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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; [Large Print] edition (19 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459603877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459603875
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Jelinek lives and works in Melbourne, Australia with Professorial appointments at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University. George has had a stellar career in Emergency Medicine; he won the Prize in the first Specialist Examinations in 1986, is a past President of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine and Vice-President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and Founding Editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia, a major international journal he has edited for 20 years. He was awarded the ACEM Medal in 2003, and was a WA Finalist for 2008 Australian of the Year recognising his work in emergency medicine and multiple sclerosis.

George has written and edited several major textbooks in Emergency Medicine, but since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, has devoted considerable time to analysing and summarising the vast medical literature on this disease. His major new work, 'Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-based Guide to Recovery', published by Allen and Unwin, is a compelling evidence-based summary of the literature that provides realistic hope that it is possible to be well after a diagnosis of MS. The book was released on 1st February 2010 in Australia and New Zealand and 1st May 2010 in the rest of the world.

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As a physician and the spouse of someone with multiple sclerosis I feel that this book contains much wisdom and guidance for achieving one's greatest potential for healing when confronted by the reality of this disease --Bernie Siegel MD



This is the most exciting book I have read in some time. Everyone affected by MS, either directly or indirectly, needs to read it --Ian Gawler OAM, author of You Can Conquer Cancer and Peace of Mind



I gave it to a friend with MS who said it was the most useful book she had read. "Jelinek is perfectly placed to analyse data and research and to evaluate their worth. I found it invaluable. --Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Professor George Jelinek is an academic emergency physician. He has professorial appointments at the University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, and Monash University. He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and founding editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia. He has given many public lectures and retreats for people with MS in Australia and New Zealand.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jane on 18 July 2010
Format: Paperback
As someone who has been recently diagnosed with MS I found this book utterly invaluable. My neurologist recommended that I read this book and I know that he is endorsing it very widely to other medical professionals who deal with MS. I'm very glad I took his advice and read this book. Aside from anything else it provides an excellent summary of the current situation with research and medication in MS. But more than that it provides real hope - not just a "think positive and you might get better" hope but real hope in terms of an effective way to manage, control and possibly even heal MS. It's not a cure but it's really something everyone with MS should know. Basically Jelinek provides a convincing argument and evidence into the role of diet in MS. If you have MS and are debating buying this book, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jane-Marie Harrison on 12 Aug. 2011
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I have MS and have read lots of books on the subject. This is the best book ever. It treats readers as grown-ups able to take matters into their own hands rather than relying on Doctors and drugs. It is evidenced based with lots of references to follow up. George Jelinek has MS himself as well as being a Dr of emergency medicine so has access to all the medical research plus the added benefit of knowing what it feels like to have MS. I love this book. If ever something crops up, I turn to the book for advice. The diet takes a bit of getting used to but I feel better than I have for years, when combining this with Aloe vera gel drink.

Buy it - you will be very pleased with your purchase!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By West on 21 Dec. 2011
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My mum bought this book for me just before I was diagnosed with ms, and I am so glad she did. I am sure that without it I would be feeling far, far worse than I do. The book explains all of the evidence for a wide variety of approaches to managing ms, in a really clear and thorough way so that you can make your own mind up about what's worth trying. I have only been doing some of the recommendations for a couple of months as I've only recently been diagnosed, and I am feeling well. It's hard to say if the diet/vitamin d etc has got anything to do with this, but I am sure that the psychological side, of feeling that I have some control over it, is what is helping me the most. I honestly believe the information in this book has the potential to help me get far better than any drugs can, and am so grateful to the professor for writing it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By samd on 1 Dec. 2011
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I am new to the scary world of MS. Not interested in reading about which is the best wheelchair or incontinence pad on the market. I want positive, inspirational, realistic and attainable..... This book delivers.
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It isn't evidence based. At best you could say that the evidence is misrepresented - a healthy diet is good for people with MS, but it's good for people in general. So his dietary recommendations are good but not relevant. The studies he quotes are cherry-picked (often there are studies that don't show the effect he seeks that he doesn't mention) or relate to conditions other than MS. While he is a doctor in emergency care he doesn't have any clinical expertise in MS and no published papers that I could find.

Equally his other main recommendations of exercise, vitamin D, and meditation are good for most people not just MSers.

It's also misleading to say that this is about "overcoming" MS. If it was possible to overcome it there would be millions of people throughout the world beating a path to his door. "Managing MS" is as good as it gets.

So a more accurate title could be "Sensible diet, meditation, vitamin D and exercise is good for most people - even those with MS" But would you pay money to go to one of his seminars or retreats based around that?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PAS667 on 31 Aug. 2013
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As a PPMS sufferer of 7 years I found this book a breath of fresh air after being told by consultants there was no treatment for this condition. It is easily readable and is a thorough and balanced review of many pieces of MS research. Prof Jelinek pulls all of these together to reach his conclusions on how to change your lifestyle - diet, exercise, meditation and supplements - to slow, stop or reverse the effects of MS. He is very measured and even-handed in his assessment and does not say 'this is the answer, this is what you need to do'. He presents the facts and his views on them and lets the reader make their own judgments. I have been using his diet for almost a year - it is v hard to tell if it has slowed the MS down as the progression is v slow anyway - but I have lost over 2 stone in unwanted weight which is a bonus. More importantly the mental impact of following Prof Jelinek's recovery program has been enormous - I am more cheerful and have a much more positive attitude to life. I also have more energy and need less sleep. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone with MS - it should be compulsory reading!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Ford on 2 Sept. 2010
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I have had MS for 10 years at the benign end of the scale. I have for the most part stayed very well but recently lapsed in my health care and stopped exercising, started drinking cows milk, put on weight and suffered from bouts of depression. I had my second relapse just 3 weeks ago and realised how much I've strayed from well-being in the past 2 or so years.

As a result of the relapse I found George Jelinek's website and subsequently bought the book after listening to some of his radio interviews. The only other book that I've read that gave me hope like this was Judy Graham's MS A Self Help Guide when I was first diagnosed. That book was a real life saver at the time but Jelinek's book, 10 years on, is a real beacon of hope in what is, for us with MS, sometimes a dark and frightening place. I'd become complacent over the years and forgotten that I could control the progression with diet and exercise and most importantly, hope. I found his research very thorough; the ideas about connecting my mind and body through meditation and counselling refreshing. I switched to a vegan and fish diet as soon as I read it and severely cut down all saturated fats from my diet as far as is possible. Everything I've eaten on this regime so far has been delicious. I also rejoined the gym and have started taking time to meditate.

I'm nearly recovered from the physical effects of my relapse and thanks to reading this book I have started to recover from the psychological effects because I've realised that I'm able to have some significant control over this disease and that realisation is the most important part of the recovery.
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