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Address Multiple Sclerosis with Immune Modulators and other Natural Remedies

by Luella May

(The Best Years in Life) Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerve fibers in the spinal cord, eye and brain. With these myelin sheaths damaged, nerves cannot transmit the impulses necessary for the body to function properly which, in turn, results in a variety of neurological impairments. Medical science does not understand what causes MS, but attributes it to various factors, such as a genetics, environment insult, or viral infection. Interestingly enough though, no specific virus involved in MS has ever been indentified. MS is a fairly modern disease, with the first case being recorded in the early 1800′s. Jean Cruveilheir first described the symptoms in Pathological Anatomy of the Human Body (2 vols., 1829-1842).

One test for diagnosing MS is a spinal tap to determine the presence of an abnormal protein in the spinal fluid. The only thing that could result in abnormal proteins in our bodies is a prion, an infectious agent that does not contain RNA or DNA and which changes normal proteins into abnormal proteins, Prions are known to attack the protein structure of neurons. One of the ways a prion enters the body is by ingestion. In other words, it can be traced back to the dinner table; perhaps to the abnormal proteins given to cows in order to have them produce more milk.

It is also interesting to note that multiple sclerosis is more prevalent in people who have spent their childhoods in northern or southern latitudes, and that children who get plenty of sunshine have a lower incidence of multiple sclerosis as adults. Research has shown that, when compared to individuals that do not have multiple sclerosis, MS patients have substantially lower levels of Vitamin D. It is important to note that Vitamin D is a powerful immune modulator. Other powerful immune modulators are magnesium, curcumin (turmeric), blackseed oil and oleander extract. Magnesium, which has been called "the master mineral" and it plays a role in over 300 body processes. Like vitamin D deficiency, magnesium deficiency has been strongly linked to multiple sclerosis and other immune disorders. Notably, it has been estimated that as many as 95% of us are deficient in this vital mineral.

Note: Be sure to get as much of your vitamin D as possible from natural sunshine and when you supplement choose the form vitamin D3 and NOT the vitamin D2 version used in most vitamin products as well as used to "fortify" foods.

Conventional medicine uses immunomodulatory therapy in treating MS patients. These treatments are designed to modulate an overactive immune response. Beta-interferon has become the drug of choice in treating MS patients. Interferon tends to slow the progression of the disease, together with reducing the risk of new symptoms. However, the downside is that this drug comes with significant side effects. In the meantime, research is showing that supplementing with a high dosage of vitamin D is effective in warding off multiple sclerosis. A study recently published in the American Academy of Neurology Journal Neurology found that high vitamin D levels help to prevent the development of MS at the onset of symptoms. The study, led by Jodie Burton, M. D., followed 49 MS patients for one year. 25 of the patients received a dosage of vitamin D which was increased to 40,000 units daily and then gradually decreased over a year’s period of time. The other patients received no vitamin D supplementation. The group receiving the vitamin D supplementation experienced a 41% reduction in new MS symptoms, This figure exceeds any results from interferon inoculations which are only from 18 to 38% effective.

 

Additional supplements that may also be effective in reducing MS symptoms are the following:

*Oleander extract. Oleander extract is known to be a superb immune modulator, with many testimonies as to its effectiveness. Please note that the oleander plant, in itself, is extremely poisonous. It is when oleander is properly made into an extract that it attains its healing properties.
*Alpha lipoic acid. A dosage of 10 to 25 mg recently showed improvement of biochemical markers in a human trial.
*Carnitine has been found effective in reducing fatigue in MS patients.
*NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) is a potent antioxidant that increases the body’s glutathione levels. NAC’s benefits in treating MS patients has been noted by several researchers.
*Fish Oil. Together with taking fish oil supplements, it is recommended to eat fatty fish at least twice a week. These contain high levels of the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which are known to decrease abnormal proteins produced by individuals with MS.
*CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is essential in healthy mitochondrial energy production. Low levels of coenzyme Q10 have been found in individuals with MS. Suggested dosage is 30 mg two or three times a day.
*Bromelain. 40 mg 3 times a day relieves pain and reduces inflammation.
*Calcium and Magnesium. For proper absorption, these two supplements should be taken at a 2:1 calcium to magnesium ratio. Magnesium is another powerful immune modulator that is essential in a number of body functions. People with autoimmune disorders have been found to be deficient in this important mineral.
*Curcumin. A laboratory study has shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, blocks the progression of multiple sclerosis.
*Liver Cleanse used daily maintains detoxification.

Diet

A proper diet is essential in treating people with MS. MS patients have been found to be deficient in many nutrients. Eating a healthy diet will improve health, but good nutrition is vital to a person suffering from MS. The following guidelines will benefit not only the MS individual, but the entire family:

*Decrease protein input by eating less animal based foods and substituting them with plant based protein foods such as beans and quinoa.
*Eliminate milk and all milk products. The only exception to this rule would be raw goat’s milk. Areas of the world that rely on consumption of raw goat’s milk have no incidence of multiple sclerosis.
*Eliminate all polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, and all hydrogenated oils,
*Eat as many organically grown fruits and vegetables as possible.
*Include ginger and turmeric in your diet daily.

Exercise

Exercise has important benefits for people with MS. There is evidence that exercise not only results in a better quality of life, but that it also relieves MS symptoms. However, individuals with MS should use moderation when exercising. Before starting an exercise program, consult with your doctor to determine which types of exercises will be most effective. Regular exercise can improve heart health, physical strength, bladder and bowel function, fatigue, and depression. Swimming and water aerobics are excellent forms of exercise. Yoga helps to improve muscle and neural function.

Stress

Dealing with stress is crucial. Stress has been linked to the onset or flare-ups of this disease. Take steps to eliminate undue stress. If this is not possible, relaxation exercises, visualization, meditation, hypnotherapy, and emotional freedom technique (EFT) are valuable tools in creating positive energy.

Jon Barron's Baseline of Health Protocol

People who have followed alternative health authority Jon Barron's Baseline of Health Protocol have reported wonderful success against multiple sclerosis. His protocol is outlined in his excellent book "Lessons from the Miracle Doctors", which can be purchased online and you can also download the previous addition for free.

See also:

Natural Immune Modulators May Provide a Key to Beating Immune Disorders

What I Have Learned about Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer - by Holistic Chef Barry Anderson

Sources:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA35890/Natural-Remedies-For-Multiple-Sclerosis.html
http://www.raysahelian.com/multiplesclerosis.html
http://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/multiple-sclerosis-and-exercise.aspx

 

About the author:

Luella May is a natural health advocate and author helping people to heal naturally.  Her articles appear in several online venues, including Natural News, AlignLife and CureZone.  Luella is in the midst of editing her eBook, "The 8 Invisible Stains of Our Souls" which will be available in the next few months. She partners with Tony Isaacs, who authors books and articles about natural health including "Cancer's Natural Enemy". Luella a partner and contributor of The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Luella co-moderates the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and hosts her own yahoo group focusing on the natural wellbeing of pets. 

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