Multiple Sclerosis and Your Gut

MS is considered an autoimmune disease that is heavily involved with your immune system and the inflammation is can cause. The link between MS and your gut is clear… 80% of your immune system is in your gut and its microbiome (flora). therefore the function of your immune system is shaped by what kinds of microbes grow in your gut (your flora).

turns out that mice develop an MS-type disease with MS symptoms like nerve damage, weakness, decreased nerve conduction, and all the symptoms of MS when their gut flora is altered. Given this discovery, a study on humans with 250 patients has begun. And it turns out that the gut microbes in MS patients are very different from those without MS.

the gut flora if MS patients contains different bacteria (bugs) that do non-MS patients. The gut flora of Ms patients contains bugs that cause inflammation and MS symptoms. And the flora of MS patients lack the bacteria (bugs) that control inflammation. the same thing is found with rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. So does this mean that an abnormal gut flora might actually be the cause of MS?

Sushrut Jangi, MD, who is involved in the Joint Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis/European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS/ECTRIMS), while being interviewed for Medscape was asked this very question. and in a very telling answer, he said that it is hard to say that abnormal gut flora causes MS, but there is a correlation. He and his colleagues want to think gut flora is related to the cause, because according to Dr. Jangi, we might then be able to control the disease wither by changing diet or prescribing probiotics, or even by doing something more dramatic like fecal transplantation!

Gut microbes Again

We have learned that your gut and its flora (microbes) play an integral role in inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, depression, diabetes, and so much more. Now it appears your flora can be playing a role in, or even causing, MS. That could change everything. For example…

It would be astounding if decades of antibiotics abuse, the low-fat diet (that has spawned the megatons of gut damaging fast and processed foods), diets full of processed grains, and tons of prescription drugs that alter your gut flora are responsible for much of our health woes. Woes like the epidemic of diabetes, the ever-worsening numbers of heart disease sufferers, the onslaught of all kinds of autoimmune diseases, pain syndromes like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, and now even MS.

Once considered everything from  a laughing stock, to quacks and charlatans, to fools, everyone in medical research today is jumping on their bandwagon. This is all thanks to the Microbiome Project that has begun the work of exploring and gene-mapping the microbes in your gut..

My how things have changed. And just what does this mean to you? It means first, heal your gut. Your gut and its flora is powerful and will respond to proper treatment. That means stopping the assault in the form of antibiotics, gut-damaging prescription drugs, and the typical American diet of fast and processed foods and carbohydrates.

Treat multiple Sclerosis by Treating the Gut?!

Start by changing your diet to a Mediterranean diet with lots of your foods eaten raw. Consume lots of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Avoid antibiotics like the plague, especially for conditions where they are useless -like colds, flu, bronchitis, ear infections, and sinusitis.

More about the Microbiome Project at http://commonfund.nih.gov/hmp/index

By Dr. Bruce West, Founder of health Alert/Immune Systems, Inc.

February 2015, Volume 32, Issue 2

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