What you should know about MS aka Multiple Sclerosis – A Dr Holly Article

Last Update: December 4, 2019 at 12:52 pm

SOURCE:  News for the Soul

DATE:  Dec. 4th, 2019

 

 

What you should know about MS aka Multiple Sclerosis

by Dr Holly

Heard at Noon Pacific Time Wednesdays on News for the Soul Radio

 

Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.

 

A lot of people get diagnosed with MS. According to 2018 reports about 1 million people in the US (between 57-78/100,000 people in the Southern states and 110-140/100,000 people in the Northern states) and 2.5 million around the world are diagnosed with MS. Canada actually has the highest rate of MS in the world! Women are 2-3 times more likely than men to be diagnosed with MS and it tends to occur between the ages of 16 and 55. But, MS is not even an identifiable disorder, there is not single MS test. It is a catch-all when they can’t identify something else.

They may use tests like:

  • MRI
  • EEGs
  • Blood tests
  • Spinal fluid analysis

It is well recognized that researchers do not know understand the cause of MS or why the progression rate can be so different. In general, there are three classifications:

  1. clinically isolated syndrome – which may or may not progress
  2. relapsing-remitting MS – gets worse then disappears then gets worse again
  3. secondary progressive – just gradually worsens without remission
  4. primary progressive – about 15% have a steady progression without remission

I would suggest that it is because there are ultimately several different causes, but they are all dumped into the same basket.

There are a broad range of symptoms and no two people have the same combination of symptoms – which may be due to a variety of causes; and/or due to where it impacts the brain. In 2017, 20% of European women diagnosed have a wrong initial diagnosis.

Musculoskeletal/Nervous system:

  • numbness, tingling or burning in limbs
  • muscle spasms
  • difficulty swallowing
  • facial pain
  • Bell’s palsy
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Lack of sexual desire

Sensory

  • blurred, double or total loss of vision
  • hearing impairment
  • reduced sense of taste and/or smell
  • changes in speech
  • dizziness/loss of balance/vertigo

GIT

  • incontinence/constipation

Cognitive/Emotional

  • loss of short-term memory
  • depression
  • personality changes

Energy

  • weakness
  • fatigue

There are risk factors – although not understood:

Geographic – those who live farther from the equator – although there is a higher rate in Canada than in Norway and Sweden and it is particularly rare in Eskimos/Inuit populations; but it may have something to do with Vitamin D

Race – African Americans are slightly older when diagnosed – which may be due to statistics showing that a larger portion of African-Americans have never seen a neurologist than specializes in MS[i] Latinos are usually diagnosed younger and have fewer mobility and bladder/bowel issues, but more depression.

Symptom – African- Americans have more symptoms by the time of diagnoses but are more limited to the optic nerve and spinal cord[ii]

I would suggest that the immune system in the gut, toxicity and nutrient profile all play a huge role in developing the symptoms. Research has shown that dietary changes can alter the auto-immune system and affect the symptom presentation.[iii] A study presented in Nature.com in 2017 showed how the gut bacteria from MS patients, when transplanted to mice, resulted in MS symptoms in the mice. They also had fewer immune cells and higher levels of inflammatory proteins.

Another study from the University of Zurich in 2018 went a step further and studied the gut microbiota of MS patients: “”We believe that the immune cells are activated in the intestine and then migrate to the brain, where they cause an inflammatory cascade when they come across the human variant of their target antigen,” says Mireia Sospedra” [iv]

Now what I particularly like about this researcher, is the following statement: “”Our clinical approach specifically targets the pathological autoreactive immune cells,” says Sospedra. This approach therefore differs radically from other treatments that are currently available, which throttle the whole immune system. While these treatments often succeed in stopping the progression of the disease, they also weaken the immune system — and can thus cause severe side effects.”[v]

A recent study showed that people who had a concussion between the ages of 10 and 20 had a 22% higher risk of MS than others. And the risk more than doubled for those who had more than one concussion.[vi] While this is not necessarily a causal connection, there is a strong correlation.

