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Re: alternative treatments

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Posted by scott on June 23, 1999 at 08:31:11:

In Reply to: Re: alternative treatments posted by J on June 02, 1999 at 20:01:26:

: : Does anybody know of any alternative methods for dealing with MD?
: : I seem to be mildly suffering from LGMD. I have been diagnosed as having a dystrophic condition but
: : no specifics were ever established. It is difficult for me to climb stairs and I have noticed some
: : deterioration in my arms. But, my question is, what can I do about it? Would exercise help? Is weight
: : lifting out of the question? What about yoga? Would any sort of diet make a difference? If I try to lose
: : weight should I go low protein or high? I am awful confused.

: hi scott,
: I myself have cerebral palsy and am living with a friend who has MD. MD does cause degeneration of the
: muscles, but there are you can do to slow the process. Yes, exercise DOES make a difference! The same as
: if anyone else were to go without doing anything, they would get weaker, only with your condition the
: downslide would be likely quicker and more. I'm no expert, just talking from personal experience. Doing
: moderate exercise every day, and strengthening exercises for specific muscles will definately help. How
: much? You will only know once you've tried. It may be very beneficial to see a physiotherapist to help you
: find exercises that would be especially good and work for you.
: As for diet, protein is what builds muscle and tissue in the body, so making sure you have enough protien
: will be good, but just remember to keep a well balanced diet with all the 4 food groups. Fruits and vegetables
: are especially good for there vitamins and minerals, and variety is the key. Another thing that
: I have learned is to listen to your body. Chances are if you crave a certain food (other than junk-food)
: then that is what your body needs. If you have more concerns about diet, a dietition may be able to help.
: Hope this was helpful!

Thank you! I had given up hope that anyone would respond! Thanks!
It was help. I live in a very remote mountain area and I have started to hike everyday to get the
morning paper and that has helped a lot. The thing now is I need to lose weight, maybe 20
pounds, and I'm unsure how to die without hurting myself.
I will talk to a dietician and a therapist, perhaps they can give me more specifics.

I wonder too then if anybody knows if I should take protein supplemements or of any herbal help
for people like me. Non-traditional approaches interest me some.


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