I read one time that the lesions in the brain are simply calcium, that the body lays down calcium in response to inflammation... lesions are found in so many conditions, and the fact that they could not relate sized/number/location to disability makes me wonder what they mean at all... I had hundreds of pinpoint lesions, and I have yet to find anybody else that is saying that... I did not repeat my MRIs because it seemed to screw me up royally, something that I don't hear a lot of people saying either.
I do know that if you do research on hypercoagulation and multiple sclerosis, you come up with lots of studies... but no real explanation as to what causes it. High levels of fibrin yes, but no explanation for why the high levels. I actually did a antiphospholipid antibodies test for Hughes syndrome, which came back negative. I don't feel better on aspirin, but for some reason Advil makes me feel better in more ways than one. Aspirin is cleared through the glycination pathway of the liver, and I tested very very low in glycine... one of the components of glutathione, which is decreased by iron overload as it turns out. I tested very low in glutathione, I was nebulizing it! Hoping that it would get iron out of the brain... I have read more than once that phlebotomy will not do that... but I have not noticed any particular reaction one way or the other to nebulizing glutathione, but maybe I would not if the body burden is extremely high... maybe one can reduce iron levels for phlebotomy and then go after the brain... who knows?
I am wondering if it is iron loading from a young age that causes the accumulation of all the other metals that get out of whack... I found it very interesting when Dr. Terry Wahls did one of these tests and came up with all of the toxicity of A Humanoid Cannibal Underground Dweller
however I did expect that I'd have some evidence of heavy metals, just because I have come to recognize that heavy metals in the body are often drivers of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis. I've been taking additional iodine for three months, again to help support my iodine intake.
I took the test through the FFP laboratory (J. D. Flechas, MD) because I wanted to get a status on my iodine and heavy metals. I just go my results and I was surprised.
Here they are
Flouride: normal range
Iodine: provocation 78% when the goal is 90% so iodine stores are low - I probably need another 3 to 6 months of replacement iodine to get my iodine levels in the fully replaced range)
Bromide spot low - but provocation was 38 (3X normal) - which means I have bromide in my body. Bromide competes with iodine, driving up the amount of iodine I need. Bromine will be excreted via urine. But I need a lot of iodine to do so.
Other heavy metals that were toxic
aluminum 2X normal
Barium 20X normal
cadmium slight elevation
cesium 2 X normla
Gadolinium 100 X normal
rubidium slight elevation
thalium 10X normal
tungsten slight elevation
Uraniaum 2 X normal
mercury slight elevation
The big questions --
Where did I get these compounds? \
Am I still taking more into my body?
How do I increase my ability to get rid of them?
Notably, I probably had much higher levels two years ago.
Since cruciferous, onions and sulfur amino acids induce more enzymes that are used in detoxification -- I have been following a good detox protocol.
But now I want to do even more..
I went out looking for more information on detoxification and came across this site.
I found it useful. http://www.radiationdetox.com/ebook/070 ... nDetox.pdf
Other sources of information include Dr. Mark Hyman who has several books. Going to his website would provide some information as well.http://www.drhyman.com/
More information can be found about iodine athttp://www.iodine4health.com/ortho/flechas_ortho.htm
Sources for my heavy metals were probably related to growing up on an Iowa farm, living in communities that used treated river water and living in a home with a shallow well.
Now I have a reverse osmosis water filter. I take a sauna most days, and a clay foot soak. And I take chlorella, spirulina and green tea each day in my morning smoothie.
For those of you with an autoimmune disease, consider the possibility that heavy metals in your fat and brain are adding to your disease.
I have always been amazed at how toxic people with multiple sclerosis are... I am suspecting now that it is due to the fact that we accumulate iron, which then causes further accumulation of other metals...
EXCESS IRON INCREASES OTHER METALS Excess iron can cause other metals such as copper, calcium and manganese to accumulate in the body by binding with them, and they become deposited in the wrong places and cause harm. Copper is notorious in this respect, especially if the liver is compromised. Manganese can also accumulate in the liver and brain. Calcium can build up in the arteries - this can be removed by deferoxamine and EDTA. Many women with breast cancer have calcium deposits in their breasts and only chelation can remove it (Anticancer Research, 1994). Copper tends to antagonize other minerals like zinc, manganese, vitamin B6 and molybdenum.
I do not think doctors in general, especially the allopathic type, understand nutrition or heavy metal toxicity. Besides the fact that Zamboni says he does not have good results with Primary Progressive, I still want to know why people develop MS in the first place... I think it is due to abnormal metal metabolism, but the whole focus on the iron being the instigator is making more and more sense... I have never bought into the autoimmunity theory, unless they take into account that abnormal metal levels bring on the autoimmunity...