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Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious chronic neurological disorder in which the insulating cover of nerve cells (myelin sheathing) is destroyed. This is referred to as demyelination.
As of 2008, between 2 and 2.5 million people are affected globally
As the disease progresses, the nerves malfunction leading to an inflammatory cascade that damages the brain and spinal cord (CNS).
Four common symptoms of MS include:
There are four types of MS.
Unfortunately there are no specific antibody tests for MS. The disease is confirmed “only” after the person has neurological symptoms twice and lesions are found on an MRI. It is important to note that one episode of the common symptoms that resolve and never come back is considered negative for MS.
Scientists in the field of immunology have been searching for the potential “triggers” that cause the immune cells to attack the myelin sheathing.
Scientists have posed the question, “is something damaging the insulation of nerve cells”? The literature including functional medicine practitioners has supported a few triggers such as gluten, Epstein Barr, vitamin D deficiency, heavy metals toxicity and microbial pathogens.
Today we will spend a little time on the issue of infectious disease as a potential trigger of MS.
The medical research has identified elevated amounts of immunogobulins in 95 % of MS patients. This suggests that the brain is aggressively battling an infection.
It is interesting to note that the pathogen most commonly involved in this fight infecting the brain is Chlamydia pneumonia.
Researchers from the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine have found that 50% of C. pneumoniae are also made inside the central nervous system as well as the brain.
Further studies have revealed enthusiastically that the eradication of Chlamydia pneumonia via the antibiotic, minocycline helped improve the symptoms of rapidly worsening MS patients.
Dr. Grisanti’s Comments:
Functional medicine practitioners specialize in seeking to identify the root cause(s) of auto-immune diseases. It is quite common to see patients with an auto-immune disease improve both subjectively and objectively when the “cause(s)” has been appropriately treated. As a practitioner of chiropractic for over 33 years, I have treated thousands of patients who were told that nothing else could help their pain except drugs and surgery. In fact, I have had many patients who were surgically treated and still had severe pain and found permanent relief with chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic ancillary services. I am rather bold in saying that my journey in the field of functional medicine has seen hundreds of patients achieve a level of health improvement not seen with their traditional medical management. Many of my students at FMU have a strong passionate desire to uncover what is at the root of their patient’s health challenges.