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FDA approves bird poison for MS Patients

 

Code Red: FDA approves bird poison for MS patients

Clearly, the FDA has it out for people with MS. Bird brains that they are, they just approved Ampyra, a drug to supposedly help patients with multiple sclerosis walk faster. But here’s the catch… the drug (a form of fampridine) is also a commonly used bird poison.

It’s nasty enough to induce seizure-like symptoms in birds to scare them away from crops. So this next fact should come as no surprise: Ampyra can cause seizures in HUMANS.

On top of that, the other so-far known common side effects of the drug include relapse of MS symptoms, insomnia, dizziness, headache, weakness, balance disorder, back pain, and burning, tingling or itching of skin… all of which sound very bad for someone already struggling with MS.

Keep in mind, these are the common side effects found among the 540 patients from the clinical trials. Just 540 people. Imagine what kind of damage it can do with 54,000 patients. Don’t be one of them.

http://hsibaltimore.com/2010/01/25/poison-for-ms-patients/ 

 

Amazing Recovery from MS

Amazing Recovery From Multiple Sclerosis

Posted By Dr. Mercola | October 11 2003 | 36,240 views
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/10/11/ms-success.aspx


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The longest study to date on therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) recommends that patients with MS be treated with Avonex (a type of interferon) as early as possible. The central premise of the article is absolutely correct--one should start treatment of a chronic disease as soon as possible as it becomes progressively more difficult to treat the longer one holds off on treatment.

However, I have major disagreements with the study's recommended treatment--Avonex. Someone please help me understand why ANYONE would use a drug that costs $1,200 per month--yes, you heard me correctly, $1,200 per month--and in no way, shape or form treats the cause of the disease. (If you are thinking corporate drug company greed that sure sounds right to me.)

You will be able to see the flaws with this recommendation yourself by reading the following story of one patient with MS who came to see me. Like nearly all severe chronic disease cases I see, his event started shortly after a severe emotional trauma occurred in his life. When he came in I had him stop the Avonex immediately, as I don't believe that there is any indications at all to ever use this drug. He followed a raw-food, metabolically appropriate, diet and received plenty of energetic emotional treatment. Over the next few weeks 10 of his 12 initial symptoms all but disappeared and the remaining two improved. He said he hadn't felt so good in years.

If he had waited a few more years and came in a wheel chair, I suspect it may not have been possible to obtain the same results. At some point the damage does become irreversible. Prior to my application of nutritional typing and effective emotional interventions, it was uncommon to see these types of improvements with MS, but now I am really shocked if we don't see them. Fortunately, I am seeing these types of improvements quite regularly now in the MS patients we are treating.

For more information on MS treatments please see the related links after the story below.

By Matt Bolson
Woodridge, IL

"I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) on May 1, 1999 and was put on Avonex [an Interferon beta drug]. The drug cost me $1,200 a month and for the over two years I was on it my symptoms continued to get worse and I had fevers and many other drug side effects.

I realized that I needed to find out how to get some positive results and then I came across an article in Dr. Mercola's newsletter, which I'd been reading for about two years, called "MS Drugs a Waste of Money". I really wanted
to get off the drugs so I made an appointment to see Dr. Mercola.

I'll never forget Dr. Mercola's response when I asked 'When can I go off the drugs?' He asked me what time it was, and I said 'It's 2:00.' He replied, 'Well, how about right now?'

After I saw Dr. Mercola and stopped taking the drugs, it took about one and a half to two months of following his program before I began feeling better. I had been following a low-fat diet, which is what is typically recommended for MS, but found out that this was conflicting with my nutritional type, which turned out to be protein type.

I began eating dark meat chicken and red meat, which I love but hadn't eaten in almost three years, and raw coconut and avocados. I'd never thought to eat raw coconut or avocados before, but now they're just about my favorite foods on the program.

I also began to eat raw meat--bison and beef--and noticed an immediate change in how I felt. I also juice, mostly spinach and celery, almost daily.

When I started the program I was in the middle of an exacerbation and was feeling weak and numb, but soon I began to feel better. I used to get nerve and spine pain, searing head pain and fevers and now it's all gone.

