26 episodes

Welcome to the Overcoming MS | Living Well with MS podcast. In each episode, your host Geoff Allix will explore a different aspect of the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program in greater depth. New episodes will be published approximately once per month, and will feature interviews with scientists, fitness specialists, diet experts, stress reduction professionals and OMSers themselves. The podcast will also feature inspirational, real-life stories from people with multiple sclerosis about the daily challenges and small victories of successful lifestyle modification.

Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis Overcoming MS

    • Fitness
    • 4.6, 19 Ratings

Welcome to the Overcoming MS | Living Well with MS podcast. In each episode, your host Geoff Allix will explore a different aspect of the OMS 7-Step Recovery Program in greater depth. New episodes will be published approximately once per month, and will feature interviews with scientists, fitness specialists, diet experts, stress reduction professionals and OMSers themselves. The podcast will also feature inspirational, real-life stories from people with multiple sclerosis about the daily challenges and small victories of successful lifestyle modification.

    In Conversation with Caroline Clarke | S2E22

    In Conversation with Caroline Clarke | S2E22

    Bio:
     
    Caroline Clarke was appointed group chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust in February 2019, following her role as deputy chief executive over the past seven years.
     
    Caroline was the trust’s chief finance officer between 2011 and 2018 and in 2012 she was made the finance director of the year by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She was formerly director of strategy at NHS North Central London. Prior to that she was an associate partner in KPMG's health strategy team.
     
    She has spent most of her career in NHS finance, having been director of finance at the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and City and Hackney Primary Care Trust.
     
    Caroline is a trustee of Overcoming MS and the 2020 President of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the representative body for finance staff in healthcare.
     
    Links:
     
    About Caroline Clarke
    About Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
     
    Coming up next:
     
    Coming up next, treat yourself to a morsel of insight from the OMS community on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #4, which launches on Monday, June 8.
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching June 17, 2020, we have the pleasure of welcoming Vickie Hadge, who serves as Ambassador for the OMS Circle in Connecticut. Vickie will tell us all about the importance of building community and the role it plays in helping people with MS find answers, support and hope.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 35 min
    Coffee Break #3 with Sarah T | | S2E21 bonus

    Coffee Break #3 with Sarah T | | S2E21 bonus

    Welcome to Living Well with MS Coffee Break #3, where we travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to welcome Sarah T as our guest!
     
    As you now know, we decided to do something a little different in expanding the range of content we produce here at Living Well with MS. To honor the community that forms the beating heart of Overcoming MS, this special series called Coffee Break features short interviews with members of the OMS community talking about their personal journeys adopting and staying on the OMS 7 Step Recovery Program, the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them, and their tips and tricks for sticking to the path that leads to better health.
     
    We hope you enjoy and learn from these intermezzos between our regular episodes, and as always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome by emailing podcast@overcomingms.org.
     
    Bio:
     
    Sarah lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children. She has spent 15 years consulting in pharmaceutical and academic health outcomes research, and she is most recently a Director of Research at a health technology company. When she was first diagnosed with MS, she was devastated. She immediately dove into the research on MS, and Dr. Roy Swank’s findings gave her much hope. Sarah adopted the Swank diet along with starting a disease modifying medication. She discovered George Jelinek’s book and OMS in late 2012 and has appreciated its evidence-based and holistic approach to managing the disease. She is currently sheltering in place with her family, and, like many other parents across the world, she is appreciating teachers like never before.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you tell us a little about yourself, your family, your life, where you live and anything about yourself you’d like to share? When were you diagnosed with MS and how long have you been following the Overcoming MS 7 Step Recovery Program? What is your favorite thing about the program, namely what do you feel has made the biggest positive impact? What was your greatest challenge in adopting the OMS program, and how did you overcome it? How have you had to adapt your daily healthy habits to the new realities imposed by COVID-19? Do you have any other tips or tricks you can share with our audience that might help them on their journeys?  
    Links:
     
    OMS COVID-19 main resource page
    Excellent COVID-19 resource page from Dr. Gavin Giovannoni
     
    If you post something concerning OMS and COVID-19, especially if it’s a bit of good news during this rough patch, don’t forget to use the hashtag #positivelyOMS.
     
