Illnesses

Multiple Sclerosis

"Multiple sclerosis, once established, is likely to lead to serious disability, and in this scenario the best prognosis is partial improvement. But if management is begun early, an authentic integrative strategy will in many cases achieve near-complete relief of symptoms. Strict adherence to diet and lifestyle changes; elimination of toxic and microbial body load; aggressive use of nutrients; and exceptional commitment to minimizing stress, are all mandatory requisites for a quality coexistence with this disease."   Parris Kidd, Ph.D.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

Multiple Sclerosis, An Autoimmune Inflammatory Disease:
Prospects for Its Integrative Management

by Parris M. Kidd, Ph.D.
"No pharmaceutical or other therapies exist that confer prolonged remission on MS, and obvious interrelationships between toxic, infectious, and dietary factors make a persuasive case for integrative management. ... Early intervention with integrative modalities has the potential to make MS a truly manageable disease."

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Multiple Sclerosis: Causative Factors
by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Multiple Sclerosis

Curcumin Helpful in Multiple Sclerosis Model
by Michael T. Murray, N.D.
"Six hundred and eighty-eight studies, more than 400 of them published within the last four years, confirm curcumin's remarkable anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. In particular, within the last year several studies have shown curcumin's potential as a neuroprotective agent."

Multiple Sclerosis
from The Edelson Center for Environmental and Preventive Medicine
"Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of civilized man, and, like many other diseases of our modern age, it is a disease of an overactive and misdirected immune system. The specific reasons for this are unclear, but a prominent theory relates heavy metals like mercury, lead and aluminum as the agents that might replace normal molecules in the myelin sheaths, leading to an onslaught of free radical damage which destroys the myelin sheaths, resulting in MS. In addition, the immune system now sees this tissue as foreign, because of the replacement of heavy metals, and produces antibodies which attack the myelin, leading to further damage."

A Comparison Of Mental Health Of Multiple Sclerosis Patients With Silver/Mercury Dental Fillings And Those With Fillings Removed
by R.L. Siblerud
"These data suggested that the poorer mental health status exhibited by multiple sclerosis subjects with dental amalgam fillings may be associated with mercury toxicity from the amalgam."

Is Mercury Toxicity an Autoimmune Disorder?
by Keith W. Sehnert, M.D., et al.

See also Mercury Amalgam Fillings in this web site.

Leaky Gut - Increased Intestinal Permeability

The Leaky Gut
by Zoltan P. Rona M.D.
"The leaky gut syndrome is almost always associated with autoimmune disease and reversing autoimmune disease depends on healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Any other treatment is just symptom suppression. An autoimmune disease is defined as one in which the immune system makes antibodies against its own tissues. Diseases in this category include … multiple sclerosis. … Physicians are increasingly recognizing the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the development of allergic or autoimmune disease. Understanding the leaky gut phenomenon not only helps us see why allergies and autoimmune diseases develop but also helps us with safe and effective therapies to bring the body back into balance."

Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
Leo Galland M.D.
"Effective treatment of the Leaky Gut Syndromes requires several components: avoidance of enterotoxic drugs and allergic foods, elimination of infection or bacterial overgrowth with antimicrobials and probiotics, and dietary supplementation with trophic nutrients. Direct measurement of intestinal permeability allows the clinician to plan appropriate strategies and to gauge the effectiveness of treatment, using objective parameters."

Articles by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
Herpes Virus May Trigger Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis and Epstein-Barr Virus

Sunlight Exposure Beneficial In Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin D For MS Patients

Vitamin D Treats & Prevents MS

Multiple Sclerosis May be Linked to Infection

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Linked to Heart Problems

Articles and Press Releases

Cholesterol Drug May Offer Hope for MS Patients
April 1, 2003

Epstein-Barr Virus Closely Tied to MS
March 25, 2003

Blood Test Reportedly Effective for Monitoring MS
Dec. 6, 2002 (Reuters Health)

Stress May Trigger MS Flare-Ups in Women
November 26, 2002 (Reuters Health)

Cholesterol Fighting Drugs May Also Have Protective Effects Against Multiple Sclerosis
October 7, 2002
"Our study shows that statins modify several molecules of the immune system involved in the disease progression of MS, independent of their use with interferon," notes study author Juan Jose Archelos, MD, of Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria. "The potent anti-inflammatory effects of statins are remarkable, and even more effective when combined with interferon-beta."

