Multiple sclerosis treatments, research and options to discuss with your doctor, including alternative and natural remedies, diet, MS therapy and guidelines for relieving and preventing MS symptoms.
MS or multiple sclerosis, sometimes misspelled multiple sclorosis, is one of the most dreaded of diseases because of the progressive, crippling disabilities it causes. Alternative medicine, however, is revealing new, effective alternative multiple sclerosis treatments.
One of the most promising multiple sclerosis treatments is hypberbaric oxygen therapy. It may be the closest thing to a natural multiple sclerosis cure available.
Around 30 years ago, while treating a MS multiple sclerosis patient with HBOT for bone infection, Dr. Richard Neubauer of Ocean Medical Center (954-771-4000) near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, discovered that the patient's MS symptoms improved significantly. He continued to use HBOT as a multiple sclerosis treatment and got significant improvements in his patients.
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How does it work? Patients are put into a chamber where they are surrounded by oxygen under pressure. HBOT delivers healing oxygen to every part of the body, including the brain, which uses the oxygen to heal.
Although dead cells cannot be restored, damaged cells can; that's why it's important to get this multiple sclerosis treatment as early as possible. Even so, damaged cells can hang on for years, and then be treated with HBOT for potential restoration.
Dr. Neubauer reports that 70-80 percent of his MS patients will have stabilization of the disease or improvement with HBOT, and only 20-30 percent will not respond and will continue to deteriorate. This compares to 80 percent progressive deterioration with no multiple sclerosis treatment or with conventional treatments.
Here are some actual MS cases treated with HBOT as a multiple sclerosis treatment, and their results:
Sandra Perlin-Lecher, PhD, had multiple sclerosis for 15 years before HBOT. She was in a wheelchair, with loss of bladder function and brainpower, unable to walk or feed herself. After HBOT, her bladder function "returned immediately," her "thought process cleared up," and some of her arm function returned.
Board-certified neurologist Dr. Barbara Nelson tells of a 24-year-old male patient totally incapacitated in a wheelchair.
Dr. Nelson was able to get him into near remission with conventional techniques, but he went into rapid regression at age 37, following a time of stress. All of this regression completely reversed within 10 treatments of low pressure HBOT with Dr. Neubauer. He continues to take occasional treatments to maintain his health. Dr. Neubauer says he sees this kind of improvement on a regular basis.
Neubauer has found that relatively low pressure HBOT (1.3 to 1.5 atmospheres) works best for multiple sclerosis treatment. Higher pressures may not work at all, and the studies finding no positive effects are largely using the higher pressures. Treatment can occur in a medical office, or new portable home units are available.
Sources: Second Opinion newsletter, the May 2003 issue and the June 2003 issue, by Robert Jay Rowen, M.D.
"A pioneering new stem cell treatment is reversing and then halting the potentially crippling effects of multiple sclerosis." That is the first sentence in this article: 'Miraculous' results from New MS treatment.
The upside of this new multiple sclerosis treatment (2016) is that it is stopping the progression of multiple sclerosis, and patients have found they can walk again and regain other lost functions, with significant improvements beginning within days of treatment. One completely paralyzed patient did a mile-long swim and walks and rides a bike again, following 10 months of treatment.
The downside is that stem cell therapy for MS begins with a high dose of chemotherapy to knock out the patient's immune system before rebuilding it with stem cells taken from the patient's own blood. Read the article and discuss the risks with your doctor.
Prokarin is a histamine combined with a caffeine as a multiple sclerosis treatment. It's available as a skin patch from a compounding pharmacy. Jonathan Wright, M.D. reports that at his Tahoma Clinic, 67% of multiple sclerosis patients treated with Prokarin report at least one significant improvement in symptoms. Here is an in-depth 1999 article on Prokarin for multiple sclerosis treatment. You are likely to find a doctor who will prescribe it as a multiple sclerosis treatment through the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800) 532-3688.
Note that the spelling was changed from Procarin to Prokarin because a pharmaceutical company sued, claiming the spelling was too close to its drug, Procardia.
Here is an article from Science Daily, March 2011, on histamine as a possible multiple sclerosis treatment.
And I learned in a multiple sclerosis forum that caffeine is added to slow down the rate at which histamine is broken down in the body. Note that these forum participants are NOT medical professionals, but many are MS patients, and there is some interesting info here.
This Prokarin is really worth reading about because it's such a simple, simple treatment that is having miraculous effects for some (not all) MS patients).