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching May 27, 2020, we have the honor of welcoming Caroline Clarke, Chief Executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, to hear both her personal and professional insights on Overcoming MS.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 13 min
    Gut Health - Your Microbiome and You | S2E21

    Gut Health - Your Microbiome and You | S2E21

    Bio:
     
    Kim Venter is a British South African currently living in London who was diagnosed with MS in 2010. Kim is a trained teacher, professional psychological counsellor and nutritional consultant who thoroughly enjoys working with people and helping them overcome various challenges in their lives. Kim is particularly interested in Health Psychology, which is to say exploring the impact on the mind of what is going in the body. She feels that this training has increased her awareness of the psychological impact MS has and how the food we eat affects the health of our minds. Kim’s website offers a huge amount of resources as well as a course covering diet, exercise and mindfulness. 
     
    Questions:
     
    What is the microbiome and why is it so important? The gut-immune system connection – how does what we eat affect our immune system? What is Leaky Gut Syndrome and how it can give rise to symptoms? The gut brain axis – isn’t there a blood-brain barrier that stops foreign substances from injuring the brain? How do you keep the gut healthy with probiotics and prebiotics (food for the good bacteria)? Is it best to take prebiotic and probiotic tablets, or can we use certain foods to the same effect? How does gut health or lack thereof impact MS?  
    Links:
     
    FODMAP Food Database App
    About Kim Venter
     
    Coming up next:
     
    Coming up next, treat yourself to a morsel of insight from the OMS community on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #3, which launches on Monday, May 11.
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching May 27, 2020, we have the honor of welcoming Caroline Clarke, Chief Executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, to hear both her personal and professional insights on Overcoming MS.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 47 min
    Coffee Break #2 with Vicky Argyle | | S2E20 bonus

    Coffee Break #2 with Vicky Argyle | | S2E20 bonus

    Welcome to our second installment of Living Well with MS Coffee Break, where we welcome Vicky Argyle as our guest! As you now know, we decided to do something a little different in expanding the range of content we produce here at Living Well with MS. To honor the community that forms the beating heart of Overcoming MS, this special series called Coffee Break features short interviews with members of the OMS community talking about their personal journeys adopting and staying on the OMS 7 Step Recovery Program, the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them, and their tips and tricks for sticking to the path that leads to better health. We hope you enjoy and learn from these intermezzos between our regular episodes, and as always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome by emailing podcast@overcomingms.org.
     
    Bio:
     
    Vicky originally worked as a music publisher in London before moving to Scotland in the late 1980s and retraining as a massage and reflexology therapist and teacher of Aura-Soma. 15 years later, she moved back to England where she ran a Soil Association Organic Box Scheme in Herefordshire before going on to work in the Renewable Energy Industry. Vicky was diagnosed with MS in 2013, and now works part-time for her partner, a farmer in South Somerset. Finally, she has a chance to put some focus into her true passion, writing.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you tell us a little about yourself, your family, your life, where you live and anything about yourself you’d like to share? When were you diagnosed with MS and how long have you been following the Overcoming MS 7 Step Recovery Program? What is your favorite thing about the program, namely what do you feel has made the biggest positive impact? What was your greatest challenge in adopting the OMS program, and how did you overcome it? How have you had to adapt your daily healthy habits to the new realities imposed by COVID-19? Do you have any other tips or tricks you can share with our audience that might help them on their journeys?  
    Links:
     
    OMS COVID-19 main resource page
    Excellent COVID-19 resource page from Dr. Gavin Giovannoni
     
    If you post something concerning OMS and COVID-19, especially if it’s a bit of good news during this rough patch, don’t forget to use the hashtag #positivelyOMS.
     
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching May 6, 2020, Geoff Allix  gets a “macro” view on a critically important “micro” topic, Gut Health: Your Microbiome and You, from Kim Venter, a trained teacher, professional psychological counsellor and nutritional consultant, who helps us understand the connection between gut health and the immune system.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 12 min
    Journaling as a Path to Healing | S2E20

    Journaling as a Path to Healing | S2E20

    Bio:
     
    Mari L. McCarthy is an award-winning and international bestselling author whose books Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live and Heal Yourself with Journaling Power have introduced people around the world to the power journaling has to help heal the body. After losing feeling and function in the right side of her body in 1998, Mari was diagnosed with MS. Undaunted, she took up a daily journaling practice which over time helped improve her MS symptoms to the extent that she is now an accomplished recording artist with three full-length albums. Mari’s website, CreateWriteNow.com, is the platform she runs to share her methods, expertise and passion for journaling.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you please share with our audience a bit about your own personal story, and your journey since being diagnosed with MS? What are the key benefits of keeping a journal? Is there any link between journaling and healing? Do you think there’s a connection between your journaling and your music? Can keeping a journal actually improve our health? What are your best tips for someone who has never journaled to start journaling? Is it important to journal using pen and paper, or would a journaling app work just as well?  
    Links:
     
