Friday

MS Medicines at a BIG savings!


MS sees no borders, neither does the GirlwithMS.com  

Medicine is expensive and many folks can not afford their treatments.  I am proud to off YouDrug.com as an option.  This is a Canadian company and can save patients up to 80% off of very expensive drugs.

One of my passions is supporting American businesses but let's be honest, they are over the top expensive.  The main reason for this is factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers.  



Have Questions or Concerns?    Check out these facts: 
  • YDS is upheld by stringent Canadian Food & Drug safety standards.
  • They only source from Canada to ensure quality/safety/efficacy of medication sold
  • All orders *must* be accompanied by a legitimate prescription as an on staff doctor does verify before orders can be filled. They have a strict policy about this to maintain their approval and good standing with regulatory bodies
  • They are certified and endorsed both federally and provincially by by CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association) as well as MIPA (Manitoba International Pharmacy Association) and in good standing as a BBB Accredited Business.
  • Also verified by PharmacyChecker, an independent 3rd party which verifies online pharmacies for safety/legitimacy.
  • Free standard shipping on ALL orders over $100 and low rates for orders under $100.
  • Prices marked in local currency so Americans can shop in USD
  • Fonts are large and easy to read for elderly and those with vision issues
  • Easy to use website. Prescriptions can be attached from your device/computer as an image snapped with a smartphone or other type of camera/image device.
  • Search for products by name - brand name and generics available (but they can only fill what the doctor has prescribed so if the RX is for brand, customer can only order that and vice versa if generic).
  • Up to 80% savings made possible simply due to government and regulatory differences between U.S. and Canada. Canada has caps on how much businesses can profit off sale of drugs which means no price gauging as unfortunately is common in the U.S.
  • Registering for an account is free
  • Customer service is available during business hours, M-F where needed and YDS strives to ensure professional, courteous service for all.
  • Packages are shipped discreetly with privacy in mind.
  • 90 Day Return policy and satisfaction guarantee for customer peace of mind
  • Over the counter drugstore products available
  • Accept Visa/Mastercard/Discover or a paper check.
  • YDS does not sell controlled substances or those flagged as highly addictive (i.e. Opiates)
  • They will price match against other CIPA-accredited pharmacies where price is lower (customer must provide proof - info in FAQs).


I hope this is helpful! For more, you may want to review their FAQs here: https://www.youdrugstore.com/faq.html

Thursday

Upcoming Paid Study on Multiple Sclerosis!

If you haven't already signed up for the MS Neighbourhood Research Project you still have time to do so. Check out the detail below

Hey peeps:  Here is an awesome way to say #takeTHATms.   Making money because you have MS!  

  Are you a Canadian living with MS?  




Well, now its time to get paid for it!   Check out this really cool project out of Toronto by Self Care Catalysts.  

Patient empowerment through self care and research

Upcoming Paid Study on Multiple Sclerosis:


We are conducting a study among people with Multiple Sclerosis to understand the impact of their condition on their quality of life and how it impacts their day-to-day decisions making.

Have you been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? If so, we'd like to invite you to participate in an upcoming paid study on your MS experience.

The study involves completing a 14-day journal about your MS experience, and a confidential phone interview.

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

·       Above the age of 18
·       Have been diagnosed with MS
and MUST live in CANADA

If you are interested Click HERE to participate in this study, please take a few seconds to complete a quick survey

If you have any questions please call 1 844 475 4637 or email us at linda@selfcarecalatalysts.com.


Self Care Catalysts is a patient solutions, intelligence, and analytics company deriving value from patient-centered real world evidence to inform product life cycle management and behavior change interventions.



Our belief is that when patients are informed, respected, and engaged, they make better choices. Better choices mean better health outcomes. Therefore, it is important that patients’ views are well-represented in healthcare through the generation of real world evidence.
Our mission is to promote self-care behaviors among patients, while enabling patients to contribute their behavioral data to support important research across the product lifecycle, such as drug discovery, precision medicine, and development of support services and programs that are specific to the community. 
“Patients will build and own their health data.”
This blog post was sponsored by Self Care Catalysts.  Thank you for making a difference in the MS world!   .   

Tuesday

Interesting Research about Multiple Sclerosis



Oh what a year it has been!  

Here are some great research articles about multiple sclerosis that I wrote for Healthline.com this past year.  Quite a variety and feels good to look back and see how much was accomplished despite fighting relapses all year.  

A healthy lifestyle can and will make a big difference with this disease.  Take time to own it and kick it's ass.  Because it needs kicking.   

All I can say is #takeTHATms.  

Sunday

Massage Benefits MS


Many folks have asked about the benefits of massage for folks with MS.
Bottom line, I prefer spending my money and health on massage than on many of the Western "medicines" created for MS. Which don't seem to be true medicine. They are drugs that cover up the symptoms. So how do we reduce the symptoms and treat MS proactively?



Massage!
Among other ways to live healthy including nutrition, exercise, and spiritual well being, massage is a great physical way to remove toxins from our bodies. Whatever caused our MS or whatever exacerbates it, the one thing we can do is keep our body as clean as possible.
Now this is not always easy. Trust me! Coffee, tobacco, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, fake foods, artificial or fake anything can send MS into a tizzy.
The goal always is to reduce these toxins and increase MS beneficial foods, such as cooling mung beans and detoxing apples.
One thing we can do to remove toxins is to have a massage. And what a treat it is!
Massage seems to help in several areas:
  • Spasticity
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Poor circulation
  • Mental wellness...ahhhh....
The National MS Society has good information about massage and bodywork therapies click here. Here is the NMSS summary of how massage effects (or not) the course of MS.

