meet, I'm so glad you asked!!!… (Old friends here will not be surprised that I respond.)
As you old timers know, my suspicions revolve around too much insulin in the body. To your question, meet, "Why refined?" let me explain: refined flour (similar texture to talcum powder), white bread (made from this flour), white refined rice, sugar, even white potatoes become glucose VERY QUICKLY in the bloodstream and stimulate the pancreas to produce more than enough insulin necessary to clear the excess glucose from the blood. While the body is producing all this insulin, the cells are being forced to take in the glucose – your glucose level will be normal. When your pancreas becomes exhausted or the cells just refuse to let in one more molecule of insulin escorting blood sugar, the blood sugar floats freely in the bloodstream and type II diabetes is diagnosed.
Insulin is a strong irritant; I believe it damages the insides of the blood vessels, causing the feeling like a raw, bad sunburn that I get in my legs. I suspected it causes damage wherever it roams freely and this damage triggers the immune response. I know that insulin can cross the blood-brain barrier. Excess insulin causes metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance (some scientists link excess insulin to obesity – insulin is necessary to store glucose as fat –, heart disease, hypertension, even high cholesterol as well as type II diabetes); it strongly affects the muscles (I think skeletal muscle insulin resistance is the root of weakness in MS).
I have found NO expert in MS who supports these wild ideas. This all seems logical to me, given my chronically elevated "fasting blood insulin levels." I thank all my friends here for their patience and tolerance – they have heard this many times before.
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on Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:05 pm, edited 1 time in total.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"