    CreateWriteNow
    About Mari McCarthy
    CreateWriteNow Facebook
    CreateWriteNow Twitter
    CreateWriteNow YouTube
     
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    Coming up next, treat yourself to a morsel of insight from OMS community member Vicky Argyle on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #2, which launches on Monday, April 20.
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching May 6, 2020, Geoff Allix  gets a “macro” view on a critically important “micro” topic, Gut Health: Your Microbiome and You, from Kim Venter, a trained teacher, professional psychological counsellor and nutritional consultant, who helps us understand the connection between gut health and the immune system.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 34 min
    Coffee Break #1 with Maisie Markham | | S2E19 bonus

    Coffee Break #1 with Maisie Markham | | S2E19 bonus

    Welcome to our first Living Well with MS Coffee Break episode! We decided to do something a little different in expanding the range of content we produce here at Living Well with MS. Since our community forms the beating heart of Overcoming MS, we are commencing this special series called Coffee Break, which features short interviews with members of the OMS community talking about their personal journeys adopting and staying on the OMS 7 Step Recovery Program, the challenges they encountered and how they overcame them, and their tips and tricks for sticking to the path that leads to better health. We hope you enjoy and learn from these intermezzos between our regular episodes, and as always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome by emailing podcast@overcomingms.org.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you tell us a little about yourself, your family, your life, where you live and anything about yourself you’d like to share? When were you diagnosed with MS and how long have you been following the Overcoming MS 7 Step Recovery Program? What is your favorite thing about the program, namely what do you feel has made the biggest positive impact? What was your greatest challenge in adopting the OMS program, and how did you overcome it? How have you had to adapt your daily healthy habits to the new realities imposed by COVID-19? Do you have any other tips or tricks you can share with our audience that might help them on their journeys?  
    Bio:
     
    Maisie lives in the Cotswolds of England where she settled in 2018 after travelling the world and being constantly on the move with the British Army. She has two grown children. In 2016, while training for the Berlin marathon, she noticed numbness in her feet, initially thinking it was due to the stress of marathon prep. The numbness continued to spread and caused her difficulty in walking. Running was out of the question. Six months later, after medical referrals and testing, she was diagnosed with MS. Since then, Maisie has left the Army, discovered OMS and is just about to finish an MSc in Nutritional Therapy. She is back to running and last year completed the London and Snowdonia marathons and took part in the Thames Path Challenge for OMS. She is currently cocooned in the Cotswolds due to COVID-19 and the immune suppressing drugs she is taking for her MS.
     
    Links:
     
    OMS COVID-19 main resource page
    Excellent COVID-19 resource page from Dr. Gavin Giovannoni
     
    If you post something concerning OMS and COVID-19, especially if it’s a bit of good news during this rough patch, don’t forget to use the hashtag #positivelyOMS.
     
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    On the next full episode of Living Well with MS, launching April 15, 2020, Geoff Allix explores the power journaling has to help heal the body with Mari L. McCarthy, an award-winning and international bestselling author of books such as Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live and Heal Yourself with Journaling Power. The power of Mari’s own story and the impact she has had on people all over the world will open your eyes.
     
    Don’t miss out:
     
    Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. Don’t be shy – if you like the program, leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

you crossed the line ,

Encouraging, Normalizing, Informative

This is an excellent podcast with informative and interesting interviews with top experts in the field. So glad I ran across it and can’t recommend it enough. It normalizes the journey while being specific and helpful about the tools we need to walk this journey.

mrbonesy ,

Hope it gets more complex

I gave this five stars because everyone with MS should be listening to it. That said, I wish episodes were more complex, instead just mostly recapping what’s in the book or on the website. Hope it gets more complex and interesting as it goes along. Thanks for this podcast!

eudaemonia ,

great information, just too short!

I love this podcast and as a follower and huge supporter of OMS, I must say the only downside is that I find the episodes to be too short. Also, I wish that the episodes would be weekly. I really want to get into the routine of listening on a regular basis...Other than that great show + great mission. If you have MS or are newly diagnosed definitely subscribe. Evidence based recommendations at their best.

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