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What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

When it comes to what causes Multiple Sclerosis, several things are being considered, as possible causes of MS.

Potential causes of Multiple Sclerosis appear to be directing the MS research, as to which direction they are heading, while the search for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis continues.

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 MS 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 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.

As the question what causes Multiple Sclerosis is still being pursued, so are possible solutions for reversing the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the body.

Stem cells are one of the ways, that are being considered, as a potential way of reversing the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the body, including helping to regenerate the damage myelin sheath along the spinal cord.

Stem cells are known to be part of the nervous system that are the maineneance and repair cells for 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 Multiple Sclerosis 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.

Possible theories, as to what causes Multiple Sclerosis, which are being investigated using MS research include:

Viruses

Viruses being considered include: 

  -- Epstein Barr virus (this virus is linked to
     mononucleosis)

  -- German measles (since this virus is known 
      to attack nerves)

  -- Chicken pox virus

  -- Lymes disease

     This may be considered as an 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

* 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 MS causes.

* Allergic reactions
Allergic reactions is a potential for another idea of one of the potential causes of Multiple Sclerosis.

The thinking is that there is some kind of over the top reaction of the immune system or maybe even the nervous system to one or more chemical, food or nerve toxin.

This idea has not been verified at this point, but it is being considered and explored as a possible cause of Multiple Sclerosis.

* Severe Vitamin Deficiencies

When the vitamin deficiencies become more severe, they can result in or at least contribute to some of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Certain suspected severe vitamin deficiencies can contribute to several of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. 

The main severe vitamin deficiencies include:

  -- vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine)

  -- vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

  -- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)

  -- B complex

  -- Other B vitamins

  -- Essential fatty acids

  -- Omega 3 fats

  -- vitamin D

  -- Calcium

  -- Magnesium

  -- Mineral imbalances

  -- Amino acids (many or several)

An example of the effects of severe vitamin deficiencies and how the type of symptoms of MS that they can contribute to would be the symptom of leg spasms.

A severe deficiency in magnesium can actually contribute in a big way to leg spasms.

There are many different types of effects from more severe vitamin deficiencies, which can contribute or setup the for MS related symptoms.

Multiple Sclerosis can actually contribute to the severe vitamin deficiencies, whivh also result, since MS is known for reducing the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and vitamins from the food that you eat.

Multiple Sclerosis causes a malabsorption problem, which often results in contributing to Leaky Gut syndrome.

Leaky Gut syndrome is a condition where the digestive tract or the membrane called the intestines, ends up with holes punched in it, where undigested food can leak out of the intestines and cause further symptoms.

The reduced surface area of the intestines combined with the lack of integrity of the intestines, along with the presence of the Multiple Sclerosis, often results in more severe vitamin deficiencies, which can in turn can contribute to symptoms of MS.

Leaky Gut syndrome is a result of the digestive tract or the membrane called the intestines from absorbing the nutrients and vitamins from the food that is eaten.

* Aspartame

This is a curious thing, that doctors have seen that many of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis tend to appear more often for people who eat or drink larger amounts of products containing aspartame, an artificial sweetener in many "diet" or "sugar free" foods or drink products.

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a few of the doctors that I went to see for appointments asked me if I ate or drink products containing aspartame.

I do not eat or drink food products containing aspartame, myself, but apparently there a people who do eat or drink aspartame products, in larger quantities, who have symptoms that are similar to that of Multiple Sclerosis, which appear to be a problem for them.

In spite of this observation being made by many doctors, it has not been verified that there is a link between ms and aspartame.

* Electromagnetic frequencies and disturbances

There is also a theory that dirty electric or electromagnetic frequencies may be potential causes for symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

There are a few studies, which have been conducted, previously, which appear to verify that there may be some kind of link between electromagnetic disturbances and MS.

There may also be other theories as to what causes Multiple Sclerosis, but until further research, studies or other ways of verifying these ideas, these are not being considered or studied at this point in time.

As further ideas or information become available about what may also be other MS causes, the MS research will pursue and examine other theories as they become available to further study and maybe even discover a cure for Multiple Sclerosis to help the millions of people world wide to reverse or maybe even some day eliminate the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

MS research will continue to be done in many different directions at the same time, as the medical communities, in many countries around the world, are joining forces to combat the often devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the body in the race for a cure for MS.

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