My journey with MS Part 1 - Going Rogue in Guatemala

New Podcast!

Diagnosed in 2001, it’s been awhile. Remembering how it came about in Guatemala and what I went through reminds me of how far I have come.

Thank you Jessie Ace and @DISabledtoENabled for hosting me on their podcast. Jessie Ace is amazing and lives with MS. She’s a bright light in this world and I feel blessed to be a part of her program.


“Twenty years ago couldn’t walk or see unassisted. Today she is thriving and helping thousands of people with MS learn to thrive too. Her award-winning blog (Girl with MS) shares tips and tricks that she’s picked up as a certified life coach, motivational speaker, health journalist, and MS advocate. Years of studying alternative and holistic nutrition and lifestyle skills have given this Girl with MS a chance at life again.

ENabled warriors, please help me in welcoming to the show the amazing… “




Caroline Craven
GirlWithMS.com

Monday
: We chat about her Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis, how it happened, and what medications she takes for it.

Wednesday: We chat about how she started a blog that helps so many people(and how Facebook shut down all her pages overnight!)

Friday: Find out Carolines answers to the not-so-super-quick secrets round - find out about her hilarious Halloween costumes!

 

Want to WIN a copy of Jessie’s  best selling ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker? 


Jessie’s book is called the ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker Book. The book helps people with chronic illnesses to manage and track their symptoms, allows them to instantly spot triggers, and allows for accurate notes to be recorded and given to doctors. 

It contains:
  • Monthly Calendars
  • Appointment Diaries
  • Menstrual Tracker
  • Exercise
  • Goal setting
  • Daily sheets for positivity and growth
  • Food and hydration diaries
  • Medication/supplement tracker
  • Treatment tracker 
  • Medical quick notes for easy reference in appointments
  • And a 1 and 3 month graphs to record information on for your doctors.
There is also a bundle included with the book too which includes an ebook on how to remember everything, cheatsheets for how to get more time in your day, bookmarks to allow you to mark the pages, 'I AM' positive statement cards, in-depth symptom, and pain tracker sheets and extra graph sheets for easy use.  

Enter the giveaway by going to www.mybookgiveaway.com to enter your details in Facebook messenger (lookout for a link that will pop up!) 


Or if you’re impatient (like me) and want yours now, Claim your discounted book from www.enabledwarriors.org/st

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This week's book:
Lance Armstrong - It's not about the bike. 
Get your copy here: https://amzn.to/3k69GHb

Stay #ENabled and #takeTHATms! 

P.s. It's not the cards we're dealt that matters, it's how we play the game that counts ;) 
 
 
 
 
 

Girl with MS Support Group & BelongMS are here to help!

Help!   I definitely need extra support during these epic times.  How about you?  


As many of you know, my focus is Conquering MS with Self-Care.  Self-Care means a lot to different people but for me it represents a combination of awareness, education, action, and medical expertise.  As people living with MS, the need for social connection is essential in keeping us sane. At least it is for me!  


One of my most asked questions is “Do you use an app or other social media to help with your MS?” And the answer is Yes. 

I’ve used and tried different apps and social media outlets over the years and each has slightly different offerings and options.  After being shut down by facebook due to a hacker, (My story here) I knew I needed something more reliable.  

For my current life with MS, I have chosen BelongMS (part of Belong.life) to share my twenty years of experience to help others.   

We created a Girl with MS support group.  And it’s not just for girls. As a certified life  coach, nutritional educator, health journalist and someone living with MS for twenty years, we have stuff to talk about!  There are many tips and tricks and just over all support that will help us live better with MS. Will help us all say, #takeTHATms!  

  


And now we can chat directly via Belong.  Anyone with MS can join Belong and find tons of support, friendship, expert advise and even clinical trials. Once the Belong app is downloaded and you have registered (click here for app), then you can scroll down and see the different support groups.  Mine is circled below and is the Girl with MS.  Join me!  




