MS is a disease that attacks the central nervous system, primarily the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. It is not a disease for which definitive testing protocols exist. It is diagnosed by elimination of other diseases. It will appear as episodes of attacks. Symptoms appear for no apparent reason, then fade away and the patient feels better. The next attack is worse, then again, fades away and the patient feels they have improved. This continues until symptoms become quite debilitating and do not improve any longer.
Early Warning Signs
The common denominator of each symptom is lack of adequate nerve innervation, due to loss of the protective covering which insulates the nerves, much like how electrical copper wires have insulation to protect electrical flow through the wires in your home.
1) Progressive muscle weakness is the most common and most debilitating. The electrical impulses of nerves are not reaching their end targets, which are the muscles that control the ability to use the legs, arms, hands, etc.
2) Muscle fatigue.
3) Numbness of nerves.
4) Tingling of nerves.
5) Muscle spasms.
6) Bladder problems (nerves innervating the bladder).
7) Constipation (nerves innervating the colon).
8) Vision problems (nerves innervating the eyes / primarily the optic nerve).
9) Vertigo (nerves innervating the inner ears which is part of controlling balance / primarily the eight cranial nerve).
10) Cognitive function (nerves affecting the brain / any brain activity is at risk).
Global Distribution of MS
- North America has the highest number of reported cases of MS per year.
- In the US, the number of people with MS is estimated to be about 400,000, with approximately 10,000 new cases diagnosed every year (that’s 200 new cases per week).
- MS is much more common in females than males.
- MS can affect people of any age. However, it’s most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 50 years.
- MS is more common among Caucasians.
- Compared with years ago, an increasing number of people are being diagnosed with MS.
- The possibility does exist that MS is increasing which may be linked to exposure to environmental factors, such as viruses or bacteria or toxins, or changes in lifestyle, or some, as of yet, unknown factor.
There is no known cure for MS
There are a few drugs that might help slow the progression of MS, but none of these drugs can reverse or cure MS.
Mechanism of MS Progression
1) As in my example of copper wires and its insulation sleeves, all nerves are coated with their own insulation sleeves, called the Myelin Sheath. The myelin sheaths of the Central Nervous System (CNS / spinal cord, brain stem and brain), are manufactured by special cells called Oligodendrocytes. The myelin sheath of the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS / the rest of the nerves) are manufactured by other special cells called Schwann Cells. As a result, the chemical makeup of the myelin sheaths of the CNS is different from the myelin sheaths of the PNS.
2) In MS, only the myelin sheaths of the CNS is affected. The cells of the CNS myelin sheaths are destroyed, resulting in nerves with no protective coating / protective sleeves. Some of the oligodendrocytes are also destroyed, resulting in failure to manufacture enough new CNS myelin sheath cells to replace those that were destroyed.
3) The exposed core of the CNS nerve tissues (denuded neurofibrils) are damaged, resulting in lesions / scaring on the nerve fibers, which can be seen on magnetic resonance imaging tests (MRIs).
4) Normal nerve conduction through the brain and especially down the spinal cord is hindered, or sometimes completely halted.
5) Nerve signaling through the CNS is not able to fully connect to the PNS.
6) The end targets of the PNS do not receive adequate nerve signaling, resulting in failure of the end target tissues; (muscles, bladder, colon, eyes, ears, etc.).
Our Bodies can Regenerate
Our bodies are constantly breaking down. Our bodies have the ability to regenerate new cells to renew our tissues and help keep us healthy. As an example: A complete turnover of new red blood cells are produced every 4 months. The liver, every 5 months. The GI tract, every 5 days. Bones, every 10 years. Nerves can also regenerate, but only one inch every three months, if there are no external environmental toxins to prohibit normal nerve regeneration.
My Thoughts on MS
It is apparent the myelin sheaths of the CNS nerves are breaking down faster than the ability of the few remaining oligodendrocytes to produce new CNS myelin sheath cells; resulting in progressive failure of the central nervous system as a whole; resulting in continued progression of all the symptoms of MS already discussed.
The myelin sheaths of the CNS in MS patients are being regenerated, but just not fast enough to keep up with the overall destruction of the CNS. If this were not so, then MS patients would die quickly. According to statistics, MS patients have a life expectancy of between 25-30 years after diagnosis. However their quality of life continues to deteriorate until they need assistance in many areas, especially mobility. Therefore, their quality of their life is substantially less.
The Heavy Metal Mercury
My thoughts on one environmental toxin, mercury, which might explain at least one potential cause of MS:
In 1997, a team of research scientists at the University of Calgary produced a five minute video which shows mercury actively destroying the myelin sheath of snail brain tissue. It is important to understand that brain nerve tissues in snails, all living creatures of the sea and land, and humans, are made up of the same protein matrixes. Therefore, what you see in this video will apply equally to humans. The following three links lead to the same video. I included all three links to make sure you can access this information.
This is a must see video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU8nSn5Ezd8 7 May 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUatrXvRSGE 3 October 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1RHWfJSo6w 1 April 2013
“For the past 15 years, medical research laboratories have established that dental amalgam tooth fillings are a major contributor to overall mercury body burden.”
Citation: University of Calgary (above three links).
Note: This video was recorded in 2000. Therefore, this information regarding amalgam tooth fillings has already been well established since 1985.
What Could a Physician do to Help?
What can I do as a physician which might potentially help MS patients by reducing mercury body burdens?
1) The BAD: I don’t have to “cure” MS, but if I can slow down, even if it is just a little bit, the destruction of the myelin sheaths of the central nervous system, perhaps the “good” (regeneration) might outpace the “bad” (destruction). I can test for, then chelate, any mercury toxicity which can be identified through a urinary chelation test. I test the urine with a specific chelation challenge protocol, then assist the body in removing any identified mercury toxins (and other unwanted / identified heavy metals excreted in the urine test), using the same chelator as in the testing protocol.
2) The GOOD: Speed up, even if just a little bit, the potential of nerve regeneration by testing for and identifying as many nutrient deficiencies that my blood and hair analysis testing can reasonably reveal, which could be impeding the ability of the body to self-regenerate.
3) Unhindered, nerves regenerate at the rate of once inch every three months. If I can reduce the bad just enough so the good is stronger, then perhaps healing might begin to occur. This could take months or years, because of slow nerve regeneration, but at least the potential may exist that nerve regeneration could finally be outpacing the level of nerve destruction.
It takes years for MS to develop into a disability state. It often takes months to see the first signs of reversal to be noticed. The half-life of mercury when it is “hidden” in the human body is 60 years. What this means is without any medical intervention, if the patient’s body contains 100 mg of mercury hidden deep within body tissues; 50 mg will still be present and still causing damages, 60 years later.
55 year old female in a wheelchair, first presented for treatment 12 years ago for MS. (2005)
Avonex – greater than 2 years
Copazone – 6 months to 2 years
Hair Analysis: Negative for Mercury. Her body was not excreting mercury through normal body elimination channels because her body was not healthy enough to do so. Normal elimination channels are: hair, nails, skin, urine, and bowels.
Urinary chelation test: Extremely heavy levels of mercury were excreted through her urine, which have been accumulating (hiding) in her body for years.
Treatment: Chelation agent and replacement of all nutrients identified as needed from testing. Patient has maintained all suggestions from her analysis report and treatment recomendations.
Follow up testing: Performed once every year.
Current health status: It has taken 12 years but now she loves to walk and dance! She has been off all MS prescription medications since 2005. Remaining mercury body burden is within acceptable limits.