But there were two major factors that I learned at The Optimal Wellness Center, aside from the dietary changes, that really made a profound difference in my recovery. First, I had to learn that I didn't have MS, I had
symptoms associated with it. Next, I had to believe that I could overcome this disease, even though that goes against everything you hear in mainstream media.

I did EFT with Linda, an EFT therapist, and that really helped me to accept these two truths. Learning and believing these two factors was imperative to my recovery. I was also able to see my progress each month with the live blood cell analysis from Jordan. Being able to see my blood on the screen and actually see it improve was the coolest thing I'd ever seen!

I'd also suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for my entire life, but when I changed my diet my stomach repaired itself almost immediately. Now I continue to improve, feel great and am completely off the MS drugs. Dr. Mercola's program has really made a difference for me."

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The prescription for MS is a cartload of Toxic Medications

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/01/Insights-on-Multiple-Sclerosis.aspx

The usual prescription for MS is a cartload of highly toxic medications. But a number of natural methods can produce a profound effect on this debilitating disease.

Before I delve into the topic at hand, I want to remind you that the information imparted here are my personal findings and recommendations – the result of seeing some 20,000 patients or more, and doing my own research within the field of natural medicine. It’s by no means a comprehensive or decisive review.

I urge you to add your own comments in the forum below, called Vital Votes. Many of you have knowledge and insights into disorders like multiple sclerosis that I do not, and it’s only by sharing our knowledge that we, as a community, can create a body of effective solutions for those who struggle with these types of diseases.

If you’re not already registered, take a moment to join the community now – it’s free.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a very serious illness, and I used to dread when people came to my office with MS because there really wasn’t much I could do for them. Since that time, and in researching a vast array of natural health therapies, I realized there are a number of different strategies available, some of which I’ll share with you here.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

MS is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused through a demyelization process.

Myelin is the insulating, waxy substance around the nerves in your central nervous system, and when the myelin is damaged by an autoimmune disease or self-destructive process in your body, then the function of those nerves deteriorate over time, resulting in a number of symptoms, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Imbalance, or loss of coordination
  • Astigmatism
  • Tremors

If you go the conventional route, you should know that neurologists (the specialists who typically monitor these types of diseases) routinely prescribe a variety of very toxic and dangerous medications to their MS patients that in no way shape or form address the underlying cause of the disease.

It is my strong recommendation to not accept these drugs, and if you’re already on them, to wean yourself off, as they are some of the most toxic drugs used in the field of medicine. These drugs include:

  • Prednisone, a steroid hormone that can significantly impair your immune system, and cause diseases like osteoporosis and cataracts
  • Interferon. This drug is quite deceptive, because even though it’s a natural substance, it’s typically given in a dose that shuts down your body’s natural feedback loop. As a result, it tends to do more harm than good

Fortunately, there are many alternatives to these toxic treatment methods offered by conventional medicine.

How to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Without Dangerous Drugs

Many of the recommended strategies for MS are identical to the principles I’ve been teaching on my site for years, but a few stand out as being specifically applicable to the treatment of an autoimmune disease such as MS.

Optimize your vitamin D levels – As with virtually all other autoimmune diseases, optimizing your vitamin D levels is an essential step. Ideally, your level should be somewhere between 70-90 ng/ml, which is done through a simple blood test. I recommend using LabCorp for this if you’re in the U.S.

Ideally you’ll want to raise (and maintain) your vitamin D levels by regularly exposing large amounts of your skin to sunshine, or by using a safe tanning bed.

If for any reason neither is available to you, you can use an oral supplement of vitamin D3. Doses for an oral supplement could be as high as 10,000 IU’s a day depending on your current level, so it’s very important to monitor your levels regularly.

Personally, I believe it’s medical malpractice to treat someone with an autoimmune disease and not address and monitor their vitamin D levels.

Optimize your essential fat intake – Secondly, you need to make sure you’re getting a good supply of essential fats, such as omega-3s.

 An interesting adjunct to the already well established natural therapies of vitamin D optimization and omega-3 fat repletion.

Scientists have known for many decades that those who live further north have a higher likelihood of developing MS. It is clear that this is related to sun exposure and secondary vitamin D levels.

One of the first steps in treating vitamin D deficiency would be to optimize vitamin D levels to that of someone living in a sub tropical latitude.

