The Origin of MS/Degenerative Myelopathy
The following is an Email I just sent to some
clients about MS (degenerative myelopathy). I got three Emails in one day about this, two from people with MS and one from
a dog owner with degenerative myelopathy (German shepherd). So, I wrote something that I had been thinking about for quite
I have now had two people with MS have complete remission of symptoms following the adoption of the GFCFSFCF
diet (gluten, casein, soy, corn-free). One required a move to a non-polluted area to become completely well, which makes all
of the sense in the world to me now.
Yes, MS is still a "mystery" but that's what makes it interesting to study. Like
so many "idiopathic" conditions, there are many epidemiological and medical facts that should be pointing us in the right
direction. That word "idiopathic" should not be shutting our brains off or delegating all of the thinking power to guys in
ivory towers. It should simply be making us look at these conditions as "syndromes", in which multiple factors come together
to produce a result. When we do this, some interesting answers arise that point us in the right direction.
this Email helps... at least gets your motor runnin' .
John B. Symes, D.V.M. ("Dogtor J")
Yes, "I'm just a vet." Buuuut, I have realized something very important- if MDs studied veterinary
medicine like I have studied human medicine, we would be a lot further down the road toward figuring all of these things out.
Dogs DO get MS. We call it "degenerative myelopathy". It occurs primarily in large breed dogs, German shepherds being
the number one victim. In fact, the condition in the dog is so similar to that of people that they once thought humans may
have contracted from dogs (e.g. canine distemper virus. Being a paramyxovirus, with measles and mumps being paramyxoviruses,
that is possible, especially when we see that many viruses that afflict humans are harbored in animals.) The thing is, if
it is the distemper virus, why do such a small, select number of dogs get it? Why don't we see it across the board in all
breeds? If it were a parasite (which is HIGHLY unlikely), then the same would be true...not so select in the breeds we see
it in. SO, we have to look at "genetics".
But what ARE "genetics"? They are basically two things- Gene sequences that
determine traits and body functions AND sequences derived from viruses. Yes, approximately 45% of the genetic information
in our DNA is from viruses....a very important "fun fact". So, the DNA IS "command central", containing both the information
for normal development AND the potential for things to go wrong. They have tried to nail down the "genetics" of MS for a long
time but it just doesn't seem to work out for them. That's because it is complicated and multiple factors have to come together
to make it happen.
What DO we know (other than it happens in SELECT breeds of dogs and that MDs think there is a hereditary
link but can't seem to prove it)? MS occurs most prevalently in northern climates (above the 33rd parallel). Why? Relative
lack of vitamin D (with lack of sunlight exposure being the main culprit) is the accepted theory. And, I think they are right.
Vitamin D is crucial for the immune system to function properly. (A recent medical study boldly proclaimed that if all Americans
took an effective vitamin D supplement, we would cut the cancer risks by over a 1/3. Wow!) But air pollution...which is horribly
neurotoxic and immune suppressive also has major detrimental effects on MS. So, it does sound like an immune system problem
(weakness) doesn't it?
So, what is being unleashed by the weakened immune system? A parasite? (not likely...we would
have SEEN that microscopically long ago. Plus, parasites would not be nearly so selective.). A bacteria? (same...we would
have seen it and more would be affected.). A virus? Ahhh...we're getting closer. But why haven't they cultured it out or at
least identified it yet? Because it is already in the DNA, perhaps, as suggested by the quite limited number of breeds of
dogs that are afflicted? We know this happens in the case of retroviruses and cancer.
But what we also know is that
there are some viruses that require "helper" viruses...those that provide essential amino acid sequences that are missing
in the genetic make-up of the primary virus or segment already in place in the DNA. This is known. So,imagine someone that
has that incomplete sequence in their DNA who then contracts the virus that supplies the missing information. It is like someone
putting the right code into a stalled computer....suddenly it starts running. THIS would help explain the relatively uncommon
incidence of MS in both species as well as the "genetic" tendency that they just can't seem to work out. It would also explain
the role of the demise of the immune system, nutrition, the northern climate prevalence (the vitamin D connection), and just
about every other loose end that we have before us right now. Hmmm.... Maybe we're onto something here?
So, with this
kind of "idiopathic condition" (MS, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.) we should be looking for a "syndrome"...a number
of factors that come together that produce a result. The really cool thing to see is the role of foods...the "big 4"...in
all of this. All you have to do is fully grasp the potentially cataclysmic effects of the malabsorption syndrome that goes
along with the intolerance (to gluten, casein, soy, corn...the vast majority of our diet and that of our pets), the direct
effect of lectins on cellular function (this is HUGE and demands our time), and the role of viruses, both "overt" and those
whose information is already embedded in our very genome.
We need to study all that we can about these three things
(food intolerance, lectins, and viruses) and the world of medicine will open up before us. It becomes readily apparent that
the rest (bacteria, parasites, fungi/yeast) are secondary players..."opportunists" that arise and cause problems as this process
unfolds. In fact, I look at them as the things SEEN to help us understand the things UNSEEN...the demise of our immune system
and microscopic damage done to our tissues. Once we look at them this way, then we note them as "warning signs" to go along
with the other, obvious warning signs that preceded THEIR arrival...the heartburn, IBS, allergies, asthma, chronic fatigue,
insomnia, etc. etc.
We can't say that we haven't been warned.
I hope this helps. Keep in touch,
I hope you enjoyed your time here and got something important from your stay. It is
my goal to help all of mankind navigate through the jungle of medical information now available on the Internet and find the
truth about the origins of what we call "disease" as well as discover the natural solutions for these conditions.
We do have our health's destiny in our own hands more than we've ever
imagined, certainly more than most have ever been told. Think naturally and the answer will come.
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