42 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

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    • 4.4 • 23 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.

    PPMS and OMS – How Do They Fit Together?

    PPMS and OMS – How Do They Fit Together?

    Bio:
     
    Helen was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in 1997 when she was 37 years old. Being ineligible for any Disease Modifying Treatment (DMT) within the UK National Health Service, she began to explore holistic approaches to managing her condition. She discovered OMS in 2008 and has followed the programme ever since.
     
    Helen lives in Conwy, a small, medieval town in North Wales. In 2017, she took medical retirement from the University of Manchester where she was a Professor in the Department of Art History and Cultural Practice. As an Emerita Professor, Helen continues to research and teach doctoral students. She also spends time hand-weaving and learning Welsh, the language of her ancestors. Helen has never taken medication for her MS and is committed to living well through active self-care.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you please tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from, what you do, family, etc. Let’s understand a little bit about your MS journey – when were you diagnosed and how did you initially handle it? When did you discover OMS and why did you decide to follow the program? You’re a member of the OMS community with PPMS – can you shed some light on what PPMS is and what life is like with that specific type of MS? How does the OMS program fit into the realities of someone with PPMS? What are the biggest obstacles to someone with PPMS adopting the program? How do you personally suggest dealing with these obstacles? In your own experience with both PPMS and OMS, how do you measure progress? If you could articulate one specific outcome that five ago, looking forward, you can say you really wanted to achieve and which you’ve now really nailed through adopting OMS, what would that be and why? As someone with PPMS, what can you share with others that have PPMS that motivates or inspires you?  
    Links:
     
    Follow Helen on Instagram
    Learn more about Feldenkrais in the UK and globally
     
    Coming up next:
     
    On our final Coffee Break installment for 2020, travel to the UK to meet Alexandra Storey and hear how she’s helping do her part to ensure OMS has a successful outing on Giving Tuesday, all on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #12, which premieres on Monday, November 30, just one day before Giving Tuesday. And to our friends and community members in North America, Happy Thanksgiving!
     
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    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.

    • 50 min
    Coffee Break #11 with Bron Webster

    Coffee Break #11 with Bron Webster

    Welcome to our 11th installment of Living Well with MS Coffee Break, where we welcome fellow podcast host and producer Bron Webster 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:
     
    Bron Webster is many things – blogger, podcast creator/host, entrepreneur – but above all, she is committed. Bron is an expert in MS patient advocacy who works with a leading university in the UK and their neurology medical students, so she's used to representing the MS community with a ‘no agenda’ approach. Bron was diagnosed with MS in 1996 and is still mobile (though much slower these days). She also has 3 members of her family living with MS (1 blood-relative and 2 in-law relatives). She also had a brush with cancer (salivary gland, very rare) in 2014, so it’s fair for her to say this: “I’m a survivor!” Bron is the creator, host and producer of a new podcast about MS, The MS Show.
     
    Questions:
     
    Can you tell us a little about yourself and your personal experience with MS? You’ve recently launched a new MS podcast called The MS Show. Tell us a bit about that and your motivation for becoming a podcaster? How did your personal experience with MS inform the work you do on the podcast and in the broader MS community? What other projects or ventures are you involved in that have some impact on people with MS? If there is one lesson your experience with MS has taught you that you’d like to impart to others, what would that be? Finally, what advice would you give to people with MS on how to cope with some of the new realities in this post-Covid world?  
    Links:
     
    Bron’s podcast, The MS Show
    Bron’s website, Multiple Success
    Bron’s Facebook group
     
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    On our second-to-last full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching in just 10 days on November 11, 2020, Geoff Allix is proud to welcome Helen Rees Leahy, a former university professor from North Wales, who discusses her journey with PPMS and how it intertwines with the OMS approach. Join us for this fascinating, first-person exploration of what it’s like to have a rarer form of MS and still tap into the benefits of the OMS program.
     
    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.

    • 20 min
    A Personal Experience with MS – In Conversation with BBC Radio Presenter Erika North

    A Personal Experience with MS – In Conversation with BBC Radio Presenter Erika North

    Bio:
     
    Erika started her career in the music industry at the tender age of 16, working for a PR company who represented The Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, The Spice Girls and many more. One of her earliest highlights was when Cher sent her flowers by Cher to thank her for finding her favorite brand of mineral water when she ran out of it in the middle of the night!
     
    She fell into the world of radio by complete accident in the mid-90s, co-hosting a show on London's Heart 106.2, a job she performed happily for 14 years. Since then, she has presented national breakfast shows, broadcast from the top of Sydney Harbor Bridge during the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony and can now be heard on the airwaves of BBC Radio Kent.
     
    Erika was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and is now happy to put a spotlight on the trials and tribulations her condition bring, with a trademark sense of humor her listeners will be very familiar with!
     
    Discussion Topics:
     
    Erika’s life and MS journey How an MS diagnosis affects someone in a public-facing role How the public impression of MS is changing How Erika has adapted her lifestyle tothe OMS program How OMS is a healthy lifestyle for all How COVID-19 has affected Erika’s healthy habits  
    Links:
     
    Erika's Twitter Feed
     
    Coming up next:
     
    Coming up next on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #11, premiering Monday, November 2, travel to the UK to meet Bron Webster, creator, producer and host of the new podcast, The MS Show.
     
    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.