Since MS is a degradation of nerve tissue making certain the most important omega-3 brain fats, EPA and DHA are in adequate amounts would be essential. This would also mean decreasing the omega-6 fats as the 6:3 ratio is also likely to be very important in treating and preventing MS.

Of course, following the eating plan will also be useful.

After all of the above steps are taken and optimized, it would certainly seem reasonable to use curry spice to enhance the treatment.

Mercury is certainly another issue. That is one of the reasons why you will want to use fish oil supplements, rather than fish, which are loaded with mercury.

Removing silver fillings, which are 50% mercury is also important, but this needs to be done very cautiously. Ideally is should only be done by a biologically trained dentists and that work should only start after the above plans are in place

Part of optimizing your essential fats includes avoiding damaged, processed fats found in most all processed foods. Especially damaging are the omega-6 fats found in soy-, canola-, and corn oil. These are usually highly oxidized and also contain trans fats and cyclic fats that imbed themselves into your cell membranes, distorting the cellular functions.

You’ll also want to increase your intake of healthy omega-3 fats. My favorite is an animal-based source such as krill oil, or fish oil. But plant-based fats high in ALA are very beneficial as well. Good sources include flax seed and chia seeds.

Eliminate sugar – Another crucial element is to eliminate as much sugar as possible from your diet. Cutting out processed foods will go a long way to reduce excess sugar, in addition to eliminating the majority of damaging fats in your diet.

Eat raw food – This is an important principle for optimal health that I normally recommend for everyone. However, I’ve found that for people with severe autoimmune disease, it’s even more important. Some of the most dramatic improvements we’ve seen in patients using nutritional changes have come about as the result of eating their food raw instead of cooked. That includes eggs and high-quality, organic meats as well.

Supplements and Other Helpful Strategies

There are a number of supplements that can be helpful as well, including:

Low-dose Naltrexone and alpha lipoic acid – One of the newer ones is low dose Naltrexone (LDN), along with alpha lipoic acid. Naltrexone (generic name) is a pharmacologically active opioid antagonist, conventionally used to treat drug- and alcohol addiction – normally at doses of 50mg to 300mg. As such, it’s been an FDA approved drug for over two decades.

However, researchers have found that at very low dosages (3 to 4.5 mg), naltrexone has immunomodulating properties that may be able to successfully treat cancer malignancies and a wide range of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS)Parkinson’sfibromyalgia, and Crohn’s disease, just to name a few.

As explained on the informative website www.lowdosenaltrexone.org, when you take LDN at bedtime -- which blocks 
your opioid receptors for a few hours in the middle of the night -- it is believed to up-regulate vital elements of your immune system by increasing your body’s production of metenkephalin and endorphins (your natural opioids), hence improving immune function.

Dr. Bert Berkson is an expert on this regimen. For more information about his findings and successes using this combination, please review this previous article. If you’re a member of my Inner Circle, you will have already received the full interview with Dr. Berkson on this topic.

Mercury detox – Mercury is clearly a neurotoxic poison that should be avoided, so avoiding eating fish and refusing or removingmercury dental amalgams are also important aspects. Many still do not realize that the majority of a “silver” filling is in fact mercury, and despite its obvious risks mercury fillings are still used in the field of dentistry.

We are making strong efforts to have mercury eliminated from dental practices in the U.S. and will hopefully succeed in that mission within the next few years. Until then, however, it’s up to you to choose a dentist that has the good sense not to use it.

Additionally, there are now a few new supplements to help eliminate mercury from your system. One in particular that appears to be very effective, developed by Dr. Boyd Haley, is called Oxidative Stress Reliever, or OSR for short.

Very Important to Address All Early Childhood Emotional Traumas

I also want to emphasize the emotional component of autoimmune disease.

Just as vitamin D deficiency seems to be present in most cases of autoimmune disease, there is also typically an emotional element involved.

More often than not, some form of hidden emotional wound can be found in patients suffering with autoimmune diseases like MS. Typically, this wounding occurred at a very young age, almost always before the age of seven; typically before the age of five.

At that age your consciousness is not yet well formed, and it’s easy to incur a serious emotional insult that would not have been nearly as devastating if you’d been a few years older.

Frequently, these emotional injuries result in physical damage decades later, and we’ve found that without effective intervention to address these underlying emotional injuries, you may not be able to get significantly better.

