multiple sclerosis what are the facts what do they mean
Post on 10-Apr-2015
Embed Size (px)
DESCRIPTIONThe study by a health educator who questions much about the way medicine is conducted in the United States and specifically how the medical community looks at MS, arms the reader with numerous critical questions that American MS research seems to have overlooked. It also presents a new theory of Multiple Sclerosis etiology based upon European models of disease theory and oxygenation treatment. Unlike the American model of MS as an "auto-immune", and incurable disease, there is actually hope for a cure.
Multiple Sclerosis: What are the facts? What do they mean?
Prologue:Hello. My name is Bob, I'm a health educator from Centennial, Colorado, a Denver suburb. Eight years ago my now ex-wife was diagnosed with MS. A month back a friend also was told she had the disease. I found myself, once again, reading everything I can find on the internet and in libraries, etc. about Multiple Sclerosis. In the process, Ive re-asked the six original questions that I'd wondered about back in late 2001 and now added several more. In the process of researching MS, I discovered that American doctors, large national drug companies, and the AMA seem to incidentally be conspiring to keep the truth from victims, their families and the American people. Believing that the truth shall set you free, I have written this paper about MS for everyone who is either a victim or a friend, family member or knows an MS victim. You can get the basics about multiple sclerosis in a million places. I recommend: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_Sclerosis becauseit is a fairly even-handed approach to the reality that is multiple sclerosis. If youre not well-informed about the disease itself, I recommend you do your homework and visit the website before reading this paper. This paper will dispute much of what is presented as fact about MS. I believe someone must speak up because so long as the present day nihilistic medical philosophy of tossing more and more ailments into the illusive category of autoimmune disease, holds sway, Americans will have the most expensive and least effective health care system on the planet. The MS article at the Wikipedia link above reflects current orthodox thinking on MS in the American medical community. The trouble is A. thatso-called orthodox thinking is regarded as fact and anything contrary to that thinking is regarded as medical heresy and is vehemently attacked by the American Medical Association rather than given the fair hearing it deserves B. That orthodox thinking currently puts roughly 60 diseases into the grab bag of auto-immunity and the result is that the diseases in question are seen as incurable (because its the body itself that is seen as the attacking organism) and therefore the only reasonable course of medical treatment is to treat the symptoms with dangerous drugs and the patient is thus comforted but nevertheless relegated to the scrap heap waiting for the disease to eventually weaken and kill him/her or for the sideeffects of the medicines to do so. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, AIDS, and CrohnsDisease are just a few among a whole host of ailments that are considered incurable auto-immune diseases a great convenience for the pharmaceutical industry and those doctors specializing in these expensive to treat ailments. All that is required from the patient is to be a lifelong subscriber to the expensive potions that ease their symptoms and those doctors and those companies are perfectly happy.
Personal IntroductionIt is only fairthat before you potentially waste your time reading about MS, as I see it, that you understand my credentials. In a phrase: I have none. I am a health educator and personal trainer/life coach. I own no medical degrees. I am whatscalled a free-thinker. My biggest single contribution, and its now all over the internet, is something called The Seven Golden Rules of Health which I have been spreading since I first discovered them in 1976 while working at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. More than anything I can say to you, this little blurb Ive been spreading tells you everything any reasonable person needs to know about me:
The Seven Golden Rules of Health I first named them in health education materials I created for public dissemination in Kansas back in 1977, four or five months after reading the research on a lengthy University of California study of vigorous elderly people. The study identified seven lifestyle traits shared by virtually all of the hardy geriatric individuals examined. To wit: 1. Eating a relatively large healthy breakfast daily 2. Regularly eating 3-5 meals daily 3. Maintaining a normal healthy weight 4. Regularly sleeping 7-8 hours nightly 5. Avoidance of tobacco products and drugs 6. Regular vigorous exercise (besides walking, jogging and swimming, this included gardening, house-keeping, tennis, golf and activities like running a ranch, etc.) 7. Extremely light use of alcohol (equivalent to a six-pack a week) From my experience I would add that seat-belt use is crucial and should be included as golden rule #8. Also, even though the study showed in item #7 that no use of alcohol is harder on longevity than light use is, my experience is that a vast number of absolute teetotalers (complete abstainers from alcoholic beverages) are reformed alcoholics who often have greatly harmed their health long before they gave up booze. Im a light drinker myself, but dont necessarily trust that particular moderation of mine is holier than thine abstinence if you werent a lush to begin with.
