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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system. It occurs when the immune system attacks and damages the insulation of nerves in the brain and spinal cord.
Myelin, the nerve sheaths or insulating tissue around the nerves, is the fatty substance that lines the nerve fibers, helping them send and receive impulses. You can think of myelin as being like the plastic covering on wires, protecting them from heat and water and keeping them from shorting out.
In MS, the body incorrectly targets the myelin, damaging nerves and leaving scars, or sclerosis. MS is so named because it attacks the myelin sheath over and over again, creating multiple, repeated formations of scar tissue around the nerve fibers.
The resulting inflammation and demyelination process inhibits the transmission of messages throughout the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves, often resulting in blurred or double vision, red-green color distortion, or even blindness in one eye.
The cause of MS is not well understood. Some people believe that certain environmental factors may trigger the autoimmune response in genetically susceptible people. However, we have found a pattern of underlying factors which, when treated effectively, can often put the disease into remission and sometimes even reverse the condition.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases are notorious for their wide range of symptoms, including the unpredictability of their effects on a patient. Some people experience symptoms to varying degrees, and other people experience symptoms that progress from mild to severe, or severe to more severe.
Not every case of MS is the same. And not everyone will have the same set of symptoms.
Common MS Symptoms:
- Blurry vision or eye pain (often the initial symptom)
- Numbness or “pins and needles” sensations in the hands or feet
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle weakness
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty with coordination and balance.
- Muscle spasms—especially in the legs
- Partial or total paralysis
Other symptoms of MS that are less common are:
- Speech problems
- Breathing problems
- Impaired hearing
If you experience any of the following symptoms continually or on an intermittent basis, see your doctor to rule out this autoimmune disease.
Various epidemiologic studies have found that MS is more prevalent in areas far from the equator. The lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis in the southern hemisphere may be due to less sunlight, but scientists have not yet confirmed their theory. With less sun exposure, your body produces less vitamin D, a vitamin that is thought to play a vital role in your immune system function.
Infectious microbes are another possible trigger for the disease. Several viruses have been investigated to determine whether they are possibly the causes of MS, but there is no definitive evidence that can narrow it down to just one factor. Stress, leaky gut, and a compromised immune system may also be contributing factors to the development of MS.
There’s growing evidence that smoking increases the likelihood of developing multiple sclerosis. Likewise, there is now evidence that when you stop smoking, the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) may develop at a slower rate.
Conventional Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Conventional MS treatments try to stop the disease, reduce the damage it does to the body and the brain, and help manage the symptoms that are a part of the disease. The overall treatment plan includes a series of injections, oral medications, and infused medications. High doses of steroids are often given to children to reduce the inflammatory response that often leads to seizures in kids.
Rehabilitation is part of the conventional treatment protocol that is meant to improve the patient’s physical condition and overall health. Rehabilitation might involve therapy for speech, swallowing, mobility, strength, and brain health.
Conventional treatment may include emotional support through mental health counseling, patient education, and treatment of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues that may accompany this debilitating disease.
There are several treatments that may provide some benefit in helping you manage symptoms, but they don’t help address the underlying factors of the disease, and so they fall short.
Alternative Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
A system tends to deteriorate or malfunction over time when the body is chronically overwhelmed or unable to keep up with normal repair functions due to some underlying factor (infection, toxicity, pathogen, an autoimmune condition, etc.).
Your body’s available resources are being diverted away from the real problem and toward trying to deal with the symptoms of the problem. That sets the stage for a disease process to develop.
We focus on finding and treating hidden causes, conditions, and factors that are often overlooked or ignored. When the body is free of these burdens, it releases the full miraculous healing power of the human body.
A Holistic Approach to Treating Multiple Sclerosis
We know that people with MS and other neurological problems can make significant improvements using a natural approach.
A variety of alternative treatments and therapies based on the findings of the test results are available at Advanced Acupuncture Florida.
- Autoimmune Treatment– treatment to restore proper functioning of the immune system so it is not attacking the patient’s own body.
- Repairing Gut Issues –Leaky Gut Syndrome is a common trigger for autoimmunity and inflammation.
- Addressing Inflammation –test and treat systemic inflammation, infections, gut issues and other causes of inflammation.
- Food Allergy Treatment – food allergies can trigger autoimmune conditions.
- Lyme Disease Resolution – if tests come back positive for Lyme, we will treat and rid the body of Lyme.
- Dietary and Nutritional Deficiencies – clearing up nutritional deficiencies, providing a whole-food based diet to support the body with the right nutrients, including macro/micronutrients, minerals, hormones, neurotransmitters, essential fatty acids, etc..
- Intermittent fasting – through intermittent fasting, the body is able to take periodic breaks from digestion, so the body can focus all its resources on healing.
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology – emission of electromagnetic waves to stimulate the body’s own healing properties
- Peptide Therapy –Peptides are a group of amino acids that signal cells to turn on or turn off certain functions. This works to help regulate and rejuvenate neuroendocrine-immune function.
- Cell Recovery – using protein extracts that help cells to recover.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) – This device delivers pure oxygen to a patient in a pressurized chamber. This has been shown to be effective for neurological conditions.
- Vielight NeURO – delivers photons to a light-sensitive enzyme that is found in the cell’s mitochondria, which triggers self-repair mechanisms, enhances cognition, and protects cell neurons.
- Celergen – A supplement that promotes cell renewal and stimulation.
- BrainTap – based on the principles of neuro-linguistic programming, helps to reboot and revitalize the brain, promotes relaxation, and relieves stress on the body and mind
- BrainHQ – brain training exercises that improve brain health.
- Health Coaching –helps patients keep track of their nutrition, exercise, supplements, and other recommended changes.
Choose Advanced Acupuncture Florida
Diseases such as multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases are preventable and, in many cases, reversible.
Reach out to us to learn more about your options for a more natural approach to treating Multiple Sclerosis.
An early diagnosis will allow for early intervention and prevention of further myelin damage, and even reverse MS. We’re committed to helping people live a healthier life.