From an entirely different perspective, we have the fact that MS is often misdiagnosed. WebMD, claims that 1/5 MS patients may be misdiagnosed with an auto-immune disorder! [vii]AND…they spent an average of four years being treated for MS – which they didn’t have. This of course, leads to suffering from the side effects of the medications that they are taking – that they shouldn’t be taking!! Never mind the cost! The researchers for the study estimated that an unnecessary $10 million had been spent on drugs not appropriate.

There are numerous diseases, syndromes, disorders that mimic MS symptoms:

Nutrient deficiencies: B12, Vit D, glutathione[viii]

Heavy metal toxicity: an exploratory study looked at the interaction of lead, mercury and solvents and the impact on genes and Vit D associated with MS[ix] In addition, heavy metal toxicity can express symptoms that are similar to MS[x]

Spinal disorders: herniated disk (although often has pain not associated with MS); cervical spondylitis (an arthritic condition in the neck); nerve damage

Infections: Lyme disease (both have the same MRI findings and spinal tap can be very similar); syphilis (although the antibodies in the blood stream should be different); viral infections of the white matter of the brain (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy).

Auto-immune disorders: sarcoidosis, Sjogren’s syndrome; systemic lupus erythematosus (all cause inflammation in the spinal cord like MS); lupus does have a specific blood test.

Medications: some of the meds used to treat Rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease have produced symptoms and findings of MS; drugs for bladder and depression/anxiety have provoked symptoms similar to MS.[xi]

Current research also indicates that the grey matter in the brain, as opposed to the white matter that was always studied, plays a critical role in MS as well. [xii]

In addition, of course, MS can co-occur with other disorders. So, should each of the different causes reflect in a different diagnostic label? Certainly, the way I deal with them is significantly different depending on what is the cause.

From my perspective, I look for the following:

  1. gut issues, i.e., pathogens, leaky gut, inflammatory and immune function
  2. heavy metal toxicity, in particular, mercury, lead and aluminum
  3. nutrient deficiency, in particular, glutathione, Vit B12 and Vit D
  4. cellular function, ie., mitochondrial functions, methylation cycles, DNA/RNA function

To date, we have experienced phenomenal success without pharmaceuticals and all of their side effects.

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/facts-statistics-infographic#12

https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/overview/who-gets-ms/

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-03639-3

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181011103636.htm

https://www.verywellhealth.com/diseases-that-mimic-multiple-sclerosis-4107533

https://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20190411/many-misdiagnosed-with-ms

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334728/

 

 

 

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[i] https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/overview/who-gets-ms/

[ii] https://mymsaa.org/ms-information/overview/who-gets-ms/

[iii] https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-03639-3

[iv] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181011103636.htm

[v] https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181011103636.htm

[vi] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/may-discovered-cause-multiple-sclerosis-ms-2017110312670

[vii] https://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20190411/many-misdiagnosed-with-ms

[viii] https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1352458514533400

[ix] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334728/

[x] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/221966976_A_case_of_multiple_sclerosis_improvement_following_removal_of_heavy_metal_intoxication_Lessons_learnt_from_Matteo’s_case

[xi] https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2005-07-17-0507170479-story.html

[xii] https://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/ms-mind-19/ms-grey-matter

 

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Wednesdays at NOON PST  / 3PM EST – The Whole Health Initiative with Dr Holly   – An NFTS Global Luminary  broadcasting from Canada since March 2014 –   Dr Holly is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, a scientist, a professional speaker, an author of Cancer: Why what you don’t know about your treatment could harm you and 12 other books and a practitioner.  As a Doctor of Natural Medicine with 7 degrees & 3 designations in a wide range of healing modalities and 20 years experience, she can assist you in identifying and understanding your path to health. She can identify your underlying life themes, coping mechanisms, value systems and defense mechanisms to understanding the physiology and biochemistry and energy patterns of your body.  She has a mobile health clinic that comes to your door and can assess 1000s of variables in front of you AND create a protocol unique to you.  In addition, she provides consultation for physicians and clients around the world.