One of the facets of our mission is to educate and inform all persons about multiple sclerosis and the various treatment options to improve their quality of life. Therefore, we strive to provide the most comprehensive and current information available.
Our booklets are currently utilized as an educational tool in doctor’s offices, schools, libraries, and human resource departments. To request a copy or copies, contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Program Services Department at 888-MSFOCUS (673-6287).
Multiple Sclerosis, Helpful Information for Patients and Families, 2nd Edition - Provides helpful information on MS, including information on treatment and symptom management.
Pregnancy for Women with MS - This helpful guide separates fact from fiction and provides the information you need to know about pregnancy and MS.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine for People with Multiple Sclerosis - This is a comprehensive, easy-to-read booklet that explores the many diverse and unique therapies that fall outside the scope of conventional medical treatment. Professionally reviewed by Dr. Allen C. Bowling, Medical Director at the Rocky Mountain MS Center, this booklet offers unbiased information on alternative therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology, biofeedback, meditation, and much more.
Intimacy and Sexuality with Multiple Sclerosis - This bokklet offers a thorough and candid examination about the sexual concerns of individuals with MS. Frederick W. Foley, Ph.D., director of Neuropsychology and Psychosocial Research at Bernard Gimbel Comprehensive MS Center, in New Jersey, offers practical answers and empowering solutions for men and women.
The Fitness Prescription - If you were diagnosed with MS a decade or more ago, you may have been told not to exercise. This is because doctors once believed that the stress on the body and the increase in body temperature associated with exercise could prove harmful to those with MS. However, recent research has demonstrated that quite the opposite is true! In fact, numerous studies have shown the safety and efficacy of appropriately designed exercise programs for individuals with MS, including increased muscle strength, improved aerobic capacity, and positive influences on quality of life. Learn about the many fitness options available - from aquatics and hippotherapy to yoga, Pilates, T’ai Chi and adaptive sports.
Nutrition and MS - Regardless of your current health status, you can improve your quality of life by focusing on those things that are within your power to change, and diet tops the list. Eating consistently well over a period of time may help reduce fatigue, improve bladder and bowel problems, increase energy, and prevent bone loss. It may also positively impact mental and emotional health, including memory and concentration.
Although diet is not currently considered a causative factor in MS, there is anecdotal evidence from individuals with MS who have experienced health benefits by changing their diet. Whether you are interested in losing weight, gaining weight, learning about specific dietary regimes, or improving your overall health status, talk to your doctor and order your copy of Nutrition and MS – because the best decisions are informed decisions.
Focus on Cognition - During the past two decades, research has shown that 30 to 70 percent of people with MS may have some deterioration in cognitive function. Our Focus on Cognition booklet is designed to help you understand why this happens, what steps you can take to improve cognitive function, and how to make the best of the cognitive ability you do have.
Beginning with an overview of cognition, the booklet explains cognitive symptoms and the range of disability from mild, short-term memory problems to more serious impairment. A section on treatment offers medical recommendations and outlines the benefits of maintaining overall good health. You will also learn tips on daily living with cognitive symptoms as well as where to look for help, including a listing of books available through the MSF lending library.