YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is the medical term given to a condition that strips the nervous system of the sheath that surrounds the neurone, which is the part of the nerve that transmits the impulses. The sheath is called myelin and, therefore, MS is a ‘demyelinating’ disorder.

The orthodox world has postulated a variety of causes for MS, including viral, autoimmune disease (the body’s immune system attacking the nervous system), dietary causes and specific chemical reactions in the nervous system, probably caused by genetic errors. The complementary medical world views the cause as being all of the above plus the possibility of heavy metal toxicity, food allergy, vaccine reaction and, arguably, psychological factors.

My experience suggests that anger produces chemicals within the nervous system that have a direct effect on the body’s ability to protect the nervous system’s myelin sheaths. The anger is usually repressed and stems from childhood and most often is associated with problems between the child and a parent.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis are many and variable. They can be divided into sensory symptoms, such as visual disturbance, tingling and numbness and movement symptoms, such as loss of balance, loss of bladder or bowel control, weakness and paralysis. Problems usually occur in one part of the body, although they can rarely be bilateral and may come along for a matter of minutes or last for years. Repeated episodes of neurological disturbance need to be assessed by specialists before a diagnosis can be made. Multiple sclerosis is well known for going into remission. This means that people with neurological conditions may resolve them and not have problems again until many years later. It is this principle of remission that alternative practitioners work on because it shows that the body is capable of overriding the condition. After all, a permanent remission is the same as a cure.

Diagnosis is made by excluding other causes and is confirmed by specific visual tests called visual evoked response (if the patient has visual disturbances), magnetic resonance imaging and, on occasions, biopsy.

A Multiple Sclerosis sufferer by the name of Cari Loder discovered that her problem was alleviated with the use of tricyclic antidepressant in combination with an amino acid and with regular intake of vitamin B12. There has been no study published to date but anecdotal evidence and support from people who have used her course of treatment is hopeful. Whilst we await results of studies, I see no reason why people should not try the course. Because it involves a drug, a doctor needs to prescribe the antidepressant and it would be best to have the doctor keep an eye on the situation.

Adrinex – The Cari Loder suggested treatment Morning dose 70mgs lofepramine 500mgs L-phenylalanine

Mid-afternoon dose 500mgs L-phenylalanine 1000 mgs vitamin B12 given by injection weekly for 10 weeks.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Self-help for MS should take the form of advising your health practitioner of the following recommendations but you should be under the care of an orthodox neurologist.

Orthodox treatments such as adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) or steroids may be recommended and should be considered if the following alternative treatments are not effective. The use of beta-interferon is distinctly a last resort.

Have your essential amino acid, copper, calcium, magnesium and zinc levels checked out because deficiencies will exacerbate symptoms.

The following supplements should be taken at doses of twice the daily recommended level and can even be given intravenously, under the care of a doctor with supplemental medicine training: Vitamins B± B5 and B12, folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, molybdenum, chromium, manganese, zinc and selenium.

Take D,L-phenylalanine, approximately lOOmg per foot of height twice a day.

Establish and remove any food allergies. Specifically, have a very low animal fat intake (less than lOg/day) and reduce even vegetable fats to less than 50g of polyunsaturated oils. No cow’s milk products, although sheep’s and goat’s products can be used in small quantities. Absolutely no caffeine or tannin, which therefore means no coffee, tea or cola drinks. Cocoa needs to be avoided as well, which includes chocolate.

Vegetable proteins such as soya, lentils and grains should be increased to compensate and fish should be eaten at least every other day. Salmon, herring and mackerel are the best.

Supplements that should be taken at levels recommended by a nutritional or complementary medical specialist include cod liver oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (500g twice a day), docosahexanoic acid (300mg with meals), N-acetylcysteine (500mg with meals every other day), zinc, copper, selenium and vitamin E.

Discuss the use of the herb Ginkgo biloba.

Exercise such as yoga or Qi Gong is essential.

Consider using the Ayurvedic massage technique Marma or Shiatsu on a regular basis.

Bee-venom therapy has some poorly supported evidence of efficacy and should be considered if other treatments are not helping. Hyperbaric oxygen proved successful in one trial but this has not been followed up and may, therefore, not be an effective treatment.

Consult a Tibetan physician and ask about Padma 28, a combination of different herbs which has shown to be an effective treatment in a scientific study.

Lastly but most importantly address any anger -conscious or subconscious, present or past, known or unknown – via regular counselling and meditation/relaxation techniques.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids need to be assessed, preferably by an essential fatty acid blood test, and any deficiencies corrected through diet or supplements.

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