Tony Bloom is a trustee and co-founder of the Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) Foundation initially set up by his Australian born wife Linda in 2011. The two have been working with various other professionals, individuals and organizations to help raise awareness about the condition and to help those affected by it.
Linda Bloom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2002 when she was only 28 years old and halfway through her psychology masters course. She was in such an awful state that she could neither lift a pen nor get up from her seat. With the help of her sister, she discovered the work of Professor Jelinek which helped her manage her condition and nurse herself back to health.
As Linda Bloom herself stated in an interview: “Professor Jelinek’s work involves a self-help program providing tools to help people with MS take control of their own lives, to manage symptoms and empower themselves to heal. It’s based on the pioneering work of Professor Roy Swank, who started a very long-term research project in 1949, and so builds on over 40 years of research. It involves a plant-based, whole-food diet plus seafood, with very little saturated fat and supplemented by omega-3 oils, especially flaxseed oil – our results showed that flaxseed oil contributed to a 60% reduction in MS relapse rates. The program further recommends vitamin D3 supplementation depending on the availability of sunlight, stress management, exercise and meditation as required.”
The charity spreads information and awareness of such as well as helps patients make better informed decisions and choices for themselves and their condition.
Characterized by relapses with varying types, frequencies and degrees of symptoms, Multiple Sclerosis only affects 0.0357% of the entire population making it one of the rarest conditions in the medical field. Based on statistics, those diagnosed are often between the ages of 20 and 40 with more women than men and are more prevalent in colder regions.
The degenerative neurological disease affects the nervous system and disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between it and the body. Common symptoms include but are not limited to dizziness, fatigue, vision problems, balance issues, bladder problems, muscle stiffness, spasms, memory incapacity, speech difficulty, emotional instability, and numbness among others.
In a bid to raise awareness and funds for the cause, Tony Bloom ran the Brighton marathon twice, first during its inaugural run in 2011 and another one in 2015.