The social worker sounded almost excited and told me that if anyone is going to have ms that now is the time to have it
...thanks but i'd rather not.
Like the social worker I don't have MS. I agree with the truthfulness of some of what the other posters have said, but I mostly have to honor that they've experienced and endured the disease and I (thankfully) haven't.
It seems that because we have some meds available now that were not available 10 years ago that it's seen as being a disease that may not be as severe as what it once was. Because ms is now "treatable".
I share the optimism of the social worker, but not for the same reasons. I'm not convinced that MS'rs are any better off with the current treatments than they were prior to 1993.
What I've said in the past, and still firmly believe, is that although there is no good time to be diagnosed with MS, now is the best time in the history of the disease to be diagnosed.
Harry and robbie were right in that understanding the cause of the disease and understanding the disease itself is essential to a "cure" and that we are no closer to those answers than we were 150-200 years ago.
That seems pretty dismal unless you consider that, unlike ANY time in the past, recently researchers have stumbled upon several different things, admittedly not related to the cause, which are consistently and dramatically able to arrest the MS disease process.
No, I can't say that the effect will or won't last a lifetime, although all of these treatments have patients successfully several years out. No I can't say that these treatments are going to be available right away or that most people would or should choose to endure them. I can't say that the mediums used are the exact same treatments which will eventually be offered to the masses, but what I can say is that in this area researchers are advancing leaps and bounds. Maybe not towards a "cure" for MS but towards an acceptable resolution to MS in the near future, possibly before knowing what causes MS or much of anything about the disease process itself.
Finally, regarding the "cause" of MS. I've waited until the end to expose myself as the nut I may be.
I think many researchers are wise to the cause of MS and it's slowly being accepted by a larger percentage of the research community. Sadly this situation isn't one which researchers are comfortable embracing.
For researchers, embracing this situation is a little like standing alone on the shore of Loch Ness and personally witnessing "Nessie" chow down a little boy and subsequently having a search party ask if you know the whereabouts of the boy. You know damned good and well what you saw but opening your mouth will only place doubt on your sanity and put the future of your reputation in question.
P. ZACCONE, Z. FEHERVARI, J. M. PHILLIPS, D. W. DUNNE & A. COOKE. Department of Pathology, Cambridge wrote:
The Hygiene Hypothesis suggests that parasites and microbes have been important for shaping and tuning the evolution of the human immune system. According to this hypothesis, the immune system is in a state of preparedness, primed to repel the pathogen assaults that characterized the lot of humanity for most of its existence. In developed countries industrialization has strongly contributed to human migration from rural areas to the cities. One of the consequences of resettlement has been the removal of people from the pathogen-replete ecosystems in which their immune systems had adapted since prehistory. Sanitation, and access to clean food and water became a common life standard for most individuals in the developed world. Additionally, following the Second World War the use of antibiotics became commonplace, dramatically altering exposure to bacterial pathogens. The fact that infections were no longer prevalent has led to the emergence of autoimmune inflammatory diseases. This suggests that parasites, if not actually preventing autoimmunity per se, at least divert the immune system to the more productive cause of limiting tissue pathology. Parasites themselves wield an astonishing array of mechanisms to evade the ravages of the host's immune system and in so doing ameliorate the more self-destructive aspects of a response.
Although this regards an earlier study, this assessment was delivered by google alerts today http://tinyurl.com/2s53mu