Multiple Sclerosis, An Autoimmune Inflammatory Disease:
Prospects for its Integrative Management
Alternative Medicine Review 2001 (Dec); 6 (6): 540–566 ~ FULL TEXT
No pharmaceutical or other therapies exist that confer prolonged remission on MS, and obvious interrelationships between toxic, infectious, and dietary factors make a persuasive case for integrative management. The time-proven MS diet meticulously keeps saturated fats low, includes three fish meals per week, and eliminates allergenic foods. Dietary supplementation for MS minimally requires potent vitamin supplementation, along with the thiol antioxidants, the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and adaptogenic phytonutrients. Gut malabsorption and dysbiosis can be corrected using digestive enzymes and probiotics. You may review other articles about
the nutritional treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Cerebrospinal Fluid Protein Changes in Multiple Sclerosis
After Dental Amalgam Removal
Alternative Medicine Review 1998 (Aug); 3 (4): 295-300 ~ FULL TEXT
A relationship between multiple sclerosis (MS) and dental silver-mercury fillings has been suggested by some investigators, but never proven. This study documents objective biochemical changes following the removal of these fillings along with other dental materials, utilizing a new health care model of multidisciplinary planning and treatment. The dramatic changes in photolabeling of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) proteins following these dental interventions suggest CSF photolabeling may serve as an objective biomarker for monitoring MS. The clear-cut character of these changes should also encourage more research to better define this possible association between dental mercury and MS.
Transdermal Histamine in Multiple Sclerosis Series
Part I: Clinical Experience
Alternative Medicine Review 1999 (Dec); 4 (6): 424–428 ~ FULL TEXT
Histamine has a long history of therapeutic use in many diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Recently, transdermal histamine has been successfully employed for the amelioration of symptoms of both relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis. This paper summarizes preliminary experiences with transdermal histamine for MS at the Tahoma Clinic: 67 percent of 55 patients using histamine transdermal cream had improvements in one or more areas, including extremity strength, balance, bladder control, fatigue, activities of daily living, and cognitive functioning, sustained for periods of up to three months.
Part II: A Proposed Theoretical Basis for Its Use
Alternative Medicine Review 2000 (Jun); 5 (3): 224–248 ~ FULL TEXT
This paper discusses how impairment of histamine synthesis might lead to symptoms of MS, and conversely how exogenously administered histamine might alleviate symptoms. Various mechanisms of action are suggested, including: enhanced gastric acid and pancreatic enzyme secretion, augmentation of subnormal cerebral tissue levels of histamine, improved electrical function of demyelinated fibers, increased cerebral blood flow, suppression of aberrant autoimmune responses, and stimulation of remyelination. We also discuss the observed failure of digestive function in MS and point out that pathological changes which parallel CNS findings have been found in the enteric nervous system (ENS) of patients with Parkinson's disease. Similar parallels might exist between the CNS and ENS in multiple sclerosis.
Nutritional Rx for Multiple Sclerosis
Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™
Matt Embry was 18 years old when he began having problems with balance and severe leg twitches. A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed a dozen scab-like lesions in his brain and spinal column. Like Lynn, Matt was diagnosed with MS - but he chose a different path. He decided to eat simple, natural foods and avoided all junk foods, including dairy products and gluten-containing grains (e.g. wheat). He also started taking hefty doses of vitamin supplements and underwent acupuncture treatments. Today, Matt is symptom free and works as a producer at a Canadian television station.