Another Dimension in MRI Scanning
August 4, 2002
"A new kind of medical imaging technology able to provide detailed, three-dimensional maps of nerves and other soft tissues may help doctors and researchers better understand and diagnose stroke, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia and other medical conditions. Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI) was developed by the The National Institutes of Health (NIH)."

Doctors Seek Better Treatments for MS
June 14, 2002
"Much current research is looking at ways to modulate the immune system. Some investigators believe the immune system of MS patients has been compromised by an as-yet unrecognized chronic viral or bacterial infection, and they are looking at long-term antibiotic treatment."

Enzyme Linked to MS Nerve Damage
May 28, 2002
"Scientists have found what may be a "smoking gun" substance that generates the trademark nerve damage associated with multiple sclerosis."

Brain Battles Back in Multiple Sclerosis Patients
January 16, 2002
"The body fights valiantly to repair the brain cell damage caused by multiple sclerosis, but some unknown force makes it a losing battle, new research says."

Articles from DIRECT-MS by Ashton F. Embry, Ph.D.

The Diet Hypothesis For The Cause Of M.S.
Recommended.

Nutritional Recommendations

Journal Articles

PATIENTS' STORIES

My Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis
by Roger MacDougall
"As a layman expressing views not accepted by the medical profession in general, I obviously come in for much criticism from that quarter. My aims are very simple. I suffered down to a state of terminal disability and am now enjoying a healthier life than I can remember. I would be inhuman if I did not use that unusual experience to give what advice I can to those still suffering."

No Bed Of Roses - The Other End Of The Stethoscope
by Roger MacDougall

People with MS
from Multiple Sclerosis International Federation

MS Personal Experiences and Poetry
from All About Multiple Sclerosis

The Top 10 Things to Know and Do When Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
by Maria C. Lesetz, M.A.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Diet: Fact or Fraud?
by John A. McDougall, M.D.
"When I ask physicians and dietitians for hard evidence proving that diet has nothing to do with the cause or cure of MS, they consistently come up empty-handed. I have yet to see a study that says diet will not help MS victims. In fact, all the existing scientific evidence points to diet as the most helpful approach."

Multiple Sclerosis - Best Bet Treatment
by Ashton F. Embry, Ph.D.
Detailed.   Recommended.

Multiple Sclerosis and Alternative Medicine
by Thomas Kruzel N.D.
"In my experience, even patients who are in the advanced stages will benefit from natural therapeutics as they act in harmony with the normal body healing processes. Naturopathic physicians may use a variety of therapeutic modalities ranging from conventional drug therapy to diet and nutrition, homeopathy, physical medicine, acupuncture, and the use of plants or botanical medicine while treating the whole person, not necessarily the "disease"."

Low Dose Naltrexone and Multiple Sclerosis
from Bernard Bihari, M.D.
"Over the past few years, growing experience with the clinical use of LDN demonstrates its consistency in preventing further attacks in people with MS. In addition, a majority of such patients note reductions in spasticity and fatigue."

Narcolepsy Drug Fights Fatigue in MS Patients
by Nicolle Charbonneau
"A drug that prevents dozing in narcoleptics reduces the debilitating fatigue that plagues people with multiple sclerosis, says a new study. Researchers found that modafinil, also known as Provigil, significantly increased energy levels in patients with multiple sclerosis-related fatigue."

The Importance of Neutralizing Antibodies in MS
from HealingWell.com
"In recent years, a number of medications have been shown to fight the progression of multiple sclerosis. But as far as the human body is concerned, these drugs are foreign agents, and their effectiveness can be sabotaged when a patient's immune system fights back."

A Medication Challenge for Multiple Sclerosis
from ABCNEWS.com
"Some people taking an interferon medication may produce antibodies against the drug itself, potentially derailing its effectiveness overtime. Antibodies are specific proteins that are normally produced by the body to fight foreign substances such as bacteria or viruses."

Enermed Therapy
Non-invasive therapy for the symptomatic relief of certain symptoms of MS and migraine headaches

See also Low Dose Naltrexone in this web site.
Articles from the Tahoma Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis: A Revival of Hope
by Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.
"Elaine DeLack’s revival of Jonez’ (and Horton’s) histamine treatment of MS and her improvement of it as Procarin is a very significant breakthrough in the care of MS-afflicted individuals. Procarin has made effective histamine treatment easily possible on an outpatient, at-home basis, with enormously more convenience and considerably less cost than in-hospital, continuous intravenous or intramuscular histamine treatment. Combined with a “natural-food” Swank diet individually modified for food allergy, detection of and compensation for defects of digestion and assimilation, essential fatty acid supplementation, injectable vitamin B12 and adenosine monophosphate (AMP), and supplementation of Adaptrin and DHEA, Procarin gives us not only a revival of hope, but a much improved chance of making a very real improvement in symptoms of individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis."

