Overview of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are experiencing neurological symptoms and deterioration from the disease, it is time to pay us a visit. You may not be aware of the fact that approximately 75% of autoimmune disorders have a similar underlying theme of multiple â€œstealthâ€ infections. These infections usually show chronic raised antibody levels to a variety of infective agents such as Mycoplasma, Epstein Barr, Herpes 6 (80% presence in MS), Herpes 1, 2 and 8, Cytomegalovirus , Parvovirus , Coxsackie virus, and a host of others.
This condition usually affects people between the ages of 20-40 years. This is a chronic disabling condition of the central nervous system. It may now be considered an autoimmune disorder, where white blood cells attack the myelin of the central nervous system. MS is most common in Caucasians and women are twice as commonly affected as men. The disease is relatively uncommon in individuals who live at high latitudes.
- Benign sensory variant - manifests as a neuritis
- Relapsing-remitting course - total recovery after attack
- Relapsing-remitting course - disease becomes progressive and recovery from attack is only partial
- Primary progressive form - progressive from first attack
Below is a list of symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis:
- Difficulty walking, numbness, paralysis
- Vision loss
- Coordination difficulties (vertigo is uncommon)
- Slurred speech
- Decline in cognitive function (occurs in about 50% of cases with severe cases in about 10% of cases
- Bladder dysfunction occurs in about 80% of cases - bowel dysfunction may also occur
- Depression - this is a very common symptom of MS
- Urinary tract infections (secondary to bladder dysfunction)
- Bed sores (may become infected)
- Weakness and atrophy
- Abnormal immune response although exact antigen not identified - T-cells become sensitized to myelin sheath
- Geographic factor exposing individual to MS before puberty
- Genetics - the exact gene marker that increases the probability of myelin sheath being sensitive to attack by immune cells
- Viruses - certain viruses cause demyelination (i.e. measles, canine distemper, and herpes)
Below is a clinical checklist that we go through to determine if you are a MS candidate for management:
- Patient must experience two episodes at least two months apart
- Must be detectable damage to the myelin sheath
- Clinical Examination Consisting of:
- Detailed review of 5 senses
- Blood testing (to exclude Lyme's and HIV)
- CSF testing (electrophoresis)
- Evoked potentials - test for slowing of nerve transmission.
- Oligoclonal bands in CSF in 90% of cases
The strategy is to identify the inflammatory markers that are raised as a consequence of the infections and white cells attacking your body, of which interleukin-23 (IL-23) is the most common one that is raised in MS, although there are others. We have natural ways to suppress this inflammatory process. Secondly, to arrest the underlying cause that resulted in you getting MS in the first place, we need to use specific antivirals, herbs, homeopathic, and light/sound waves to destroy the infections. We also need to change your diet, as sensitivity to certain foods may be associated with autoimmune disease such as wheat and gluten, although other dietary factors play a role.
Once we have dampened down the inflammatory process, and taken care of the underlying infective agents, we set about restoring your cells that have been damaged by the chronic inflammation. This is done at the molecular level with the two main areas of healing occurring within the cell membrane, and within the mitochondrial regions of your cells and nuclei (the energy powerhouses which produce your everyday energy requirements).
The following is a list of alternative managements that can be in conjunction with primary management:
- Mechanical aid devices: cane, walking stick, wheelchair
- Anticonvulsants - to control tremors and spasticity
- Medications for pain and to reduce inflammation
- Diet - no sugar, processed foods, milk fat or animal fats. (MS tends to occur where an abundance of animal fats are found (butter, milk, and cheese). They tend to be a substantial part of diet in these areas.
- Very specific combination of supplements including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and herbals
- Remove toxic metals with Chelation
- IV Therapy
We can inform you in more detail about our approach and hopefully instill some hope that this condition can be managed, rather than just abated with drugs that will decrease your inflammatory reactions but not stop the march forward that this condition often results in.
If you would like to learn more about the management, our approach, and the success we have had with autoimmune disorders, please schedule an appointment.
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