Woman Cures Her MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Kristen in yoga training almost seven years after she cured herself of Multiple Sclerosis

Kristen in yoga training almost seven years after she cured herself of Multiple Sclerosis

In 1998 Kristen was 27 years old. She was a triathlete, a mountain biker, a skier and a surgical scrub tech. She was visiting her parents when an emergency trip to the hospital ended with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. For over five years she attempted to cope with the intermittent and debilitating symptoms (exacerbations) of this disease — then she got pregnant. With a new baby on the way Kristen was determined her MS would no longer be a part of her life. She has now been cured of MS for 8 years.

Here is a bit of her story.

When you have the whole world telling you there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis what made you think you could cure it?


I don’t know if I thought I could cure it. I thought, ‘This is a big intrusion on my life and I am not willing to have it.’

When you had Multiple Sclerosis what were some of the most severe exacerbations?

My worst outcome of an exacerbation was losing sight in my left eye. There were two other times I was unable to walk. There was another exacerbation where I was completely paralyzed on the left side. It is hard to pick which was the worst.

What does Multiple Sclerosis do to your body?

Think of your nerves as an electrical cable. If you dropped acid on that cable, it will burn a hole in it. This is what MS does to your nerves. Then it covers those nerves with a plaque so the nerves can no longer fire from point A to point B or they fire intermittently. There are two kinds of Multiple Sclerosis. There is Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis which is what I had and then there is Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Remitting Relapsing MS means you go for times without any flare ups, which are also called exacerbations. Progressive MS means you are on a progressive downward spiral to a wheelchair.

How do you know for sure you are cured?

I don’t take any medications for MS. I had eight lesions to start with and have two now that showed up on the last scan about five years ago, but they are smaller. I have been symptom free for 8 years. I don’t even want to say symptom free because my doctor is like, ‘You are fine. Go away.’

How did you react to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?

When the doctor told me that I had MS he also told me that I was going to have to be in the hospital for a little bit. I wanted to know when I could go skiing. He told me that he did not think that I understood what he was telling me. I told him that I work in medicine and that I understood. I just wanted to when I could go back skiing. He told me he didn’t know if I could go back skiing and I said, ‘That is not good enough.’

While I was in the hospital room I would do pushups at the end of the bed. They were not happy with me for climbing over the bed rails to do them. I would call Physical Therapy and ask them to bring sandbags so I could do weights. I would do stretches on the window sill. This was not going to define me. It just wasn’t. I was like, ‘Ok I have been dealt this card, but I am not ready to fold just yet.’ All through the years of dealing with Multiple Sclerosis I had friends say, ‘You are such an inspiration.’ I would say, ‘What is the alternative? Give up and sit on the couch the rest of my life.’

What were others reactions when you go from a triathlete to having Multiple Sclerosis?

I really credit my support network [for my healing] because I had these days where I just wanted to lay in bed and cry. And on these days I had friends who are like, ‘You need groceries. Let’s go to the grocery store.’

We would be at the store and I would say, ‘I need that can.’ And they would say, ‘You need to get it yourself.’ Then I would drop it because I did not have the neurological tactile sense to pick things up and people [in the store] would stare at me. I would tell my friends, ‘People are staring at me.’ And they would say, ‘Too bad.’ That was kind of how we went about it. It was like ‘suck it up’ and that is what I did.

Dr. Terry Wahls book on how she overcame secondary progressive MS and got out of her wheelchair.

I took an off label drug, Naltrexone. Doctors have been using Naltrexone since the 80s with AIDs patients and other autoimmune diseases.  A friend of the original doctor I went to used Naltrexone for MS. Every time she went off the Naltrexone she would inevitably have another exacerbation. The difference between her and me is that I did not think the drug would fix everything. I changed my life, so that eventually I could get off of Naltrexone as well.

What other life changes did you make to cure your MS?

I started yoga when I was diagnosed. In the early years of this disease, I always noticed that when I slacked off of my yoga I would get worse or get sick. There are times in my life when I slacked off really badly with my yoga and then my life was in and out of hospitals.

I also did Reiki. I started to learn how to move energy through my body. I learned how to really focus on places in my brain that had plaque. I learned how to pass energy, how to pass good white light energy through my brain to help heal it. People think this is crazy, but it worked for me. That is all I can say.

