Archive for May, 2013

As a professor of nutrition, I certainly preach the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. But have you ever stopped to think about why they’re vital to our health? (Image courtesy of Suat Eman, FreeDigitalPhotos) The textbooks I use still tell students to get about 5-9 servings of produce per day. I believe this information […]

in hiding


At early stages, especially with relapsing-remitting MS, most symptoms are referred to as “hidden symptoms”–these are the symptoms that we feel, but the general public can’t see. I’m talking about things like difficulty concentrating, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, chronic pain… I have definitely experienced most of the above, in addition to some weakness that shows every […]



Happy 12th anniversary to the love of my life… who sticks with me in sickness and in health. I love you so much. 🙂

For weeks, I’ve been complaining about the “hidden” MS symptom of fatigue. I’ve felt run-down and tired, so that seemed to be the best label for what was going on. Yesterday, I decided to remove that label from my vocabulary, at least for now. I was chatting with one of my occupational therapists (who I […]



It’s been an exciting past few years in the drug development pipeline for MS (among other diseases). As someone who studied pharmaceutical science in graduate school nearly 20 years ago, as I vaguely follow industry news, I (and others) had thought that new pathways of drug discovery had dried up. Or so the media was […]



Today is the first rainy day we’ve had in a while in the Seattle area. Yes, despite reputation, we do have sun now and then, and sometimes go for week-long stretches of sunny days. Just now, we were lucky enough to be in that position, which ended today. During these times, whenever forecasters predict the […]

You’d think that as a professor of nutrition, I’d be totally on board with the 6 servings per day of whole grains, 2.5 c of fruit, 3 c vegetables… etc etc that the USDA recommends that we get. I spend a lot of time reading nutrition and physiology news (I teach my passion) and, while […]