Transdermal Histamine in Multiple Sclerosis: Part One - Clinical Experience
by George Gillson, M.D., Ph.D. et al.
"This paper summarizes preliminary experiences with transdermal histamine for MS at the Tahoma Clinic: 67 percent of 55 patients using histamine transdermal cream had improvements in one or more areas, including extremity strength, balance, bladder control, fatigue, activities of daily living, and cognitive functioning, sustained for periods of up to three months. One-third of patients had improvements in three or more areas of functioning."

Transdermal Histamine in Multiple Sclerosis, Part Two: A Proposed Theoretical Basis for Its Use
by George Gillson, M.D., Ph.D. et al.
"This paper discusses how impairment of histamine synthesis might lead to symptoms of MS, and conversely how exogenously administered histamine might alleviate symptoms. Various mechanisms of action are suggested, including: enhanced gastric acid and pancreatic enzyme secretion, augmentation of subnormal cerebral tissue levels of histamine, improved electrical function of demyelinated fibers, increased cerebral blood flow, suppression of aberrant autoimmune responses, and stimulation of remyelination."

Articles from Life Extension Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis - Part 1
Symptoms, Epidemiology, Etiology, Immunology, Environment

Multiple Sclerosis - Part 2
Genetics, Viruses, Diagnoses, Prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, The MacDougall Story

Multiple Sclerosis - Part 3
The Swank Diet, Research Studies on Dietary Supplementation, A Daily Supplement Protocol
"The amount of information researched for MS found that the following protocol measures are well represented by several research groups."

Dr. Swank's Diet

Comments from Roy L. Swank, M.D., Ph.D.
"If the diet is closely followed and daily rest is taken, the cases with very little neurological disability will shortly improve, and almost all will make a very satisfactory recovery. They will remain ambulant, energetic and agreeable, and in a period measured by months or years, will think clearly and be able to enjoy and enter into activities with friends. Usually in a relatively short time, patients will return to activities and work full or part-time."

Introduction to the Diet - Part 1
"The Swank Diet has been helping patients with MS live productive lives for over 35 years. It is simply a diet low in saturated fat and relatively rich in polyunsaturated oils. To obtain maximum benefit from treatment, we advocate its application as early as possible. This is while the symptoms are transient, before a major disabling attack occurs in MS, heart disease or stroke."

Introduction to the Diet - Part 2

Testimonials
"Need some inspiration? Consider these testimonials from Dr. Swank's patients."

OTHER RESOURCES

All About Multiple Sclerosis Home Page

All About Multiple Sclerosis - Links

All About Multiple Sclerosis - News

DIRECT-MS
Information on the Relationship Between M.S. and Nutritional Factors

Important Journal Articles from DIRECT-MS

International Multiple Sclerosis Support Foundation

James S. Huggins' Multiple Sclerosis Pages

Low Dose Naltrexone for Multiple Sclerosis

Maria Lesetz - MS Empowerment Coaching

Medline Plus - Multiple Sclerosis

MS Active Source

Multiple Sclerosis by Thomas J. Copeland Jr.
Clinical Research & Trials by Thomas J. Copeland Jr.

Multiple Sclerosis and Dietary Intervention

Multiple Sclerosis Education Network

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation

Multiple Sclerosis from Remedy Find

Multiple Sclerosis from Suite101.com
by Pamela Martin

National Family Caregivers Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Rocky Mountain MS Center
Extensive information on MS and complementary and alternative medicine

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Articles from The New England Journal of Medicine

Podcasts
Dr. Hoffman and Skip Lenz on Low Dose Naltraxone August 22, 2007

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Allen C. Bowling, M.D., Ph.D., Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis

 

Nancy J. Holland, T. Jock Murray & Stephen Reingold, Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

Carole MacKie, Me and My Shadow: Learning to Live With Multiple Sclerosis

 

Paul O'Connor, M.D., Multiple Sclerosis: The Facts You Need

Margot Russell, When the Road Turns: Inspirational Stories About People with MS Randall T. Schapiro, M.D., et al., Symptom Management in Multiple Sclerosis
Roy L. Swank, M.D. & Barbara Brewer Dugan, The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book: A Low-Fat Diet for the Treatment of M.S. Celeste Pepe, D.C., N.D. & Lisa Hammond, Reversing Multiple Sclerosis: 9 Effective Steps to Recover Your Health

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