Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The myelin sheath (the coating around the nerve fibers in the central nervous system is affected with Multiple Sclerosis. Myelin is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through the nerve fibers. If damage to myelin is slight, nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions. However, if damage is heavy and if the scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve impulses may be completely disrupted.
Multiple sclerosis is an extremely variable disease and it’s symptoms are determined by the combined effects of which areas of the central nervous system that lost their myelin and how much neural tissue has been destroyed. There is no universal pattern for the course of MS and every patient has a different, unique set of symptoms. They can vary from time to time and change in severity and duration. Most patients will experience more than one symptom and although there are symptoms common to many no one ever experiences them all.
The first known case dates back to 1817 and first referenced as a medical curiosity in medical texts in 1868.
Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world, 133 people out of every 100,000: world prevalence is higher in the US, Germany, Norway and Hungary.
Some people experience little disability during their lifetime, but up to 60% are no longer fully able to walk 20 years after onset. Symptoms appear around 30 years age on average and two-thirds of people have 1st symptoms between ages 20-40, although sometimes the diagnosis is not made until 40-50 years of age and men more than women contract this disease.
MS is more prevalent in colder climates far north and south of the equator. Vitamin D deficiency is thought to play a role as well as increased intestinal permeability .
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Hardy has seen many patients with multiple sclerosis in all stages of the disease. The degree of demyelination and the length of time the scar tissue has been present determines the reversibility of the lesions. From the early stages up to and including the relapsing-remitting stages of MS, we can get a very good positive response, and the changes are noticeable within a few days to a couple of weeks.
If a patient has numbness and tingling constantly in one specific area for 6 month to one year without any remission, then it may be irreversible due to scar tissue. In those patients with progressive or secondary multiple sclerosis, the results are variable. At the present time, the best that can be done is to stop further progression of the disease, but improvement of the condition in this stage is limited.
Based on the case history, a homeopathic medicine is given that that best covers the totality of the most characteristic symptoms of the patient. It is also recommended to have a IgG food sensitivity panel done to find out what foods are involved in order to repair the intestinal permeability. The goal is to create optimal health in both mind and body. Therefore, necessary lifestyle changes are required to restore overall health. For more information, please call our office.