to Professor George Jelinek, MD, (who was also diagnosed with MS
himself) in his book, Taking Charge of Multiple
Sclerosis, he states "we now know that there are resulting genetic links with
MS. An example would be in the case of identical twins. When it
comes to identical twins, where one of these twins is known
to have MS, the other twin has a 300 times greater risk of developing
MS. A first degree relative, such as the son of a mother with MS,
has a 20-40 times greater risk of developing the disease than someone
who does not have such a relative. "
MS and pregnancy
Based on how genetics
work, when a woman with MS is pregnant, during the pregnancy
any damage to the mother's chromosomes have a much higher probability
of influencing the type of damage that can be replicated in the baby's
chromosomes, which can be passed on to the baby. If generation
after generation passes on the damaged genes, then yes, MS can become a
Multiple Sclerosis genetic disorder.
remember seeing a program on television within the 2 or 3 years, where disorders that
display a genetic link in passing the disorder on from one generation
to another was studied further to determine if we are "stuck" with what
is found to be in our family tree. An interesting conclusion was found
by the end of the program. The program was on the PBS station (Public Broadcasting Service).
this particular study, several pairs of identical twins of varying ages
(from 8 t 82 years of age) were studied. Of the identical twins
that were in this study, one was diagnosed with a more extreme disease,
like cancer or diabetes, and the other was not. The genes of
identical twins are almost the same, initially, after they are born.
was found during this particular study that the identical twin that
didn't display a major disease had some type of protein that seemed to
shield them from coming down with the possible genetic disorder.
Somehow there are factors that "turn on" or "turn off" the genes
that can prevent the damaged genes from determining if a person will
get the disorder. Suspected factors that may influence the "on"
or "off" switch for the genetic factor are thought to include diet,
environmental factors, life style habits and other things that are not
totally understood as of yet.
the possibility exists that we are not totally doomed by our genetics,
but it does appear, from the study (Dr. George Jelinek states
the findings from in his book (Dr. George Jelinek Taking control of Multiple Sclerosis), that we have a greater risk if a close relative
(mother, father, brother or sister) has
been given the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis
that we ourselves may also be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
But rather than sitting around worrying about whether you may
also be likely to be diagnosed with MS, it would be to your benefit to
take some preventative measures to cleanse your body, reduce stress and
reduce toxic exposures to chemicals and other toxins, in an attempt to
help your body to function as well as it can.The
overall medical community used to think that any disease or disorder
that became passed on from generation to generation was genetically
based and any diseases or disorders that appeared to be genetically
based in your own family line set you up for also ending up with the
same or similar disease or disorder -- as if you are doomed to end up
with the genetic disorder that was already determined to run heavily in
your blood line of your ancestors. But this might not be the
whole story as to what is really going on in our bodies. It is
beginning to appear that there is more to the explanation to a disorder
or disease being genetically "set" in a family blood line.
example would be cancer. If your grandmother, aunt, mother or
sister had breast cancer in the past, you were given a very high
percentage of likelihood that you yourself would also have breast
cancer (assuming you are female for our example).
More studies on
identical twins, where they have the same genetic makeup, are
being done, where it is appearing that there is a protein or other
substances that can turn specific genetic sequences on or off like a
light switch. It is becoming more of a question of what factors
influence our genetics, as to whether the damaged genes produce the
same symptoms and disease in our bodies, as they have done in previous
generations in the family tree.
means that we are NOT necessarily doomed by the genetic disorders and
diseases that appear to run in our family tree from one generation to
the next. I think that this
applies in the case of Multiple Sclerosis.
not think that we are doomed to become disabled and less
functional from MS, to where we should resign ourselves to being unable
to care for ourselves or our families or resign ourselves to ending up
severely disable and in a wheelchair.
Further MS gene research
is also being pursued to see if a specific gene sequence can be
identified as being linked to the genetic predisposition of Multiple
Sclerosis in a family tree, to determine if there may be a way to
develop a better screening method for Multiple Sclerosis to possibly
help slow the speed of the appearance of new cases of MS sent of MS.
more studies have been performed in the last 5 to 10
years examining the possibility of the genetic link in Multiple
Sclerosis to examine if there is a history of Multiple Sclerosis
within a family, if this affects each successive generation as to
whether they have a higher risk factor of also being diagnosed with
According to Professor George Jelinek, MD, in his book "Taking Control of Multiple Sclerosis", he states that
you have already been given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, there
are some things that you can do to help to reduce the symptoms of MS.
In spite of the fact that a genetic link may play a role in developing Multiple Sclerosis, it
is beginning to appear that how severe the symptoms of MS can become
can be influence by several factors. The degree of how severe our
symptoms of MS can become or how severe our Multiple Sclerosis disability can
become because of the way that MS can
attack our bodies can be influenced by m include:
Life style changes - reducing how we react
to stressful situations,
changing the way we
think about the world around us and how we deal
with ourselves and other people.
- there are more different types of dietary changes that are
recommended for helping to reduce the symptoms of MS at this
point - so diet does make a difference with MS.
* Detoxifying and Alkalizing our bodies
* Learning to be kind to ourselves and others
* Getting adequate sleep every day - this is tougher with MS insomnia, that can often be present with many cases of MS
-- as much as our bodies can handle. There are many types of
exercises that can be done by those that have MS that can help with
reducing MS symptoms, including tai chi, qi gong, yoga, stretching and
strengthening exercises (not strenuous exercising, but more gentle
exercises like using small hand weights, using stretch bands and using a
balance ball, as a few examples).
Meditation - finding ways to reduce stress can help tremendously in
reducing the symptoms of MS in a large percentage of those that have
been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
other ways to relax our nervous systems and help give our bodies what
they need to help itself and start to repair the nerve damage -- or at
least redevelop new neural pathways, where MS nerve damage or Multiple Sclerosis nerve damage has been caused previously and help to reduce MS symptoms.
MS research is still in the early stages of development, MS research is
still working on understanding more about MS and the disease
process.The medical community is hopeful that one day soon, a
cure for Multiple Sclerosis will be found. To find out more information about Multiple Sclerosis and about ways to help reduce your symptoms of
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