Ask The Doctor: Multiple Sclerosis

Question: What can you tell me about multiple sclerosis? I was diagnosed in early 2005 and do not want to take the drugs they recommend — the latest was just taken off the market yesterday. I heard you speak at the Organic Harvest Festival in Michigan last fall and was interested in what you had to say. I have since joined the Weston A. Price Foundation and have ordered your book. Any help you can give would be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer: Thank you for the question about your multiple sclerosis (MS). In The Fourfold Path to Healing I discuss the whole issue of neurological diseases, so you may want to also refer to that particular chapter. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, once pointed out that one of the most important concepts for humanity to understand, contrary to what we’ve been taught, is that all nerves are sensory nerves. In conventional science, we are taught that certain nerves are sensory, that is they bring impulses from the periphery to the brain. Other nerves, called motor neurons, work in the other direction, that is they initiate in the brain and go to the muscles to initiate movement. In Steiner’s terms, motor neurons only sense movement, and all movement is in effect initiated from the outside and “moves through us”. Though difficult to grasp, what this suggests is that the health of the nerves is dependent almost exclusively on the sensory input to which is it exposed. This means that the health of the nerves is dependent on the integrity of the inputs. If the inputs are “fake” — as in fake sweetness (aspartame), fake meat taste (MSG), fake music (CDs), or overall fake experiences (there are literally hundreds in our artificial world) — then the nervous system suffers. This phenomenon is well documented in neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, MD’s book Excito-toxins in which he describes how artificial flavors and influences overexcite the nerves, causing them to protect themselves by scarring. Similar to how your skin develops a scab if it is continually irritated, these scars in the nervous system may be the plaques which are the markers of MS.

Given this as background, the therapy for MS follows from the understanding of the disease. That is, first we try to make all sensory inputs as “real” as possible, including the Nourishing Traditions diet, natural fiber clothing, decreasing or eliminating artificial sensory input (lights, TV, etc) and the many other artificial inputs in our lives. Then we try to chelate, or eliminate, the poisons which have accumulated in our bodies over the years. In particular, an association has been found between heavy metal build-up and the development of chronic neurological disease. To accomplish this, I use the Blessed Herb 21-day intensive detox program (available at Blessedherb.com) along with intensive use of saunas to provoke detoxification through sweating. Interspersed with the cleanse program I use turmeric extract in the form of Curcumin SR from True Botanica (truebotanica.com) at the dose of 1 tablet, 3-4 times per day. As there has been an association between MS and low vitamin D levels, I always check the blood for a 25 (OH) D level and use high vitamin cod liver oil from Radiant Life at proper dose to keep this level above 40. It also helps to spend at least 30 minutes outside during the sunny part of the day with as much of your body exposed as is possible. Finally, I use the protomorphogens of the nerves (see above) in the form of Neurotrophin, 1-3 tablets, 3 times per day. One can also supplement the nutrition for the nervous system with Neuroplex, 2 capsules, 3 times per day; Super Eff, 2 capsules, 3 times per day; and St. John’s wort 1 tablet, 3 times per day, all from Standard Process.

A program like this, diligently followed, should help to decrease the symptoms and slow down or stop the progression of the illness. It is very hard to completely heal lesions that have already occurred, but in many patients I have been able to see slow, steady improvement.