% of those people with early disease. The low-fat diet treatment for Multiple Sclerosis was developed by Roy Swank, MD, former head of the department of Neurology at the Oregon Health & Science University. He has treated more than 5,000 people over the past 50 years and the results are remarkable."

Click here for Dr. McDougall's Health & Medical Center free online resources regarding Multiple Sclerosis and diet.

Beating MS!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Recolor App For Stress Management on the coloring trend for stress reduction, I present you with the Recolor App available through iTunes.

Why do I love this app?

Because some of us aren't into arts & crafts (raises hand).  I personally love technology, so when I discovered this point and click app that allowed me to create pretty pictures with as little or as much time as I had, I dived right in!

Having this app on my Smartphone allows me to use it anywhere, anytime.  Whenever I find myself with a few minutes to spare, I whip out my phone and start coloring.  Ah Zen... (Where is that doctor?!)

Best part - it's FREE!

There is a paid monthly or yearly subscription if you feel so inclined.  Personally, I find the free version provides me all the instant stress management that I am looking to achieve.

No matter what your stress management technique is, be sure to practice daily.

Beating MS!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


We are inundated with health advice every day from well-meaning friends and family to media “experts.”

One day something is good for us, the next day it isn’t. It’s enough to drive you crazy.

This barrage of health & wellness advice will never stop, but there is one thing you can do to cut through the noise - align yourself with an expert such as a doctor and then filter new information through their ideology.

Pick someone who you fundamentally agree with, respect, trust. Then whenever you hear the latest and greatest information, ask yourself, “What Would X Do?"

My personal "X" factor is Dr. John McDougall. He is a well-respected, longstanding general physician who believes in and practices medicine through diet & lifestyle changes, turning to medication and surgeries as a last resort.

I have read many of his books, have seen him lecture and have even had one-on-one consultations with him. I believe and trust his approach to health & wellness.  I also admire and respect the work he does; so whenever something new hits the presses, I ask myself, “What Would McDougall Do?"  I like to think of this as running information through my "McDougall filter."

Luckily for me, McDougall is a rather outspoken health & wellness proponent and has commented on just about everything you can think of and continues to do so.

I recently fell into the marketing trap when I read the Wheat Belly book by William Davis M.D.  I had forgotten my own sage advice and started making dietary changes to align with the logic presented so convincingly in the book; even though it went against everything I had learned up to that point.

Luckily, before I got too far down the rabbit whole, Dr. McDougall published a paper debunking the Wheat Belly book.

I had a close call and that’s why it is so important to vet new information through a trusted source before jumping on the "blind sheep bandwagon."

So, next time you’re confused about the latest and greatest health advice, ask yourself, WWXD?

Beating MS!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hoff's Basic Stuffing

Hoff's Basic Stuffing
Yields: about 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 7 slices Multi-grain Oil-free Bread (cut into bite size cubes)
  • 1 small Sweet Onion (chopped) 
  • 1 cup Veggie Broth
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Bake Bread on large cookie sheet, 8-10 minutes until toasted
  3. Meanwhile, sautee Onion in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat until translucent
  4. Combine Onions, Bread & Seasonings in large bowl
  5. Add a little Broth at a time until Bread is moist but not soaked (all liquid may not be needed)
  6. Transfer Stuffing to large glass baking dish
  7. Cover & bake for 25 minutes
  8. Remove cover & bake for additional 15 minutes to crisp the top

Hoff Thoughts: Add more Broth or Water if you feel stuffing is too dry.  Experiment by adding Raisins or other dried fruit, even Mushrooms!  My best stuffing has resulted from fresh bakery bread, not shelf-stable bread.  Any oil-free, vegan bread will work, I just really like the multi-grain.