Thursday, February 19, 2009

What Causes MS?

I spent some time yesterday with a Naturopathic Doctor talking about Multiple Sclerosis and other diseases. He has spent the last few years focusing his efforts on auto-immune diseases and studying the effects of different treatments on MS, Lupus, ALS and a host of other diseases. He feels he may even have a way to reverse Alzheimer's, which my mother has been affected with. So, we spoke a little about what he thinks may cause MS and what he has seen over the past year or so. I can only put this in my own words, so I will try to explain this to the best of my ability.

Through research, he has found one thing that seems to be consistent within all MS patients. Since he does Darkfield Microscopy, he looks at all patients blood that comes into his office. He has found spirochetes in all MS patients blood. I have a limited understanding of this, but spirochetes can come from different sources and once they are in the blood stream, they can be very hard to kill. My wife has spirochetes in her blood and the strange thing is that they actually live in her blood cells. This causes major issues when you try to kill them because they have infiltrated your body's defense system. The spirochetes give off neurotoxins in your blood stream that can cause MS symptoms, like nerve issues etc. When you kill them, it can cause flu symptoms and can really stir up your immune system.

They are also hard to kill because they live in different forms in the body. Depending on which form they are in, ie larva, adult etc., they have to be attacked with different medicines. We saw this in my wife. She could take certain meds that would attack the spirochetes, and when they started to die off, she would have flu like symptoms and other MS symptoms. One thing we have noticed through the years is that when my wife takes antibiotics she usually feels very good and has no MS issues. This would make sense if the spirochetes are part of the problem. The spirochetes are killed off by the antibiotics which allows her immune system to flourish and her body to feel better.

He went on to explain that when you have spirochetes you usually have secondary infections. These infections can also involve "critters" that give off neurotoxins and cause neurological problems. When you combine these together in your blood, they can cause swelling and pain in joints, numbness, fatigue etc. Sometimes these secondary infections can be as hard or harder to kill than the spirochetes. My father has RA extremely bad in his hands and joints. When we used the treatment for spirochetes he was able to get relief and was even able to close his hands. He hadn't been able to make a fist for months when we started.

One thing we have learned is that these infections seem to foster new infections and issues. I have written before about my wife's leaky gut and other gut issues. We feel like all of these issues are interconnected which can make treatment extremely difficult. Anytime you start to get aggressive with killing off spirochetes or the secondary infections, you have to deal with your body being overwhelmed with neurotoxins and die off of the "critters". The pain and general yucky feeling makes it difficult to want to continue for long periods of treatment. It can also become quite expensive when you do everything that is needed.

Every time my wife has had major MS attacks, we have aggressively used these treatment methods. They have worked and we have always been able to reverse the affects of her MS attacks. This particular ND feels like all of these infections combined are the "cause" of MS, and until the medical community comes up with something else, I have to agree with him based on our experience and his experience.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MS Headache Caused By Stress

Today was not a great day for my wife. Due to some circumstances at our workplace, my wife and I are both pretty stressed. When dealing with children ages 5-18, life can become very hectic and chaotic. When you add in the fact that we live in a community of three homes with three different styles of parenting and personalities it can become even more challenging. Today, my wife's emotional state and physical state couldn't handle the stress that was building in her body. Her head started to hurt mid afternoon and continued to worsen as the day went on.

Her headache peaked at supper time. She felt nauseous and finally had to lay down to help with the pain. She can even pinpoint the exact time that she let the stress get the better of her. She let something get to her that shouldn't, and within a few minutes she was in pain. My wife's MS has caused many issues through the years, but the headaches have to be one of the most frustrating. These MS stress headaches cause her so much pain that she usually has to sleep them off and many times we end up visiting the chiropractor to realign her body. She has been in bed since supper and she will need the rest to recoup from the stress her body is under.

I am not sure about other MS sufferers, but my wife's body is very sensitive to things. When she is adjusted by our chiropractor, she will feel the results immediately. When she allows stress to build, her body will react with headaches, nausea, numbness, vision issues, pain and many other symptoms. When she has physical trauma, it affects her whole body, not just the injured place. We can control many of these things, but many times they are out of our control. Today was one of those days, and again we are reminded how easily her body is affected by stress.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea and MS

Once again, my wife had to run to the restroom with an upset stomach. Today we went to the movies to enjoy some time with our Children's home kiddos. We ordered the usual popcorn and drink and sat down to enjoy the movie. Half way through the movie my wife's stomach started to cramp and hurt. It became serious enough that she had to run to the bathroom before the end of the movie. She found herself in the bathroom vomiting and frustrated once again.

She has had stomach issues as long as I have known her, but it isn't consistent. Sometimes she will go weeks or months without issues then it hits out of nowhere. When she does have issues, it can be as simple as stomach pain or as serious as becoming ill after every meal. Many times she will even have to run to the restroom during the meal. It seems to start with an upset stomach and then will continue to be uncomfortable until she expels what's in her stomach. This is very frustrating for her and can really hamper any activities we have planned.

We have tried a few things to help with this, but we have still not figured out what triggers the reaction. We do know that over the last few years she has become more sensitive to dairy products and that when she is having issues, there are certain foods that she needs to stay away from. We have also used a combination of Mastic Gum and L-Glutamine to help ease the stomach. I know that we will eventually figure out what is causing this issue, but until then we will be aware of it and know that it is a temporary issue.