The Girl with MS Channel is all about Self-Care.  We’ll talk about different ways to take care of ourselves, ways to find ourselves and ways to support each other.  



Because if I don't take care of myself, this is how I end up feeling:  

  

But when I do take those extra steps, those extra little measures to take care of myself like medical visits, and extra caution,



I can have days like this: 



I’m looking forward to “seeing” you on Belong and having a channel to talk directly with all of my MS friends out there.  If you already have Belong App, then look me up and let’s chat!   


MS is a challenge but together we’re stronger.  Together we can support ourselves with questions, answers, encouragement and laughter.  Together we can BELONG!    


And together we can say #takeTHATms! 



What's all the buzz about Kesimpta® - the newest FDA approved Drug for Relapsing forms of MS?

OK guys, KUDOS to all those doing incredible research and clinical trials for us living with MS!

Especially during this time of Covid-19, it's nice to hear of the continuous progress being made.  As someone living with MS for twenty years now, I am always interested in learning about new therapies and how research and approaches have changed over the years.   

Today we have ofatumumab, brand name Kesimpta®, the newest disease modifying therapy approved by the FDA for relapsing forms of MS. Kesimpta® is produced by Novartis.  When I heard this, I wanted to learn more!

(These thoughts are my own - I am not being compensated for this post.)

Kesimpta® is a disease modifying therapy that targets B-cells in the body to help the immune system manage itself better and help with inflammation.  In doing so the rate of relapses and disease progression can be reduced helping people with MS live a fuller life.  Or at least this is what the research is showing.  I recently wrote about Kesimpta® for Healthline.com and contains a lot more information.   

Just released, Kesimpta® is already being prescribed and used. This Girl with MS is darn excited to hear how folks are liking it!  You can check out their information and patient support at kesimpta.com.  

I sat down the other day and got to interview two interesting folks. One a doctor and one living with MS.  


Kerry, 38: Kerry was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in 2012 after experiencing a loss of sensation in half of her face for nearly two weeks. Today, she leads a busy life day-to-day as an advertising executive and mother of two young boys. Kerry’s husband is a key point of support at home when MS symptoms may tire her out. Kerry has never taken and is not currently taking Kesimpta. Of note, Kerry currently works for an advertising agency that services Novartis, but is not being paid for this opportunity.

 

Dr. Robert Shin, Neurologist: Dr. Shin is a Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and the Director of the Georgetown Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center. Dr. Shin specializes in multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Shin is a paid spokesperson for Novartis.


I recently wrote about Kesimpta® for Healthline.com.  Click here for full article. Some excerpts below: 

“This data is very promising and very positive,” Bruce Bebo, PhD, the executive vice president of research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, told Healthline last week. “We are excited about this option.”

More than 900 people received ofatumumab in the multi-center clinical trial this summer.

In study results published earlier this month, the immune-modulating drug was shown to quiet inflammatory disease activity. 

Researchers said a subcutaneous injection of ofatumumab produced a significant reduction in new inflammation as well as fewer clinical relapses and progression events. 

In the second year of treatment, nearly 9 out of 10 study participants on ofatumumab showed no sign of disease activity.

The study covered two double-blind, double-dummy phase 3 trials, ASCLEPIOS I and ASCLEPIOS II. Both were funded by Novartis.

The trials were conducted at 385 sites in 37 countries, comparing ofatumumab with teriflunomide, currently marketed in the United States as Aubagio, by Sanofi Genzyme.

Ofatumumab is similar in action to ocrelizumab, marketed in the United States as Ocrevus by Genentech.

These two drugs were not compared against each other, but the mechanics are the same as they target B cells in an effort to manage the immune system. 

“The clinical data is similar between the two, but the route of administration is different,” said Bebo.

  I recently wrote about Kesimpta® for Healthline.com. Click here for full article.

You can check out their information and patient support at kesimpta.com.  

(These thoughts are my own - I am not being compensated for this post.)


Just earlier this year we had the FDA approval of Zeposia® (ozanimod), produced by Bristol Myers Squibb.  Click to read my post about it.




