Can Someone Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis Be Sick From Mold?
Earlier articles provided you with information on how mold affects the mood center of the brain causing depression.
Another article highlighted the potential impact that mold could have with respect to Parkinson’s Disease.
The purpose of this article is to explain how and why mold could be the reason why some people are mis-diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Multiple Sclerosis Is An Autoimmune Disease
The body’s nerves are protected by an insulating coating around the nerve cells called the myelin sheath. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the nerves, helping them send electrical signals that control movement, speech, and other functions.
MS is caused by the degeneration of the myelin sheath. When this occurs, nerve messages are not transmitted properly.
In layman’s terms, MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. It is referred to as an autoimmune disease because MS causes the body to attack the myelin sheath.
The term “sclerosis” refers to scarring because patients with MS develop multiple areas of scar tissue where their nerves are damaged.
Since MS is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, it affects the patients brain, spinal cord and the eyes’ optic nerves resulting in problems with muscle control, balance, vision, or speech.
Three Theories Of Why MS Occurs
The exact cause of MS is not known. However there are several theories:
- Climate, Geography, and Environment
Some researchers believe that genetics are a factor:
- 15 percent of individuals with MS have one or more family members or relatives who also have MS.
- In cases of identical twins, there is a 33% chance for each sibling to have the disease.
Research on the genetic link, however, is not conclusive and has not yet proven that this is an inherited disorder, meaning that if one of your relatives has MS you will not necessarily get it.
Another theory about MS is that if someone has a genetic predisposition to MS, viruses could trigger the disease. This is the reason, researchers are studying the relationship between MS and infections such as Epstein-Barr, herpes, and varicella-zoster.
#3 Climate, Geography, and Environment
What is going on here is something presumably that is preventable….We just need to find out what it is in the environment. Because it has to be in the environment: your genes don’t change over two generations, three generations. (George Ebers, a professor of neurology at the University of Oxford, commenting on his study on the rising incidence of women with MS)
Research on the environmental causes of MS is growing primarily because the incidence of MS is significantly higher in colder climates, common in Europe, the United States, and Canada compared to people living in Asia and the tropics.
New Zealand and parts of Australia also have higher rates of MS, but these are relatively temperate climates. For this reason, some researchers believe that cases of MS increase in incidence and prevalence farther from the equator (or in higher latitudes).
MS could be higher in colder climates because of Vitamin D deficiencies. Vitamin D is naturally produced by the body in response to sunlight.
People living in colder climates, like Canada, spend more time indoors because of the cold weather, getting less sunlight.
Researchers speculate that this leads to vitamin D deficiencies, weakening the immune system, increasing the risk of getting MS.
Another possible explanation for the higher prevalence of MS in colder climates could be mold because people in colder climates spend more time indoors, making them more susceptible to illnesses caused by indoor air quality issues.
Mold Sickness Could Be The Cause Of MS Symptoms
“Three out of four Americans who naturally produce antibodies to mold toxins can live and work in water-damaged buildings without suffering significant demise in their health. But patients who carry the HLA gene have no antibodies to deactivate and remove mold toxins. They develop excessive accumulation of these harmful toxins. Mold toxins are lipophilic, meaning their molecular structure consists of fatty acid molecules. For this reason, mold toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain because the brain is the ‘fattiest’ organ, consisting of 60% fat….Mold toxins destroy the myelin sheath on brain neurons, causing the classic white spots seen in MS. “(Dr. Rick Sponaugle of the Florida Detox & Wellness Institute)
As stated earlier, MS is caused by the degeneration of the myelin sheath. The current theory: MS is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system because the body attacks the myelin sheath. Symptoms of MS include the following:
- vision problems
- tingling and numbness
- vertigo and dizziness
- muscle weakness and spasms
- problems with balance and coordination
- speech and swallowing problems
- cognitive dysfunction
- difficulty with walking
- bladder and bowel dysfunction
- sexual dysfunction
- mood swings, depression
Similarly, individuals with a genetic susceptibility to mold illness that suffer from CIRS, have many of the same symptoms exhibited by those suffering from MS.
- Problems with thinking, concentration, memory and judgment
- Difficulty speaking and slurred speech
- Eye problems
- Extreme and chronic fatigue
- Dizziness and loss of balance and coordination
- Feelings of tingling or numbness in legs and arms
- Muscle tremors
- Loss of arm, hand or leg strength
Long term exposure to Stachybotrys or Chaetomium, can destroy the myelin sheath that causes many of the same symptoms that MS victims have.
There is no cure for MS and much of the treatment focuses on the use of medications. Considering the similarity in symptoms exhibited by MS patients and those suffering from toxic mold and the fact that mold can also destroy the myelin sheath, the key question that must be answered:
What percentage of those diagnosed with MS are actually suffering from toxic mold exposure?
Considering the potential implications of this question and the long term health costs of treating MS to just control it, it makes logical sense for anyone diagnosed with MS to seriously investigate the indoor air quality of their home and work place.
If mold is found, then find out if you have a genetic susceptibility to mold illness and seek proper treatment to detox your body and properly remediate your home to restore the fungal ecology to healthy levels.
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