Myelin

Definition of Myelin:

A substance made of protein and lipid (fat) that protects the nerves, especially in the brain.  The myelin sheath is a jacket of insulation around axons to help them conduct their electrical discharges quickly down the axon.

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Bell's Palsy

...the condition
“...An acute inflammatory response results in swelling of the facial nerve within the myelin sheath, causes reduced circulation in the nerve...”

Encephalitis

...the condition
“...Rather, the nerve cell coating (called a myelin sheath) is partially destroyed in much the same way as it is in multiple sclerosis...”
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Folic Acid

...as a treatment
“...Folic acid will mask the B12-related anemia and early symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency by helping the synthesis of DNA and red blood cell production, but folic acid has no effect on the myelin sheath covering the nerves, so nerve damage may occur where folic acid covers up a B12 deficiency...”

Ginkgo Biloba

...as a treatment
“...This increased brain circulation, when combined with PAF's ability to "recharge" nerve cells (via increased Na+-K+ ATPase activity) and the flavonoids blocking the lipid peroxidation along the nerve myelin sheath, have given GBE a well-deserved focus in brain function research...”

Guillain-Barre Syndrome

...the condition
“...Normally, the cells of the immune system attack only foreign material and invading organisms, but in Guillain-Barre syndrome, the immune system starts to destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds the axons of many nerve cells, and sometimes the axons themselves...”

Multiple Sclerosis

...the condition
“...Axons are sheathed in myelin, a white substance (hence the term "white matter") that insulates them and speeds transmission of impulses along the cell fibers...”
...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...Deficiencies of the omega-3 oils are thought to interfere with lipid elongation and permanently impair formation of normal myelin...”
...relationship to Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
“Progesterone has been shown in animal studies to promote the formation of new myelin sheaths [Human Reproduction 2000 Jun;15 Suppl 1: pp...”
...recommendation Calcium-2AEP
“Calcium EAP protects the myelin sheath from damage by an autoimmune response...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...In cases of multiple sclerosis, the myelin sheath covering the nerves gets eaten away by the immune system, explains Dr...”
...recommendation Pregnenolone
“Animal studies indicate that pregnenolone may aid in repairing the degeneration of the myelin sheath, the cause of Multiple Sclerosis...”
...recommendation Test for B12 Levels
“...In addition, since vitamin B12 is required for the formation of myelin and for immune mechanisms, a deficiency in MS is of critical pathogenetic significance...”
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Myasthenia Gravis

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“Essential fatty acids have been shown to suppress autoimmune attacks in general and to help protect myelin sheaths...”

Neurologic Testing, Conventional

...as a treatment
“...For example, as we age it is common for myelin in the white matter to degenerate...”

Pregnenolone

...as a treatment
“...Studies also indicate that it may actually aid in repairing the degeneration of the myelin sheath, the cause of Multiple Sclerosis...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Progesterone is essential for the healthy development of the myelin sheath which protects the nerve cells...”

Schizophrenia

...the condition
“...It has a vital part in the production of the myelin sheath – the coating that protects certain nerve fibers...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)

...as a treatment
“...It plays an important role in the burning of fats and carbohydrates to produce energy, as well as in the formation of healthy red blood cells, and the maintenance of the myelin sheaths that protect our nerves...”
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