Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be a tragic disease which usually affects adults in the prime of their lives, and may even occur in childhood. Many authorities suggest there is little that people can do for themselves apart from taking medication and waiting until they deteriorate. This approach is unhelpful, and can leave people feeling powerless and depressed.
It has been two years since Prof George Jelinek launched his first website (takingcontrolofmultiplesclerosis.org) and started to develop a community forum, facebook page and twitter account (@GeorgeJelinek) to empower people with multiple sclerosis to take control of their disease.
We subject our bodies to physical, emotional and mental stress every day – with the hours we work; the targets we set; our fear of failure and ultimately we compound this critical situation by lifestyle choices we make to help ‘relieve the stress’…This noxious and precipitous combination increases our chances of developing significant physical and mental illness – unless we take time to smell the roses and recognize the early warning systems our body has in place…
Now the website has been overhauled to better serve the growing community and to reflect the most recent developments in the fight against MS as highlighted in Prof Jelinek’s new book – Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. Professor Jelinek reviews the core principles of staying well after a diagnosis of MS and highlights the clinical research defining MS as a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors.
The new website is at OvercomingMultipleSclerosis.org and includes:
- Restructured and updated content with the latest MS research and the OMS book
- Easier navigation to rapidly find the content you need for your recovery program.
- Improved ability to connect with the OMS team and a communityof like-minded people who want to take control of and overcome their MS.
The new site is free to join and brings new features including member home pages, blogs, podcasts and RSS feeds, as well as significant improvements to existing functionality including our discussion forums and recipe index.
Diet, sunlight, exercise, meditation, preventing depression, resolution of difficult emotional issues and other lifestyle factors are all examined in light of the massive growth in high quality medical research in recent years. This new research supports that attention to these factors can significantly improve quality of life and chance of recovery for people diagnosed with MS – Prof George Jelinek
I like the way this website presents a summary of scientific information about multiple sclerosis, the causes, incidence, genetics, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and the best medical research about each of the available therapies. Prof Jelinek analyses the statistical clinical research and presents the findings in a clear, pragmatic and understandable way guiding the reader through the maze of literature to the goal of recovery.
Treatments evaluated include diet with emphasis on dietary fats, sunlight and vitamin D, meditation, exercise, supplements, the mind-body connection and medications. Recommendations are provided for people with MS to use in aiming at overcoming multiple sclerosis and recovering. New research is being published all the time and, if it passes rigorous scrutiny, it is presented on the website for community discussion and review.
No other living person has done more to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis (MS) than medical professor George Jelinek, M.D., from Australia. Born in 1954, Jelinek was diagnosed with MS in 1999, at age 45, and that diagnosis changed his life and the face of MS in the world. Jelinek’s scientific approach to MS can help almost everyone with MS. – Rebecca Hoover