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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Here is an example of how difficult it is for doctors to accept new thinking on the causes and treatments of diseases. Multiple sclerosis is characterized by repeated episodes of nerve damage and recovery. For example, a person may lose vision and regain it, then lose coordination for one arm and leg, then regain some coordination, and so forth, each time losing more than is regained. Doctors do not have an effective treatment because they don't know the cause. The most likely cause is an infection because 85 percent of patients do not have an affected relative and only one in three identical twins of MS patients develops MS.

Several researchers have presented evidence that chlamydia pneumoniae may be the cause (1,2). It has been detected in the cerebrospinal fluid of multiple sclerosis patients, but not in that of patients with other neurological diseases. There is also a report of a patient with spinal chlamydia infection and rapidly progressive multiple sclerosis that was cured by minocycline, a very safe antibiotic. Because nerve damage caused by multiple sclerosis can be permanent and minocycline is so safe, doctors should offer this treatment to multiple sclerosis patients, provided that they tell them that this treatment must be considered experimental, because chlamydia has not been proved to cause multiple sclerosis and minocycline has not been tested to see if it can cure that disease.

Researchers at the National Institute of Health reported that multiple sclerosis may be caused by human herpes simplex virus six, and researchers at the University of Wisconsin and Rockefeller University in New York reported the same results. However, no studies have been done to treat multiple sclerosis with drugs that kill human herpes virus-6, Gancyclovir or fornascat, probably because many researchers are afraid of its toxic side effects.

1) Presence of Chlamydia pneumoniae DNA in the cerebral spinal fluid is a common phenomenon in a variety of neurological diseases and not restricted to multiple sclerosis. Annals of Neurology, 2001, Vol 49, Iss 5, pp 585-589. J Gieffers, D Pohl, J Treib, R Dittmann, C Stephan, K Klotz, F Hanefeld, W Solbach, A Haass, M Maass. Address: Gieffers J, Med Univ Lubeck, Inst Med Microbiol & Hyg, Ratzeburger Allee 160, D-23538 Lubeck, GERMANY.

2) An infectious basis for multiple sclerosis - Perspectives on the role of Chlamydia pneumoniae and other agents. H Moses, S Sriram. Biodrugs, 2001, Vol 15, Iss 3, pp 199-206.Address: Sriram S, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabil Hosp, Multiple Sclerosis Res Lab & Clin, 2201 Capers Ave, Room 1222, Nashville,TN 37212 USA

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May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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