8 Summer Tips for MS patients
Having MS and living in a hot country is not easy. Heat can be difficult, causing symptoms to reappear, or, become more of a challenge to deal with.
Following these steps can help as basics to prevent problems.
1. Don’t expose your self to heat. Try to remain in your house (especially the very hot days) and make sure your air conditioner has clean filters.
If you must go out , try to go before 11 am, or after 7pm, when the sun is lower in the sky, and IF YOU CAN TOLERATE IT, and would like to expose your skin to the sun for 20 minutes, to help your body synthesize Vit.D , do so during the same hours.
2. Make sure you get your daily Vitamin D (as Cholecalsiferol) orally (at least 4000IUs or more).
3. Make sure you get 2 grams of Vit C before you go out to deal with acidosis and keep some with you in case you feel like you need extra strength. In cases where more antioxidant protection is needed increase your Vitamin E to 800IUs.
4. Drink at least 1.5lt of water daily.5. Don’t use sun protector unless it is absolutely non chemical, non toxic. Toss your sunscreen in the trash if it contains any of these questionable chemicals:
- Para amino benzoic acid
- Octyl salicyclate
- Padimate O
- Menthyl anthranilate
- Trolamine salicyclate
(facts taken from Dr Mercola’s Website)
Potentially harmful chemicals such as dioxybenzone and oxybenzone (two chemicals I just mentioned) are some of the most powerful free radical generators known to man!
Use sunscreens with natural ingredients ONLY (Zinc Cream is one of the BEST natural sunscreens. It is available, and cheap, at any drug store, and it is a wonderful, natural sunblock) and generally use natural ways to protect yourself, wearing light-coloured clothing that don’t draw the suns rays, always wear a hat, and remember to protect your eyes with sunglasses.
6. Control the magnesium/calcium ratio, until spasticity, bowel and sleep pattern is at the best possible ratio, since everybody has a different tolerance for the amount that is actually absorbed. Calcium should NOT be taken within the same time as all of the other vitamins. The amount of calcium that can be absorbed at one time is about 300mg. Although most people who don’t have MS are fine with a ratio of 2:1, due to the tremendous effects of both of these regarding the effects on spasticity, smooth muscle control, bowel workings, and the combination, are extremely effective in stopping spasms, begin with a 2:1.5 (Calcium to Magnesium), and if no bowel problems are encountered, increase magnesium to the level where the daily bowel cleanse is as perfect as possible. (if stool begins to get to soft, back off on magnesium, until dosage is one that works best for you). There are times during healing when calcium/mag ratio may change, due to the amount of calcium used by body in strengthening bones,or in other important healing factors, so whenever there is problems with spasticity, or loss of regular bowel cleanses, dosages may have to occasionally be changed, as the body begins to heal, or go through different phases in it’s need for these important minerals, and electrolytes.
7. If you feel fatigued due to heat try to take B12 in injectable form (1000mcg once to three times weekly). If you are feeling particularly weak during this weather, increasing your B1 100-200 mg daily could be helpful, which would mean, perhaps dividing your dosage, taking it at the time of the day that you find yourself feeling weak or fatigued. This can be continued, and many patients find the extra boost helpful, even when the weather isn’t a problem. Try, and if this has a helpful effect, you may consider keeping your dosage higher on a regular basis, or, return to your lower dosage, and see if you find a “difference” in the amount of strength you have. Being that you are coping with extra trials in hot weather, it is difficult to notice, perhaps, whether this boost in dosage may be beneficial to you to continue year round. Some people divide their dosage during the day, finding that it “wears off”, such as taking 300mg. in the morning , and 300 in the evening, and still others, are finding taking 3 injections, morning, noon , and night, has made a difference in their strength.
8. Avoid Cortisone or other “steroid drugs”.Carry extra Vit.C wherever you go in the summer, as it can prevent people from going into anaphylactic shock, if stung by multiple bees, hornets, or wasps (hitting a nest), and has saved lives by taking as large a dose as possible(up to 25,000 grams) until you are able to get medical help. However, if you know you are allergic to bees, you know that you should be carrying an “epi-pen” at all times.”