Multiple Sclerosis Is Not A Death Sentence
By Alex Strande, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). MS is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system is attacking itself. In the case of MS the immune system is hyperactive and attacks the myelin, which is the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord. That is why people with MS experience emotional problems and problems with eyesight. The damaged myelin may form scar tissue, which is called sclerosis. When any part of the nerve fiber is destroyed, nerve impulses to the brain are distorted.
Although MS typically kills people before their natural biological timeclock does, there are many disruptive symptoms in the meantime. These can include: tingling, numbness, painful sensations, slurred speech, blurred vision, poor balance or coordination, muscle tightness, tremors, paralysis, problems with bowel or bladder function, sexual disorders and fatigue. MS can cause forgetfulness or mood swings, and as with many diseases, may cause depression and/or anxiety.
It is estimated that 400,000 Americans currently have MS and the numbers are growing. Most patients are diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 years and it may take some time for the medical bureaucracy to deliver a definitive diagnosis. About two thirds are women. It is also noted that most of these patients have grown up in cold climates. Although there is no known genetic factor, studies show that certain individuals are more susceptible to the disease than others.
As with most autoimmune disorder, MS is very unpredictable. It does not manifest the same way in any one person. The disease ranges from mild to intermittent attacks. In the worst case it is very progressive. This means some people have attacks followed by remission, and others experience a progressive disease with steadily worsening symptoms.
MS is not easy to diagnose because symptoms may come and go. In addition, other diseases of the central nervous system have similar symptoms. No single test can confirm MS. MRI’s helps to clarify diagnosis. If there is multiple evidence of scar tissue in different parts of the nervous system and at least two different attacks of the disease, typically an MS diagnosis can be found.
There are different types of MS, which is why I believe that each patient must be treated individually. The best doctor is typically one who is not only a man of science but also a “good cop.” Making a logical assumption from signs and symptoms is sometimes more vital to early diagnosis than the best technological achievements.
My goal is to eliminate MS, not treat it. If the patient is compliant and willing to work hard, I can accomplish this. Recently a patient wrote me a letter indicating her brain lesions were diminishing. This was recorded on an MRI. Her doctor was amazed because lesions on the brain relative to MS do not go away. Most of my patients recover if they are compliant. I use therapeutic dosages of liquid extracts, amino acids and supplements. The problem is that MS is typically very slow to degenerate. So the patient has to be highly motivated. That means they must work hard to eliminate their problem. They must take my protocol 3-4 times per day. The reason I get results with autoimmune disorders such as MS is the dosage. The key to eliminating autoimmune disorders is to give a dosage that is therapeutic. That means herbal extracts: typically 1:1 extracts (versus watered down tinctures in health food stores), which are specifically organic, supplements in high dosages and amino acids. It works when the patient is motivated.
It is possible to recover from MS. The key is to slow down the immune system so that it can function properly. It is interesting that many people with autoimmune disorders, including MS, never get colds or flu. If your immune system is hyperactive you typically don’t get normal colds and flu. Once I slow down the immune system, more than half get sick with some mild illness. They usually call and complain that they have not been sick in “10-20 years.” This is part of the normal process of bringing the immune system into balance.
Do not live with a diagnosis you are not comfortable with. MS can be eliminated in a patient who is compliant.
Alex Strande, Ph.D., is a Traditional Naturopath and Microbiologist. His office
is located in Irvine, California. He can be contacted for questions and
appointments at (949) 587-1513. Visit:
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