100 episodes

Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

RealTalk MS Jon Strum

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Jon Strum cuts through all the jargon and breaks down the latest multiple sclerosis news. You’ll meet the scientists who are creating tomorrow’s MS treatments today. You’ll hear from the experts discussing how the latest tweaks and changes to our healthcare laws will impact your MS treatment. And we’ll be talking to the courageous MS warriors who are out there advocating on behalf of the MS community every day, as well as the men and women who are committed to living their best lives with MS and living their best lives as MS caregivers. If you're dealing with multiple sclerosis in your life -- as a patient, caregiver, family member, or friend -- join us each week for RealTalk MS.

    Episode 129: MS Advocacy in 2020 with Bari Talente

    Episode 129: MS Advocacy in 2020 with Bari Talente

    In just a couple of weeks, the National MS Society is hosting its annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. The centerpiece of that conference is our Day On The Hill when 300 MS Activists meet with our Congressional Representatives and Senators to discuss the legislative issues that are most important to people affected by MS. My guest is Bari Talente, the Executive Vice President of Advocacy for the National MS Society and we're talking all about this year's Public Policy Conference.

    • 28 min
    Episode 128: Pregnancy & MS with Dr. Riley Bove

    Episode 128: Pregnancy & MS with Dr. Riley Bove

    My guest is Dr. Riley Bove, and we're talking about some of the things you might want to consider when you're thinking about getting pregnant, some important things to consider when you are pregnant, some things to discuss when you and your doctor are planning your delivery, and things to be aware of following your pregnancy.

    • 31 min
    Episode 127: MS Activism with California Assemblymember Jim Wood

    Episode 127: MS Activism with California Assemblymember Jim Wood

    This past year, a bill was introduced in the California State Assembly that would make it easier for the California Attorney General to prosecute pharmaceutical companies for so-called "pay for delay" deals.

    On January 1st, that bill, AB 824, became a law. My guest is the author of AB 824, California Assemblymember Jim Wood. We're talking about what it was like to guide a bill that the pharmaceutical industry came out against through the state legislature and see it signed into law. 

    • 28 min
    Episode 126: Access to MS Medications with Tim Coetzee and Bari Talente

    Episode 126: Access to MS Medications with Tim Coetzee and Bari Talente

    Treatment with disease-modifying therapy is the most effective way to slow MS progression, modify the course of the disease, and maintain optimal brain health. Yet, for many people living with MS, these life-changing treatments remain out of reach.

    My guests are Tim Coetzee, the Chief Advocacy, Research, & Services Officer, and Bari Talente, the EVP of Advocacy for the National MS Society, and we're talking about the barriers to accessing MS medications and what can be done to bring those barriers down.

    • 23 min
    Episode 125: The Pathways to Cures Think Tank

    Episode 125: The Pathways to Cures Think Tank

    Last week, we attended the Pathways to Cures Think Tank. I think that we'll look back at this meeting as a historic moment. We've taken the first steps toward creating a global consensus for defining specific pathways to stop MS progression, restore lost function, and end MS.

    The Pathways to Cures Think Tank was an extraordinary event, and we're devoting this entire episode of RealTalk MS to hearing from some of the participants and sharing the highlights of the meeting.

    • 38 min
    Episode 124: First Descents with Brad Ludden

    Episode 124: First Descents with Brad Ludden

    We're exploring the healing power of adventure. My guest is Brad Ludden, the founder of First Descents, a non-profit organization that, since 2001, has taken over 10,000 young adult oncology patients on more than 1,000 outdoor adventures that feature activities like rock-climbing, kayaking, and surfing. Last year, First Descents expanded their programming to include outdoor adventures designed for young adults living with MS. And every one of these adventures is offered at no cost to the participants.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

Je45986 ,

REAL Talk!

This is a wonderful resource for the MS community—informative, well-researched, thoughtful, and does not skirt around tough issues. I really appreciate Jon’s straightforward way of talking and how he addresses the issues head-on, especially when it comes to things like public policy, which impact our lives so profoundly and that we have the power to influence.

Jwillie034 ,

Not really helpful

Was hoping for an ms podcast that actually had some meat to it instead of just a lot of filler talk. I’ll keep searching

JW, Esquire ,

Powerful and Always Informative for All Listeners

The RealTalk MS podcast provides information for all types of listeners, including those who are neither people diagnosed with MS nor caregivers. As one who knows a few people with MS, I regularly listen to learn more about their conditions and to stay aware of current developments.

Jon Strum’s approach to the podcast is sensitive, thoughtful, and powerful. Thanks, Jon!

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