The information on Procarin comes from a special report called Dr. Wright's New Secrets, by Jonathan Wright, M.D.
Multiple sclerosis treatments may include Adaptrin, which used to be known as Padma 28, before the FDA suppressed it (although there were no complaints about it). It's a Tibetan mixture of 22 herbs and other ingredients.
In a study, 100 individuals with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis were randomly assigned to a multiple sclerosis treatment group for treatment with Padma 28 and to a control group, which got symptomatic treatment only. Various percentages of the treatment group improved for a variety of symptoms. None of the control group improved.
For example, 41 percent of the Padma 28 group had improvement in visual symptoms. For more details, see this lengthy article on alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis. This is the same 1999 article linked to in the Prokarin section above. It describes a variety of multiple sclerosis treatments, such as the Swank Diet, DHEA, injectable adenosine monophosphate (AMP), injectable vitamin B12, food allergies, and much more.
You can also find out more on the Internet by typing "adaptrin multiple sclerosis" (without the quotes) into your favorite search box.
Source: Nutrition and Healing newsletter, October 1999, by Jonathan Wright, M.D.
It is well known that multiple sclerosis patients go into remission during pregnancy, but symptoms resume after childbirth. Some experts think that this effect is due to increased progesterone during pregnancy, which offsets estrogen.
One group of researchers, however, wondered if the effect might be due to estriol instead of progesterone, so they treated 12 non-pregnant multiple sclerosis patients with estriol. The group of 12 was divided into relapsing-remitting MS or slowly progressive MS. This study began with six months of just observation--no treatment. Then there were six months of multiple sclerosis treatment with estriol, followed by six more months of just observation, and, finally, four months of estriol for the relapsing-remitting group only.
Although there were only small improvements in the slowly progressive
group, there were significant improvements in the relapsing-remitting
group. MS lesions decreased by 82 percent and the volume of those
lesions decreased by 79 percent. When the women stopped the estriol,
however, the number of lesions returned to pre-treatment levels. During
the second period of multiple sclerosis treatment with estriol, the number of lesions
decreased by 48 percent, with lesion volumes declining by 88 percent.
Jonathan Wright, M.D. says he has worked with some female multiple sclerosis patients, treating them with estriol, and they have gotten better. Estriol therapy is very safe, says Dr. Wright, and you might want to talk to your doctor about this natural treatment for MS.
Source: Nutrition & Healing newsletter, June 2003, by Jonathan Wright, M.D.
A kind of surgery, a multiple sclerosis treatment often called "the liberation procedure" or "CCSVI treatment" is giving new hope to a specific category of MS patients.
The category of MS patients most likely to benefit have "CCSVI" or "chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency," a condition caused by blockages or malformations that obstruct the drainage of blood from the brain. The "backpressure" causes "microhemorrhages" that allow damaging substances to cross the brain-blood barrier, causing inflammation and destruction of myelin, the protective sheathing of the nerves.
Some of these patients have regained almost total control of the functions they lost due to multiple sclerosis. In Tampa, Florida, at the Mofitt Cancer Center, Dr. Bulent Arslan reports that between 70 and 80 percent of patients show improvement after this multiple sclerosis treatment.
Although the amount of improvement varies, some of his patients have been able to stop using wheelchairs and walk without a walker. Others can feed themselves again or regain control of their bowels and bladder.
Potential CCSVI MS patients need to have tests to see if they have this condition. If they do, this MS "liberation treatment" involves a kind of angioplasty, threading a catheter up through a vein and using a ballon to clear the blockages.
It isn’t a cure. Angioplasty is not a permanent solution, because whatever caused the blockages is likely to still exist, and those blockages may return. Based on the continuing work of Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a vascular surgeon who pioneered the procedure, about 47% experience "re-stenosis" within 18 months of the original procedure, which may need to be repeated.
Thousands of CCSVI treatments have been performed worldwide. For more information and technical details about "the liberation procedure," see the newsletter Alternatives, September 2011, by Dr. David Williams, medical researcher. Find out more about Dr. Williams and the newsletter at drdavidwilliams.com.
In Tacoma, Washington, a dentist, Farrand Robson, DDS, is producing major relief for a variety of major health problems with a dental splint that enhances breathing and thus increases the body's intake of life-giving oxygen. Patients with sleep apnea, hypertension, back pain, fibromyalgia, TMJ, thoracic outlet syndrome and even multiple sclerosis symptoms have responded to this treatment.