The most impressive thing from this study was that when it was extrapolated onto the general populace . . . a man of 55 who followed 6-7 of the lifestyle habits had the same actuarial age as a man of 20 who practiced 0-1 of them. In other words, the two men might very well be expected to die on the same day. Those 35 years are my personal definition of quality of life.
The Vital Questions about Multiple Sclerosis, that No One is Asking?As I said, Im living in Centennial, Colorado. The first two of these questions should be obvious to any Colorado resident familiar with the MS health crisis in the state. More importantly, however, they lead the earnest questioner toward a new theory of MS that suggests a logical cause and logical place to start looking for the cure . . . . 1. Why is Colorado the U.S. state with the highest MS incidence per capita? 2. Why is Colorado Springs the highest incident large city in the highest incident state? 3. Why do women suffer from MS at a rate roughly 2-4 times as great as men? 4. Why is MS less prevalent on the coasts? 5. Why is MS far more prevalent in urban settings than in rural areas? 6. Central Nervous System Dilators pioneered as an MS treatment during the 1950s by Bayard Horton of the Mayo Clinic were apparently quite successful with few or no side effects in relieving acute attacks promptly and often prevented progression? Why? 7. MRI examinations today frequently depict a lack of correlation between symptoms and lesions in MS (often called the clinico-radiological paradox). Whats going on? If demyelization is the fundamental essential lesion in multiple sclerosis, why is there often no correlation? 8. Trials of sex hormones show they improve lesions as well as symptoms and Larginine, zinc and magnesium supplements also seem to lesson symptoms. Why? 9. What role do deficiencies of endothelial and neuronal nitric oxide and elevated levels of inducible nitric oxide play in MS? Is this symptomatic or causal? 10. Is better detection the only reason MS incidence has risen so dramatically in the last 40 years, or is some environmental factor exacerbating the situation? 11. What about the brain leak theory of MS? That theory says free hemoglobin
scavenges nitric oxide avidly, which may create deficiencies especially in the central nervous system, with its greater vasodilator tone. Could depletion of endothelial nitric oxide shift blood from the arterial circulation to the venous circulation in MS sufferers as in diabetics? Could multiple sclerosis result from too little blood in arteries and arterioles leading to vasospastic symptoms? Meanwhile could too much blood in veins and venules lead to blood-brain barrier leakage and lesions? 12. Is there any logical reason for continued loyalty by many to the idea that MS is an anti-immune condition? 13. Is there one over-arching theory that might explain all these factors? 14. Is there one over-arching theory about disease that goes beyond the germ theory of disease and explains how the body goes wrong? 15. Does that over-arching theory tie in with the over-arching theory of MS causation? The more I read, the more certain I become that these factors need to be explained and understood. OXYGEN is the key An obvious main or, at least, exacerbating factor seems to jump out from the first six questions: OXYGEN! The clearest correlation for Question #1 is that higher altitudes = lower oxygen density levels. Colorado is the state with the highest average altitude among the 50 states. As far as Question #2, Colorado Springs, the 49th largest city in the country, is easily the highest large metropolitan area in the country roughly 750 ft. (14%) higher than Mile-High Denver. Question #3, Womens bodies and their unique chemistry may make them far more vulnerable than men to MS for any number of reasons. Exploring the OXYGEN HYPOTHESIS among women more deeply . . . women tend to be smaller with smaller lungs and hearts and society until recently encouraged female physical fitness far less than it did male activity so generally speaking females were less efficient VO max processors than men. Additionally, hemoglobin and iron are more problematical in females during their menses which makes females more likely prey for anemia again potentially lessening oxygen-use efficiency. A factor which I've also noticed and which may not have any bearing on the issue is that females are about eight or nine times more likely than man at any given moment to be engaged in dieting, skipping breakfast and sometimes fad fasting that is just plain nonsensical health-wise . . . this is behavior which could spark nutritional deficiencies. I've seen nothing about dieting, eating 3-5 regular meals daily, good nutrition, or having a good breakfast in the MS literature, but common sense says, good habits are important and could play a role. Question #4, the coasts, are by definition, found