I can't tell you how glad I am to have purchased this book! I am a teacher in my late 40's. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I started to experience many of the same symptoms as Dr. Pepe. I also was afflicted with the failing vision experienced by Pat Wagner, a contributor to this book and MS survivor in her own right. My doctors gave me beta blockers, and found that my health was deteriorating rapidly.
I admit I was desperate. I love my career as an elementary school teacher, and knew that if I didn't find something to help me soon, my career life as I knew it would shortly come to an end. I was not into either nutrition or holistic medicine when I first bought the book. I thumbed through it at the book store in a local mall and her story caught my interest, so I purchased it.
I couldn't be happier that I did so. I found the writing of Lisa Hammond very enjoyable and easy to read. She made Dr. Pepe a real person, someone with whom I could identify. The personal section of her story held my interest, and the second half of the book was made especially understandable for a lay person like myself. I had never really heard of any of the methods Dr. Pepe used. However, I found this in itself encouraging, as nothing my doctors had tried to that point had been the least bit helpful and, quite frankly, actually seemed to be making me worse. Except for the chelation therapy, I followed all of the other steps she utilized. I chose to order the bee venom, as keeping bees is out of the question in my apartment complex!
I am very thrilled and proud to announce that now, nearly ten months later, my MS has NOT progressed any farther! Feeling is beginning to return to the areas where I had been experiencing numbness, and my vision has improved almost to the point where it was before my illness. I find that I have far more energy each day, and I can feel myself returning to health.
I have read some of the reviews here, and, far from resenting Dr. Pepe's affluence, I celebrate it. If she had not possessed the means to explore these independent treatments not covered by most insurance plans, others like myself may not have had the opportunity to follow in her footsteps. I disagree with those who discount the personal section of the book. I feel that her autobiographical account has great relevance, as some of the stressful incidents in her life were similar to those in my own. Not all of them, of course, but enough to give credence, in my opinion, to the theory that stress and trauma may be contributing factors to the later onset of MS in some way. I certainly feel it warrants further research.
Perhaps Dr. Pepe's methods do not, or will not, work for everyone. I have no medical training and am the first to admit it. However, based solely upon my own experiences, I would encourage anyone suffering from MS to seriously consider giving her methods a try. After all, except for a few dollars, what have you got to lose? Nothing in this book could harm a patient that I can see. Her methods are strictly natural, based upon nutrition combined with natural supplements.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly, both as an interesting read and an invaluable medical blueprint. As I've said, you have nothing to lose, and perhaps the rest of your life, a healthy life, to gain. Thank you Dr. Pepe and Ms. Hammond! You have done me a service with your selfless sharing of your experiences, and I, for one, shall be always grateful for this publication.