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.
In his new book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Professor Jelinek reviews the core principles of staying well after a diagnosis of MS, building on Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis and the surprising conclusion that MS is a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors. 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.
For people just diagnosed with MS who follow the recommendations here there is a great chance of living a normal life, well into old age. For those with MS that has already progressed, with some disability, the outlook is also optimistic. The progression of the disease can still be significantly slowed or stopped, and there is often then considerable recovery possible.
This book allows people with MS to be more certain of the science behind the decisions they make about lifestyle and medication choices. It turns a wealth of research into accessible information and practical recommendations to help fight and overcome this disease.
Born in Perth in 1954 Professor George Jelinek is an academic emergency physician. He has current professorial appointments at the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, and Monash University. Considered a pioneer in his field he was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and founding editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia. He is married with 5 children and enjoys keeping fit and has a passion for music. He also has Multiple Sclerosis.
Professor Jelinek's experiences with his own mother's death from MS - towards the end of her life she was totally incapacitated, unable to feed or care for herself - and his own diagnosis in 1999 led him to change the focus of his propensity for medicine and undertake an exhaustive evidence-based analysis of medical research. Professor Jelinek reached the surprising conclusion that MS is a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors and in 2002 published the book Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis to share his findings.
Amongst other accolades his work for MS earned him the distinction of being a finalist for 'Australian of the Year' in 2008. The most powerful testament to his tireless work however is that Professor Jelinek himself has gone eleven years without a relapse and had eliminated all symptoms of his own MS within seven years of his diagnosis.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis is also available in all good local bookstores.
The book is available in downloadable PDF, or epub format, for viewing on your computer or portable reading device.
'As with any journey, the beginning is often associated with much emotion, hope for the future, and great resolve. It was in that spirit that the first book Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis was written. As time has gone by, and I have remained well and still firmly focused on my goal, I have had time to re-evaluate the information I initially collected and presented to people with MS. I have not changed my views on the core principles of staying well after a diagnosis of MS. Lifestyle change is the most important issue as it is with most chronic diseases. Diet, sunlight, exercise, meditation, preventing depression, resolution of difficult emotional issues; these are the keys. What has changed is that the medical literature supporting these principles has grown enormously...there is now a very large body of evidence making the case that it is possible to be well after a diagnosis of MS. There is every reason for people now diagnosed with MS to be optimistic.'George Jelinek April 2009