Is the eastern practice of oil pulling safe for MS patients? Looking for natural compliments to my copaxone (glatiramer) and vitamin D3 treatment.

Would caution you. Amazing how many ms patients feel desperate and begin searching for solutions which are promoted online and in alternative journals, most of which are clearly deceptive and bogus. Forget "oil pulling" and gimmicks. If you are not doing well, make sure your vitamin d level is about 50-60ng/ml, avoid smoking, use low fat, low salt diet. Maybe switch to Gilenya or tysabri (natalizumab).

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Is it safe to take copaxone (glatiramer) or rebif as a treatment for ms?

Yes, but see below. Both, especially Copaxone (glatiramer) are quite safe, but require injections, with risk of skin reactions with both, and permanent site dimpling with copaxone (glatiramer). Rebif can cause flu-like rxtns, depression, liver issues, thyroid problems, in addition. Copaxone (glatiramer) may have brief chest pain, breathlessness, and flushing after injection.(hypertension is reported) Copaxone (glatiramer) is safer for pregnancy. Read more...
Both are safe. both of these treatments are safe and they are both known to prevent MS attacks. Read more...

I am a MS patient. Can I consume OTC vitamin d pills which u get in bj's and in what measure should I take them?

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Hi, I was diagnosed with MS in Feb, 2015. I want to know what lifestyle changes should I adopt. How much Vitamin D and fish oil should I take on a daily basis? Which exercises can I do other than yoga? Will too much exercise flare up my symptoms?

Answers. Would highly recommend Concierge or INBOX consult, but here are a few comments: Use a disease modifying agent, take enough Vit D-3 to get blood levels about 50-70 ng/ml, follow a low fat/low salt diet, do aerobic exercise about thrice weekly. Exercise may over heat you so pace yourself. Make certain that your basic medication is potent, discuss with MS focused neurologist. Read more...
Lifestyle changes. can be a big help in dealing w/any health issue. You need changes tailored to your situation. Vitamin D and Marine Fish Oil sound good but please see a nutritionist or nutritionally oriented physician first. drhoffman.com will give you some info. Also, a personal trainer or yoga teacher can get you started on a good exercise plan. Peace and good health. Read more...
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How effective is copaxone (glatiramer) for the treatment of ms?

Somewhat. Copaxone is seemingly the most used drug for ms, but likely intermediate in efficacy. We use relapse rate reduction c/w placebo, as one measure, and Copaxone has been shown consistently to have a 29% rrr. This is about the range for betaseron, and rebif. Contrast to tysabri, (natalizumab) about 68%, Gilenya 54%, and a promising drug bg-12, 44-53%. The choice of a med should also consider risk. Read more...