FIESTAFROG wrote:Nothing above has anything to do with getting MS. Its a random shot in the dark. There is no stats, that im aware of that determine whether someone could or could not get it. Its simply random. There are some studies that show close to the equator has a different size of people getting MS or not.
Um that's not factual what you said according to the book I just read written by a Professor and chief of Neurology down at UofT.
White people have a statistically higher chance of getting it then the majority of other races. Usually you get it between 18-40, genes have been found that its linked to, and there are theories present on viral invasions causing genetic mutations.
So everything is I just said does have some validity to it.
Ahh but that is flawed information. They say white people are more likely to get it from looking at the numbers but what they don't take into account is that most white people live in societies where they have (fairly) easy access to health care. Most of the world's population is non-white and living in abject poverty with little to no access to health care in any form. These people are far less likely to ever receive a diagnosis of MS if they start suffering an MS related ailment. It can be cast of as just something wrong with them(or maybe evil voodoo lol).
Then if you say "Well the percentage of whites in the US who get MS is much higher than the percentage of black in the US. Well most African Americans are from the same region of Africa so there is less genetic variety to choose from as well as the aforementioned fact that many poor people don't have access to health care.
I always like to pick at the "The further from equator argument." Most of the countries around the equator aren't "1st world countries" so they're not going to have a high incidence of REPORTING or discovering MS. Then take into account Native Americans living in the arctic. They've been there or thousands of years and I've never read anything about them having higher incidence of MS.
All in all every theory can be picked apart and so far as I'm concerned there is no definitive proof of what causes MS that can be shown in even a few cases of MS. Every case is different. Who knows, maybe 10 years from now MS will be an obsolete term and the people priorly thought to have MS will have 20 different things which can be treated as such.