How did you learn about Naltrexone?

A physician I worked for told me his niece had MS and that I should look into it. I researched it until the ends of the earth. At the time there was very little information about it, but I learned it didn’t have any side effects. The Multiple Sclerosis drugs, Avonex, Betaserone, and Copaxone, I was taking were all chemo based drugs and they would cause me to have convulsions, vomiting and sweats. I would have aches and pains for up to 48 hours after injecting this poison and I wasn’t getting better. I was having exacerbations on a regular basis [while taking the traditional MS drugs].

What are the traditional Multiple Sclerosis drugs supposed to do for you?

When I was taking the Avonex, Betaserone, and Copaxone I was not getting better. I was barely staying at status quo and every week I had to take 24 – 48 hours out of my life because I was so incredibly sick from the drugs.

I’ve read  that there are a lot of people that have taken Naltrexone that have done exceptionally well. They have done clinical studies in the last 10 – 12 years. There is research out there proving the effectiveness of it. People poo-poo the research because it was not done in the US or the sample size is not big enough. My first doctor in Colorado poo-poo’d it because he said there was not enough research. Naltrexone is $30 a bottle. The traditional Multiple Sclerosis drugs were $1000 a month, $250 per shot — for poison. I took Naltrexone all through my pregnancy because they deemed it completely safe. There is no money in a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

What was your diet like before you were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?

I was a probably a borderline alcoholic. I partied. I smoked occasionally. I ate whatever was in front of me. I started doing triathlons when I was in my mid-20s. I thought I was exercising two hours a day and it did not matter what I put in my body.

What is your diet now?

I am not perfect, but I am much more conscious of it. My diet is mostly organic. We cut out most red meat. We do not eat processed foods. Early last year I cut out gluten. I do a lot of coconut milk and a lot of soy. Does that mean that at a barbeque I absolutely won’t throw down a burger? No. It is all balance and moderation.

Do you eat dairy?

I do, but I am very conscious of whether it is organic and whether or not it has rBGH.

What about other people who have been treated their Multiple Sclerosis as you have?

I met a woman in Denver who runs an organic granola company and she said that she cut out gluten and started doing yoga and she does not have MS symptoms anymore. You do hear of it.

Were there ever any times you just wanted to give up?

It was all I was known for, ‘I was Kristen with MS.’ ‘Oh, that is Kristen with MS.’ I was no longer Kristen the triathlete, Kristen the mountain biker or someone’s girlfriend or wife. All of the sudden I had no other identity but MS. When I woke up in the morning it was all I could think about and when I went to bed it was all I would think about – I had to break that or I was never going to get better.

There were days when I thought, ‘This is my life. This sucks. What did I do to deserve this? What did I freaking do to deserve this??!’ But then I had to be, ‘Enough with the pity party – move on.’ I know in talking to people with similar illnesses or stories at some point you come to a blockade in the road where you decide this disease is going to define me or this is disease is not going to define me.

It seems like a heroic effort on your behalf – to have the whole world say, ‘You are Kristen with Multiple Sclerosis.’ And for you to say, ‘Screw you.’

I think for awhile I did buy into, ‘I am Kristen. I have MS. My whole life revolves around doctors and drugs and people and their pity faces.’ I think for awhile, for that really bad first five years or so, I did buy into it and then I got pregnant and my focus shifted. It was no longer about me. I had another purpose. My purpose was to be a better person for this child.

What were the major life changes you made after you were pregnant?

You may take for granted your own body, but you are not going to poison your baby. Like I said, I fell off the band wagon with yoga and healthy eating a few times in the first five years or so after I was diagnosed, but now I was pregnant and it was time to get back on that band wagon and stay on it.

How do people react when they learn you cured yourself of MS?

It depends on the audience. With close friends, they are amazed. Then there are other people, the nay-sayers, the ones that are like, ‘Maybe you were misdiagnosed’ or ‘Maybe you have it and you don’t know it.’ There are so many people in the Denver Medical Community that knew me and see me now and always say, ‘I just can’t believe it.’ The response is mixed based on the audience.  Some people think Eastern Medicine is silly and they just don’t want to hear it. You are not going to change anyone’s mind.

What is it like working in Western Medicine knowing  that Eastern Medicine transformed your life?