Strategies like meditation, prayer, and energy psychology techniques are particularly effective and need to be part of your overall treatment strategy in order to truly address the root of your illness.

By applying these principles and others available on this site, we’ve seen phenomenal results, and I'm confident that if you suffer from MS and apply them, you too will notice a dramatic improvement in your condition.


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Acupuncture and MS

 

Acupuncture & Multiple Sclerosis
                                         http://www.healingtherapies.info/acupuncture&MS.htm

Carie Elizabeth Sklar, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

 

Studies show that, when used in conjunction with other modalities, acupuncture can provide effective relief for many MS symptoms.

Because MS damages myelin in the central nervous system, the disease interferes with messages between the body and the brain. Acupuncture can mediate the effects of this disease because it releases endorphins and peptides in the brain, which modulate sensory information between the brain and body.  Acupuncture & MS

In a survey conducted by the MS Clinic at the University of British Columbia, 566 patients with definite MS reported using alternative therapies, with acupuncture being the most common method used. The rest of the questionnaire focused on the reported effects of acupuncture, with respondents citing reduced pain, decreased spasticity, improved bladder and bowel dysfunction, and alleviating tingling and numbness, among others.

Dr. Duong Hoang reports a study of 40 victims of MS who were treated with acupuncture. According to the study, "MS patients that had been suffering for a lesser number of years improved even before the completion of 10 acupuncture treatments."

In one case, a 53-year-old Caucasian female had been suffering from MS for 15 years. She had been confined to a wheelchair because of parethesias on both legs, loss of balance and weakness. She also had optic neuritis, insomnia, bladder control difficulties, low back pain, muscle spasms and nervousness. After 10 acupuncture treatments, the patient was able to walk – sometimes without a cane. Her vision, sleep, muscle spasms, and general health improved, and her bladder control became normal again.

Another member of Hoang’s study was a 42-year-old man who had also suffered from MS for 15 years. He had to use a cane to walk because of parethesias on the left side of his body, and also suffered from poor vision and equilibrium, low back pain, and trouble choking on foods. He had also been sexually impotent for nine years and experienced problems with bladder control. After the first acupuncture treatment, the patient had no more problems swallowing food. After the third treatment, his bladder and vision functioned normally. After six treatments, his impotence was improved and after nine treatments he was able to walk without a cane.

Some patients have even come forward of their own accord to testify how acupuncture has helped them deal with MS. Duane Perron has had Progressive-Relapsing MS since 1978. The treatments he tried - a mixture of ACTH and Cyclospasmal – could only keep his MS from getting worse for five years. Perron’s MS was concentrated on the entire left side of his body; the optic nerve in his left eye did not function and he had no hearing in his left ear. He also had trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of his face and could not lift his left foot.
Perron decided to try acupuncture for his MS. After two months, he could hardly believe the results. His testimony on acupunctue.com states, "My wife and I went grocery shopping and as we left the store I said to her, ‘Stay behind me and watch how I walk.’ She did and she said, ‘You are taking much larger steps, you are lifting up your left leg not dragging it, and you are standing up straight!’"

Perron went on to say, "Then that Wednesday I had an appointment with my eye doctor for a six-month checkup and he said to me, ‘I don't know the reason, but in all the tests run today, the parameters on the results have at least doubled. That should not occur but it did!’ I also have cut down on the medication I was taking for trigeminal neuralgia from four tablets a day to one tablet a day."

Perron also wrote that the most exciting result of his acupuncture treatments was that he and his wife could now "walk through the beach sand to the water and waded in the water and waves a number of times each day. Now, I haven't been able to walk in the sand at a beach or let waves hit my legs for at least 12 years! But I did that week, and I did it bare-footed without my brace, just my cane for balance."

Larger studies also report the benefits of acupuncture for MS. According to a study conducted by the Washington Acupuncture Centre in which 10,000 patients were treated and tracked for three years, patients with MS significantly improved by 85 percent.

Contact: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine can be reached at (800) 729-0941 or go to www.PacificCollege.edu.

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MS and Kombucha   (The real home made KT)

Multiple Schlerosis Story
In-Depth Case Histories

http://www.sulis-health.co.uk/kombucha/ms.shtml


There is an abundance of research available on Kombucha, mostly from German and Russian sources, including chemical analyses and accounts of its use in clinical trials in connection with various illnesses. 

