Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system, in which the myelin sheath, a substance that coats nerve tissue and enhances nerve function is destroyed by the immune system. Effective Multiple Sclerosis treatment is a major focus of research and testing across the globe. The problem with most of this research is that it fails to take into account the individual nature of the disease and to address the real cause and sustaining drivers of the disease rather than just the symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis treatment, to be really effective, needs to address the individual rather than just the disease. Unfortunately focusing on identifying the driving factors for individuals rather than one mass solution means more money for research and testing and less profits for drug companies, and thus a swing towards this type of research seems unlikely any time soon.
Despite this, many integrative therapists and natural medicine practitioners do adopt this approach into their Multiple sclerosis treatment plans. Focusing on finding and identifying a persons specific drivers and triggers allows a practitioner to have a huge impact on the process of the disease in an individual. This is because the driving force behind the disease process is treated and hopefully corrected eliminating the progressive demyelination of the central nervous system.
Multiple Sclerosis Treatment: Treating Your Cause
There have now been many different contributing or driving factors that have been linked to multiple sclerosis. Some of these include vitamin D deficiency, dairy allergies, gluten sensitivities, stress, poor vascular function, genetic links, viral exposure, poor essential fatty acid metabolism, Poor B12 and folate metabolism and mercury toxicity just to name a few. Of course not every person will have every possible contributing factor, some people have many and others may only have a few. Effective multiple sclerosis treatment needs to focus on identifying these driving factors for individuals and treating them on a case-by-case nature.
Where one person may benefit from a low fat diet and vitamin D supplementation another person may need to reduce stress, eliminate gluten and address vitamin B12 deficiencies. It is bad medical practice to assume that a one shoe fits all approach to multiple sclerosis holds the key to a cure. Humans are by nature different, and as such need to have their multiple sclerosis treatment plans adjusted accordingly.
People diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis do best when an integrative approach is taken into their treatment plans. Research has shown that diet, lifestyle and nutritional approaches are just as effective as pharmaceutical drugs with far less if any side effects. Working in conjunction with a neurologist and natural therapies practitioner often produces far superior results, where a combination of pharmaceuticals and diet and lifestyle changes can be implemented.
Multiple sclerosis treatment plans should allow patients flexibility to peruse whatever therapies they feel are necessary to support them most effectively, but should always take into account the specific individual nature of the person and of course address the individual drivers of that persons disease.
Far more specific pathology testing for individuals with multiple sclerosis needs to be integrated by all health care practitioners so as individual drivers of the multiple sclerosis disease can be identified.
If you have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and you are serious about identifying and treating the real cause(s) and drivers multiple sclerosis and to find out of why you developed the disease in the first place then you need to find a team to support you and to integrate these more holistic approaches into your multiple sclerosis treatment plan. For more information about how you can integrated this successful approach into your treatment plan please visit our home page.