I get a lot of flack about it and I get harassed about it a lot.  I am building a yoga practice and if I can build it enough I would be happy to exit medicine. I work in surgery so what we do has it place, but I have gotten out of the habit of going to doctors for every little complaint because they are just not open to listening to a lot of what you have to say regarding what you know about your own body, especially if you relate it to Eastern medicine. They want to prescribe a drug and get the next patient in. There is not a lot of listening in Western Medicine anymore.

I just can’t believe there are not more western doctors out there that are like, ‘This is crap.’

I think they are out there, but I think they are hard to find. You can’t poo-poo all of Western Medicine. You just do not see doctors who are trying to find a compromise between Eastern and Western medicine.

This is why I like the neurologist that I ended up with. The name of his practice was, Peace of Mind Neurology. He promoted yoga and he promoted Eastern Medicine. I absolutely adore him because he is one of those people that will say, ‘I don’t think we are doing this right. I do think there are other ways we could be doing this.’

Do you have advice for someone who was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis?

I would tell them to stay away from the other drugs. I would tell them to not do them at all. Try nutrition. Try Ayurvedic Medicine. Do as much yoga as you can. Try whatever you can before you turn to the other drugs.

How are you different because you have gone through this?

I don’t take my body for granted.  I have learned that the human body wants to heal itself, but sometimes you have to respect it and help it to get there. I also have a really low tolerance for whiners. I hate to be like that, but I want people to help themselves. I want people to be their own advocate. I teach this to my daughter. I tell her she cannot let other people determine who she is. I will define who I am going to be.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I could talk for hours about this. I think about people diagnosed with cancer and I just keep thinking, ‘You go to the doctor and they pump you full of more toxins. They destroy any healthy antibody you may have while they are claiming to make this better for you.’ This is what we are taught to believe. That this type of treatment is the only answer. What is going to cure you of cancer  and other diseases is watching what you are putting in your mouth.

I do not trust our food system. We are eating toxins. We are rubbing toxins all over our body. We live in toxins. People say there is no cure for cancer, but there is. There are studies. If you eat a vegan diet there is a cure for cancer, but nobody wants to do that. It is against the norm. It is too much work. It doesn’t go along with what you have been told. It doesn’t go with the propaganda we hear. But, it can be done if you take the time and effort to do it yourself.

Kristen teaches private yoga classes and school based kids yoga throughout the Denver Metro Area.

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60 thoughts on “Woman Cures Her MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

    • Hi good day Kristen I am Keysha I live in Atlanta I have tried many treatments by the number one drug dealers on toxins that are making me worse than ever walking is worst as ever, bladder been gone, credit missed up from extreme medical bills so I searched ms persons who cured themselves and found you thanks for your article.
      I am a warrior I just needed the battle plan to capture my life back.

      Thank You,
      Thank You,
      Be Blessed
      Keysha Williams

    • Hi I’m Nadia and i could really relate to your story in this article.
      I was diagnosed with MS 6 years ago and was taking the western medication for a long time without feeling any improvement + i had to deal with the strong side effects of the
      medications. Back then, I heard of the Zamboni treatment wich is basically treating MS with Angioplasty,I’ve done it, but it had no effect on my MS.

      So gradually, I’ve decided let go the western medical treatment and started looking for other natural ways to cure myself.While searching and trying to meet people who’ve healed from MS. I met a Lady who was claiming that she had been cured from cancer with the help of a Peruvian Healer and that He could probably help me with my MS. I was skeptical, so I researched more about it and found out that indeed people have recovered from untreatable disease in western medicine by going to this kind of ancestral medicine consisting of spiritual and herbal treatment. I decided to contact the lady and I was able to meet the naturopath doctor who is in charge of arranging this stays in peru, even if was still unsure of the effiency of the healer treatment, I did apply.

      Once i was accepted they took care of everything and i was able to go accompanied by staff.
      Upon landing three planes later we were greeted by the driver and then checked in a hotel.
      Every morning the driver was coming to pick up one of us at the time ( we were two patients on this trip ) with the guide ( translator ) to take us to the shaman’s house for the daily treatment ( 2- 3 hours / day ).The Healer greeted me in spanish and put his right hand on the left side of my head and on my mid back and said in spanish this where your lessions are, This when I was fully convinced that this shaman is a true healer,It was surreal!Then he gave me a very hot and strong herbal tea and had me take some herbs and also applied some substances on my body and gave a thermos full of beverage that i was to take during the day.The first few days I was feeling more tired and gradually my strenghts were coming back.

