There are many ways to handle a multiple sclerosis diagnosis. This is my story and how I navigated MS via an integrated medicine (a.k.a. Natural Health, Natural Medicine) approach without using the ABC or Federal Approved MS disease modifying medications. I hope my stories provides a resource to help you with your personal journey and partnering with your Medical Team.
Over several years, as I shared my experience with navigating MS, I have been asked “have you published your stories” and followed up by you have a “responsibility” to share your experience for others”
I developed this web site to share my stores and navigating MS over the past 25+ years.
If you have any questions, comments or constructive feedback on the information shared on this site please let me know:
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The Beginning (a.k.a. MS Diagnosis)
In the fall of 1991, I was 40 years old with a financial management career, a wonderful wife, an 8-year-old daughter, and a 6-year-old son. I started to have numbness in my feet and hands and electrical tremors down the side of my body that would knock me down to the ground. I discussed this with a neurologist and after several series of tests he told me I had multiple sclerosis (MS), which is a central nervous system disorder. The neurologist wrote me a prescription for seizures and epilepsy and told me that the good news was that it was not a death sentence disease. Boy, was I encouraged!
I reviewed the medication the neurologist prescribed and read the long list of side effects, which ranged from hair loss to impotency. Very respectfully, I told the neurologist that I did not believe the risk of the side effects offset the benefits of the medication. I explained to him I could live with the numbness and tremors more easily than I could with the list of potential side effects. I asked whether there were other natural or alternate treatments we could discuss. He rather adamantly replied: “You have to take the medication!” At this point, I decided to take responsibility for managing my own health care and to seek out medical advisors that could discuss alternatives and the possibilities of a natural treatment plan. I made a leap of faith and a commitment to take a natural health, natural medicine approach to managing my MS. This was the beginning of my MS journey with natural health and natural medicine (a.k.a. integrative medicine).
 They are known as the “ABC” treatments, where “A” stands for Avonex, “B” stands for Betaseron/Betaferon and “C” stands for Copaxone. http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/ABCtreatments.html