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
Stress and nutrition in relation to excess development of chronic disease...

and more to come
The development of a national nutrition and mental health research agenda with comparison of priorities among diverse stakeholders (2017)
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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