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August-September 2006

Volume 24, Issue 4

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Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for
Making Life Easier, 2nd Edition

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz

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There are exactly 300 tips in this book, which sounds like a recipe for chaos. Fortunately, that's not the case. Schwarz divvies tips up into seven different categories, each of which gets its own chapter: General Tips; In Your Home; Looking Good, Feeling Better; Managing Mealtime Madness; Taking Care of YOU; Managing Medical Issues; and, my favorite of the bunch, Weekend Getaways and Extended Travel.


Schwarz is, in a word, resourceful, and you'll be surprised by many of these tips. Chapter 2, "In Your Home," begins with tip number 18: Rubber Bands. Yes, rubber bands. As Schwarz writes: "Rubber bands can add girth to handles on kitchen tools, hairbrushes and toothbrushes, and other household objects. Try adding rubber bands anywhere you need a little extra help gripping."

These are real-world practical strategies, many of which this reviewer had never thought of, and some of which add new twists on old saws ("To keep your body temperature down, bathing or showering in cool water is recommended for people wth MS. [But] start with warm or tepid water and gradually increase the coolness, giving your body time to adjust.")

Schwarz isn't afraid to mention specific time and energy-saving products by name-each chapter includes a resource list to easily locate anything that sounds particularly useful.

I'm not putting this book on the shelf. I'm leaving it right here on my desk where I can most easily get to it.

Demos Medical Publishing (2006), 114 pp., $16.95. 800-532-8663; http://www.demosmedpub.com/.


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Reviewed by Dana Bard, a frequent contributor to this magazine.

Copyright National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2006