What has been lacking is a body of case histories that can make up a more human picture of how Kombucha has helped with a wide variety of illnesses. As it is a nutritious food and an energy medicine, it is more appropriately studied from a holistic viewpoint, taking into account the patient's whole life situation and history, rather than from the more limited symptomatic approach of allopathic medicine. Symptoms which are suppressed by medication may lie dormant, building up and adding to the picture of disease and imbalance within the body. 

We are including these case histories to encourage people to persevere with Kombucha, as so often we give up if an instant healing is not achieved. Many illnesses take years or a lifetime to develop, therefore some patience is needed for changes and lasting improvements to take place with Kombucha therapy, though many people do experience beneficial effects straight away. The people who generously agreed to be interviewed as case studies for this book are all part of the Kombucha Tea Network and have willingly supplied information about their progress. We have tried to take into account other remedies and medications that they were taking, to give a more balanced picture. 

These are human stories of people whose courage, intelligence and patience have been rewarded with significant improvement in their health. They are living examples of how we can start to take responsibility for our own health, and we hope that they will inspire you to pursue the path of self-empowerment. Regrettably, when some of the people in these case histories told their doctors that they were taking Kombucha and experiencing improvements they received little encouragement. Some doctors were hostile while others were only tacitly supportive. Our hope is that, in the future, it might be possible to include positive feedback from some patients' doctors too. 

Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that has uneven distribution, with one of the highest incidences being in Britain. It causes great suffering to individuals and their families because it affects mostly people in their 20s and 30s. The attacks usually become progressive, leading to increased loss of muscular function through the build-up of plaques in the myelin sheaths of the central nervous system. To date orthodox medicine has found no cure for M.S. 

Bob Banham
Bob Banham, aged 44, was first diagnosed as having M.S. in 1986, although he had a number of symptoms the year before. This is how he describes his involvement with Kombucha tea: 

"At first I just experienced odd pains and numbness in various parts of the body, but this soon degenerated into the classic symptoms of M.S.: blurred/double vision, urgency and/or inability to urinate, sudden loss of balance and strength in the legs, and then ultimately the inability to walk at all without my wife's support. 

"I had been involved in martial arts for the previous twenty years and in 1982 had commenced a three year clinical training in acupuncture and Western herbalism. As well as studying Chinese herbal medicine and homoeopathy, I had also learned Transcendental Meditation, and in 1985 spent several months in the Far East, specifically the Philippines and Australia, studying acupuncture, native herbalism and other traditional healing systems. Since I was about 17 years old I have been smoking cannabis on a fairly regular basis. 

"All this I see as a grounding for what I was going to have to do over the next ten years. I actually think I was being 'set up'. Upon diagnosis, I was offered ACTH injections by my GP which I declined. I have in the past eleven year since my diagnosis received no treatment of any kind from conventional Western medicine, but as you will see from the above, I had a very clear direction in which to look for help. 

"I spent the next 7-8 years searching for anything within the fields of natural medicine which might be of value. I looked at acupuncture, of course. I had experience with M.S. in this field as I had in the past treated three or four sufferers. I looked at herbal medicine, both Western and Chinese. I looked at Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), aromatherapy, reflexology, kinesiology, diet, health supplements, exercise, yoga and yogic-type breathing exercises and, of course, meditation and visualisation. 

"I managed to devise a programme which enabled me to start walking properly again, allowed me to continue teaching martial arts and to practise acupuncture, albeit at a more leisurely pace - and then I discovered Kombucha. 

"I first started drinking Kombucha in 1993-4, after being given a culture by a friend who knew very little about it. He didn't know that it was said to benefit M.S., and I had no more than a bad photocopy of some hand-written instructions for brewing. 

"We then discovered that there was anecdotal evidence that Kombucha could help in cases of M.S., but there was no information on dosage, so I started drinking about a pint a day to see what would happen. Quite quickly there was a very pronounced detoxifying effect - headache, bad breath, feeling 'spaced-out', etc - which I recognise from fasting, and then things began to settle down. 

"It was after drinking Kombucha daily for four months that my wife said 'I think you seem to have a little more energy; I wonder if it's the Kombucha?' To be honest, I hadn't noticed any difference or, if I had, I wasn't placing too much importance on it, in case it was just imagination or wishful thinking. It's very easy to clutch at any straw that drifts within reach, and I had always resisted that impulse. 

