MS auto-immune disorder

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Queen of the Colon
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 4/4/2010 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

There is a theory that MS is part of the surge of auto-immune disorders in first world countries, along with allergies, ulcerative colitis and diabetes.

These diseases were rare just 2 generations ago in the West.

In the last 50 years we have had access to antibiotics and worming tablets and have killed many of the bad organisms that make us sick.

Gastroenterologist Joel Weinstock thinks we have also killed the good organisms that make us well, and which calm and program our immune systems. Organisms we co-evolved with over millions of years, without which our immune systems go haywire.

NY Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/29/magazine/29wwln-essay-t.html?_r=1

Boston Globe article:
http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2007/12/31/his_parasite_theory_stirs_a_revolution/

There are trials going on for helminth therapy around the place, so the article says. If anybody knows the outcome or where they are going on, I'd be interested to know :)

I am usually on the Ulcerative Colitis board as that is what I have, but i strayed here because someone I love has MS.

I believe there is something in this theory as my UC was triggered by too many antibiotics used as a prophylactic against malaria, and was then reversed by eating liquids and dousing myself repeatedly with probiotics.

I have avoided lifelong medication with the nasty drug sulfasalazine prescribed by my gastroenterologist in Australia who had never mentioned probiotics.

Enjoy!
Female, 36. Diagnosed December 2009 after 4 months of pain, blood and mucous.
sulfasalazine prescribed but never taken as my flare went away with small liquid meals, probiotics and vitamins.


Queen of the Colon
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 4/8/2010 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
From a medical paper co-written by that same Doctor Weinstock:

http://www.ccfa.org/ccfaprof/ibd-journal/Jan%202009%20-%20Helminths.pdf

Multiple sclerosis is another disease displaying a north–
south gradient with an increasing prevalence in developed
countries.25 This rise in multiple sclerosis correlates with
diminished carriage of T. trichiura (whipworm) in various
locales.26 Multiple sclerosis patients who developed helmin-
thic infection during the course of their disease displayed
fewer disease exacerbations and develop fewer new brain
lesions, as shown by magnetic resonance imaging, compared
to the uninfected multiple sclerosis control group.27
Female, 36. Diagnosed December 2009 after 4 months of pain, blood and mucous.
sulfasalazine prescribed but never taken as my flare went away with small liquid meals, probiotics and vitamins.

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