In material I have received from Dr. Faustman's lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital, I read:
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has an impeccable safety profile in humans. In fact, it has been labeled by some medical experts as the "safest vaccine" ever developed. BCG has been used for over 80 years worldwide as a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) and is also used for the treatment of bladder cancer at high doses. In many countries, receiving BCG to prevent TB is mandatory.
Dr. Faustman has found that the BCG vaccine allows the pancreas to produce insulin again. While this is good for type I diabetics who produce no insulin, my concern is that it may lead to over production of insulin (hyperinsulinemia) in others (and may lead to MS in some, if my suspicions are correct). BCG is approved for use in the United States to prevent TB, but it is not given as a routine vaccine because the incidence of TB is low here. However, it is my understanding that the BCG vaccine is mandatory in Ireland (all of the UK? Where else?). Could this practice contribute to the high rates of MS in Scotland, Wales, elsewhere?
And while this vaccine is not routinely given in the US, I wonder if it might be given to our military in the large series of shots they receive in their standard medical review.
Just thinking again…
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?"