Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

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Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

Postby Thomas » Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:02 am

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Re: Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

Postby ElliotB » Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:30 am

The concept of "the stress-disease connection" is well known and Dr. Gabor Maté's theory is as good/sound as all the other major other theories on the causes of MS. He is not the first to make this suggestion/connection - few will disagree that the elimination of stress AFTER a diagnosis of MS is extremely important.

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Re: Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

Postby jimmylegs » Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:49 pm

short answer (and i haven't read the article because popups)

causal? nope. if it was, everyone would have ms. ms is multifactorial, complex.

associated? sure.

common underlying mechanisms? probably.

Diet and stress http://bit.ly/2AerQAp
Stress and nutrition in relation to excess development of chronic disease... http://bit.ly/2zql89g

and more to come
The development of a national nutrition and mental health research agenda with comparison of priorities among diverse stakeholders (2017)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28091353
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
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Re: Is Multiple Sclerosis Caused By Emotional Stress?

Postby eventhis » Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:43 am

The harmful effects of stress on the gut and on our circulating catecholamines (activating hormones) and blood glucose/insulin levels could certainly trigger or worsen a relapse (true for me), but I agree that stress cannot be thought of as a CAUSE of MS. I don’t read Mate’s research as suggesting this. He seems to be just making the observation that very high stress often preceeds an episode that leads to MS diagnosis. I would guess that in most of those PwMS, there was evidence of the disease being present long before the diagnosis.
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