Failure As Opportunity – Homeopathy and Multiple Sclerosis

Have you ever noticed how when you fail at something that you go through a certain process? Like when you were little, before learning to ride a bike – falling off, skinning your knee and running to Mom. Then the next step was: returning again and again until it was mastered. The process requires a burning desire, attention to details and observation of how others accomplish the task. Why not apply the same prototype to today’s challenges as adults?

Take Margaret, for example. Margaret was always a doer. You know, the kind of woman who never stopped learning and experiencing or changing careers with ease because the challenge was fun. Margaret was flying high on her career as an account executive for a large manufacturing firm when she was struck with multiple sclerosis. At first, the symptoms were mild, so when she entered her doctor’s office, she wasn’t alarmed. However, after weeks of tests and furthering muscle weakness, she began to worry about the outcome. When the doctor offered her drugs that wouldn’t cure her, but only manage the problem, she began questioning the decision to follow through. The side effects were written on the medication pack she was handed, albeit in print so small she literally needed a magnifying glass to make out the words. But it was indeed as clear as day. The side effects were equal to, if not more devastating than, the illness. She could have submitted without a struggle and simply taken the drugs. In fact, her husband felt she was foolish to pursue other options. “Why bother?” he had asked. “No”, she thought. “I will not be made worse for the sake of covering up symptoms. I must find another solution.”

And so Margaret got back up on her bike. First, she went to a psychiatrist because of the anxiety she was experiencing. He just offered more drugs. This appointment was followed by one with a chiropractor, then later a naturopath. Both gave some relief, but she was still not satisfied. “I will get rid of this”, she’d murmur. “I have a life to live.”

Finally, Margaret heard of a friend whose arthritis had been cured by a homeopath. “I will keep at this until I find a solution.” The first appointment was over the phone because the homeopath was out of town. After this initial meeting, Margaret was comforted. She was not told her MS would be cured, but the homeopath put it in a different way. “Your body is responding to an imbalance which causes symptoms. We will use the symptoms to determine which homeopathic remedy is best suited to antidote or address the imbalance. Once the energy of the illness is met by the energy of the remedy, it will be unnecessary for the body to react. Instead, the reactions to the disease or symptoms will be antidoted.”

Margaret wasn’t exactly sure what this all meant, but she did indeed notice that her urination improved within the 2nd week of taking the remedy, Causticum. Instead of losing urine when she stood, coughed or laughed, it was as though she had returned to her old self. Symptom by symptom, the disease seemed to melt away. It was so natural and not unlike the way she felt before being struck with MS, that she wondered if it was just a spontaneous remission. When she asked her homeopath about this, she addressed it squarely. “What is a remission”, she asked, “if not a period of well being after illness?” Yet Maraget continued to feel well and the next time she had her MRI, the proof was revealed. The lesions were gone!

So why hadn’t her doctors told her of this amazing medicine? Why had they been so focused on a medicine that had side effects? Perhaps she’ll never know. What Margaret DOES know is that she is free of her dreaded disease. Margaret is to be commended. She didn’t take one suggestion as the solution. Instead, she went through a decision making process that allowed her to become fully capable of the correct decision. Margaret has tenacity and stick-to-it resolve that paid off. And now she has her life back because of it.

Pasteurized Milk and Multiple Sclerosis

Dairy is often promoted as a major source of the nutrition that we need but at the same time it is also one of the most prevalent causes of allergies in humans. Lactose intolerance is a widespread phenomenon and many people also feel that milk just does not agree with their digestive systems. The main problem with milk in terms of health and the development of illnesses and allergies is pasteurization. Since Louis Pasteur invented the method, pasteurization has been used as a means of controlling pathogens in the milk given by dairy cows, but there are many drawbacks to the process. Among many other ailments, research shows that there is a link between the pasteurization of milk and the development of multiple sclerosis. Let’s take a closer look at what pasteurization does and how it contributes to MS and other ailments in order that you may be more informed about your dietary choices.

Pasteurization is the process of heating up milk to an intense heat for a short period of time in order to rid the milk of pathogens and contaminants. While this is a good practice in terms of getting rid of bad bacteria, pasteurization also gets rid of many of the health benefits of the milk such as the minerals and nutrients like vitamin B6, B12, and C. Probably the most harmful effect of pasteurization is the destruction of the enzymes that contribute to digestion and immunity. One of these enzymes is lactase, which allows the milk to breakdown the milk sugar lactose, contributing to high rates of lactose intolerance. Because pasteurized milk is stripped of its nutrients as well as enzymes it is unable to perform one of its most vital functions-pass on the immune supporting compounds that trigger the immune response and the growth of antibodies. Thus, pasteurized milk becomes a trigger for various illnesses but especially autoimmune diseases like MS. This claim is backed up by science-researchers at Faculte de Medicine in France found a high correlation between drinking pasteurized milk and the development of MS in their study entitled “Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study” which was published in 1992.

