Newsletter: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education & Awareness Month 

By Dr. Melissa Mitchell, DC, CFMP
Monday, March 31, 2020

About MS & Autoimmune Disorder Strategies

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune, neurodegenerative disorder in which the immune system loses self-tolerance and begins to attack nervous tissue by way of autoantibodies and T-cells. The afflicted tissue in MS, now recognized as a foreign invader by the immune system, is the protective covering (myelin sheath) that surrounds the nerves of the brain and spinal cord, collectively known as the central nervous system (CNS). Destruction of the myelin sheath can present as several forms of neurological dysfunction (i.e. muscle weakness, altered sensation, bowel dysfunction, etc.), due to impaired communication between the brain and other body systems....

Additional information is available in the 'Resources & Links' section that support the use of specific dietary and toxin elimination strategies for improving intestinal permeability and autoimmunity.

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  • Intestinal permeability (IP, Leaky Gut) increases the likelihood of MS development. If left untreated, multiple autoimmune disorders can develop
  • IP can result from poor dietary choices, medications, alcohol, stress, environmental toxins, infectious load and hormonal/neurologic/metabolic imbalances
  • Infectious agents and their byproducts can increase MS risk
  • Lack of microbial strains in the digestive system can increase the risk of MS
  • Molecular mimicry is a process in which the immune system identifies host tissue as a foreign invader due to the similarity in the molecular makeup of the foreign substance and the host tissue. This process is a result of intestinal permeability and chronic inflammatory load
  • Immune imbalance favoring Th1 and Th17 can result in the development and progression of MS
  • Upregulating T regulatory cells can help to balance the Th1/Th2/Th17 portion of the immune system
  • Vitamin D is often low in those suffering with MS. Vitamin D can help to upregulate Treg cells
  • Levels of 25-OH Vitamin D3 at a minimum of 80 ng/dL have been shown to be helpful for those at risk of developing MS or for those who suffer
  • Vitamin D and Vitamin A taken together help to enhance Vitamin D receptor activity
  • Omega-3 fatty acids protect against degradation of the myelin sheath, loss of nerve transmission conduction and destruction of the hippocampus 
  • Omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation
  • IP-Ease and probiotics to support intestinal barrier integrity and digestive function

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