FUMS is a podcast providing information, inspiration, and motivation for living your best life with Multiple Sclerosis. Join us for interviews with doctors, research scientists, patients, legislators, insurers, neuropsychologists, authors, caregivers, and a long list of others in our pursuit of answers. Learn to speak to this disease as it deserves – tell it “FUMS” every day!

Episodes

June 15, 2021 - 33 MIN

FUMS 082 - The Natural Way to MS Health with Naturopath Elizabeth Yarnell

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I hear from a lot of people with MS who have had success in treating their condition with Naturopathy and adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. So who better to talk to about this than a renowned Naturopath who also has MS? Since bein.. Read More
I hear from a lot of people with MS who have had success in treating their condition with Naturopathy and adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. So who better to talk to about this than a renowned Naturopath who also has MS? Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 30, Elizabeth Yarnell has spent the past 20 years studying how to manage autoimmunity naturally as a traditional naturopath. Her focus is on how anti-inflammatory therapies can influence the course of MS. Through her work with hundreds of people with MS and other autoimmune conditions, Elizabeth’s personalized natural therapies have helped them slow or even reverse the course of their disease.  Topics covered in this episode include:Elizabeth’s diagnosis story - and why she chose to explore natural therapiesWhat exactly is a naturopath? The tests which Elizabeth uses to find each patient’s personal inflammatory triggers - and those tests which you should avoidThe links between inflammation and digestive issuesElizabeth’s three-pronged approach to treating her patients and the results which people can expect to experienceWhat makes certain foods anti-inflammatory?Schedule a complimentary naturopathic assessment with Elizabeth at bit.ly/eyassessment Resources for this episode (clickable links):Visit ElizabethYarnell.com Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, Instagram and FacebookSee Elizabeth’s books, including Glorious One-Pot MealsHelp keep FUMS alive at the FUMS Podcast Patreon page - or buy FUMS MerchSign up for the Patients Getting Paid course email waiting list ** Sign up for The FUMS 6-Pack here: The FUMS 6-Pack. ~ Special thanks to my podcast editor Steve Woodward. Do you have a podcast or are you interested in starting a pod? **GREAT way for a Patient to get PAID!! I HIGHLY recommend adding Steve to your team. Find him at PodcastingEditor.com
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June 01, 2021 - 37 MIN

FUMS 081 - Butts, Guts, and MS with Neurogastroenterologist Dr. David Levinthal

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As part of the rich buffet of joy that MS lays out for us, problems with your gut and pooping have to be right at the top of the charts - or the shit-list, if you will. Just to state it for the record, not everyone with MS will have.. Read More
As part of the rich buffet of joy that MS lays out for us, problems with your gut and pooping have to be right at the top of the charts - or the shit-list, if you will. Just to state it for the record, not everyone with MS will have these issues - as we know, MS isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. But it is something that a lot of people deal with, which is why we’re covering it here. So my guest today is Dr. David Levinthal, the Director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. Dr. Levinthal got his doctorate in Neuroscience and has a particular interest in functional and motility disorders of the GI tract, and GI symptoms that arise in the context of neurological disorders, including MS. So as far as gut issues and MS are concerned, it’s safe to say that he knows his shit!  Topics covered in this episode include:What are the GI issues which commonly affect people with MS? How neural circuitry interacts with the gutWhy are these issues overrepresented in people with MS?Current experiments with brain stimulationNew developments, treatment options, and Dr. Levinthal’s current focusWhat on earth is the Bristol Stool Chart?! Resources for this episode (clickable links):Get your copy of Kathy’s ebook with Erin Glace: "Bowel and Bladder Issues in Multiple Sclerosis by Two Pee Brains With Potty Mouths Talking Shit About MS"Connect with Dr. Levinthal on Twitter and view his Clinical Provider PageVisit the American Neurogastro­enterology and Motility Society websiteWeb MD page about The Bristol Stool ChartHelp keep FUMS alive at the FUMS Podcast Patreon page Sign up for the Patients Getting Paid course email waiting list ** Sign up for The FUMS 6-Pack here: The FUMS 6-Pack. ~ Special thanks to my podcast editor Steve Woodward. Do you have a podcast or are you interested in starting a pod? I HIGHLY recommend adding Steve to your team. Find him at PodcastingEditor.com
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May 18, 2021 - 19 MIN