The scientific community has known about the dangers of pasteurization for years but this does not mean that the food industry will continue to anything but turn a blind eye to the research. Pasteurization is a process that is tied up just as much in politics and money as it is in milk. Still, there are ways to avoid the harms of pasteurization and its potentially damaging side effects like MS. Raw milk or unpasteurized milk is more natural and does not harm the natural enzymes or nutrients. Additionally, there is always the option to choose a non-dairy diet by sticking to soy and other milk replacements such as rice milk. You only have one body in this life so it is important that you take care of it and that means knowing the risks associated with the various processes at work in the modern food industry.

Secrets of Stem Cells in Multiple Sclerosis Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder in which a persons own immune mechanisms attack the nervous system(myelin sheath of the nerve cells is inflamed) and leads to disability, blindness and sometimes even paralysis. This was first identified as a disease as far back as 1860s; nevertheless the exact reason for this disease is still a mystery. There are several factors that are thought to actually contribute to the disease, which changes itself as different symptoms that can show as so minor and are not recognized, and most often they can leave a person fully disabled or dead.

Several people around the globe suffer from this disease, doctors and researchers are in the process of finding out the reason for this disease. But more importance is given in finding out a cure. Recently a treatment called as stem cell therapy, has received a lot of attention from the scientific world.There is a lot of research on stem cells its cure, which are showing amazing results.

Recent technological advancement in stem cell research has shown that it is possible to reverse the symptoms of multiple sclerosis with stem cells replacement. As this is still in the laboratory stage some measure of success has been achieved in independent studies conducted at several independent Universities and Research Centers.

In this therapy, stem cells are introduced into the patient’s body. Stem cells are naive (immature) cells which can be extracted from the placenta. They have the ability to form into many several types of cells like skin, bone, eye cells etc., As these are injected into the body they start secreting a growth factor, and these growth factors form new blood cells in the blood vessels.Which are healthy and active, they replace the diseased cells in the patient. These new cells keep on increasing in number until disease causing cells are completely replaced with the healthy cells. This process is far better than any painful surgery or chemotherapy or radio therapy. Furthermore this treatment is cost effective when compared to other treatments and is safe in all the ways, as the patients own stem cells are used in most of the cases i.e they are removed from the patient’s own bone marrow are then injected back into the blood stream.

One of the drawbacks of this treatment is that this technology is not accessible in all parts of the globe mostly in developed countries. One has to travel any one of these countries for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

While the results from this therapy are impressive, the treatment of multiple sclerosis with stem cells is still in its early stages and much research needs to be held. Researchers are in the process to confirm, if the immune system can actually be completely reset or if it is suppressed as a chronic condition. We should be very optimistic that this type of therapy will help those patients in the advanced stages.

All About Multiple Sclorosis

Introduction to Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is known to affect more than 250,000 people world wide and 400,000+ people in the United States of America alone! This disease affects more women than men, and most people show the first signs of this degenerative disease between 20 to 40 years of ages.

A chronic and potentially incapacitating disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects the central nervous system or the brain and spinal cord areas in your body. Believed to be an autoimmune disorder, MS is a condition where the patient’s immune system produces antibodies against their own body.

These antibodies and WBCs (White blood corpuscles) are then directed against proteins in the “myelin” sheath. The myelin sheath is made up of fatty substance that protects the nerve fibers in the spinal cord and brain. This attack usually results in injury and swelling to the myelin sheath and ultimately to the surrounding nerves. The injury leads to scarring or sclerosis in multiple areas of the central immune system, thus damaging the nerve signals and control muscle coordination as well as vision, and strength.

The nature of it is unpredictable and it can vary in severity from person to person. While some people experience only mild illness, it can lead to permanent disability in many others. Treatments for MS can help in modifying the course of this illness while relieving symptoms as well.

Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The signs and symptoms are wide and varied. More often than not, they depend on the area where nerve fibers have been affected. Some of the common symptoms of it include:

– Feeling of weakness or numbness in one or both limbs. The feeling usually starts on one side of the body or begins in the bottom half of the body.

– Full or partial loss of vision, typically starts with one eye at a time accompanied by some pain when making eye movement

– Blurring of vision or experiencing double vision

– A tingling or painful sensation in some parts of the body

– Experience of tremor, inability to walk straight, or lack of proper coordination

– Dizziness

– Fatigue

– Muscle stiffness or spastic movement

– Slurred Speech

– Full or Partial paralysis

– Issues with bowel, bladder or sexual functions

– Forgetfulness/memory loss

– Lack of concentration

Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are 3 forms of multiple sclerosis:

Relapsing-remitting MS: Almost 80% people are affected by this type of MS. There are visible relapses with some amount of recovery in between.

Secondary progressive MS: Technically secondary progressive MS is a form of progressive MS, but chances of relapse are mainly in early-to-mid stages. There is slow and regular loss of cognitive and physical functions. 50% of those who suffer from relapsing remitting MS develop this type of within 10 years of diagnosis.

Primary progressive MS: There are no relapses in this type of multiple sclerosis. However, there is loss of cognitive and physical functions over a period of time. About 10% people are affected by this type of it.

© CG Groth Inc 2007