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    1. Acupuncture and MS: The Basic Facts (.pdf)

      An exploration of what is known and not known about this complementary therapy by Alan Bowling, MD, PhD and Tom Stewart. (last updated 2014)

    2. Clear Thinking About Alternative Therapies (.pdf)

      Facts and common misconceptions, plus practical ways to evaluate benefits and risks. By Virginia Foster. (last updated August 2011)

    3. Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs in MS: An Introduction (.pdf)

      Practical guide to diet supplements for people with MS. Outlines what is and is not known, with references for further study. By Allen Bowling, MD, PhD, and Thomas Stewart, PA-C, MS, JD. (last updated August 2018)

    4. "From Goldilocks to Gluten: An Update on Complementary and Alternative Medicine" recorded teleconference

      Original Air Date: February 7, 2013

    5. "Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for MS" recorded teleconference

      Original Air Date: January 7, 2011 Presenter: Dr. Alan Bowling, MD, PhD An informative session about integrative medicine, or using alternative medicine along with conventional medicine to effectively address symptoms of MS. This includes discussion of Vitamin D, marijuana, and ancient healing method.

    6. Curing MS: How Science Is Solving Mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis (book)

      Dr. Weiner is at the cutting edge of MS research and drug development, and he describes in clear and illuminating detail the science behind the symptoms and how new drugs may hold the key to “taming the monster.” In Curing MS, Dr. Weiner teaches us the “Twenty-one Points” of MS, a concise breakdown of the knowns and unknowns of the disease; tells stories from the frontlines of laboratories and hospitals; and offers a message of hope that a cure can—and will—be found.

    7. Live Fully, Live Well

      Managing your health and wellness is an integral part of "living well" with MS. Live Fully, Live Well is a comprehensive wellness program from the National MS Society and Can Do MS, designed for people living with MS and their support partners. Live Fully, Live Well covers topics affecting the whole family living with MS in order to strengthen relationships, increase understanding and promote improved health and quality of life.

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