Conquer MS with Self-Care! Tips and tricks for surviving these Covid Times.

Tips for Surviving 2020 with MS


For nearly 20 years now I have been battling my multiple sclerosis (MS).  Good days, bad days, every which way days.  I’ve had them all.   

 

I could not walk or see unassisted when the MS struck me.  Now I’m thriving in my own MS way.  It’s not the life I was used to or expected for me, but you know what happens when we have too many “plans”.  Time to let go and let life plan itself. Time to move forward with MS.  My success has been based on a natural, holistic approach to living with a lot of monitoring and help from my doctors. Life skills and stress management have played major rolls in my success.

Times like these we can benefit from learning to move forward...read more

TiPS and TRiCKS to stay healthy and cool this Summer:

Importance of Making a Plan B

Escaping the Red Zone of MS

Cooling and Healing Tips for MS

Join GWMS on youtube 

Radio Show - Tips and Tricks for living better with MS

"I'm newly diagnosed with MS - now what?" 

 

MS Living Well Podcast 9: Cognition and Multiple Sclerosis

MAY 21, 2020

 

Barry Singer MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care interviews:
Caroline Craven aka The Girl with MS is a certified life coach, writer and motivation speaker. Her writing focuses on articles in health journalism and highly rated blog. Her blog post topics range from personal experiences, research-based articles, recipes, life hacks and resources.

Click For Apple Podcasts

Click For MS Living Well Podcast 
 

Dave Bexfield (ActiveMSers.org) along with Kathy Reagan Young (FUMSnow.com), Cathy Chester (anempoweredspirit.com) And many more saved this Girl with MS during some really dark times. And that was before Covid. We have so much love and support out there. Reach out and see what there is to learn. Click here to see the full list of helpers/advocates. We’ve got this!

 

 

The Rocky Ride of MS and What Helped

Multiple Sclerosis is like riding a roller coaster in so many ways. 

This past year has shown a lot of love for this Girl with MS.  Some symptoms subdued, others raised their voices.  But top on my list was meeting so many wonderful people living with MS across the country, in person and around the world via the internet and telephone.

Despite my good year and pleasant holiday, the MS reared its ugly head with a bad case of pseudo bulbar affect or PBA.  One minute laughing, the next in tears.  I just call it the funk.  And it got a holt of me bad the other day. 

The fact it's the end of the year caused a bit of the emotions. Focusing on what did not get done in 2019 led me down a path of quick depression.  Even healthy people have to give themselves a break, but the pressure and disappointment that one can put on themselves can be debilitating.  And that's where I found myself.  

You know what helped?  All of these MS advocates and friends Read more...

Football season is a coming, not sure what it will look like but I’m getting ready.  Love my Oregon Ducks and Puddles!  #takeTHATms!
Take the Self-Care Challenge! 

Self-Care is vital in our fight against MS.  What can we do for ourselves?  Life skills lead to better health. One of these skills is to learn to quiet the mind... read more

Potential natural treatments for MS 

Alternative Therapies for MS  

Why me?  managing anger in MS
 

Surviving the Covid Quarantine

Life as an MS patient brings enough uncertainty and stress. 
These last five months have created challenges upon challenges. But it’s also provided opportunities.  I started a sourdough starter as did many people. I can’t eat a lot of gluten as it affects my MS in a bad way but it’s been fun making stuff for the family.  More importantly is that I posted two great resources to learn more about living with MS during Covid.  One is by the awesome @CathyChes at The Empowered Spirt and the other by Dr. Terry Wahls and the Wahls Group.  Did you know that elderberry during this time may not be a good thing?  So much to learn....read more...


 
Take action to potentiate your wellness. 

Other natural treatments for MS symptoms.
 
Keep on Moving if and when you can! It took me awhile to build up my strength after some time off. And this heat will have me down for awhile, but enjoy the little moments and all achievements.  