      The treatment lasted for 21 days over there and I Had to take herbs that I brought back with me for 9 Months.I also had to send a photo of myself each beginning of the month to the healers staff and receive comments as if there were any changes to be made in the dosage of the herbs.

      Now I consider myself cured and I can say that I have taken my life back. My neurologist doesn’t understant how this could have happened since all the symptoms have disapeared and that im back at doing sport and leading a normal life for 4 years now.

      I could never thank enough Emma, that woman who told me about this Shamanic Healing and the people of healingtravel.org who accompanied me and took care of everything there.

    • Hi I’m Nadia and i could really relate to your story in this article.
      I was diagnosed with MS 6 years ago and was taking the western medication for a long time without feeling any improvement + i had to deal with the strong side effects of the medications.
      Back then, I heard of the Zamboni treatment wich is basically treating MS with Angioplasty,I’ve done it, but it had no effect on my MS.

      So gradually, I’ve decided let go the western medical treatment and started looking for other natural ways to cure myself.While searching and trying to meet people who’ve healed from MS. I met a Lady who was claiming that she had been cured from cancer with the help of a Peruvian Healer and that He could probably help me with my MS. I was skeptical, so I researched more about it and found out that indeed people have recovered from untreatable disease in western medicine by going to this kind of ancestral medicine consisting of spiritual and herbal treatment. I decided to contact the lady and I was able to meet the naturopath doctor who is in charge of arranging this stays in peru, even if was still unsure of the effiency of the healer treatment, I did apply.

      Once i was accepted they took care of everything and i was able to go accompanied by staff.
      Upon landing three planes later we were greeted by the driver and then checked in a hotel.
      Every morning the driver was coming to pick up one of us at the time ( we were two patients on this trip ) with the guide ( translator ) to take us to the shaman’s house for the daily treatment ( 2- 3 hours / day ).The Healer greeted me in spanish and put his right hand on the left side of my head and on my mid back and said in spanish this where your lessions are, This when I was fully convinced that this shaman is a true healer,It was surreal!Then he gave me a very hot and strong herbal tea and had me take some herbs and also applied some substances on my body and gave a thermos full of beverage that i was to take during the day.The first few days I was feeling more tired and gradually my strenghts were coming back.

      The treatment lasted for 21 days over there and I Had to take herbs that I brought back with me for 9 Months.I also had to send a photo of myself each beginning of the month to the healers staff and receive comments as if there were any changes to be made in the dosage of the herbs.

      Now I consider myself cured and I can say that I have taken my life back. My neurologist doesn’t understant how this could have happened since all the symptoms have disapeared and that im back at doing sport and leading a normal life for 4 years now.

      I could never thank enough Emma, that woman who told me about this Shamanic Healing and the people of healingtravel.org who accompanied me and took care of everything there.

  1. Unfortunately, going away for years like that is not rare for MS. There are plenty of people who are symptom free for years, and then get hit with an attack out of nowhere. That’s just part of how the disease works.

    • I think stories such as Kristen’s are very interesting based on what they bring to light and the comments they bring to light. To be honest it is difficult to respond to comments such as yours considering they provided no reputable scientific information for making this claim just a blanket 3 sentence comment. I also think stories like Kristen’s are interesting in that they show how some people (most people I think) believe what science and doctors (and let’s be honest, companies that are making millions and billions of dollars) are telling them is 100% unequivocal fact. Anyone that has taken a 7th grade science class knows that even science and scientists that are very well respected in their time are proven to be completely wrong with history and similarly we have learned scientists who were ridiculed and even imprisoned (anyone remember that guy Galileo?) are later proven correct, heroes and way ahead of their time. If you talk to Kristen she will openly tell you that she does not know if what worked for her will work for everyone. Kristen is not a scientist, but she is someone who, not only according to her diagnosis but according to a Western educated, US doctor’s diagnosis, has cured herself of MS. Will what worked for her work for everyone? Who knows. Is it worth some serious investigation and perhaps trial from those who suffer from MS or similar diseases? I am lucky to never had to live a life with such a disease but my gut tells me that if my choice was to live a life with paralyzing (literally) exacerbations or give yoga, diet, energy work and Naltrexone a try — I think I would see what those are all about.