A 46-year-old contractor with visual field loss, leg numbness, leg pain, "walking like a drunk," and more, was sent to a neurologist, who found MS lesions in the white matter of his brain. He went to a prominent specialist in multiple sclerosis. Heavy doses of steroids used as a multiple sclerosis treatment damaged his retina, leaving him unable to read. He could not crush a potato chip in his left hand. He considered suicide because of his total physical disablement.
His wife, who had been helped by Dr. Robson for her neck pain, urged him to see the dentist. When the splint was placed in his mouth, he was immediately able to reach 170 pounds pressure on a grip meter. His vision improved immediately, although he also needed surgery for additional improvement.
Dr. Rowen wonders if multiple sclerosis could be more than white matter lesions damaging the brain, as is now thought. Why is it, he wonders, that brain lesions are poorly correlated with MS symptoms and why do lesions suddenly come and go?
You can find out if there's a dentist in your area by calling Dr. Robson at 1-800-977-1945, or if you are in the Tacoma, Washington area, call 253-272-8651.
Source: Second Opinion newsletter, February 2004, by Robert Jay Rowen, M.D.
Treatments for multiple sclerosis may include supplements. Researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston found that vitamin B3 used as a multiple sclerosis treatment can significantly reduce nerve damage in patients with MS. Experiments with mice showed that B3 protected their nerves from degeneration. Treatment with B3 even showed benefits in the chronic progressive phase of the disease. In mice, B3 appeared to protect nerves that had already lost their protective covering of myelin.
There have been no human trials yet, but B3 is a safe dietary supplement. Check with your doctor about whether it's right for you.
Source: Health E-Tips, January 10, 2007, from Jonathan Wright, M.D. . Sign up for free Health E-Tips at www.wrightnewsletter.com
Note that Robert Jay Rowen, M.D. recommends high doses of vitamins B1, B6, and B12 by injection, available from an integrative physician, for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Check with your doctor.
Eating the wrong fats can damage your brain, says Robert Jay Rowen, M.D., while eating the right fats can provide benefits to your brain.
These good fats are called essential phospholipids, or EPL, and they carry an essential fatty acid that can actually replace the bad fats you've been storing. Therefore, EPLs not only stop disease; in some cases they can reverse it. Diseases that benefit from EPLs include multiple sclerosis, ALS, autism, Parkinson's Disease and more.
For example, an MS patient named Rebecca had to use a cane to walk due to a spastic right leg. Her symptoms had waxed and waned since her diagnosis in 1998. Her integrative physicians gave her glutathione intravenously and she had moderate improvement. As soon as Rebecca started the EPLs, in a special protocol as a multiple sclerosis treatment, her gait normalized. She now needs only monthly maintenance.
The special protocol was developed by Dr. Patricia Kane. It's called the PK Protocol, after Dr. Kane's intravenous EPL multiple sclerosis treatment.
You can take EPL orally, but your stomach breaks down some of the ingredients essential to the treatment's success. Dr. Rowen says that: "While oral EPL supplements have tremendous benefits, especially in prevention and daily treatment, they simply don’t work as fast as intravenous EPL. And that’s where Dr. Kane’s protocol has pushed EPL treatment into a new dimension."
The PK protocol (PK stands for Patricia Kane) involves infusions of EPL in a branded product called LipoStabil, available from Germany. The treatment replaces the bad fats in your membranes with good essential fatty acids, creating younger,healthier membranes. First is the EPL (lipid exchange) infusion, which involves drawing up LipoStabil into a syringe. Then the therapist draws a few ccs of blood into the syringe and mixes it with the LipoStabil. And she slowly injects the mixture back into your body. She then gives an infusion of Leucovorin (a special type of folate), which is crucial for your DNA function and repair.
Finally, she administers up to 2,000 mg of glutathione by IV push (over 5-10 minutes). Glutathione is your body’s premier detoxifier.
Dr. Rowen usually recommends doing the PK protocol immediately following an oxidation treatment (like HBOT, described above) and then following the PK protocol with chelation. Each program must be tailor made for the individual. It’s vitally important to replenish your minerals and balance your intake of fatty acids. Often Dr. Kane will measure the fatty acids in your red cells. Then, she can adjust your intake of omega-3s and omega-6s to bring them back into balance.
Dr. Kane has trained scores of physicians in her methods. You or your physician can contact her Haverford Wellness Center in Philadelphia, PA at 610-924-0600 for training courses, physician referrals, or treatment.
I have just scratched the surface of this lengthy article. If you or a loved one has a brain disease, I recommend you get a copy of this newsletter. See www.secondopinionnewsletter.com for contact information.
