#TBT: Remembering Annette Funicello’s Long Battle with Multiple Sclerosis

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Annette Joanne Funicello was an American actress and singer best known for her roles the original Mickey Mouse Club and the successful Beach Party.

In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and after a long hard-fought battle she died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.

Today we remember her battle.

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  1. I had the honor to participate in her care. Ms. Funicello had one of the most aggressive and severe cases of progressive MS I have seen in my career with prominent ataxia and “rubral” tremors. She, however, always had a great fighting spirit (participated in the unsuccessful pilot trial with T-cell vaccination at Baylor in the 1990’s). She was always supported by her incredible and exemplary care giver: her husband Glen Holt.

    • Shasha says:

      A new MS drug is Biotin. 5000mcg of biotin gives circulation in my toes. MTHF folate gave me circulation in my toes along with Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot. Supplements are cheap. MS people need to rebuild their cells daily and help the mitochondria work to burn oxygen. Biotin helps the Krebs citric acid cycle..it not just for nails/hair to be strong. Healing the gut lining so intestines absorb nutrients to rebuild cells is needed. Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut.” Celiac may cause the brain/body to malfunction in many ways once nutrition absorption is low…then cells are not made right to work right.

      Depression/anxiety/obsessing/no sleep/panic/suicidal thoughts can be due to low oxygen in the brain. My MS is due to low oxygen in my brain due to Celiac. Bipolar can be due to Celiac and low Lithium. Schizophrenia can be due to Celiac and high Cu. Blood tests may not help for TSH/Vit A/Vit B12/Celiac/Lyme/hormones/Mg etc. Heavy metals/food/Cl/Br/F may block thyroid and mitochondria may be hurt. A thyroid test doesn’t take other factors into consideration so thyroid dose may be too low for many people. A person fine tuning thyroid dose/hormones to their body may help more than a blood tests. Going by symptoms and not blood tests may help.

      Raising thyroid medicine may help MS people since they have mitochondria issues. Detoxing heavy metals by Far Infrared Sauna and EDTA/DMPS IV chelations may let the thyroid work better.

      Expensive fish oil/Biotin/cordyceps/turmeric/fumaric acid as a drug instead of a supplement wastes the MS person’s money. Fish oil may help the immune system/thin blood/help the brain/lower inflammation. Biotin may help oxygen/circulation. Cordyceps may raise oxygen/turmeric may lower inflammation etc. MS people need to change their diet to heal the gut lining and lower inflammation. Supplements may help and detoxing etc. Terry Wahls healed herself with changing her diet mostly and is trying to help other MS people in this way. 23% of supplements and Synthroid may have hidden gluten (even though gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid). LDN helps block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining…for $1 a day it is awesome help. MS people can heal. I pray they try Alternative medicine which may heal them fast.

  2. Shasha says:

    They accused Annette of being drunk etc., not realizing about her MS. MS people often are accused of being lazy when they are tired etc.

    My MS is due to Celiac. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals/probiotic…LDN..detoxing help me. I do EDTA/DMPS IV chelations which unclog blood vessels. Ca taken without Vit K2 may clog blood vessels. EDTA/DMPS IV chelations are cheaper than angioplasty and is done monthly to keep all blood vessels unclogged…even in toes/eyes/legs etc. Maybe Alternative doctors contacted him. Alternative medicine is awesome. They may have mentioned about the IV chelations which are awesome. To discount the people who called/tried to help is sad since Alternative medicine saved my life. Angioplasty only helps a few inches of blood vessels and can’t be done too often and is very expensive. Untreated Celiac gets worse with age so MS would get worse and less nutrients absorb in intestines. I can’t eat meat/saturated/monounsaturated fat/flax/coconut oil/olive oil/dehydrated food/heated oils…they clog my blood vessels along with Ca plaques. My MS is not due to clogged blood vessels, but the Celiac which affects every cell of the brain/body due to low nutrients absorbed/lower pH etc. NO gluten helps more nutrients absorb/rebuilds my cells to burn oxygen. MS is is mitochondria issue. Chemicals may hurt the mitochondria. Standard MS treatments may not help 99% of MS people…lets the go downhill hill and Conventional doctors may try to scare people away from Alternative medicine which saved my life. Hair tests/electrodermal tests/Genova tests etc are awesome. Bioidentical hormones,LDN, probiotics, vitamins/good oils/minerals/herbs/detoxing etc are awesome. To say they will only do Conventional medicine is to limit most of the options to help MS. Too bad.
    Yes..you can undo the damage/rebuild the brain and body. It is never too late. The doctor ignoring the positive changes is sad. He doesn’t want others to get this kind of treatment. The answer is already here in Alternative medicine for MS..no research is needed..no money needed.
    The whole answer is Celiac help that I mentioned..not just MS drugs. All people can have blocked veins and IV chelations can help. MS people may have low thyroid due to gluten making antibodies to the thyroid. I have a clotting disorder that only kicks in when thyroid is low. Thyroid TSH tests may not help, but free T4 and free T3. Hurt mitochondria/heavy metals don’t show up on thyroid test and may need help. I need to detox heavy metals and help my mitchondria with coenzyme Q10/Mg/PQQ and more.

