It just seems such a waste to take your immune system down to nothing when it's not your immune system's fault it doesn't recognize cpn (because it's hiding within the cells) and therefore doesn't kill it.
Well, one immune system bashing drug which, although not chemotherapy is definitely not used for people with secondary progressive MS is Campath, which although it seems to have very good results on people with early RRMS, was found to make people with SPMS get worse much faster after an initial honeymoon. One could surmise that with people with early MS the CPn load was low enough to be eradicated with the rebuilding of the immune system, but no such luck later on.
Xenu wrote:so much conflicting information out there.
But, it's not hard to decipher a reduction in disability. Not hard at all.
Avonex didn't do this. Copaxone didn't do this. Novantrone didn't do this.
ABX has. I'm not sure that we really need to know more than that.
Yes, I have over simplified it here, but my complicated journey of disernment is typed up here at TIMS for all to see. It is not simplified if you care to read it. Kim is 4 months in her ABX treatment and she is beginning to see a reversal of the progression of symptoms. Key word, beginning.
packedby776 wrote:I don't think it's quite as simple as this.
packedby776 wrote:Some of the people doing HiCy and Tovaxin are also seeing a "reduction in disability."
packedby776 wrote:One of the things we need to keep in mind is that MS is a disease of inflammation and antibiotics are anti-inflammatories. Therefore the "improvement" that people are seeing due to antibiotics could simply be the result of their anti-inflammatory property. It may well be that as soon as Kim discontinues her antibiotics, her symptoms return.
packedby776 wrote: Alternately, it may be that MS has a bacterial cause in some (but not all) people, meaning that antibiotics would only be a solution for some (and not all) of those affected by the disease.
packedby776 wrote:Personally, I am not ready to jump on any particular treatment bandwagon just yet. I inject 44mcg Rebif 3x per week and am investigating (but not yet committing to) other options for long-term remission, such as HiCy, Tovaxin, etc.
Xenu, Taking Rebif IS a course of action and if someone's benefitting from it, wonderful. But I still think taking any of the CRABS drugs means addressing the result of the disease, not the cause of it.
She was leaning in that direction when she was told about colloidal silver and someone's miraculous cure by bee stings.
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