I believe that MS is caused by a failure or malfunction of the ion pump (see my posting of 20 March 2011 9:21am above). The malfunction of the ion pump is due to a lack of micro-cellular feeding. See also for instance the paragraph on the effects on the brain because of impaired blood supply: http://drmyhill.co.uk/wiki/CFS_-_The_Ce ... al_Failure
I am not sure whether glucose management as such is the thing to do. I believe the real issues lie deeper in the micro-cosmos of our metabolism.
Clearly, diabetes type II medications like Metformin do things that interact much deeper in the micro-cellular metabolism than just helping the insulin with glucose absoption. Metformin gets to grips with a number of things closer to the ATP recycling, the Krebs' cycle, the mitochondrial functioning. Just googling a bit on key terms reveals that the exact mechanisms are not fully understood and the subject of a lot of research. But that it does things deeper in the metabolism is without question.
I found this an interesting explanation: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/126106_e ... gau-part-3
There is mention of a cocktail of nutritions that may reverse [in this case cardiac] damage due to mitochondrial induced failure. The cocktail includes magnesium and co-Q10. About the magnesium we know. See some postingas above. It is important to keep the balance right between K, Na, Ca for good nerve conduction.
The comment on the co-Q10 is interesting "This seems necessary to kick start the mitochondria, ..". This article then suggests low levels of co-Q10 in MS patients and its usefulness in treating MS, although not enough researched: http://www.lef.org/protocols/neurologic ... sis_02.htm
A link is made to Vitamine E recycling. And a number of other things are mentioned.
I know, we may be constructing our own world here, and risk to fall into the trap of our own perceptions. But one thing is blatantly clear to me: if I take the typical response times that my body needs for recovery of motor functions which is minutes, hours, a good rest, a night, a glucose shot, and not the months which you would typically expect in case of axonal/myeline breakdown and/or regeneration, the mechanism of the ion pump/mitochondria must be associated in some way with the MS disease.
Opening up the neck veins will improve the supply of energy to the affected parts of the brain and spinal column. But there may be effective medications and/or nutritutional strategies too to improve the mitochondria and supply of ATP to ensure the ion pump starts functioning again at normal speed. I just wish endocrinologists would pick up on this.