"Massage and the underlying disease of MS

While massage can be helpful in relieving stress and inducing relaxation, it has no effect on the course of MS. A 1998 study investigated the effect of massage in people with MS on:
  • relief of anxiety and depression
  • improvement in mood, self-esteem and body image
  • increased ambulation and improved physical and social functioning.
The study used self-reports by the participants and found that, at the end of a five-week period, physical and social activity had improved in the people receiving massage. Those in the massage group also reported a decrease in depression. There was, however, no improvement in grip strength and only marginal improvement in ambulation."
So, keep up the massage and add some strength training or yoga to keep those muscles strong!
Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG.com talks about the benefits of massage on pain in MS sufferers. By reducing pain, massage can help folks become more mobile. Less pain = more movement. Folks withnMS don't want to be in bed. Sometimes we don't have much choice.Massage & Bodyworks Magazine has done their research with regards to MS and massage presenting us with one of the most comprehensive yet simple to digest articles summarizing MS, the disease, along with the benefits of massage. Click here for more. "For the MS patient, a well-being approach for addressing body, mind, and spirit is essential to combating the effects of the disease. Helpful self-care can include a daily routine of tai chi or yoga, meditation, and attention to diet." They get it. They get the disease and seem to understand what we need to feel better. Many therapists, especially in the Northwest where prevalence is higher, jphave numerous MS clients. Crowell is one of them:"With her extensive MS experience, Crowell says she has learned the importance of balance between releasing spasticity and maintaining enough tone for the client to function. "If you relax someone with MS too much, they can’t walk when they get off the table. They use the spasticity to keep them erect." By implementing a reflex response technique, she reduces spasms without decreasing tone. The client is better able to maintain standing balance, and for those who are not ambulatory, core stability is increased so they can sit better. "One of the things people tend to lose is control. You are working with refining the amount of contraction they use with a given movement." Wow! This is some great stuff. A must read for all with multiple sclerosis. Click here for full articleHere is a summary of MS symptoms. All can be helped with the right massage! The American Academy of Neurology talks about the most common massage techniques used for reducing pain in MS patients:Craniosacral massage: Light pressure is applied to the head, neck, and spine to ease tension and compression. This type of massage is not appropriate for people with conditions that could be affected by intracranial pressure changes, such as acute aneurysm, cerebral hemorrhage, or hydrocephaly.Lymphatic massage: Light, rhythmic strokes are used to improve the flow of lymph (a colorless fluid that helps fight infection and disease) and get rid of waste throughout the body. Lymphatic massage is often used to reduce post-surgical swelling and to help heal sports-related injuries.Myofascial release: Pressure and body positioning are used to loosen and stretch the muscles, fascia (connective tissue), and related structures. Both physical therapists and massage therapists who are appropriately trained use this technique.Reflexology: Specialized thumb and finger techniques are applied to reflex points in the hands and/or feet.Shiatsu: Gentle finger and hand pressure are applied to specific points on the body to relieve pain.Swedish massage: A variety of strokes and light-pressure techniques are used to enhance blood flow, remove waste products from tissues, stretch ligaments and tendons, and ease physical and emotional tension.Trigger point massage: Pressure is applied to trigger points (tender areas where the muscles have been damaged or where tension accumulates) to alleviate muscle spasms and pain.One of my favorites? Lymphatic massage...you can feel the toxins being squeegeed out of you! But I love them all. In fact, I'm off to get one now! What's your experience? Pro massage or toss it?

Life with MS

Thank you @positivelivingwithMS and @hanyagordan for this perfect meme. #takethatms



Tuesday

Living life to the Fullest with MS

There are days we are stuck in bed. Or a wheelchair or scooter or a cane. Some days we walk, run, bike and play. Sometimes gravity gets the better of us. Life with MS is not fun. But if we make it fun, then we can say #TakeThatMS!

Attitude is everything. Positive thought can make the difference. As well as learning how to chillax and accept that we have an illness and must take care of our lives as such.
  • Positive attitude. Can't say enough about this.
  • Awareness: meditation and mindfulness
  • Movement: yoga, exercise, tai chi, qigong etc
  • Nutrition: reduce inflammation and other symptoms through food
  • Social media: support groups, friends and family around the world who all understand what we are going through!
  • Peeing in ones pants: it's going to happen so just accept it now and move on.
  • Fatigue: oh dear. I just woke up and now it's bedtime again. How am I to to get through this day?
  • Depression, anxiety: talk to your DR. Use support groups, friends and family
  • Wine: may not be the best for MS physically but mentally can sure help the attitude
  • Learning to relax: it is OK to hold a couch in place with ones body
  • Boundaries: set them. Follow them. Your health comes first!
  • Ask for help: so many of us are Type A. Time to step back a notch.
  • Learn to say No: stressors come in all shapes and sizes. Priorities based on your health and well being are best.
  • Appreciate the little things in life. Stop and smell the roses.
  • Have fun! Pick up new hobbies. Look at life all over again with fresh eyes. Don't wallow in the past.
Here I am fishing once again. Fly fishing is very good on the nerves and when it includes friends, a twenty minute drive and funky Los Angeles surrounds, well, it all makes for a rocking good time! Now granted, I overdid a bit this past week and am feeling it today. It's Saturday and as I planned it, a pretty mellow day.
I'm feeling like the Giant American invasion on my little Philippine friends!

Last night I had a friends party and then a two hour Aromatherapy Yin Yoga workshop at my favorite little yoga studio in Montrose: TheraYogaStudio
Today: a relaxing Saturday with Wall Street Journal, and plenty of lemon-water throughout the day to cleanse this body!

How are you living life to the fullest with MS?

It's all a balancing act. Do more and pay the price. Treat your body right, get a refund on energy.
Right now, I'm treating the body right and restoring and rejuvenating for the week!