Multiple Sclerosis: Is the body really attacking itself?
Overview and definition of MS
Lets begin with the definition of the words. Multiple stands for many. ‘Sclerosis’ comes from the Greek ‘Skleros’ meaning hard. In MS, hard areas or scars, develop around the damaged nerves. Wikipedia definition of MS reveals the following:
“Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble with sensation, or trouble with coordination. The name Multiple Sclerosis refers to the numerous plaques or lesions that develop on the white matter of the brain and spinal cord”.
So MS is concerned with the brain and spinal cord otherwise known as the central nervous system (CNS). These are where all the nervous systems are held. These nerves can become inflamed or damaged. Various symptoms are dependent on where the damage is located on the CNS.
This can vary from person to person. One may notice their leg feels numb, this is due to the nerve in the spinal cord connecting sensory messages up from the legs to the brains which has caused the numbness.
Other symptoms may include loss of sensitivity or changes in sensation such as tingling, pins and needles or numbness, muscle weakness, blurred vision, muscle spasms, or difficulty in moving; difficulties with coordination and balance (ataxia); problems with speech or swallowing, visual problems, double vision, fatigue, acute or chronic pain, bladder and bowel difficulties, among others. Difficulties thinking and emotional problems such as depression or mood swings are also common and an electrical sensation that runs down the back when bending the neck, are characteristics of MS.
The brain is responsible for keeping our sense of balance however if the internal chemical message has become destabilized then we will become extremely unstable. The inflammation on the CNS swells up causing pressure to the axons. The good news is once the inflammation reduces the nerves improve. A description of what inflammation is from www.medicalnewstoday.com explains:
“The word inflammation comes from the Latin “inflammo”, meaning “I set alight, I ignite”. inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens – and begin the healing process”.
So what happens at a microscopic level when parts of the CNS are compromised?
There is an increase of white blood cells (its their job to attack any foreign antibodies) this is the immune system sending its fist line of defense, these white blood cells secrete chemicals and actually start attacking the myelin sheath causing the inflammation.
So in essence the immune system is actually “attacking itself” according to the medical sector. Once in the nervous system the white cells can eventually travel to the brain area and surpass the brain blood barrier (BBB) protective blood vessels surrounding the brain. Once into the brain nervous system the white cells attack the myelin sheath exposing the nerve and leaving it damaged, whilst the body attempts to repair itself. The nerves turns into scar tissue called lesions. This leaves a damaging effect on the CNS the superhighway that communicates to each component of the body to walk, lift a finger, talk, tilt the head, think, communicate, memorise.
But stop – is the body really attacking itself?
Medical doctors know that chemicals can destroy nerve cells and cause brain damage such as: mercury, lead, manganese, arsenic, MSG, aspartame, ethanol (alcohol), methanol (cigarettes, diet foods, smoked foods, canned or bottled fruits and juices, alcohol), ethylene glycol (antifreeze), butane, kerosene, gasoline and gasoline vapours, formaldehyde, fluoride, Fluoxetine (Prozac, made from fluoride), Diazepam (Valium), cocaine, caffeine, Codeine, aflatoxins (found in peanuts), ammonia, acrylamide, and hundreds more.
So why do doctors say they don’t know what triggers the immune system to become inflamed and attack the myelin? Dr Mark Hyman committed to tackling the root causes of chronic and autoimmune diseases says:
“Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.”
The term “autoimmune” is pure publicity. The body is not attacking itself nor is it having an “abnormal” response against substances “normally present” in the body. In truth, the body is literally fighting for its life against the toxic, man-made substances that have been injected into our bodies. The truth is being kept hidden from us to protect the financial interests of large corporations including the pharmaceutical industry and of the ruling class. Unfortunately, propaganda, lies, and misconceptions are being perpetuated through medical schools and medical publications, through advertising, the media, and “respectable” medical websites as well. The comment below is from a member of an online MS forum group. He expresses his frustrations with the medical system:
“Tomorrow February 13th in 2012 I was diagnosed with MS and told I likely had it 30 years or more, the first thing I Googled was if I would lose my hair, little did I know that I was at the point where I would lose my ability to work and would appear to be drunk even though I don’t drink. After these years of living with this illness I’ve learned that what this disease basically is, it’s a non-terminal cancer of the central nervous system and its incurable, they actually treat us with chemotherapy drugs to slow the progression. Next month is MS Awareness month and I wanna get a head start all of us with this illness need to start writing our elected representatives and telling them how the pharmaceutical companies are treating us (like their own personal golden goose) not only are they ripping us off they’re ripping off the insurance companies and Medicare the costs of our treatments are astronomical and only the government can stop them. Since being diagnosed I’ve joined every MS Support group I could find and have hundreds of fellow MS sufferers as friends those of you that don’t know about this illness should learn about it. And for those that do lets get to writing and make 2017 the year that America became aware of MS”.
Functional medicine looks at the cause of the problem.
As MS affects a person in a variety of ways the medical sector have categorized the types of progressive MS in order to adopt the relevant/appropriate treatment and maximize its dispenses of drugs. This can of course bring further side effects due to the drugs introduced to your system. In an article, “How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease” Dr. Mark Hyman has proven success for treating autoimmune, chronic and inflammable diseases he says,
“ Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer…If you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st paradigm of systems medicine teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.”
The Medical Establishments Disinformation Campaign
Type in ‘Multiple Sclerosis’ into any Internet search engine, and you will find hundreds of official, mainstream medical websites that contain sentences such as:
- “The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is not clear.”
- “The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is unknown. It is considered an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. In the case of MS, this immune system malfunction destroys myelin.” (Mayo Clinic)
- “Proposed causes of Multiple Sclerosis include genetics and viral infections.”
- “We don’t know what triggers the immune system to attack the myelin.”
- “Doctors still don’t understand what causes Multiple Sclerosis, but data suggests that genetics, a person’s environment, and possibly even a virus may play a role.”
- “There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis… pharmaceutical companies are working on new treatments… they aren’t available yet, but have reported promising results.”
These statements are designed to misinform about this disease. They are part of a global disinformation and propaganda campaign orchestrated by the Medical Establishment and funded by pharmaceutical companies, to protect their market, sell more drugs, and keep you in the dark as a life long patient forever on prescriptions.
They want you to believe that “your genes are to blame… your genes are defective… It’s because of your parents… It’s hereditary… Your body is attacking itself” … This is merely mass manipulation that deflects the blame from the real sources of the disease.
Here’s the truth:
- The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is NOT “genetic”.
- The cause of Multiple Sclerosis is NOT “a virus” (not in the way they mean it, anyway)
- Multiple Sclerosis is NOT an “autoimmune” disease. Your body is NOT “attacking itself”.
- The people at the top of the Medical Establishment know perfectly well what causes Multiple Sclerosis – but they will never reveal the truth, least of all to you.
- Pharmaceutical companies are definitely NOT working on “a cure for Multiple Sclerosis”. That’s the last thing they want. The Medical Establishment and Pharmaceutical Industry want you to be sick.
- Pharmaceutical companies would stand to lose billions in profits if people were to cure themselves naturally from Multiple Sclerosis
- In reality, “Multiple Sclerosis” is not “a disease” but a symptom resulting from a number of poisons that have been introduced into your system. You are being poisoned deliberately and systematically, in what constitutes a full-spectrum attack on your health.
Source: www.mstruth.com, How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease. http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/07/30/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/
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