I can't understand why most MS sites and ads on TV, including magazines, why they advertise sport related photos and suggesting sports. I am not talking just strength exercises but running marathons, rock climbing etc. I can't even function my daily tasks let alone climb a mountain. My MS is classed as inactive and my mobility is fine yet I would not be able to do marathon runs or any extreme activities. Why do they promote MS as a healthy fit person doing extreme sports when in fact it's the opposite???
You ask a very good question. I suspect the actors selected to portray MS patients in advertisements are chosen to create a positive image of the benefits of the pharmaceuticals they sell
It is not necessarily bad to create these positive images; try to imagine that you are capable of achieving similar feats as these actors. Believing that you can achieve these goals is the first step.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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