"Anyway, I knew that the only way to be sure was to see what happened when I stopped, and then to start drinking it again and note any changes. Well, there were definite differences within a week of stopping my daily dose of the 'magic brew'. Energy levels dropped, physical ability declined and psychologically I felt a lot less positive, almost apathetic. After two weeks I started back on it and, within a week or so this time, I started to notice improvements again. 

"I have spoken at some length to the Myelin Trust (one of the support organisations for M.S.), and they recommend a starting dose of 1 teaspoonful three times a day, because some people with M.S. are very weak and sensitive. I have never taken less than three good-sized glasses a day (about 1-11/2 pints; 300 -450-mls), and have never experienced any adverse effects after that first time." [detoxification is very individual; we suggest that the recommended dose be followed, after first building up from smaller amounts. Ed.] 

"Since joining the Kombucha Tea Network, we have provided cultures to people with M.S. in Britain and all over Europe, and I see my next job as collating the experiences of these people and putting together the result in a form which will allow the medical profession to take this ancient gift seriously. It has helped to change my life, or at least has helped me to deal with the changes life has thrust upon me, and I know that I am not alone. 

"I stop taking Kombucha periodically for a week or so every couple of months now, as I think it is important as with any medicine, to allow the body to normalise and to let one assess the effects. I want to stress that I have no concerns whatever about its use in M.S. management, or with any other health problem; or if it is used just as a tonic, a detoxifier or an energy booster. I think most adverse criticism comes from people or organisations who would like to make money from it, but realise they can't in the U.K.. Tough! 

"One other use I have found for Kombucha is horticultural. We know that the reason it is so valuable in the treatment of candidiasis is because it is acidic, and most moulds, mildews, fungi, etc, don't like that. I had an extremely bad case of white mildew on the leaves of my courgettes and ridge cucumbers. It was so bad I was about to throw them away. I sprayed the leaves with Kombucha liquid and the next morning they were clear. A week later they were strong, healthy and producing fruit like crazy!" Bob is one of our dedicated regional coordinators on the Kombucha Tea Network uk. We send him all the enquiries from M.S. sufferers which he personally answers. He encloses a personalised letter of encouragement with cultures that he sends out to enquirers on the Network with M.S. To date he has supplied about 500 people. Bob is conducting a survey of these people, with the support of the coordinator of the Neurological Support Services of the National Health Service, and will publish the results in due course. 

 

MS  and Curry Spice

Curry Spice May Fight Multiple Sclerosis

Posted By Dr. Mercola | May 11 2002 | 6,270 views
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2002/05/11/curry.aspx

Preliminary studies in mice suggest that curcumin, a compound found in the curry spice turmeric, may block the progression of multiple sclerosis.

According to researcher Dr. Chandramohan Natarajan of Vanderbilt University in mice with an MS-like illness showed little or no signs of disease symptoms after being injected with curcumin, while animals without the treatment went on to severe paralysis.

No one knows what causes multiple sclerosis, in which the body's immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the brain and spine. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle weakness and stiffness, balance and coordination problems, numbness and vision disturbances.

Interest in the potential neuroprotective properties of curcumin rose after studies found very low levels of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's in elderly Indian populations. Added to this were studies confirming curcumin as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, effective in wound healing. And just last fall, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles reported that curcumin appeared to slow the progression of Alzheimer's in mice.

In their 30-day study, Natarajan and co-researcher Dr. John Bright gave injections of 50- and 100-microgram doses of curcumin, three times per week, to a group of mice bred to develop a disease called experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) -- an autoimmune condition used by researchers as a model for multiple sclerosis because it also results in the slow erosion of myelin. They then watched the mice for signs of MS-like neurological impairment.

By day 15, mice who had not received curcumin developed EAE to such an extent that they displayed complete paralysis of both hind limbs.

In contrast, mice given the 50-microgram dose of the curry compound showed only minor symptoms, such as a temporarily stiff tail. And mice given the 100-microgram dose appeared completely unimpaired throughout the 30 days of the study.

