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August 7, 2019  

MS - Beyond the Diets, Bonus! Post-HSCT Nutrition Unraveled. How to Avoid Setbacks and Recurrent Relapse.

In this bonus episode on diet Post-HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplant), licensed dietitian and HSCT veteran, Ahna Crum, unravels the multi-layered task of safely redirecting your nutrition after transplant. Ahna, who's certified in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy, holds a masters certificate in dietetics and is currently working on her 2nd master's degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. 

You've just been hit with a physiological atomic bomb! Let Ahna educate you on how to heal your body and maintain your immune health by taking control of your nutrition.


- Avascular necrosis

- Your second chance to avoid autoimmune disease

- Adrenal glands and physiological stress

- Steroids and their assault on your adrenal gland

- Sleep and neurotransmitter balance

- Compromised bone health

- Preventing AVN (avascular necrosis)

- Vitamin k2, Vitamin D and osteoporosis

- Genetic vulnerabilities that require customized supplementation

- How taking high-dose Vitamin D only is a disservice to bone health

- Covering all your bases with conventional medicine, functional medicine and biochemistry

- Factors that may have propelled you to require HSCT

- Thyroid health post-HSCT and the huge role it plays in overall health

- How to bolster your thyroid function

- Hormone levels and your thyroid

- The effects of chemo on your microbiome

- Your gastrointestinal tract and your central nervous system are direct targets of chemo

- The disadvantage of staying on a neutropenic diet longer than necessary

- How to know when it's safe to transition out of a neutropenic diet

- What heals your GI tract post-HSCT. It's NOT food.

- Blood work and lymphocyte subset panels

- The services/testing/courses Ahna provides and where to find her

- Don't stop with resetting your immune system!


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July 25, 2019  

MS - Beyond the Diets, Part 2, An Individualized Approach to Healing with Targeted Nutrition

Ahna Crum - Part 2

In today's part 2 of our 3-part series, Ahna Crum, license dietitian, certified in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy will take a closer look at which dietary choices can impede or promote the restoration of your immune system and why.

Ahna will prove once and for all that a one size diet does not fit all.


- Your myelin sheath and fat

- Free radicals and antioxidants

- Fatty acid profile testing

- Metal toxicity and gadolinum

- Vegan vs. animal protein diet

- What's your protein status and how it affects your neurotransmitter balance

- Where to find the right protein

- Probiotics and prebiotics

- Bacterial overgrowth and its connection to autoimmune disease

- Epigenetics and genomics

- Dietary supplements

- Vitamin D

- How your microbiome evolves from birth

- Intermittent fasting

- Vitamin E

- The services that Ahna provides to her patients

- Testing

- Courses

- Consultation

- Guidance


July 20, 2019  

MS - Beyond the Diets, Part 1, An Individualized Approach to Healing with Targeted Nutrition.

Ahna Crum - Part 1

Today I'll be talking with licensed dietician Ahna Crum about the role that nutrition plays in the development of MS as well as how it can assist in reversing or managing your symptoms.

Ahna, who's certified in integrative and functional medical nutrition therapy, holds a masters in dietetics and is currently working on her 2nd master's in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

Her involvement in the integrative medicine movement goes beyond the fundamentals of macronutrients, micronutrients, and energy expenditure and focuses on the full health picture of each individual.

Her goal as a practitioner Is to heal the whole person physically, mentally and emotionally through food, vitamins dietary and/or herbal supplements and other complementary evidence-based treatments as a way to heal the body and prevent disease.

Through nutritional immunorestoration, Ahna works to restore health and hope to anyone suffering from autoimmune-based ailments.

Her clinical experience coupled with her own personal experience as an MS patient gives her the perspective of a practitioner but the heart of a patient.

Ahna's objective is to use targeted nutrition strategies to reverse or manage symptoms and restore health hope and vitality to her patients.


- I ask Ahna which three anti-inflammatory diets she would recommend
- The mistakes we're making
- The diet comparison game
- Curing MS with diet
- Ingestion does not mean digestion
- How your body is functioning at a biochemical level
- What is your microbiome and why does it matter?
- Are your sidewalks clean?
- Good bacteria and bad bacteria. What's the difference?
- Epigenetics
- Food allergies and their role in immune system health
- Food sensitivity testing
- Sneaky gluten
- What you should be eating and avoiding on an anti-inflammatory diet
- The fat controversy
- Fiber, fiber, fiber!
- Exercise and adipose tissue
- Omega 6, Omega 3 and lipid balance
- How your anti-inflammatory lifestyle should look
- A preview of Part 2 of the series


July 10, 2019  

Laughing in the Face of MS with Actor, Rapper, Nerd, Damian Washington

Damian Washington, actor, rapper and self-titled nerd shares his unique insight on living with MS in real life and in the public eye.

Damian's professional portfolio includes high-profile commercials like McDonald's,, and Planet Fitness, but if you're tuned into the MS world, Damian, a fellow MSr, has crafted a nice little niche for himself in the YouTube Vlogging world (that's Vlog with a V like in Victor). 

He uses his comedic prowess to share with and educate the MS community on all things related to living with MS. His informative, often hilarious videos feature a wide range of topics. From dietary suggestions, to travel tips to dry brushing, Damian's serving it all up with his chill style.

Press play to listen to this enlightening and fun conversation with Brooke and Damian.

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June 27, 2019  


In this episode we pull back the curtain on the MS Society with MS Society Development Director, Kelly Tapper. Kelly, who has RRMS and is a veteran of HSCT (hematopoietic stem cell transplant) sets the record straight with a behind the scenes look at the services they provide, the complexities of research funding, and their mission to serve the MS community.


June 19, 2019  

Meet Trevor Wicken, Founder of The MS GYM (Part 2 of 2)

Here is part 2 with Trevor Wicken, founder of the MS Gym. In part 2, Brooke challenges Trevor with some profound questions. What transpired, is one of the most inspirational conversations you will ever hear.

After listening to this episode you will understand why there is more hope then ever before for people living with Multiple Sclerosis and what the future holds.

June 14, 2019  

Meet Trevor Wicken, Founder of The MS GYM (Part 1 of 2)


In this part 1 of 2 episode, Trevor Wicken, founder of the MS Gym, shares never before heard details about the roots of the MS Gym along with his dreams for the future trajectory of this powerhouse movement program and community.


May 28, 2019  

05/27/2019 - Memorial Day Reflections

Coach Trevor reflects on what Memorial Day means to him

April 15, 2019  
April 8, 2019