The non-traditional view is that damage to the myelin sheath is caused by inflammation and an auto-immune response. This inflammation may be caused by a virus, incorrect diet, improper nutrition, (especially lack of vitamin D), or a damaging lifestyle or environmental factor.
The most common explanation is that an affected person’s immune system, (partly due to the genes they inherited), is primed to react abnormally to a trigger - such as infection or an environmental exposure such as stress, cigarette smoke, diet, or some other factor. Recent research has indicated that MS may originate in the gut or digestive system by certain types of harmful bacteria.
Cures for Multiple Sclerosis
The Traditional approach says there is NO cure for MS, and the available method for treating MS is drug therapy to manage symptoms, although recently Stem Cell Therapy has sometimes proven to be very effective.
The Non-Traditional approach acknowledges that MS can be a moving target. and therefore, you have to be your own advocate and find what works best for you. Continue to work with physicians and other healers, while recognizing that the illness is your own responsibility and that it can be dramatically improved. Beyond MS suggests you consider complementary treatments and therapies to supplement traditional wesrtern medecine.
Managing Inflammation in MS
MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells This nerve damage is caused by inflammation which may happen when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system,. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, or spinal cord.
The immune system
Many experts now see inflammation arising from an immune system response that’s out of control. Acute inflammation that ebbs and flows as needed signifies a well-balanced immune system. But symptoms of inflammation that don’t recede indicate that the “on” switch to your immune system is stuck.
Chronic inflammation has its roots in the digestive system
Many medical practitioners are convinced that chronic inflammation starts with the gut. Intestinal bloating, frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation, gas and pain, heartburn and acid reflux are early signs of an inflamed digestive tract. Our evolution from the hunter-gatherer diet to convenience and fast food is overwhelming our metabolism and gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
The modern diet offers us an upside-down ratio of fatty acids (omega-3, -6, and -9), too much sugar and carbs, and high levels of wheat, dairy, and other common allergens.
Right foods to control inflammation
Most vegetable oils like safflower, sunflower, corn, peanut and soy are inflammatory. Also omega-6 essential fatty acid has a predominantly pro-inflammatory influence.
Omega-3’s, found in flaxseeds and coldwater fish, phytoplankton, soothe inflammation.
For most people, high-carb, low-protein diets are inflammatory. Refined sugar and other foods with high glycemic values jack up insulin levels, putting the immune system on high alert, and promoting inflammation.
Common allergens like casein and gluten (proteins found in dairy and wheat) also cause inflammation.
Foods high in trans fats create LDL’s, or “bad cholesterol,” which feeds inflammation in the arteries. Trans fats also create renegade cells called free radicals that damage healthy cells and trigger inflammation.
The first step in cooling inflammation on a cellular level is to pay attention to your diet, in particular your glycemic load, essential fatty acid intake, and food sensitivities.
Probiotics (supplements containing the “good” bacteria that support healthy digestion) have been proven to be effective in treating symptoms of irritable bowel as they lower inflammation.