Source: Second Opinion newsletter, May 2006, by Robert Jay Rowen, M.D.
Vitamin D reduces MS-caused inflammation, slows MS activity, delays disease progression and delays conversion of MS to secondary-progressive MS, a more debilitating form of the disease.
A 2014 article in JAMA Neurology, reports that researchers measured vitamin D levels in patients who had suspected MS over a 2-year period. What they found was nothing short of amazing. The patients who had an average increase in their serum vitamin D of 20 ng/mL in the first 12 months of the study experienced the following improvements over the 5-year length of the study:
A 2015 study on patients with relapsing-remitting MS examined whether or not vitamin D levels could predict conversion to secondary-progressive MS.10 In this 3-year study, researchers showed that those patients who had low vitamin D levels (2-14 ng/mL) had a 5.9 times increased risk of shifting into the secondary-progressive form of MS when compared with people who had high levels (23-52 ng/mL).
See this article from Life Extension magazine, Health Protocols: Multiple Sclerosis. Here is a quote from that article: "In a randomized controlled trial, supplementation with doses of vitamin D ranging from 10,000 IU to 40,000 IU daily over the course of 52 weeks resulted in a reduction in relapses and a reduction in the number of aggressive immune cells in patients with MS."
Life Extension® suggests supplementing with least 5,000 to 8,000 IU of vitamin D daily, depending on blood levels, according to this article, Vitamin D Offers Hope for Multiple Sclerosis. SEE YOUR DOCTOR.
There is a seemingly direct correlation between risk levels for multiple sclerosis
and blood levels of vitamin D.
Robert Jay Rowen, M.D. says that the farther away from the equator that you live, the higher your risk for MS. The high intensity sunlight at the equator provides high levels of vitamin D year round, while in northern climes, you get little or no vitamin D from sunlight during the winter months.
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health checked blood samples from over seven million military
personnel and focused on 315 definite cases of multiple sclerosis. What's important is that they found a 41% decrease in MS risk for every 50 nmol rise in serum (blood level) vitamin D. MS risk was highest in those with the lowest levels of vitamin D and lowest in those with the highest levels of vitamin D.
Dr. Rowen says that most doctors believe multiple sclerosis, sometimes misspelled multiple schlerosis, is an autoimmune disease. Rowen, however, believes that MS is caused by an infection, and that vitamin D works against infection by strengthening the immune system.
different 2007 study published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition supported blood levels of vitamin D at a
minimum of 90 to 100 nmol to decrease risk of multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Rowen believes that many cases of multiple sclerosis could be prevented by taking vitamin D supplements, up to 5000 mg daily. No known toxicity exists at this level, he says. Check with your doctor about this.
Be sure to see our page on the Health Benefits of Vitamin D.
Newer research suggests a relationship between toxic metals and multiple
sclerosis. Research at Keele University in England found that MS
patients have very high levels of aluminum in their urine. Robert Rowen,
M.D. suggests that if you have multiple sclerosis or any brain disease
that you get tested for aluminum. He says a good test is a 500 mg
injection of the aluminum-binding drug deferroxamine from your doctor.
Then you collect your urine for 24 hours and have your doctor measure it
for aluminum. Dr. Rowen says you can remove aluminum with silicon, a
chelating nutrient. He likes BioSil (orthosilicic acid), and recommends
six to 20 drops in half a glass of water once a day. You can find it
on the Internet or maybe in your health food store.
Source; Special report: Health Dispatches and Late-Breaking Cures, 2006, by Robert Jay Rowen, M.D.
An interesting question: Is multiple sclerosis a unique disease, deserving the unique label "multiple sclerosis" or is it simply a set of symptoms that may have a number of different causes and different labels? For example, people who are being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinsons and other brain diseases may actually have Lyme disease, because the symptoms may be similar. In fact, the symptoms of Lyme disease are associated with over 300 different medical conditions, including MS, ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Bell's Palsy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many more.
1995, Lida Mattman, PhD was researching the Lyme connection to other
chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. She found that 43 of 47
chronically ill patients tested positive for Bb (the
abbreviation of Lyme disease’s scientific name), while 22 of 23 controls
cultured tested negative. Since 1999, Mattman’s testing has shown Lyme
in 100 percent of samples from chronic illness. For instance, Dr.
