I haven't an intelligent argument to offer at this moment but I deeply understand the question Sou states:
I have the feeling that I am missing something fundamental. Why is MS autoimmune?
I have read several papers from Scottish and Australian researchers who oppose the autoimmune theory. The fireman analogy is a keeper, it makes sense as simple as it sounds.
Thinking outside the box is key. We are all here seeking symptom relief, trying to fix our own ailments because no one has the correct immediate answer for each individual. This we do know.
I can not regurgitate a scholarly paper to back up the multitude of information I've come across, but the autoimmune link still does not make sense to me either. We all bleed when cut, some more, some less and for various different reasons. This is ms to me. The body's reaction to bleed is the common element, but the reasoning behind the cut is variable.
The "recent things learned" is what human survival depends on in most cases. The positive and negative reinforcements with all animals. The caveman "touch the hot fire" syndrome, does it burn, does it still burn?
OUTSIDE THE BOX.....there are researchers who do try to look at the common theories and challenge them. DNA is also just a babe in arms in our history of medical science. There is more to come.
I hope our future graduates jump at the chance to challenge ms and challenge it well, just as every poster on this forum has done.