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MS Oral Medications Cholesterol Constipation and Metamucil

A picture of me.

That would be me!

Multiple Sclerosis, being a nerve disease, often can cause the person with ms to experience constipation. But did you know that if you use one of the approved oral medications for multiple sclerosis, or any oral medication for that matter, and also taking metamucil which uses psyllium husk as its main ingredient you could be blocking your bodies ability to absorb your medication?

Bulk-forming fiber like psyllium husk can effect how well your body can absorb medicines taken by mouth. If you are on a oral ms drug or other oral medication you need to take your medications either two hours before or after you take something like metamucil no matter whether it is in pill form or mixed in water and drank. And this would also include the use of bulk-forming fiber as a treatment for high cholesterol as well.

For more dietary suggestions ask your doctor or get a referral to a registered dietitian!

MS Halloween and Chocolate

Fred Meyer Holiday Pumpkin Patch

Yea, not very scary! LOL

As we rapidly approach Halloween, probably the second biggest holiday where chocolate is indulged upon with Valentines Day being the first, I once again broach the subject of a few of chocolates healthy benefits. I’ve already discussed how chocolate is a huge anti-inflammatory treat as long as you eat the purer forms of chocolate with higher amounts of cocoa then the regular milk chocolate that is mostly available in grocery stores candy counters. And as long as you eat it remembering that moderation is the key here. And also remembering that chocolate, no matter what kind you eat, also has a high fat content that can make weight gain a real possibility if you consume to much.

I also wanted to add information that is new about a study using athletes. This study found that athletes who consumed small amounts of dark chocolate with a high cocoa content once a week of about 1.4 ounces just before working out found that their endurance was greatly enhanced. It appears that this rich chocolate acts to open veins and arteries allowing for greater blood flow which increases stamina. And if it helps athletes with their workouts I don’t see any reason that dark chocolate wouldn’t also help people with other diseases or disorders do the same thing during their exercise workouts including people with multiple sclerosis.

So please enjoy your Halloween and allow yourself a small indulgence without guilt as you celebrate All Hallows Day. The day we all chase away all of those negative spirits from our past. Be safe, and please, try to enjoy yourselves as we begin a long march towards the Fall and Winter Holidays to come!

And now I have a small favor to ask of anyone who might have either an Editor at a Book Publishing House or a Literary Agent in the family or as a friend. I’m trying to find either an Editor or an Agent that would give my book VISUS a serious read with the hopes of getting  my book out into the literary hands of the general public. Even if you get them to read the first chapter that is listed above in the title bar would be greatly appreciated by me.

Again, please have a safe Halloween weekend and enjoy your family and friends!

Bill Walker

MS and Pain Relief Using Lidocaine Creams

    Small bottle aspercreme lotion! Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that is often accompanied by varying amounts of pain both muscle, through inactivity, and more often nerve pain because that is the nature of this awful disease. I’ve used all kinds of pain relief medications such as pills that often leave you with brain fog as well as having to deal with a whole host of other unsavory side effects including addiction and even death. I’ve also tried several kinds of pain lotions that do in fact seem to help a little but they are messy and difficult to apply to the point where even what relief they do provide seems almost not worth the bother.

     Recently though I saw a commercial for a new aspercreme rub with 4% lidocaine added for additional pain relief beyond its other active ingredients. I was intrigued enough to go out and spend eight dollars on a 2.7 oz bottle to see if it actually worked? And surprise, surprise, it worked like a charm. I have not found any product, pill or otherwise, that reduced my pain in a matter of minutes like this product does.

     At times I suffer from extreme lower back pain as well as sciatic nerve pain in the upper portions of both my legs and I almost can’t believe the amount of relief I get after just a few minutes from the time of application of this lotion. I’m sure that there are probably some side effects of over use of these products but I’m also pretty certain that they can’t be any worse then what most doctors prescribe for pain when it comes to MS.

     Give it a try. If it doesn’t help, all you lose is a few dollars. Let me know if you try this and what your thoughts are!