Mattman has confirmed the presence of Bb in 100 percent of eight
Parkinson’s cases, 41 cases of MS, 21 cases of ALS, and all tested cases
of Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1996, Sue Massie developed scary symptoms, such as severe pain in her big toe, headaches, sinus infections, fatigue, and brain fog. She was disoriented and sensitive to light and noise. She had stiff neck, joint pain, dyslexia, and hallucinations. In 1999, she developed rapid onset of paralysis from the neck down.
She remembered a tick bite, but without the bulls-eye rash characteristic of Lyme disease. On her test for Lyme disease, she had only one of the required five bands that constitute a positive test, so she did not have a positive test by conventional standards.
Taking no chances, she went on antibiotics and natural cleansing. She mostly recovered, although she is still weak sometimes.
Here's something you probably didn't know: Lyme disease may be contagious. Sue's husband and four of her five children also had it, all of them with terrible symptoms. Conventional medicine believes only tick bites spread Lyme, but Dr. Rowen says he has found live Lyme spirochetes in mosquitoes, fleas, semen, vaginal secretions, urine and tears.
Lyme Disease may be difficult to diagnose because testing is inconclusive, due to the bug's ability to evade the body's immune system. The conventional antibody tests, which are based on immune response, can produce a false negative. The patient may have Lyme disease, even though the test says no. Lyme can hide out for long periods of time, producing baffling symptoms. It is also hard to kill. Most antibiotics kill organisms by destroying their cell walls, but Lyme doesn't have a cell wall. Only certain antibiotics are effective on Lyme.
The good news is that there is now a newer test for Lyme disease that is virtually 100 percent accurate. Dr. Joanne Whitaker, a specialist in infectious diseases, developed that test. Dr. Whitaker’s lab can be reached on the Internet at
www.bowen.org or at 727-937-9077.
Two years after Dr. Rowen reported the information above in his
newsletter, he came out with an update indicating that the Lyme bug is
not the only microorganism that can cause chronic inflammatory diseases,
such as multiple sclerosis. The reason these discoveries are happening
so slowly is that again, these are "stealth" bugs that hide from your
immune system and from tests based on immune responses.
More good news: This class of sneaky bugs can be killed by certain antibiotics, such as Minocycline and Vibramycin. Ask your doctor about these tests and treatments and if these multiple sclerosis medications could work for you.
Sources: Second Opinion newsletter: November 2003, December 2003, June 2005, by Robert Jay Rowen, M.D.
Because Robert Jay Rowen, M.D. believes multiple sclerosis is at least related to infection or may even be caused by infection, treatment of multiple sclerosis may include antibiotic therapy, such as Vibramycin, as a multiple sclerosis treatment, since some cases of multiple sclerosis may include infection in the brain.
Special diets may be used as multiple sclerosis treatments. A woman named Dana LaMonica got rid of her multiple sclerosis symptoms
with a special diet as a multiple sclerosis treatment, according to an article in Spry, a color tabloid
that is inserted in newspapers.
In the late 1990s, at age 39, Dana began have blurred vision in one eye. Her leg dragged as she walked. An MRI brought the alarming diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Urged to to try chemotherapy, sometimes used for aggressive MS, she balked. With the consent of her doctor, and a promise to try chemotherapy if it didn't work, she tried the diet described in a book, The Gold Coast Cure.
After some time on the diet, which prohibited white flour, sugar and hydrogenated fats, her symptoms began to wane. Eventually, another MRI showed her brain was completely clear of the lesions seen on the previous scan.
For more details, and to read the entire article, go to www.spryliving.com and search on "dana lamonica."
Diet and MS: An MS diet by Roy Swank, M.D., of Oregon Health Sciences University recommends 15 grams or less of saturated fat daily, including eggs, poultry and low fat dairy, and one teaspoon daily of cod liver oil. Most of his patients on this diet saw little or no progression of their MS symptoms. See www.SwankMSDiet.org for more details.
Licensed naturopathic doctor Mark Stengler recommends a high-potency multiviamin, vitamin D (see above), Fish oil, vitamin B-12, mixed vitamin E complex, full-spectrum digestive enzyme with earch meal, GLA: 300 to 500 mg daily, DHEA and/or ashwaganda for adrenal support, tests for toxic metals and hormones, and more for multiple sclerosis treatment. See his Bottom Line Natural Healing newsletter, October 2011, for more details.
Salt may be linked to MS. According to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, those who consumed moderate to high amounts of salt had "approximately three more episodes of progressing symptoms and were four times more likely to have exacerbations" compared to those consuming the least salt per day. The study suggests further research on whether cutting down salt could help patients with MS.
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"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."
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