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:
Boston Globe article:
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.
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.