10 Ways you Can Prepare to Age Well with MS
by guest writer Anita Fernandes

Conquer MS with Self-Care:  GUT HEALTH

Much research has been done regarding gut health and MS.  And let’s face it – our guts are not healthy!  When we take pills by swallowing they have to compete with every other bacteria in your stomach and gut.  This can be a detriment for folks living with MS.  
 

Facebook shuts down theGirlwithMS without warning, specific reason or recourse


On 25 May, 2020, our USA Memorial Day, I received notice that my personal facebook account had been shut down and needed to be verified.  After using every tool offered by FB, I was eventually told that I had been verified and would not be verified again. This account was how I access my fb page, Facebook.com/thegirlwithms.  

In shutting me down they also shut down my Instagram account.  No specific reason. No warning.  And no way to contact either facebook or instagram.  

At the height of our COVID quarantine, I found myself completely isolated from all of my friends, my family, the thousands of people living with MS who follow me, and all of my MS support groups.  As a disabled person, I rely heavily on all social media to help me stay sane and healthy.  Maybe that was a mistake. 

With all the crud I see on facebook, why in the heck would they take down Girl with MS?  I have no way to see who contacts me via my contact button.  I can no longer make posts or share important MS studies and tips for thriving with this chronic illness.  I didn’t get sent to jail.  I got sent to death row.  

Thank you Mark Zuckerberg and your algorithms!

Not only did I lose contact with my support group and my MS world, but I lost the ability to continue my MS advocacy via two major platforms, part of which support my finances for living.  Maybe fb has gotten too big.  

I lost half of my GirlwithMS branding that has been ten years in the making.  I’ve lost handles that are no longer available. I’ve lost clients, became in default of contracts, and lost every single memory I have made on facebook and instagram these last 12 years. Every photo is gone. I was wiped off the earth as if in some comic book cleansing.  

Here is my facebook page http://facebook.com/thegirlwithms and if you go there and like it and comment to reopen it, the efforts may help! 

I have had attorneys interested in covering the case the but the cost was too high.  I’m working with an advocacy/lobbying group right now and hope to have some resolve soon.   



Here is my last post. I’m glad I had a back up admin to help, but then her privileges were revoked.  Was there something wrong with the page?  If I did anything wrong than I should be notified and given the chance to correct it.  

Is talking positive and sharing tips and research about MS too much for fb to handle?  Is this disability discrimination?  I have no idea but am waiting for some answers.  





It’s time to end the Facebook/Instagram domination and discrimination against those with disabilities.   

I don’t have an image of my old Instagram account, TheGirlwithMS.  There are others out there but they are not mine.  It has been stripped from IG.  

I’m just a white face in a gray background.  Sounds about right for 2020.  

Anyone living with multiple sclerosis or their loved ones will benefit from this page being reopened.  Anyone who is tired of Facebook and Instagram’s use of algorithms and lack of customer service will benefit.  Everyone who wants justice for the good of the public will benefit.  

Facebook and Instagram closed my accounts without warning or recourse. As an award winning blogger and MS advocate, I spend a lot of time, money and energy with Facebook and Instagram. Both of these platforms provide my services as an MS life coach and advocate.  They also connect me with friends, community and support groups.  

By the way, FB had no problem charging my credit card for ads that were running to promote traffic to my site: GirlwithMS.com, even though I had no access to change the ad or stop running it.  

The stress this has brought on as a medically disabled person trying to make a living and stay healthy is over the top.  I’ve lost income, thousands of social followers, lost traffic to my blog, lost half of my Girl with MS brand identity and have suffered relapses due to the stress.  

Please help my fight this and have our rights restored!   

Here is my facebook page http://facebook.com/thegirlwithms and if you go there and like it and comment to reopen it, the efforts may help! 

Thank you for your support!  

Caroline Craven

Writer | Speaker | MS advocate | Life Coach 

You may find me on Twitter @thegirlwithMS.

Hope in the life of the Covid Pandemic - a New MS treatment approved by the FDA

These last five months have been stressful on the world, let alone those at risk of contracting Covid-19.  But in light of it all there have been some shining news that should be recognized in our news today. 

