Friday, March 28, 2008

Multiple Sclerosis and the Hormone Connection

MS research has been focusing on ways to stop and treat the symptoms of damage done by inflammation. But what's been overlooked is that all of our "sex hormones"-- in other words, those that are made in ovaries in women and testicles in men -- as well as hormones made in other glands like the thyroid and adrenals, do a remarkable job of reducing inflammation, along with the demyelination and excess immune activity that inflammation causes.

It's important to say that I do not believe that MS is caused solely by deficient hormones. If this were the case, all women would have MS after menopause. There are clearly many factors involved. Genetics and the environment both play a role. Environmental factors include the chemicals, bacteria, and viruses you're exposed to; the food you eat; the substances you use; exercise, sleep, and stress; and every other aspect of your daily life. All these factors affect your hormone levels and can also permanently compromise your endocrine glands. At the present time, we have only one way to ensure optimal health for the remainder of our lives: Evaluate your endocrine function and replace any hormones that are low or out of balance. <>

The recently released book,
The MS Solution <>, details the science and medical therapies behind this approach.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

What Is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a confusing disease. It's thought that our variable and distressing symptoms are caused by the loss of myelin, the fatty substance that coats our nerves. This process occurs in the central nervous system and prevents our nerves from conducting impulses as they should. Pockets of scar tissue, which are called plaques or lesions, form in these areas of nerve damage in the brain and spinal cord, thus the name multiple sclerosis or "many scars."

After this, everything gets murky. To begin with, a lot of other conditions can cause these plaques. And the confusion surrounding MS continues, as there's no unanimous agreement as to what causes it. Many speculate that the loss of nerve myelination, called
demyelination, is caused by an autoimmune process in which the body's immune system "attacks" its own healthy tissue by mistake while trying to get rid of some foreign object such as a bacteria or virus. This theory has spurred drug companies to develop the current class of "immune modulating" drugs to treat MS. These medications (
Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif) resemble the natural substance called interferon that your immune system produces in response to disease. It's not completely clear how these medications work, but it's known that they affect the immune system to help fight viral infections and prevent inflammation. (

It may well be that there is some autoimmune element in MS, but because there's no known way to cure an autoimmune disease, let's look at the process that we know causes the demyelination that wreaks so much havoc on our bodies-inflammation. Everyone seems to agree on one thing: MS is widely acknowledged to be an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. When I set out to solve the riddle of my MS, my thinking was that if this inflammatory process could be resolved, then the demyelination would also be resolved and my symptoms would go with it.

Inflammation's involvement in demyelination has been studied extensively and understood well for many years. But for some peculiar reason, this concept has not been followed to its logical conclusion-which is finding out what basic biological events cause inflammation and resolving them. (

Extensive research has shown that loss of key hormones starts the inflammatory cascade of events that can end in neurodegenerative disease. We need to consider that if loss of hormones causes the problem, then maybe replacing these natural substances to treat our symptoms makes a lot of sense. When our levels of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid, cortisol, and growth hormone are robust, we have little inflammatory activity in our bodies-no obvious signs such as aches, pains, swollen joints, or allergies. And, not surprisingly, when we add them back, the aches and pains and other symptoms of inflammation disappear.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis are Reversible

Multiple sclerosis has always been a frightening disease with virtually no treatment to resolve symptoms or stop the progression of disability…until now.

The MS Solution is a medical detective story that follows author Kathryn R. Simpson's path from a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and increasing disability, to the complete reversal of all her symptoms. Through extensive research and testing she determined her debilitating symptoms-chronic fatigue, mental confusion, numbness in face and hands, balance issues, vision problems and chronic pain-were caused by the loss of key hormones. She was able to eliminate all of her MS symptoms by replacing these deficient hormones, and she has now been symptom free for four years.

Did you know that these common symptoms of MS are also well known signs of deficient hormones (including thyroid, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone)?

Numbness & Tingling Chronic Fatigue
Balance & Coordination Issues Chronic Pain
Muscle Stiffness & Cramping Vision Problems
Emotional Instability Insomnia
Mood Swings Depression

Ms. Simpson has as a Masters of Science degree and over twenty years experience as an executive in the biotech industry. Her years of endocrine research allowed her to crack the mystery of multiple sclerosis and make the connections that aren't yet being made by the medical community between MS and hormones. The incredible success that Kathryn personally experienced with this therapy as well as the dramatic turnaround of many other patients with MS, and other diseases such as Lupus and fibromyalgia, at the hormone center she founded and in collaboration with doctors specializing in this field, convinced her to write
The MS Solution and dedicate herself to educating others about the effect that deficient hormones can have on the body.