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Lyme and Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding Lyme and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the Myelin covering the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.  The myelin in the Brain and spinal cord is made by cells called oligodendrocytes and in the peripheral nerves by Schwann cells.

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Multiple sclerosis can develop after exposure to Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), Chlamydia, STD’s, other parasitic infestations, as well as environmental toxins (like heavy metal or pesticide toxicity) and even foods (like gluten).

The body then incorrectly directs antibodies and white blood cells against the myelin sheath, which surrounds nerves in the brain and spinal cord. This causes inflammation and injury to the myelin-sheath. This damage results in multiple areas of scarring (sclerosis). Eventually, this damage can slow or block the nerve signals that control muscle coordination, strength, sensation and vision. This damage can be visualized by a M.R.I. scan as multiple white spots in the brain.

It is important to note that MS is a diagnosis based on MRI/CT findings along with the usual neurological symptom patterns that accompany it. The CAUSE of MS is rarely investigated and this leaves the patient believing there is nothing they can do. This is a LIE! Cause can always be found with appropriate testing and help can be addressed towards that cause. Stage 3 Lyme is often (but not always) a causative factor in MS.

Different Types of MS

Symptoms of MS

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