The Federal Drug Agency (FDA) has approved another new disease modifying therapy (DMT) for relapsing forms of MS!  

ZEPOSIA® (ozanimod), produced by Bristol Myers Squibb was approved and is available for use specifically in the United States. I was able to sit down with Dr. Jacqueline Nicholas, a neurologist and MS expert from Columbus, Ohio, to discuss this new drug and what it means to those living with MS.  

Dr. Jacqueline A. Nicholas, MD, MPH, System Chief Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis, OhioHealth Multiple Sclerosis Center is a board-certified clinical neuroimmunologist specializing in multiple sclerosis (MS) and spasticity. 


Dr. Nicholas shares tips and tricks to talking with Doctors and finding the best disease modifying treatment for you:





Over one million people in the U.S. live with multiple sclerosis - or “MS” - an unpredictable and sometimes disabling disease that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. And the prices of DMT’s are reaching new heights.  This one actually comes in less than the others, seems like we need to take a closer look. 

 


With 85% of patients initially diagnosed with relapsing forms of MS, ongoing treatment is critical to addressing this devastating neurological disease. Each person can respond differently to MS medications, which is why having treatment options is so important. 


Recently, ZEPOSIA® (ozanimod), a new oral therapy, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adult patients with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, including clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease.


What will it cost?

  • The 30-day wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of ZEPOSIA will be $86,000, which is the lowest of other MS medications in its class.
How does this compare to other DMT’s available on the market today?  
  • ·    Based on WAC prices as of March 2020, oral DMT costs on an annual basis for approved RMS treatments are as follows:[i]

    o    Mavenclad (variable by weight) $107.5

    o    Gilenya (0.5 mg) $103.9

    o    Tecfidera (240 mg) $99.3

    o    Mayzent (2.0 mg) $92.1

    o    Aubagio (14 mg) $92.0

    o    Vumerity (231 mg) $86.8

     

    “Bristol Myers Squibb is committed to making ZEPOSIA accessible to appropriate patients who need it.”


    o    Through the ZEPOSIA 360 Support™, Bristol Myers Squibb will provide a range of services to facilitate access to ZEPOSIA for appropriate patients with MS. This includes a co-pay of as little as $0 for eligible appropriate patients, assistance with financial support, reimbursement for some initial out-of-pocket medical costs – and a program that may help eligible patients with commercial insurance to receive free medication while they are waiting for insurance approvals. Terms, conditions, and eligibility criteria apply. More information is available at ZEPOSIA.com.

    o  We encourage any families with questions or challenges accessing our medicines to call BMS Access Support at 1-800-861-0048.


    There is a lot more information on their website but this is interesting about insurance: 


    What insurance coverage do you expect?

    • We anticipate that 65% of the patients in the US will be commercially insured patients, while the remaining 35% will be government insured patients.

    ·         We have a co-pay assistance program that will cover 100% of out-of-pocket costs for any and all commercially insured patients, which means that around 65% of patients on ZEPOSIA will have a $0 co-pay.


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    It’s important to talk with your doctor and/or MS specialist. Find a treatment that works with you and your goals.  There are many options these days!    


    Time to say #takeTHATms!


Living with MS during the Corona Quarantine 2020

So, ever wondered what the twilight zone would be like in our life time?  I think we’ve hit it.  As we venture into this awkward time what priorities are you making to take care of your self?

The corona virus or COVID-19 (when it becomes an illness) has changed our world.  There is much we can learn about the virus and also ways to find a healthy, happy life amongst this chaos.

I mean, do we really need 48 rolls of toilet paper or paper towels?  Do we need to hoard and ration like it’s World War II?  It seems that is what we are facing, along with the demands of face masks and gloves.

Braving the market

And some people don’t even believe its a real threat.  Well, as a high risk person, I do believe it is real and know there are things we can do to improve our chances.