    • It doesn’t take much research on the disease to know that it varies like this very much (both with how often it knocks you down and how hard it does), which is one of the things that makes it so hard to diagnose. I have done quite a lot of research on it, having it myself, as well as my father. I’ve never heard a doctor not recommend doing the things she is doing either. If hers didn’t, that’s a real shame. I really do hope she doesn’t have bad symptoms again. I know what it’s like to deal with this disease. I take my doctor’s advice and try to eat better and exercise more. My attacks aren’t quite as often since doing so either. I’m not trying to take anything away from her recovery, I hope it lasts as long as possible.

    • Thank you for your response. I am happy to hear you are finding things that help alleviate the attacks. I am interested if you have tried a vegan and organic diet, yoga or any kind of energy work and if so, how you felt as a result of it. Thanks for you for your comments.

  2. Kristin,
    What a story!!!!! I also have MS and I am not having the same success as you overcoming it! Yoga is one thing I haven’t tried. I did the Naltrexone for about 6 months, maybe that wasn’t long enough. I’m going to get some Yoga CDs and give it a try. Your blog is beautiful!
    Linda

    • Dear Linda,
      I do recall reading in the early days of a patient that took the naltrexone and when she stopped it (believing she didn’t have the disease anymore) would have and exacerbation. I personally took it for 10 years and only stopped after 7+ years of no symptoms. I seriously changed my diet and of course, my yoga practice. I find the yoga allows me the insight into my body with the mind/body connection that I know whenever something is starting to manifest. I can usually nip a cold or anything else before it gets out of hand. Good luck to you and wishing you perfect health.
      Kristen

    • There is no-one that can tell you how your MS will behave in the futrue, but a rule of thumb is that the first 5 years after your first attack will be an indicator of how the MS will affect you. Nothing is written in stone, though, aggressive MS can suddenly turn dormant and mild MS can suddenly become aggressive.The way I see it, we, who are diagnosed with remitting-relapsing MS, live with a sword over our head. We don’t know IF it’s going to fall and if it falls, we don’t know how severe the damage will be, but then again, there are no guarantees in life, and there is no point worrying about the what ifs .My advice to you is to read up as much as you can about MS. It helped me immensely after I was first diagnosed, because the average person’s knowledge about MS is usually based on worst case scenarios. These are what the media focus on, these are the most visible when you walk down the street.For your own sake, I feel it is important to come to terms with the worst case scenario, but it is equally important to realise that many of the MS statistics include old data that were harvested before the disease modifying drugs were developed. Today MS is not considered to have any effect on the sufferer’s lifespan, and many of people with MS lead normal or near normal lives, just 15% of all MS sufferers end up in wheel-chairs.Talk to your neurologist, don’t be afraid to ask questions, advice, anything at all. Many problems can be addressed with medicine, and if you have relapsing-remitting MS, the earlier you start treatment, the better. I started on Avonex right after I got my diagnosis and both the neurologist I’ve had, have independently of each other said that the early treatment is most likely the main reason why I’m doing this well.MS is not a death-sentence and it does not necessarily mean that your life will change significantly either. The most important part is to focus on what you can do. All depending on your symptoms, you might still be able to teach for many years to come.Take your time, try to relax and digest the diagnosis, do what feels right for you and try not to be too affected by well-meaning friends and family, if yours are anything like mine, they will be crying, treating you as if you have one foot in the grave, finding various articles on alternative treatments, and telling you about all the other MS cases they’ve heard of. Natural reactions, but not always helpful to the newly diagnosed.You might want to look into joining a MS group. I didn’t do so myself when I was first diagnosed, but I know it has helped many.All the best to you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or just need to talk. Was this answer helpful?

    • Kristen, I have an employee who told me they have ms just before I hired them.i want to make sure they are healing and that I am doing everything I can to keep them healthy.i no longer eat sugar,and I have started juicing vegtables myself to remain healthy and be an inspiration to try to help with the poor eating habits. thankyou for your story,it is very helpful.how do you know whether it is progressive or not?what are some of the best clinics,or books to learn more?thanks!

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