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Float Therapy as Described by an MS Patient

I had heard alot about the health benefits of floatation therapy, but have never tried it myself. Float therapy is nothing new. Athletes have been using it in sports therapy for a number of years, and scientists have conducted numerous studies on its affects on chronic pain, generalized anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  My colleagues in the wellness […]

Sleep Deprivation – How to Get A Better Night’s Sleep

I Used to Be Dependent on Muscle Relaxers to Fall Asleep One of the symptoms that I experience due to multiple sclerosis is muscle spasticity.  Particularly, in my hip and groin.  The pain is excruciating – so much so, that it would keep me up at night.  The answer from my doctor was to take […]

Living with MS – The Sobriety Test

Some people wonder what it’s like living with MS. Sure, you hear all about complications like fatigue, loss of motor control, blurry vision… but you don’t often hear about the not-so-common ways that it affects those who have the condition. I Was *This* Close to Failing a Sobriety Test… Sober This seriously happened to me. […]

Learning to Say No Made Me a Better Person

One of the most important steps of successful time management is learning to say ‘no.’  This critical skill has helped me to manage my time, and subsequently my stress – and at the same time helps me feel like I have regained control of my crazy life! The Old Me: The People Pleaser I used […]

Keto Diet for MS: a Firsthand Account

I love bread like Kanye loves Kanye. So why would I even think about going on the ketogenic diet? In this article, I provide a firsthand account of my first week on the keto diet, including how it affected my MS symptoms. What is the Keto Diet? The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, moderate-protein, and […]

Essential Oils for Autism Spectrum Disorders

My Son Has Autism Spectrum Disorder My son was diagnosed with high-functioning ASD (formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome) when he was 5 years old.  The first few years just before his diagnosis were challenging.  Difficulties in communicating.  High anxiety and meltdowns.  Hyperfocusing.  The list goes on.  It added a layer of stress in our already […]

Do You Have the Right Balance

Don’t get me wrong.  I believe in (some) doctors.  I believe in (most) modern medicine.  Hell, I have PhD in Chemistry.  I believe in sound research practices and (good) science.  But, I also believe in balance. I believe in the power of positive thinking.  I believe in (many) aromatherapeutic practices and spiritual discipline. I believe […]

What Happened When I Tried CBD Oil for MS

There’s no doubt that hemp cannabidiol (CBD) is the hottest new wellness trend at the moment. People take or apply CBD to treat a variety of symptoms, including pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, stress. In addition, it’s commonly used by athletes to help relieve their bodies after workouts and performances. Some research suggests that CBD has medical benefits. Other research shows […]

6 Foods that Can Help Reduce Anxiety

We all have stress. But how you handle your stress and anxiety makes all the difference to your short-term and long-term health. According to a recent poll, 22% of respondents turn to food as a coping mechanism for stress. I am guilty of it as well. It used to be that, when I felt stressed, […]

Smelling Rosemary Can Improve Memory

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has had a reputation for its beneficial effects on memory since the beginning of written records. The ancient Egyptians used the herb in wedding and funeral rituals.  Banke’s herbal, written in 1525, states, “smell of it oft, and it shall keep thee youngly”. Perhaps the most famous literary reference is in Hamlet, […]