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.
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!