I’m sharing some of my activities and, Some information about COVID-19 via my friend and fellow advocate Cathy Chester, and some survival tips from Dr. Terry Wahls and the Wahls Team.

MY Corona Quarantine ACTIVITIES 
For the last month my days have been filled with projects, both big and small.  Things to get off my list because there is not a lot of work out there right now. People are hurting, investments are at an all time low, and money is being found between seat cushions and laundry piles in order to buy the next set of groceries.

I decided on a couple of projects that might interest you - in a way to stay a little happier and healthier during these stressful times.

My first one was a paint by number (PBN) that I received from Winnie’s Picks.  They based the image off a photograph I took in the Galápagos Islands.

Female cactus finch - Galápagos Islands - Photograph
The PBN was a bit difficult for me as I wanted to just paint and draw and feel the flow.  But, I loved the process, the puzzle of it all.  It also required patience and motivation, two parts of life that can easily slip during times like these. It took me awhile but with the quarantine and rainy days, the painting became a fun part of my day.

WinniesPicks set based on photograph

My version of the painting. 

Then I took out my pencils and art supplies and just started doodling.  One day I’ll start messing with more media but this was a fun start.   The process is healing and anything with hand-eye coordination helps my cognitive issues and more.  I also love the tactile aspect of touching and drawing and getting dirty.

Doodling...  

I also started a sour-dough starter.  Her name is Poppie.  Yep, I named her.  And she has produced a lot of good food for us. Now you’re thinking, hey, no gluten, or white flour, and usually I agree.  But in times of war and rations are low, one becomes thrifty and healthy.  Did you know that sour dough has been fermented and therefore the gluten is easier to digest?  I just learned that but in fact sourdough is really the only kind of bread I like.  I don’t eat a lot of it as it will mess with my MS, but have had fun playing in the kitchen.

Homemade sourdough bagels
In addition to starting my “Victory Garden,” the yard demanded some photography.  Or maybe I did as a mental release.



I was actually under the wether for a few weeks, recovering from a cold. It’s been easy for me to quarantine with my team, Mom and Dad.  They’re in their 80’s so are also considered at risk. We take it very seriously but also have fun. Walking, puzzles, and games, oh my!  Plus a lot of good cooking.  I’m feeling blessed and that’s a good thing these days.

I’ve also been enjoying my Cubii!  Remember that easy to use adaptive treadmill. Well, it’s one handy tool right now.  Cubii has special classes you can take online:
  • Carrie'e Cardio
  • Cubii Pyramid with weights or water bottles workout
  • Cubii functional fitness with Anne
  • Get your water bottle or weights ready for a Cubii workout 
Click here to join the facebook classes online!


Click here to learn more about Cubii.


But these are just my escapes during this pandemic.  There are still many questions about the Corona Virus, COVID-19 and MS answered in the links below:


MS advocate, Cathy Chester, wrote a beautiful blog piece answering a lot of questions.  Click here to access her blog, “AnEmpoweredSpirit” or click on image below:



Another resource that has helped is the Wahls Team.  Here’s what they have to say:



INFO about COVID-19

I spoke with Dr. Terry Wahls and the Wahls Team.  They have a lot of great information over on their website - click here.  I found the following to be extremely useful:

“As always, there are many actions we can control and take immediately that can have a major impact on our health and the health of others. Here are several ways you can improve your resilience and increase the probability of an infection being mild. Remember to work with your personal medical team to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.   
  1. Avoid all non-essential travel and non-essential meetings. 
  2. Improve the quality of your diet by removing added sugars, white flours, and processed foods. A high–glycemic index diet dumps a lot of glucose (sugar) into your bloodstream, which decreases your immune cells’ effectiveness at protecting you from illness. Avoid paleo-approved treats, which still have too many high-glycemic ingredients. Focus on vegetables and meat (legumes and gluten-free grains for vegetarians and vegans) and get rid of sweet desserts. [1-4]
  3. Get enough sleep, preferably 7 to 9 hours[5]. Sleep is vital to keeping immune cells ready to fight viral infections. Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system’s innate ability to act as the first line of defense.  
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water vigorously for 20 seconds and avoid shaking hands to minimize the spread of the virus. I recently saw a great infographic that said “Wash your hands like you have just chopped hot peppers and are about to put in your contacts.”
  5. Wash your nose and sinuses twice a day with a Netipot®. This cleans your nasal tissue and reduces the virus’s ability to take hold. 
  6. Monitor your temperature. If it is above 100 degrees F (37.7 Celsius), self-quarantine for 14 days.  
  7. Stay home in your room if you become ill. If you develop a cough, sore throat, and runny nose do not go to work or frequent public places, which will spread the disease, perhaps to an at-risk individual for whom an infection could be deadly. Stay in your room and do not infect your family!. 
  8. Check your vitamin D level. If your vitamin D level is below 20 ng/ml, you are at increased risk for infection. Even at levels below 40 ng/ml, the risk for a wide variety of poor health outcomes goes up. If your levels are low, work with your personal medical team to increase your vitamin D level to get to the optimal range (top half of the lab’s reference range). Do not overshoot your vitamin D level however as that may become problematic as well. See https://terrywahls.com/shop/ for tests you can order and obtain directly.
Here are some natural remedies that Dr. Terry Wahls uses often in winter to help her and her family avoid and treat illness.  
    1. Eat raw garlic, which boosts your natural killer immune cells. Daily consumption of raw garlic can help prevent illness and reduce symptoms if you aren’t feeling well. When I develop symptoms, I eat raw garlic four times a day [4]. 
    2. Drink fire cider, which is a combination of apple cider vinegar, garlic, peppers, horseradish, and other herbs that amplify the natural killer cells. I take one tablespoon a day to prevent sickness and 1 tablespoon four times a day if I am already feeling ill. 
    3. Get more vitamin C. Daily doses of 250 to 500 mg once or twice daily can amplify immune cell activity and strength. We can’t make our own vitamin C. When we become ill, our vitamin C needs to increase. Nutritional biochemist Linus Pauling famously recommended additional vitamin C at the onset of the common cold (another coronavirus) [7].
    4. Get more pre-made vitamin A (retinol). I recommend eating liver (6 to 8 ounces) once a week or take organic liver capsules. Liver is an excellent source of the pre-made vitamin A. You can visit https://terrywahls.com/shop/ for the brand of organ meat capsules I suggest to my patients who choose not to eat liver or organ meat. 
    5. Get more zinc. Zinc deficiency is very common in those with chronic disease. Adding a zinc lozenge (5 to 50 mg) during the winter may be a wise protective measure for anyone worried about COVID-19 risk.  
    6. Consume more fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, dairy-free yogurt, and kefirs. The probiotics in these foods help modulate the immune response, lowering the risk of septic shock in response to serious viral infections. Sauerkraut is also a good source of vitamin C. 
    7. Elderberry syrup has been shown to be helpful against the influenza virus[9]. However, elderberry has also been demonstrated to increase the production of some cytokines[10]. For that reason, I do not recommend elderberry for COVID-19 related symptoms. It may increase the risk of cytokine storm and more severe reaction. For that reason, I would NOT use elderberry syrup at this time. 
    8. Get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet or in supplement form. Omega-3 fats are necessary to make resolvins, a signaling molecule that turns off inflammation once the infection is under control or the repair process has been completed [11]. An insufficient omega-3 fatty acid level may contribute to NLRP3 and NFKappaB, driving high levels of cytokine that cannot be modulated correctly by the lungs, leading to cytokine storm and lung damage. Grass-fed meat, wild fish, and fish oil are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp, flax, and walnut oil are vegetarian sources.
Here are the links to the CDC and WHO coronavirus sites:
Look for your local public health resources as well. Here is the Iowa coronavirus site. 
https://idph.iowa.gov/emerging-health-issues/novel-coronavirus

Social Distancing with Friend - stay safe!

Keep moving as best you can!

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