    The answer is already in Alternative medicine. The foundation could help MS people pay for Alternative treatments since insurance doesn’t cover them…too bad since they work. Celiac may cause Parkinson’s/ALS/MS etc..Lyme may also be easier to catch if a person is Celiac which lowers the immune system. MS is due to low oxygen in the brain which lets neurons die and white blood cells go in and clean up the debris and make a scar which doesn’t let electricity flow.

  3. Inspiring film and if only there were more men and husbands like Glenn in this world. Such unconditional and devoted love for Annette. You are an inspiration and love and gratitude to you first and foremost!

    I’m lucky to also have the same devotion from my husband Craig, yet also lucky to have the milder form of MS diagnosis. Enough to spur me to want to see change and more research into this disease.

    I was diagnosed with RRMS at age 32 in 2007 as a newly wed and after the birth of our daughter in 2010, was exposed to the idea of CCSVI as a treatment option. I had my first CCSVI procedure in 2011 with wonderful results. Both my right and left sides were successfully cleared and I got sensations back in my arms and legs, brain fog cleared and a new lease on life began!

    My left side continued to keep re-blocking and over the next few years I went back to re-open the vein until, in 2015 it was no longer viable. Yet, as my body did before I knew, it has found a way around the blockage and in the time I have been granted in between procedures, I have cleaned up my diet and my health in positive ways. All work hand in hand.

    So my quest is to continue to support more research into this theory so that future generations can benefit from knowing how and why the veins do not want to remain clear and open. It does help quality of life, CCSVI does have benefits.

    There is also benefits of natural lifestyle changes that assist our bodies to function, and this part of my journey has been phase 2 & 3 of my MS quest to recovery which I will write about in my new blog I am planning and developing as we speak.

    Glenn, I support you and Annette (bless her beautiful soul) and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your transparency of this cause. Many I feel have written off CCSVI but those of us who have seen and experienced for ourselves those subtle yet meaningful benefits know better. There are alternatives to drugs and a more holistic, natural approach… coupled with monitoring vein health, is the future towards a better life experience with MS and other chronic diseases if not even a cure.

    • Shasha says:

      HI, EDTA/DMPS IV chelations unclog my blood vessels/lower inflammation/swelling and remove heavy metals. I do this once a month and is great for keeping all my blood vessels in my nose/face/toes/ears/body etc unclogged. IV chelations can be done as needed and are cheaper than angioplasty and keep me unclogged.
      Vit K2 with Vit D3 and Ca/Mg Osteoprocare drink put the Ca into the bones and not the blood vessels.

      Below is what I do for my MS.
      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, 2000mg fish oil , 20000mg evening primrose oil. 2000 mg lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE, krill oil, CLA, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/depression/immune system and more. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid. Coenzymated B vitamins far from synthetic kind make make me calm.

      Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

      EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

      LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

      Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

      Alternative doctors/chiropractors/acupuncturists and more may help with health/vitamins etc.

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