Hi AG, You said "Antibiotics alone ain't enough!" You also mentioned that you have the goal of getting pregnant in 11 months. If there were ever a time to pull out all the stops and go for it, this is it. Forgive me for not having read your whole log, but I have questions and comments. Have you tried doing the GF/CF diet lately now that you've been on the CAP this long while? What have you been doing for gut repair? Have you ever been tested for heavy metals or undergone chelation therapy? If you have had chelation, was it done as a stand-alone treatment? What are your anti-fungal and pro-biotic regimens? Do you sleep well? What anti-virals are you taking? Do you have any allergies? I won't ask about hormone testing, because I know enough about your history to guess that your hormones have been tested out the kazoo.
I'm a die-hard proponent of the CAP but an even stronger proponent of comprehensive
treatment. By the time someone manifests MS, there are various factors at work. Since you are committed to improving, I hope you will consider addressing as many factors as possible. If you have elevated heavy metals, then abx or antivirals or antifungals won't get rid of that source of inflammation. Elevated heavy metals cause glutathione depletion and make you vulnerable to chronic infections in that way and in other ways too. Chelation therapy address the heavy metals problem, but it won't get rid of chronic infections or heal the gut. Treating for chronic microbial infections will not fix your gut problems in an acceptable length of time, especially if you are not on a GF/CF diet and if you are carrying a heavy metal burden. If you are not sleeping well, which is typical for people with elevated heavy metals, you are not producing enough growth hormone, and your body is not repairing and regenerating as it should. The CAP may indirectly help some with chronic viral infections by virtue of an improving immune system, but if you have significant viral infections, they need to be addressed directly. If you are beset by allergies, they will probably improve with the CAP, but that will take a good while; in the meantime, they do their own nasty number on your CNS.
Not every MSer will have all these problems to a great degree, but I believe that many do...and you may be one of them. If you are, I'm sure you can see why depending on any one treatment alone will always disappoint. If you're "going for broke," now's the time to launch a full frontal assault on the fullest complement of enemies that you can identify.
By the way, heavy metals cross the placenta---there is plenty of information about that from the Autism community. On the subject of heavy metals with regard to fertility and pregnancy, these links are definitely worth checking out:
Best wishes, Joyce