Sclerosis is a slowly progressing disease of the brain,
the spinal cord, and the optic nerves. The term multiple
sclerosis (MS) comes from the multiple areas of scarring
(sclerosis) that represent many patches of demyelination
in the nervous system. Communication between the brain and
other parts of the body is disrupted. Its effects can range
from relatively benign in most cases to somewhat disabling
to devastating. It is an unpredictable disease and its symptoms
may mysteriously occur and then disappear.
pathogenesis of MS remains unknown. Although inflammation,
demyelination and axonal injury are all involved, the primary
pathogenic process is not clear. On-the-job exposure to
organic solvent, heavy metals and toxins may increase one's
risk of developing MS. There are numerous testimonials supporting
the replacement of the common dental mercury (amalgam) filling
in MS patients with drastic improvement in their health
with a bacteria known as C. pneumoniae may increase the
risk of developing MS. Recently, a new microbe, named Nanobacteria,
has come under suspicion as a trigger for MS, as well as
other illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis,
and kidney stones.
have long been studied for their relationship to MS. Recent
research in Norway proposed a trigger connection between
exposure to a virus such as Epstein-Barr at a critical age
- between thirteen and twenty - and the development of the
disease. Immunization with the synthetic hepatitis B vaccine
may also be associated with an increased risk of developing
MS. The measles virus has also been implicated.
MS has come to be considered an autoimmune disease, that
is, a disease in which the body does not recognize its own
cells and produces antibodies against them. In MS, tests
reveal the specific antibodies attacking the myelin cover
of the nerve fibers.
researchers have found a connection between MS and allergies.
Studies made at NY University Medical Center noticed that
the changes in the nervous system of patients with MS resembled
the changes caused by allergies and elimination of all allergens
helps to reduce MS attacks.
with multiple sclerosis should avoid excessive body heat
elevation such as sauna, whirlpool, sun bathing or spending
time outdoors in high heat.
such as prednisone taken by mouth or methylprednisolone
given intravenously for short periods to relieve acute symptoms
have been the main form of therapy for decades. Treatment
with high-dose steroids for MS and other disorders may impair
long-term memory, according to a report in the medical journal
Neurology. The good news is that mental functioning usually
returns to normal a few days after stopping the drug.
beta-interferon, a relatively new MS treatment, reduces
the frequency of relapses. Other promising treatments still
under investigation include other interferons, oral myelin,
and glatiramer to help keep the body from attacking its
own myelin. The benefits of plasmapheresis and IV gamma
globulins haven't been established, and these treatments
aren't practical for long-term therapy.Treatment with Marinol,
a synthetic cannabinoid chemical, can reduce the pain often
experienced by people with MS.
clinical trial has shown that injections of colchicine (an
anti-inflammatory compound extracted from the herb meadow
saffron) can be effective in relieving symptoms and in promoting
general stamina. Oral colchicine can also be used. While
there are side effects, including gastrointestinal symptoms,
they can usually be managed by altering the dose. As existing
drugs for MS can be quite toxic, the use of colchicine is
a promising alternative and patients should be able to take
it safely throughout their lives.
that MS could be an inflammotory disease provoked by bacteria
and viruses, we offer special treatment for nanobacteria
doctors also believe that MS can be benefited by anti-candida
treatment. We advocate the anti-candida treatment and offer
the protocol including the anti-Candida diet, Nystatin and
natural antifungal remedies, anti-allergy shots, and homeopathic
remedies. Although it is controversial in MS, in situations
where all else has failed and the patient is in the early
stages of the disease, trial therapy may be warranted.
case of chemical and heavy metal toxicity, treatment of
chemical sencitivity and chelation may be helpful.
is difficult to know with any certainty which supplements,
in what dosages, and in what combinations would be helpful
for a certain patient with MS. It is possible that someone's
condition may get worse by stopping their existing medicines
and using natural supplements exclusively. It is also possible
that certain natural supplements may lead to a reduction
of their medication dosages. Therefore, physician control
and supervision is necessary if you decide to follow a natural
asked about the role of nutrition in MS, most conventional
medical doctors claim there is no benefit from diet changes.
I disagree. There does also seem to be evidence that diet
plays a part. There is a high correlation between a high
animal-fat diet and development of the disease. Elimination
of hydrogenated fats (margarines and spreads) may also give
a great relief to the MS patient.
have also reported that symptoms improve when food intolerances
(allergies) are eliminated. In my experience, the most common
hidden food allergies appear to be grains, especially wheat
and corn, milk, yeast and soy. Many patients benefit by
following Gluten free/Casein free diet. Testing and treatment
of these allergies may unlock the door to recovery for many
MS sufferers. Genetically modified (GM) food could also
be a trigger.
which are very effective in both prevention and treatment
of MS include cod liver oil (omega-3), flaxseed and evening
primrose oil, borage and black currant oils, amino acids
(N-acetylcysteine, glutathione, phosphatidylcholine, etc),
minerals (zinc, selenium, manganese, magnesium) and B-vitamin
complex, especially inositol, B1, folinic acid and B12 (methylcobalamin).
The latter should be taken as a sublingual tablets for enhanced
absorption or given in injections.
above mentioned oils are anti-inflammatory fatty acids that
also help build strong nerves. The proper zinc/copper combination
is important to improve levels of a major antioxidant, superoxide
dismutase. Dosage should be adjusted with their blood levels.
Lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant and has been
helpful in a mouse study and recently showed biochemical
marker improvement in a human trial. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).
(Lipoic acid in multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. Multiple
Sclerosis. 2005 Apr;11(2):159-65.)
has been used successfully in the treatment of many autoimmune
disorders including MS, Lupus and fibromyalgia. DHEA regulates
the immune system and maintains the metabolic and structural
integrity of the nervous system.
especially given with B vitamins, may enhance nerve impulses
and alleviate muscle weakness. Magnesium will help soothe
the muscle spasms often associated with MS.
E and other antioxidants (vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin
C, pycnogenol, etc.) are also beneficial. Coenzyme Q10 is
a catalyst in providing cellular energy and it's also a
strong nerve protector.
depend on the severity of the illness and the patient's
tolerance for these supplements.
Chinese use an herbal supplement called Bushen Gusui to
enhance healing. Ordinarily, its use has been for treatment
of kidney disorders. It is available in a pill form.
In clinical study it was effective at improving symptoms
and signs of MS patients and reducing recurrence frequency
in 88.37% of the patients. Bushen Gusui could obviously
inhibit inflammatory reaction of the brain and spinal cord
as well as demyelination, and simultaneously inhibit the
activity of serum IL-2, IL-6, TNF in comparing with model
group. (Clinical and experimental study on multiple sclerosis
with bushen gusui tablet, Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za
Zhi. 2001 Jan;21(1):10-4).
and Turmeric are also showing promise for MS symptoms. Did
you know that in India and China, where people enjoy a spicy
diet and consume a lot of Curcumin, there is a lower rate
of Multiple Sclerosis? Maybe it's time to spice up your
biloba and Siberian ginseng have shown intriguing preliminary
evidence of efficacy. Garlic is also a potentially useful
remedy for MS patients.
with MS participating in either a 6-month yoga class or
exercise class showed significant improvement in measures
of fatigue compared to a waiting-list control group (Neurology.
2004 Jun 8;62(11):2058-64.)
reflexology treatment was of benefit in alleviating motor;
sensory and urinary symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients
(Multiple Sclerosis. 2003 Aug;9(4):356-61.)
European and American doctors have reported successful results
with the use of ozone therapy.
So, as you can see, there are plenty of reasons to adopt
a more positive, hopeful attitude in dealing with this serious