 

Bill Walker

Could the Zika Virus be Devastating to People with MS?

100_0262      The Zika virus is being called a worldwide health crisis mostly because of its apparent effects on pregnant women and a high rate of microcephaly which is a rare birth defect. This virus is already suspected as having a link to Guillain-Barre syndrome which has also been suspected as a possible trigger of multiple sclerosis in people who are, or might, be genetically predisposed to developing this auto-immune disorder. And Guillain-Barre syndromes symptoms can include severe fatigue and varying degrees of temporary partial paralysis. Sound familiar?

     The good news is that this mosquito-borne virus has so far been contained in more tropical environments than where MS is generally to be found. But even this offer’s only a minimal amount of comfort as this virus also seems to be able to be transmitted from one human host to a mosquito while being bitten. If this does in fact turn out to be the case then any person who travels to an area where Zika is prevalent could be infected and return to a home in the northern hemisphere during summer months and quite possibly transmit the disease to the local mosquito population thus spreading it to a brand new geographical location where MS is much more prevalent. And if all of that isn’t bad enough it has already been discovered that this disease can also be transmitted through sexual contact much like a sexually transmitted disease.

     At the moment, main street science is saying that they doubt that the Zika virus is a cause for panic as the symptoms in healthy individuals have for the most part been mild and short lived something akin to having the flu virus for a few days or up to perhaps a week. But as yet we don’t know how this virus might affect someone with a compromised immune system like those of us with multiple sclerosis who already suffer from some very similar symptoms as to what some of the more severe cases are reporting.

     What bothers me the most is that I remember this other little virus that was supposed to be nothing more than a wimpy little pest that otherwise shouldn’t be much to worry about? And that wimpy little virus HIV, turned out to be the cause of AIDS!

 

Bill Walker

MS Disability Foster Care and Giving Back

Mountains in a cloud

Twin Sisters in a cloud bank

     According to an associated press article I recently read Washington State is over a thousand foster care homes shy of what is needed. And I know that this problem exists throughout the United States. I believe that I have a solution, or at least a partial one, to this problem.

     I have a disability, multiple sclerosis, and feel that I would make a very good foster parent as I know that I am a very patient person. However, I have not really pursued being a foster parent because I am a single male and wonder if that would work against me in the long run? But I do own my own home with two extra bedrooms that I could convert easily if I decided to do this. The other concerns I have are that my house needs a fair amount of maintenance work that my disability money just will never cover. And would also need repairs before any child could live here and I’m not sure that DSHS or Child Protective Services would even consider that expenditure? If they would, I know that there are a lot of other disabled people in a similar situations that a program like this would definitely benefit if they knew they could provide a home as well? And my last worry would be if by being a foster parent would that alter, in anyway, my current disability benefits as they stand now?

     If these concerns could be satisfactorily addressed I believe that DSHS would find a whole new batch of willing foster care parents who would be more than willing to share their empathy with these children who need a temporary home with positive reinforcement while also providing another financial tool to the disabled who so badly need it. And of course, the disabled need to also be needed by society and what better way than this to achieve that goal.

     This could be a very positive match between two groups of people who need to feel that society has not forgotten what they, kids and adults, can contribute back if only the right connections could be worked out?  

 

Bill Walker

Like my writing? Want to read my first novel about a pod of Killer Whales traveling up the Pacific Coast of North America? Here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Visus-William-C-Walker-ebook/dp/B00U8ZN4GE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427573378&sr=8-1&keywords=Visus

MS Football and the Cheapest Easiest Fastest Best Tasting Thin Crust Pizza Ever!

Pizzas ready for the oven

    Ingredient to make Pizza including Mission Tortilla Wraps And the secret is to start by using any one of the many assorted Mission Tortilla Wraps as the crust. The larger wraps come in regular, 100% whole wheat, garden spinach herb, jalapeno cheddar, and there may be others that I’m not as yet aware of. Anyone of these larger wraps is absolutely perfect for creating a personal pan sized pizza. And add just a salad or a fruit or veggie side and one of these pizzas is usually enough for two. The following ideas are just a few of a multitude of ways that you can prepare these incredible pizzas for any occasion including as a football favorite.