FUMS 080 - Your Doctor Is Your Employee

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In my life, I spend a lot of time in various MS-related spaces. Having a community that understands what I’m going through, and where I can offer support, is one of the blessings in my life. But even with all of that, there are st.. Read More
In my life, I spend a lot of time in various MS-related spaces. Having a community that understands what I’m going through, and where I can offer support, is one of the blessings in my life. But even with all of that, there are still things about these spaces which concern me. So in this solo episode, I’m getting a few things off my chest!  And in all of this, I’m not trying to cause offense. I’m just saying that you should value your own health, so be careful where you get your medical advice! As always, I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject. Topics covered in this episode include:My MS bona-fides! AKA I know what I’m talking aboutThe problem I have with how some people are using online MS-related groups The real value of these groups, what they’re good for… and what they’re NOTMy current issues with the US healthcare systemDon’t be intimidated by your medical team - hold their feet to the fire!  Resources for this episode (clickable links):Visit Healthline’s Living with MS Facebook pageGet Healthline’s free MS Buddy app for iOS and AndroidHelp keep FUMS alive at the FUMS Podcast Patreon page Sign up for the Patients Getting Paid course email waiting list ** Sign up for The FUMS 6-Pack here: The FUMS 6-Pack. ~ Special thanks to my podcast editor Steve Woodward. Do you have a podcast or are you interested in starting a pod? **GREAT way for a Patient to get PAID!! I HIGHLY recommend adding Steve to your team. Find him at PodcastingEdit
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May 04, 2021 - 20 MIN

FUMS 079 - He Has MS and He’s Running 162 Miles

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Matt LaFrance is a 37-year-old husband and father of three young boys from San Jose, CA. He was diagnosed with MS in 2009 at the age of 25. In May he will be running 162 miles in six days as part of the 2021 MS Run the US relay team... Read More
Matt LaFrance is a 37-year-old husband and father of three young boys from San Jose, CA. He was diagnosed with MS in 2009 at the age of 25. In May he will be running 162 miles in six days as part of the 2021 MS Run the US relay team. I’ll let that sink in. 162 miles in six days. AND he has MS! MS Run the US is the longest annual relay run across America. It’s an epic 3,260-mile run to stop MS! The relay begins in April in Santa Monica, CA and finishes in August in New York. The relay team is made up of 19 runners hand-selected from a pool of applicants nationwide.  Matt is running the MS Run The US relay to inspire those who have been recently diagnosed and support those living with MS who have not been as fortunate as him. If you're able, please consider donating to this worthy cause and supporting Matt. Topics covered in this episode include: Matt’s diagnosis story and his life since then Why he decided to combat his illness with exercise, diet, and supplements, rather than DMTs  Why Matt views his MS diagnosis as a blessing in disguise How Matt got involved with MS Run The US How you can support him in his epic run  Resources for this episode (clickable links): MS Run The US website  Matt’s fundraising profile on the MS Run The US website MS Hope website Follow Matt on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn  Help keep FUMS alive at the FUMS Podcast Patreon page  Sign up for the Patients Getting Paid course email waiting list ** Sign up for The FUMS 6-Pack here: The FUMS 6-Pack. ~ Special thanks to my podcast editor Steve Woodward. Do you have a podcast or are you interested in starting a pod? **GREAT way for a Patient to get PAID!! I HIGHLY recommend adding Steve to your team. Find him at PodcastingEditor.com
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April 20, 2021 - 37 MIN

FUMS 078 - Clean Cosmetics You Can (Almost) Eat with Skincare Chef and MS Entrepreneur Natalie Schultz White

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The benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for people living with MS have been of increasing interest over the last few years. But have you ever stopped to think about the effect of the cosmetics you put on your face? Following her.. Read More
The benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle for people living with MS have been of increasing interest over the last few years. But have you ever stopped to think about the effect of the cosmetics you put on your face? Following her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, Natalie Schultz White was determined to put a positive spin on her experiences, through her website, MS Saved My Life. At the same time, she came to the conclusion that toxins in her life and the food she was eating were contributing to her illness, and began treating her MS with a real whole-food lifestyle, bypassing all traditional MS medication. After three days, she began feeling better, her symptoms began to dissipate and her energy began to return. Listen in to hear her inspiring #chronicpreneur story!  Topics covered in this episode include: Natalie’s MS diagnosis story How she chose to explore the benefits of a healthy diet with the support of her family What is clean eating? Why Natalie used the same principles to build her skin care business - “If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it on your skin” Get 10% off your first order at the be well company - with code FUMS10 Resources for this episode (clickable links): FUMS Podcast Episode 010: Dr. Terry Wahls On Her Diet vs. Dr. Roy Swank's Diet for MS Natalie’s website, MS Saved My Life Website for the be well company - get 10% off your first order with code FUMS10 Follow the be well company on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest  Help keep FUMS alive at the FUMS Podcast Patreon page  Sign up for the Patients Getting Paid course email waiting list ** Sign up for The FUMS 6-Pack here: The FUMS 6-Pack. ~ Special thanks to my podcast editor Steve Woodward. Do you have a podcast or are you interested in starting a pod? **GREAT way for a Patient to get PAID!! I HIGHLY recommend adding Steve to your team. Find him at PodcastingEditor.com
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Hosted By:

Kathy Reagan Young