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What may be Possible

Multiple Sclerosis Causes?

According to what has been determined by MS research, there are several theories as to what are possible Multiple Sclerosis causes.

Multiple Sclerosis is considered by the medical community to be an autoimmune disorder, where the body becomes confused in some way to where it attacks itself, as if it is a foreign invader, that the body needs to defend itself against.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that includes a broad range of symptoms, which are not usually the same set of symptoms from one case of MS to the next. Since it appears that each case of Multiple Sclerosis includes different combinations of MS symptoms, it is also suspected that there may be several different Multiple Sclerosis causes.

On top of this, the disease process itself for Multiple Sclerosis is not well understood by the medical community up until this point, which has prompted the ms research to be pursued in several different directions at the same time, by different groups of medical researchers in different locations throughout the world.  Because the number of cases of Multiple Sclerosis are increasing at an alarming rate, as to the appearance of the number of cases of MS and the severity of the symptoms of MS, there is much more of an urgency by the medical communities doing ms research around the world as they are racing for finding a cure to Multiple Sclerosis.

The ms research groups in different countries around the world are joining forces more often in the hopes that this will help to speed up the process for finding a cure to Multiple Sclerosis.  during the research process, researchers are as a hoping that more will be understood about how and what is affecting the body that can result in the scarring and possible nerve damage that is so often associated with MS.

Stem cells are known to be part of the system that maintains and repairs damage to the nervous system and other cells through out the body.  Some types of stem cells are being found to be able to adapt themselves to  form whatever type of cell is needed for repairing damage to different parts of the body. This includes repairing cells in the brain, blood, bone and nerves, including the myelin sheath along the spinal cord.  There are more ms research groups that are more dedicated to study myelin and stems cells and how they work to repair damage in the body that are examining the possibilities for adapting or coaxing stem cells into producing and repairing or replacing more of the damaged stem cells in those diagnosed with MS. Further advancements need to be accomplished in the areas of stem cell research and myelin research before any promising results may be seen that gives more hope to those of us with MS.

During the research process, there is also the hope that more will be understood about how and what is affecting the body that can result in the scarring and possible nerve damage that is so often associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

MS research continues to reveal more about how the disease process for Multiple Sclerosis works, about the possible causes of MS and about ms discoveries
that are revealing more about how the demyelination and re-myelination of the spinal cord in those with the MS diagnosis may help the body work on starting to repair the damage to the myelin sheath along the spinal cord after each MS attack is over.

Theories as to what are possible Multiple Sclerosis causes include:

* Virus Theory -- viruses being considered include the Epstein Barr virus (this virus is linked to mononucleosis), German measles (since this virus is know to attack nerves), chicken pox virus, and possibly Lyme disease (since this could be the initiating factor that may help to set the body up for MS).  Other viruses are also under consideration by the medical community for either setting up the body for ms or as part of the main cause of Multiple Sclerosis

* Environmental toxins -- heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic and others), pesticides and some other chemicals that are known to aggressively attack nerves and cause nerve damage

* MS Genetics -- it is thought that there may be a genetic link through a genetic mutation in our DNA that predisposes us for setting up our systems for Multiple Sclerosis to occur. This idea has not been verified at this point, since genetic researchers are finding out more about gene sequences where there are certain sets of circumstances that turn off and on the genes like a light switch.  The thinking of the medical community is becoming more open to the idea that we are not doomed to be what our DNA appears to lock us into as to which diseases we display in our bodies.  If researchers can get better understanding of how to turn the "bad" or damaged genes "off" and turned the "good" genes "on".  Although the theory of a genetic link in MS is being considered, this idea has not been well documented at this point as a potential cause of MS.

* Allergic response -- this is another idea where an over responsive immune or nervous system response to a chemical, food or nerve toxin response reaction may be another possible cause of Multiple Sclerosis.  This has not been substantiated as of yet.

* Severe Vitamin Deficiencies -- certain suspected severe vitamin deficiencies (including vitamin B12 and other B vitamins, higher Deficiencies in Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids, sever vitamin D or severe calcium and magnesium deficiencies, major mineral imbalances, or major vitamin deficiencies in a broad range of amino acids) - can contribute to many of the symptoms of MS.  An example would be leg spasms - a deficiency in magnesium can actually contribute in a big way to leg spasms.

* ms and aspartame - doctors have been observing more often that people who consume larger amounts of products, containing aspartame, appear to have more of the symptoms that are similar to MS.   In spite of this observation being made by many doctors, it has not been verified that there is a link between ms and aspartame.

Within the first 2 years of when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, many of the doctors that I went to see asked me if I ate or drank food products containing aspartame.  The doctors then mentioned to me that people that consume larger amounts of products containing aspartame experienced symptoms, which are very similar to MS.  I thought that this was a curious comment for so many doctors to say to me, even through, in my case, I did not and do not consume products containing aspartame at all.

Although there are also other theories, as to the cause or causes of Multiple Sclerosis, there is no conclusive proof, at this point, that gives the medical community enough evidence as to which way to focus the ms research for finding something that helps the body to help reverse the damage to the body that is caused by Multiple Sclerosis, when it attacks the body.

Although there are also other theories, as to what may be Multiple Sclerosis causes, there is no conclusive proof at this point that gives the medical community enough evidence as to which way to focus the ms research for finding a cure to Multiple Sclerosis or to help focus the efforts for finding what can resolve the wide spread physical symptoms and physical problems, resulting from the increase of the number of people given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis around the world.

This means that much research will continue to be done in many different directions at the same time, as the medical communities, in countries around the world, are joining forces to combat the often devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the body.

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