The hypothesis of my paper is plausible and clear (that's where good science begins) but my main purpose is to expose MS as a blood circulation disorder (or perhaps fluid circulation in general as per Chinese Medical theory) and to provide treatment guidelines for MS patients based on my own 32 years' experience
I've decided to create a new vocabulary for Multiple Sclerosis since the current one is derived from the erroneous auto-immune theory, I believe there are four main types of MS –Congenital, Developmental, Toxic and Aging.
CONGENITAL: This idea is favoured by Phlebologists and Dr. Sclafani. However, it doesn’t account for the epidemiological variations in geography, culture or gender. However, obviously it can be one factor.
DEVELOPMENTAL; My beginning hypothesis was that stress (of many potential origins) damages the veins in the child's developing body so that once adult the veins can no longer accommodate the blood flow. Defects in the circulatory system impede if not outright block blood flow leading from the brain and spinal cord leading to MS "attacks" and subsequent paralysis. It is for this reason that MS first generally manifests during or after adolescence. Dr. Zamboni himself observed deformities in the veins in the back and neck of MS patients. These areas correspond to Acupuncture meridians which control blood/fluid circulation. One might object that Chinese Medical Theory is not “scientific”. It is an empirical knowledge based on thousands of years of observation. Sometimes science has to catch up with practice. Think of how drug companies are scouring the earth for plants used in folk medicine in search of therapeutic molecules.
TOXIC MS: The third type concerns a "temporary" stress reaction to a toxic substance such as aspartame. The reaction is "temporary" in the sense that once the toxin is removed, the MS symptoms disappear. There may be an overlap between type one and type two if a child's development is stressed due to a food intolerance - for example to glutens - or another toxin.
AGING MS :The fourth type develops with age. There is no reason why veins shouldn't harden and malfunction as a part of the aging process. When the valves in veins draining the central nervous system malfunction, blood backs up to injure the myelin sheath.
Toxic MS is most definitely curable once one has identified and eliminated the toxin. (Aspartame “MS” cases are an excellent example of a toxic substance which tenses up the fluid circulation sufficiently to create a blood reflux. Dr. Terry Wahls began her treatment by de-toxifying from the MS drugs which were poisoning her. Her recovery implies that her veins were not actually blocked, but tensed up enough to cause a reflux. Also, she stimulated her blood circulation by electrical stimulation of the bands of muscles on her back, in other words, the bladder meridian. Optimal Diet/Supplements serve two purposes. To prevent stress on the vascular system which might lead to blood reflux and 2) heal damaged tissue.
Developmental MS and Aging MS are more complicated problems. The veins need to be examined. In the past two years
Dr. Sclafani has perfected techniques for CCSVI endovascular therapies (to release venous blood circulation) using catheterization, venography, and ultravascular ultrasound. Work on stem cells may further enhance the viability of these therapies. Angioplasty may be the only solution if there is a serious vein malformation resistant to physical manipulation and/or exhibiting a definite occlusion.
(Reflect on this case for a minute. I met a Frenchwoman 15 years ago who reported that after an Ayervedic massage performed by several women in India she completely recovered. Her report resembles the testimony of those who leave their wheelchair behind after successful Angioplasty. This didn't make sense to me at the time, but now I realize that the massage must have opened the blood circulation. Unfortunately the recovery didn't last and once in France her health rapidly declined. She probably needed angioplasty to keep her veins/valves open since daily massage would be impractical. Unfortunately I can't find her. This case nonetheless implies that her veins were not entirely blocked. Maybe the valves were stiff and closed off the blood flow, especially under stress.)
Whatever the pathology, treatments to at least "control" the disease process can probably be developed. There are numerous options including massage, acupuncture, and TENS self acupressure treatment. I've never tried the self discipline of Yoga, but if Master practitioners can control their bodily functions, why not try to control the blood flow from the brain?
Note that on April 3, 2012 Dr. Sclafani observed
"Firstly, not all resistance to flow is caused by stenosis (narrowing) (of the vein).. Narrowing can be secondary to 1.hypoplasia,or failure to grow to proper size 2. extrinsic compression by a duplicated vein 3.transverse webs of tissue acting like a lid on the vein 4. or septum that divides the tube (jugular) into two smaller tubes 5. A diverticulum that compresses the vein 6. by valves that are stiff and do not open and close properly 7 valves made of several leaflets that end up fused together 8 valves that are located in abnormal locations."
He has seen this in his angioplasty patients which implies that they were identified as having structural problems in their veins before intervention (not necessarily true for all MS patients.) Two Doppler Sonograms revealed no abnormality in my case so I may not have a readily identifiable structural defect. Under stress I have the impression ALL the fluids in my body seize up. Perhaps the valves in the veins "freeze", or the vein simply compresses.
I'll call this the Flat Vein condition (no observable deformity) which shouldn't be treated with angioplasty. Rather, various physical manipulations or exercise can promote blood circulation, probably on a daily basis. (Massage, Self-Acupressure, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Swimming, etc)
The Twisted Vein might be susceptible to physical manipulation. (Veins are pliable.) If not angioplasty is probably in order.
With the Plugged Vein (Thrombosis) there is probably no alternative to angioplasty since the vein is outright blocked and blood struggles with difficulty to descend through "collateral' veins. This patient is doubtless the most severely afflicted. S/he will have to weigh carefully the possible benefits and risks, quality of life etc.. Until treatment can be obtained, the patient will need medications to treat the blood reflux and immune system reaction.
Now, one might ask, how do I know any of this? I don't. These are plausible hypotheses to be studied by those in a position to do so. But researchers need to change gears, they are barking up the wrong tree.
At present MS studies remind me of what is said about the 13th Century Scholastic School of theologians (e.g. Thomas Aquinas) who laboured over the question of how many angels could dance on the head of a pin (or point of a needle.) - good brainpower wasting time on an erroneous idea (or belief).
How would I characterize my own Multiple Sclerosis? Originally of Growth/Toxic origin with a Flat Vein condition. (Origin) Childhood stress coupled with food intolerances (toxic) which can be controlled (Treatment) through optimal nutrition as well as activites which enhance blood circulation. Aging has apparently weakened the valves allowing greater backflow.
Consider the following idea of how I think MS evolves.
Now that we know that MS is in fact a venous blood circulation disorder, I can imagine the stress being so extreme that it literally pushes the blood right back up into the brain and spinal cord, like a pressure cooker. If that one time extreme pressure experience is never repeated, chances are one can recover and never have a repeat.
Dr. Sclafani has observed that 85% of the vein narrowings in M.S. are in fact valve problems. Let’s say that each attack “blows” the valves. Eventually the valves weaken and fail, either causing a total vein obstruction, or an ongoing blood reflux, transforming the relapsing/remitting MS into various forms of progressive MS.
Mark I believe you relate your MS experience to Diabetes. I would place this in the “Toxic” form of MS, probably partly Developmental as well.
Cece: I don’t doubt that veins can be so damaged that angioplasty is necessary. But I believe there are intermediary “deformities” that can be treated manually or naturally. Veins are pliable and may collapse like a garden hose emptied of water or simply compress under stress pressure. Let’s not overlook Dr. Wahls’ experience (which in some ways was my own except I never took any MS drugs.)
Maybe I could benefit from angioplasty. But I’m not in bad enough shape to take the risk. I simply have to be ever vigilant.
Final note: I don’t see how a “double blind” study can account for all these variables.
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