In Asian countries, such as India, China, who are eating more spicy foods, more yellow compounds like curcumin...there are only very, very rare reports of MS. The doses the mice received were roughly equivalent in human terms to those found in a typical Indian diet.

 Just how curcumin might work to thwart the progression of demyelinization remains unclear. But the Nashville researchers believe it may interrupt the production of IL-12, a protein that plays a key role in signaling immune cells to launch their assault on the myelin sheath.

Annual Experimental Biology 2002 Conference New Orleans, LA April 23, 2002


 

MS, Lupus Tied to Aspartame

 

MS, Lupus Epidemics Tied To Aspartame



Acupuncture and Multiple Sclerosis

 

Acupuncture & Multiple Sclerosis                                         http://www.healingtherapies.info/acupuncture&MS.htm

Carie Elizabeth Sklar, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

 

 

Studies show that, when used in conjunction with other modalities, acupuncture can provide effective relief for many MS symptoms.

Because MS damages myelin in the central nervous system, the disease interferes with messages between the body and the brain. Acupuncture can mediate the effects of this disease because it releases endorphins and peptides in the brain, which modulate sensory information between the brain and body.  

In a survey conducted by the MS Clinic at the University of British Columbia, 566 patients with definite MS reported using alternative therapies, with acupuncture being the most common method used. The rest of the questionnaire focused on the reported effects of acupuncture, with respondents citing reduced pain, decreased spasticity, improved bladder and bowel dysfunction, and alleviating tingling and numbness, among others.

Dr. Duong Hoang reports a study of 40 victims of MS who were treated with acupuncture. According to the study, "MS patients that had been suffering for a lesser number of years improved even before the completion of 10 acupuncture treatments."

In one case, a 53-year-old Caucasian female had been suffering from MS for 15 years. She had been confined to a wheelchair because of parethesias on both legs, loss of balance and weakness. She also had optic neuritis, insomnia, bladder control difficulties, low back pain, muscle spasms and nervousness. After 10 acupuncture treatments, the patient was able to walk – sometimes without a cane. Her vision, sleep, muscle spasms, and general health improved, and her bladder control became normal again.

Another member of Hoang’s study was a 42-year-old man who had also suffered from MS for 15 years. He had to use a cane to walk because of parethesias on the left side of his body, and also suffered from poor vision and equilibrium, low back pain, and trouble choking on foods. He had also been sexually impotent for nine years and experienced problems with bladder control. After the first acupuncture treatment, the patient had no more problems swallowing food. After the third treatment, his bladder and vision functioned normally. After six treatments, his impotence was improved and after nine treatments he was able to walk without a cane.

Some patients have even come forward of their own accord to testify how acupuncture has helped them deal with MS. Duane Perron has had Progressive-Relapsing MS since 1978. The treatments he tried - a mixture of ACTH and Cyclospasmal – could only keep his MS from getting worse for five years. Perron’s MS was concentrated on the entire left side of his body; the optic nerve in his left eye did not function and he had no hearing in his left ear. He also had trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of his face and could not lift his left foot.
Perron decided to try acupuncture for his MS. After two months, he could hardly believe the results. His testimony on acupunctue.com states, "My wife and I went grocery shopping and as we left the store I said to her, ‘Stay behind me and watch how I walk.’ She did and she said, ‘You are taking much larger steps, you are lifting up your left leg not dragging it, and you are standing up straight!’"

Perron went on to say, "Then that Wednesday I had an appointment with my eye doctor for a six-month checkup and he said to me, ‘I don't know the reason, but in all the tests run today, the parameters on the results have at least doubled. That should not occur but it did!’ I also have cut down on the medication I was taking for trigeminal neuralgia from four tablets a day to one tablet a day."

Perron also wrote that the most exciting result of his acupuncture treatments was that he and his wife could now "walk through the beach sand to the water and waded in the water and waves a number of times each day. Now, I haven't been able to walk in the sand at a beach or let waves hit my legs for at least 12 years! But I did that week, and I did it bare-footed without my brace, just my cane for balance."

Larger studies also report the benefits of acupuncture for MS. According to a study conducted by the Washington Acupuncture Centre in which 10,000 patients were treated and tracked for three years, patients with MS significantly improved by 85 percent.

Contact: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine can be reached at (800) 729-0941 or go to www.PacificCollege.edu.

 

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