Multiple Sclerosis

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

In order to manage multiple sclerosis we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow multiple sclerosis symptoms to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind multiple sclerosis consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to multiple sclerosis symptoms.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Lyme Disease*
  • Hypercoagulation
  • Autoimmune Tendency
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • EFA 3 Need
  • Vasectomy Side-Effects
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage
* symptoms can be very similar

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
being very easily irritated
constant fatigue
diminished perspiration
reduced sense of taste
frequent painful urge to defecate
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
gums that bleed easily
dark spots on gums
heart racing/palpitations
being easily excitable
back-of-neck lymph node problems
regularly feeling unusually cold
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of multiple sclerosis symptoms:
Cause Probability Status
Cigarette Smoke Damage 99% Confirm
Autoimmune Tendency 22% Unlikely
Lyme Disease** 15% Unlikely
Hypercoagulation 2% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 2% Ruled out
EFA 3 Need 1% Ruled out
Vasectomy Side-Effects 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
** Symptoms can be very similar

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about multiple sclerosis:
Multiple Sclerosis? Have you ever been diagnosed with this condition?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode now in remission
→ Significant problem in remission for some time
→ Current problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either multiple sclerosis in remission or multiple sclerosis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement

Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid deficiency may contribute to depressive symptoms in alcoholism, multiple sclerosis and postpartum depression.

It is interesting to note that the incidence of MS is quite low in Japan, where consumption of marine foods, seeds, and fruit oil is quite high.  These foods contain abundant polyunsaturated fatty acids, including the omega-3 oils (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, and docosahexanoic acids).  Deficiencies of the omega-3 oils are thought to interfere with lipid elongation and permanently impair formation of normal myelin.

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease has been called "The New Great Imitator", a replacement for that old "great imitator" neurosyphilis.  The two diseases share so many symptoms that Lyme disease should be ruled out if multiple sclerosis diagnosis is in question.

Cigarette Smoke Damage

A study at the University of Bergen in Norway, reported October 28th, 2003 in the journal Neurology, found that smoking can more than double a person's chances of developing multiple sclerosis.  The risk was higher even if people had given up cigarettes.  The authors, Dr. Trond Riise and colleagues, examined 22,312 people aged between 40 and 47.  Of those, 87 had MS.  The smokers were 1.81 times more likely to get MS than the non-smokers and men had a higher (2.75 times more likely) risk than women (1.61) who had smoked.

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

A 1987 study showed that the levels of mercury in the spinal fluid of MS patients was 8 times higher than normal.  [Silberod, R: A comparison of mental health of multiple sclerosis patients with silver/mercury dental fillings; Psychological Reports 70: pp.1139-51, 1992].  Mercury has long been linked to autoimmune diseases such as MS because of its affinity to attach to collagen tissue, which is the most common protein in the body.  Polluted by mercury infiltration, the collagen is seen by the immune system as 'not self.'

... and also rule out issues such as:
Gout / Hyperuricemia

It has been reported that MS (possibly associated with low uric acid) and gout (associated with high uric acid) are mutually exclusive.  A study of 20 million Medicare and Medicaid records found no overlap between MS and gout.

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