mommasan wrote:One more thought. Even healthy people have mylein-reactive t-cells. But their blood brain barrier is not breached due to MS. Ours is. So, even if we retain a modest level of autoimmunity, we can have damage. Hopefully someone with more of a scientific brain cam chime in on this.
Sandy...you're right about the blood brain barrier. There are many researchers and scientists working on this right now. Professor Kenneth Smith of Kings College in London, Dr. Berislav Zlokovic of the University of Rochester and Dr. Endemann of the Canadian Institute of Health Research in Montreal are all looking at the cerebral endothelium (the molecular lining of the blood vessels), and how shifts in nitric oxide and free radicals can lead to a breech in the BBB and neurodegenerative disease. Molecular medicine is on the way, (but until then, we can do alot to help heal the endothelium. I've written about it in pdf form on the regimen section, based on current research.)
My heart goes out to all of you who have received the revimmune treatment as you wait for results. Johns Hopkins is an amazing place, and I know you are all in the best hands. Hang in there, and thank you all for sharing your experiences with the rest of us-