gainsbourg wrote:People forget that MS is basically a disease of inflamed nerve tissue in the CNS. I don't believe that inflamed nerves can metabolise iron or oxygen correctly (for whatever reason - possibly the faulty metabolism is triggered by the presence of the herpes virus). There was a study in Egypt a couple of years ago that first drew attention to this faulty iron metabolism. It was discussed in this forum a couple of years ago (as was iron and chelation) - I'll look it up later if anyone is interested.
The end result is a surplus of free iron, which gets deposited in the white matter of the CNS - specifically in the region of the inflamed nerve tissue. You can see the dark patches in the new, more powerful MRI scans of anyone with MS.
I wouldn't be in the least surprised if eventually they find out that having high iron intake can prevent the body from re-absorbing the excess iron in the brain, but saying that iron causes MS is, for me, unlikely.
It's like saying CCSVI causes MS, when most likely venous problems are a symptom of MS, not the cause. A symptom that in my opinion will turn out to be caused by something like the brain struggling to deal with the extra blood brought in to provide nutrients for compromised nerves - but that's a different discussion.
With all due respect, I think you have it backasswards. CCSVI DOES cause "MS" by blood reflux from a prior venous disorder. Even at this very early stage of discovery, there has been numerous documented cases of congenital venous disorders (stenosis, reversed valves, etc.) which have to have been present long before any onset of "MS" symptoms or formation of lesions. Indeed, the vast majority of "MS" patients have never had any viral infections which could have been the "trigger mechanism" as you suggested. I am not saying that serious neurological problems couldn't be caused by biological agents (and far more likely, by trauma), but that most cases are due to CCSVI.