What Causes Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Many people know more or less what MS is but there is little understanding as to what actually causes MS and that is because the initial root cause of the disease has still yet to be discovered. There are many different theories such as environmental factors, gentic factors, infection, CCSVI (Chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency), various issues with the immune system, toxins such as mercury, and so on. A lot of people believe that MS is actually caused by a variety of these theories rather then just one in particular: this idea refers to MS as what is known as a “multifactorial  disease”.

Right now I want to share with you a simple chart that I created to express my view on the disease and how we treat it.

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As you can see the chart breaks Multiple Sclerosis into three simple sections: The actual cause of the disease, the resulting demyelination, and finally the symptoms experienced as a final result. Right now all we are doing is treating the actual symptoms rather then the underlying causes of the symptoms. When ever something new pops up we throw some more pills at it in hopes of keeping everything “tame”.

This is partially do to the fact that we simply still do not know the cause of Multiple Sclerosis however, what we do know, is that every theory results in the same thing: Demyelination. So if researching and determining the root cause of the disease is too difficult at the moment then why not focus on the myelin “stage” of my chart? If it were possible to create drugs that focus on the regeneration of myelin then theoretically you could eliminate all the associated symptoms of MS without the use of a million pills. You would more then likely still need to take the disease modifying medications to help prevent myelin damage while the myelin regenerating medications help produce myelin faster then it is destroyed or at least reduce the amount of time nerve fibers are exposed.

Further down the line we can focus on finding, fixing, and preventing, the root cause of the demyelination which would basically be the actual cure for MS. As I have said a million times, I am no doctor, I am looking at this strictly from a “mechanical” point of view but to me, it just makes basic sense.

I am starting to strongly believe that there should be a huge focus on regenerating myelin in the “race to cure MS”. Check out the “Myelin Repair Foundation” for more information and be sure to show them your support!

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6 thoughts on “What Causes Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

  • March 31, 2012 at 10:37 pm
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    Matt, I am glad I found your post as your story is a very important story to tell. I am also glad to see that you can get out of the wheelchair and move around with a walker. Since you are interested in the research side of MS to find the root cause, I was wondering if you had seen the following page that some researchers have posted. It is different than a lot of the research blaming the immune system for attacking myelin but instead notes that the cause may be from bad chemistries occurring in the gut that affect the entire vascular, microbial, immune, and neurological systems. Take a look here http://nubiome.com/blog/cutting-edge-multiple-sclerosis-research/ .

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  • April 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm
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    It involves bacteria getting broken down incompletely in the gut into peptide sequences that mimic the myelin on the nerves. Those mimics do have to pass through the gut and get into contact with the immune system to stimulate the immune system to attack the myelin in the brain.

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  • April 19, 2012 at 2:25 am
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    If you do NO dairy, you better double your efforts to get A LOT of calcium & Vit D somewhere else. maybe low sugar yogurt while hangin in the sun? sounds like the good life lol

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  • April 24, 2012 at 3:08 am
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    Lol I take my stupid supplements, I live in the dessert so that is not always an option for me haha!

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