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New survey reveals grave statistics on fungal exposure   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Posted by Webuddha.com  
Thursday, 05 May 2005

In March 2005, MS has been named as one of the top five illnesses that are often missed or misdiagnosed according to a national survey from the Federal Health Symposium

5/5/05

Boston, MA - Multiple Sclerosis, along with Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), Acid Reflux (GERD), and Leaky Gut Syndrome (biomarker of autoimmune disease) are the most common misdiagnosed symptoms/illnesses associated with fungal exposure aside from the invasive intruder itself, Systemic Fungal Disease (Mycotoxicosis) that sadly, appear to garner the attention of our physicians.  Sadly, these illnesses are strong signs of a weakened immune system, failed health, and warning signs of a declined health state that should be taken very seriously.  Unfortunately, due to the lack of qualified, skilled physicians who are able to recognize, diagnose and treat these affiliated illnesses which is raising and exasperating this national health crisis to epidemic proportions.

Multiple Sclerosis one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) that has spiked significantly in the last two decades.  MS is a rather common result (1 out of four average) of long term exposure of stachybotrys or chaetomium, as they both destroy the myelin sheath; the security system to your highway of nerves, which can lead to permanent health problems.  Early intervention is highly recommended.

MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition. Myelin is a fatty material that insulates nerves, acting much like the covering of an electric wire and allowing the nerve to transmit its impulses rapidly. It is the speed and efficiency with which these impulses are conducted that permits smooth, rapid and coordinated movements to be performed with little conscious effort. In Multiple Sclerosis, the loss of myelin (demyelination) is accompanied by a disruption in the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain and this produces the various symptoms of MS. The sites where myelin is lost (plaques or lesions) appear as hardened (scar) areas: in Multiple Sclerosis these scars appear at different times and in different areas of the brain and spinal cord - the term Multiple Sclerosis meaning, literally, many scars.

The Nerve Destroyer

In people with MS the body's defenses turn against the brain and spinal cord--the central nervous system.  "The immune system attacks the the nerves, then leaves them alone, then attacks them again; causing pockets of damage at multiple sites here, there, and everywhere." says Robert J. Fox, M.D., medical director at the Mellen center for Multiple Sclerosis at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio,  The assault appears to zero in on the myelin, a sheath surrounding nerves like insulation around a pipe.  Damage to the sheath slows down the traffic of messages through the nervous system, leading to M.S.'s many symptoms  The aftermath of the attacks on the myelin sheath cause scar tissue (sclerosis) in the brain and spinal cord, which can impair nerve function.  Research published in 1998 shows that the attacks also damage nerve cells by slicing through the nerve fibers, a process called tran-section.  "it's like snipping telephone wires out on the street." says Dr. Fox, "At first, the telephone company can find a way to reroute the signals, but eventually the phone service starts failing. That's what we think happens in the later stages of MS, when the brain can no longer compensate for the loss of nerve pathways."

When mold patients begin suffering from memory problems, it is suggested that they undergo testing for multiple sclerosis.  Aggressive proactive knowledge and treatment are extremely important in your final outcome.

Through a current research trial, seventy-two percent of all patients who were exposed to demylienating molds such as stachybotrys and chaetomium are showing signs of of early onet multiple sclerosis.

What are the general symptoms of MS?

Multiple Sclerosis is a very variable condition and the symptoms depend on which areas of the central nervous system have been affected. There is no set pattern to MS and everyone with MS has a different set of symptoms, which vary from time to time and can change in severity and duration, even in the same person. The systems commonly affected include:  

  • Visual disturbances
  • Coordination/balance
  • Weakness
  • Sensation
  • Speech and swallowing
  • Bladder control
  • Sexuality
  • Cognitive function

There is no typical MS. Most people with MS will experience more than one symptom, and though there are symptoms common to many people, no person would have all of them.

Visual disturbances:

blurring of vision
double vision (diplopia)
optic neuritis
involuntary rapid eye movement
(rarely) total loss of sight 

Balance & co-ordination problems:
loss of balance
tremor
unstable walking (ataxia)
giddiness (vertigo)
clumsiness of a limb
lack of co-ordination  

    Weakness:

This can particularly affect the legs and walking
Balance & co-ordination problems:
Loss of balance
Tremor
Lack of co-ordination

    Spasticity:

    Altered muscle tone can produce spasticity or muscle stiffness which can affect mobility and walking.
    Spasms.
     

    Altered sensation:

    Tingling, numbness (paraesthesia), or burning feeling in an area of the body.
    Other indefinable sensations.

Pain may be associated with MS, e.g. facial pain, (such as trigeminal neuralgia), and muscle pains.

 Abnormal speech:

slowing of speech
slurring of words
changes in rhythm of speech
Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)
 

Fatigue:

a debilitating kind of general fatigue which is unpredictable or out of proportion to the activity. Fatigue is one of the most common (and one of the most troubling) symptoms of MS
 

Bladder & bowel problems:

bladder problems include the need to pass water frequently and/or urgently, incomplete emptying or emptying at inappropriate times.
bowel problems include constipation and, infrequently, loss of bowel control

Sexuality & intimacy:

impotence
diminished arousal
loss of sensation
 

Sensitivity to heat:

This symptom very commonly causes a transient worsening of symptoms

Cognitive & emotional disturbances:

Problems with short term memory, concentration, judgment or reasoning
Whilst some of these symptoms are immediately obvious, others such as fatigue, altered sensation, memory and concentration problems are often hidden symptoms. These can be difficult to describe to others and sometimes family and careers do not appreciate the effects these have on the person with MS and on employment, social activities and quality of life.
 

While some of these symptoms are immediately obvious, others such as fatigue, altered sensation, memory and concentration problems are often hidden symptoms. These can be difficult to describe to others and sometimes family and careers do not appreciate the effects these have on the person with MS and on employment, social activities and quality of life.

There have recently been some new trials with prescription vitamin D and naturapathic therapy that have had some favorable results.  More information on these trials will be published soon.

For more information on other illnesses related to fungal exposure, they are in our medical section.

 

 

 


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