Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious chronic neurological disorder in which the insulating cover of nerve cells (myelin sheathing) is destroyed. This is referred to as demyelination. As of 2008, between 2 and 2.5 million people are affected globally. As the disease progresses, the nerves malfunction leading to an inflammatory cascade that damages the brain and spinal cord (CNS).
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As a functional medicine educated provider, specializing in seeking to identify the root cause(s) of auto-immune diseases, I offer to utilize all the advanced tools and technology. My roots however, are grounded in traditional healing methods. It is common for patients to be told that nothing else could help their pain except drugs and surgery. I differ in theory and hope you find the below example of just a tidbit of a perspective that I find brings hope to healing chronic conditions that CAN BE OVERCOME!
Scientists in the field of immunology have been searching for the potential “triggers” that cause the immune cells to attack the myelin sheathing. Scientists have posed the question, “is something damaging the insulation of nerve cells”? The literature including functional medicine practitioners has supported a few triggers such as gluten, Epstein Barr, vitamin D deficiency, heavy metals toxicity and microbial pathogens.
The medical research has identified elevated amounts of immunogobulins in 95 percent of MS patients. This suggests that the brain is aggressively battling an infection. It is interesting to note that the pathogen most commonly involved in this fight infecting the brain is Chlamydia pneumonia.
Researchers from the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have found that 50% of C. pneumoniae are also made inside the central nervous system as well as the brain.
Further studies have revealed enthusiastically that the eradication of Chlamydia pneumonia via the antibiotic, minocycline helped improve the symptoms of rapidly worsening MS patients.
Four common symptoms of MS include:
1: Relapsing-remitting MS- this is where a person will have a period of symptoms followed with a period where there will be no symptoms.This is the most common type of MS.
Unfortunately, the next three are progressive and symptoms tend to not go away.
2: Primary progressive—this is associated with the disease being progressive with no remission.
3: Secondary progressive—this is associated with initially having remissions followed with progressive deterioration and more remissions.
4: Progressive relapsing--this is associated with an initial progressive onset where there were no remissions. However, later as the disease progresses a person may experience remissions.
Unfortunately there are no specific antibody tests for MS. The disease is confirmed “only” after the person has neurological symptoms twice and lesions are found on an MRI. It is important to note that one episode of the common symptoms that resolve and never come back is considered negative for MS.