    • 44 min
    Coffee Break #10 with Roy Bartlett

    Coffee Break #10 with Roy Bartlett

    Happy 10th anniversary and welcome to our tenth installment of Living Well with MS Coffee Break, where we welcome Roy Bartlett 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:
     
    Although diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988, Roy doesn’t let anything much slow him down.  He is no stranger to working in charitable organizations and was the founding president of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Asthma Society at the beginning of the 1980s.  From 1986 to the end of 2004 he worked for four different charities, including Alzheimer’s Auckland (1989-99).  Professor Sir Richard Faull, Director of the Centre for Brain Research and Patron of Alzheimer’s Auckland, describes Roy as “significantly changing the landscape of caring for people with dementia during the 1990s”.  In 2002 Roy and his wife Julie co-founded the award-winning charity StarJam, whose mission was to be the leading and most innovative catalyst for facilitating a positive societal change in attitude toward people with disabilities.  Together they set about creating national and international performance and limelight opportunities for young people with disabilities. StarJam continues today to help provide disabled children with a chance to build their confidence, develop their character, discover new friendships and enjoy the thrill of new hope and purpose, the benefits of which are also felt by their family, friends and the wider community.  Currently, Roy is an Ambassador for the Auckland OMS Circle.  He is also a foundation trustee of the The Sources of Unconditional Love Charitable Trust (SOUL), founded by his wife Julie in 2015.  SOUL’s mission is to replace prejudice and discrimination with unconditional love and respect.  Its position is an exclusively positive one aiming to empower teenage girls and young women to be free from the effects of prejudice and to inspire those who discriminate to instead choose unconditional love and respect.
     
    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?  I know you’re quite active in the OMS community, and the ambassador of the Auckland Circle in New Zealand. Can you tell us how being a part of the community has informed your journey? 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?   
    Coming up on our next episode:
     
    On the next full-length episode of Living Well with MS, launching in just one week on October 21, 2020, Geoff Allix welcomes Erika North, a veteran voice on UK radio and current a presenter for BBC Radio Kent, to discuss her personal OMS journey. Please have a listen to hear Erika’s unique and mellifluous perspective!

    • 26 min
    Oils and OMS: Separating Facts from Fiction

    Oils and OMS: Separating Facts from Fiction

    Bio:
     
    Jack McNulty has been involved in food and cooking most of his life. He’s walked many paths during his culinary journey, including transforming himself from an interested amateur ‘foodie’ to a professional chef with classical training. Throughout his life and career, he’s explored different food cultures, grown his own vegetables and fruit and ate a lot of meat and fish along the way. He’s been a vegetarian, carnivore, omnivore and fish-eating vegan before landing on his current lifestyle as a vegan.
     
    Jack has worked for some talented and knowledgeable chefs in high-end restaurants in Switzerland, Italy and France. He’s operated his own catering business and cooking school, while finding enough time to write about cooking. Jack is currently operating his own subscription-based website providing instruction and recipes supporting a vegan life.
     
    Jack has followed the OMS lifestyle since 2009. He has actively worked on providing recipes and information to the OMS website and was the contributing editor to the OMS cookbook.
     
    Questions:
     
    Are all oils bad, or are there some beneficial and healthy ones? Is it OK to heat oils when cooking? What happens to oils when they are heated? Does it change their properties for the worst? Do all oils have a similar heat point where their properties change? Is it true that you should never bake higher than 180°C (350°F) if you are using oil? There are many recipes that call for fried veggies, such as onions. How do you substitute this with a healthier alternative? Why can’t I cook with flaxseed oil? If I cook Mediterranean food without olive oil it doesn’t taste the same. Is there anything I can do? Olive oil doesn’t have the right flavor for all recipes. Are there other oils that I can use, such as rapeseed oil or hemp oil, to capture that flavor? What can I use instead of butter for baking?  
    Links:
     
    You can discover more about Jack or do some impressive window-shopping on his website. The recipes require a subscription, but the rest of the content is free! Here’s a free travel guide listing OMS-friendly places to eat worldwide. A great place to window shop for inspiration and work up an appetite is Jack’s Instagram Follow Jack on Facebook.  
    Coming up next:
     
    Coming up next, we pop down to the Southern Hemisphere to land in Auckland, New Zealand and meet Roy Bartlett, an OMS Ambassador with a life-changing story. Hear his story on Living Well with MS Coffee Break #10, which premieres on Monday, October 12.
     
    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.

    • 58 min
    Coffee Break #9 with Rowan Baker

    Coffee Break #9 with Rowan Baker

    Welcome to our ninth installment of Living Well with MS Coffee Break, where we welcome Rowan Baker 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:
     
    Rowan is a UK-based nurse who has been following the OMS Recovery Program for nearly two years. She enjoys yoga and running, crafting and cooking up OMS feasts. She’s currently training towards a half marathon, on the back of a long-distance walk for an MS charity last year. She has written a number of blogs for OMS and her cooking inspiration can be found on Instagram.
     
    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?  I know you’re quite active in the OMS community, and a frequent blogger. Can you tell us how being a part of the community has informed your journey? You also work for the NHS. Can you share a perspective on how that interconnects with your MS and experiences with OMS? 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:
     
    Check out Rowan’s blogs on the OMS website
    Rowan’s Instagram feed
     
    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 September 30, 2020, Geoff Allix is joined by OMS culinary favorite Jack McNulty to demystify the questions of oils – separating fact from fiction – in this important conversation for anyone confused about the benefits and drawbacks of which oils to use in your OMS-friendly kitchen.
     
    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 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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