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Informing Medical Personnel of Your Child's Keto Diet: Sample Letter

It is important to inform teachers, caregivers, medical personnel, flight attendants, airport security, and other such people of your child’s special diet. Letters can be a helpful way to keep everyone informed on how to care for your child. Keep a copy of these letters with you at all times for the emergency department, just in case you need to make a last-minute visit to the hospital. Most emergency departments are not familiar with how to manage a child on the ketogenic diet and will need...

Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

Massage is a healing method that has been used for thousands of years. It was a recommended therapy in ancient China and Egypt. Many common forms of massage now used in the United States are derived from Swedish massage, which was developed by a Swedish physician in the nineteenth century. Massage may be provided on its own, or it may be a component of other forms of alternative healing, including Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and aromatherapy. Treatment Method Massage...

Preventing Financial Exploitation of Loved Ones with Alzheimer's Disease

Impairments in financial skills and judgment are often the first functional changes demonstrated by persons who have Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The changes occur irregularly, often quickly, out of the sequence you expected—perhaps unpredictably. There are several steps. First, you may realize that she can make decisions about this particular financial situation, but can’t really do it herself. Later, she may delegate the task to you and say, “You just go ahead and do it for...

A Caregiver's Experience with Alzheimer's Disease: Giving Up Independence

Losing my independence, like many other happenings with an Alzheimer’s patient, occurs gradually. One of the first things that eroded my independence took awhile to happen. For almost a year, I could go to lunch with a friend or do other errands and leave my husband Carl at home by himself. I always told him where I was going and approximately how long I’d be gone. That freedom ended abruptly one day when I returned and found him standing by the door. He was agitated and told me how worried...

Managing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of many components of what is known as traditional Chinese medicine, a healing method that has been in use for more than 2,000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine is used by approximately one-fourth of the world’s population. In Western countries, the use of traditional Chinese medicine, especially acupuncture, has grown over the past two decades. It is estimated that more than one million Americans are treated with acupuncture yearly. Acupuncture is based on a complex...

Benefits of Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis

Yoga was developed thousands of years ago in India. It is related to the Hindu religion, and was created as a spiritual practice. Yoga means “union” in Sanskrit and is believed to unite the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment Method Yoga takes many different forms. One of the more popular forms in the United States is hatha yoga. Three main components of yoga are breathing, movement, and posture. A series of body postures and movements, known as asanas, are performed....

Caregiver's Guide to Coping with Alzheimer's Disease

Change is a major cause of stress and anxiety in all of life. Ongoing change is almost a definition of life for the person and family dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. It can present the greatest pitfall for you. From beginning to end, you as caregiver are dealing with mental, emotional, and physical changes in the one suffering with the disease. What worked yesterday is not sufficient or it does not work today. You deal with changes in your own lifestyle. Your adjustment to the demands of caregiving...

Notifying Travel Personnel about the Keto Diet: Sample Letter

It is important to inform teachers, caregivers, medical personnel, flight attendants, airport security, and other such people of your child’s special diet. Letters can be a helpful way to keep everyone informed on how to care for your child. Keep a copy of these letters with you at all times for the emergency department, just in case you need to make a last-minute visit to the hospital. Most emergency departments are not familiar with how to manage a child on the ketogenic diet and will need...

The Keto Diet at School: A Sample Letter to Your Child's Teachers

It is important to inform teachers, caregivers, medical personnel, flight attendants, airport security, and other such people of your child’s special diet. Letters can be a helpful way to keep everyone informed on how to care for your child. Keep a copy of these letters with you at all times for the emergency department, just in case you need to make a last-minute visit to the hospital. Most emergency departments are not familiar with how to manage a child on the ketogenic diet and will need...

A Mother's Experience with the Ketogenic Diet

Charlotte was born on May 12, 2005, a healthy full-term infant. The day after her four-month vaccinations, she woke up from her morning nap and her right arm was jerking. I knew instantly that she was having a seizure. I called 9-1-1 and we were taken to our local emergency department in Nashua, New Hampshire. That first seizure lasted 45 minutes until it was stopped with medication in the emergency department. We were sent home only a few hours later with the understanding that it was a febrile...