     For your more traditional pizza you can start with either the regular wrap, or the whole wheat wrap as a healthier fiber filled crust laid out on a pizza pan or aluminum foil, and spread about a third of a cup, you can adjust to your own taste, of either your own homemade pizza sauce or any one of a number of store bought brands. I use Ragu pizza sauce as that tastes the best as far as I’m concerned. Then using a spoon spread the sauce as evenly as possible around the crust coming to with in about a half inch of the outer edge of the tortilla wrap. And then, just like a pizza place, sprinkle on your favorite kind of shredded cheese, for me its provolone, covering the sauce. Add any toppings that you like and bake in a preheated 350% oven, remember oven temperatures vary so keep an eye on it the first time, for about twelve minutes.

     And then for a change of pace you can also start with a garden herb wrap and instead of pizza sauce use about a third of a cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing, any brand will do, and spread around the same way as a regular pizza topped with your choice of shredded cheese or cheeses and topped with whatever toppings you like onions, mushrooms, green peppers you get the idea. I use this recipe quite often for vegetarian pizzas and it works great as a main course with a salad on the side.

     Another way of making one of these pizzas would be to start with a jalapeno cheddar wrap and spread out about a half cup of either warm precooked taco meat or warm refried beans spread out in the same way as you would with pizza sauce. In this kind of pizza I usually use sharp cheddar cheese, again use what you like as that’s the beauty of these you can do anything, and then top with jalapeno peppers for a spicy hot Mexican pizza you won’t soon for get. And then after cooking top with fresh salsa and/or cool sour cream. This one is very filling.

     Want more ideas? You can start with any flavor wrap and spread about a quarter cup of olive oil and then your favorite kind of cheese with sprinkled oregano leaves and or fresh garlic or garlic salt for a great white pizza. Another idea would be to use any wrap with about a third of a cup of BBQ sauce spread out just like above and topped with your choice of cheeses and either precooked pulled chicken or pork for an awesome BBQ pizza that is also great topped with cold coleslaw after it comes out of the oven. And yes, instead of BBQ sauce, use your own favorite Buffalo hot wing sauce with some blue cheese dressing on the side to help cool off your taste buds as the perfect football pizza party treat.

     Want to get your kids involved? These are fun quick pizzas to make where they can create exactly what they like and want to eat for special occasions.

     And these are just a few of the ideas that you can use, but be creative, even steak sauce with cheese and precooked steak make an incredible pizza that you can also either roll or wrap as a sandwich! And if you’re creative enough I bet you could even use a wheat wrap and come up with some outrageous dessert or breakfast pizzas of your own.

     In the weeks and months ahead let me know what you come up with and perhaps I’ll do a sequel to this article with your own creative Mission Tortilla Wrap recipes! 

Like my writing? My debut novel Visus that follows a pod of killer whales up the North American Coast is now for sale. The link to buy it is: http://www.amazon.com/Visus-William-C-Walker-ebook/dp/B00U8ZN4GE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427573378&sr=8-1&keywords=Visus

Diplopia

Diplopia is an eye condition that I have never heard of and thought that I would pass along to my readers. Thank you for this article, very informative!

Ferocious Cantaloupe

diplopiaDiplopia. Ever heard of this word before? Me neither – at least not until I ended up with it. It’s more commonly referred to as double vision. This is the latest of my MS relapses. It’s been a killer hot, dry summer here. And like most people with MS, I have heat intolerance (also called Uhthoff’s Phenomena – there’s another fun new name to learn!). What that means is that my body doesn’t regulate its own temperature properly. So when it gets hot, my system becomes overly stressed, causing nausea, weakness, “pseudo-exacerbation” (which is a fancy term that just means existing symptoms feel worse for a while), and sometimes even new relapses.

Suddenly, about seven weeks ago, we were on our way to church when I noticed that everything looked very strange. Every item in my view outside of the car was slightly out of focus, similar to viewing…

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