Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a devastating neurological disease affecting upwards of 3 million people in the United States, and more than 6 million people worldwide. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society approximately 200 new cases of MS are diagnosed each week. Not too long ago MS was mostly found in women with a female to male ratio of 4:1, but today those numbers are shifting with more males manifesting with the disease. Currently, the ratio of female to male is 3:2 and MS is even being diagnosed in children and the elderly.
The disease itself is complex with no one cause, and the symptoms associated with MS, particularly in the beginning, can be difficult to analyze as being specific for MS except perhaps for one – heat intolerance. Intolerance to heat, i.e. extreme weakness and fatigue is a classic symptom of MS. However, most other symptoms such as general fatigue, insomnia and memory issues can all be attributed to other disorders. The overall clinical picture of MS as things progress takes on a broad range of deficits that includes numbness and tingling with progression to loss of sensation. There is also eventual movement dysfunction resulting in paralysis, visual disturbances, i.e. blindness and double vision, as well as cognitive impairment, and bowel and bladder problems.
There are certain core problems that affect millions of people with MS. Some of the major ones are fatigue and heat intolerance, as well as bladder incontinence which increases the risk for bladder infections, balance issues which affect a person’s ability to walk properly and increasse tripping and falling risk, cognitive issues such as poor memory retention and mental processing skills.
Aside from standard immune modifying medications there are complementary treatments that are effective for some patients with MS. One of the more beneficial therapies I have used with MS patients is called Prokarin. This unique compounded medication helps to improve the biochemical efficiency for nervous system function related to MS, and helps to work on many core problems such as fatigue, cognitive issues, weakness, and muscular contractions. Prokarin is a combination of histamine and a caffeine derivative that helps maintain support for the important histamine pathway often disrupted in MS. The vast majority of people who try Prokarin (which comes as a transdermal patch) report good response, and many individuals feel positive changes in the first few days to weeks. Another effective therapy is Low Dose Naltrexone which is shown in clinical research to help with various autoimmune disorders – www.lowdosenaltrexone.org. There are various other complementary therapies as well including dietary modifications, specialized supplements, etc.
Dr. Woeller is available for consultations to discuss the various integrative (natural and alternative) therapies helpful for Multiple Sclerosis. He can be contacted HERE.