100 million people in the United States, or nearly a third of people in the United States, suffer from a neurological condition of which multiple sclerosis is one. Alzheimers, Parkinsons, dementia, ALS, brain tumors and conditions, traumatic brain injuries, migraine headaches, MS, chronic pain, stroke damage, genetic disorders, and epilepsy are among the thousand neurological conditions counted.
Over 500 new medications are in pharmaceutical companies drug development pipelines to treat neurological problems. Over seventy percent represent a brand new or “first in class” treatment approach.
In multiple sclerosis, the new candidate focuses on myelin repair. Myelin covers nerve fibers and is like insulation that allows the nerve signal to travel faster without interruption. It would help new myelin to grow to repair damaged nerve fibers.
There is nothing like this now, as the major MS medications are focused on preventing the immune system from mistakenly attacking the myelin protective sheath over the nerve fibers. These misguided attacks on the nerve fibers and brain neurons are why MS is considered to be an autoimmune disease.
Many of the alternative, spiritual, exercise, and healthy living approaches described in my book could help many people battling with chronic disease. See
A study involving MS patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis was conducted at the Oregon Health and Science University. People who took lipoic acid had less brain atrophy. There was less brain tissue loss with people who used lipoic acid compared to a control group. The results were promising enough that phase 2 studies are being conducted regarding the safety and efficacy of lipoic acid.
This study caught my eye because I use alpha lipoic acid because it is good for skin. I wonder if the alpha lipoic acid that I have been taking for years was one of the many factors that sent my primary progressive multiple sclerosis into remission. I also take DMAE for skin, but know of no studies regarding its effect on MS.
I think many healthy practices can combine to help MS patients. For example, it is recommended that people drink 8 glasses of water per day (this is especially true in Arizona where I live). You can see the many healthy practices I used at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission
Ocrevus was approved by the FDA in March of 2017. It is the only medication approved for primary progressive multiple sclerosis although it can also be used for relapsing-remitting MS. It has a different method of dealing with the immune system.
Most MS drugs modify the T-cells of the immune system. Ocrevus is one of the only drugs that targets the myelin-attacking mature B cells.
Ocrevus changes the B cells of the immune system which is, so far, more successful.
Ocrevus slowed the progression of primary progressive MS, which is the most severe form of multiple sclerosis. It also reduces disease activity. It is always good to have things quiet down with MS.
Primary progressive MS affects about ten percent of people with multiple sclerosis. It’s the type of multiple sclerosis that I have. How it was sent into remission is described in my book at https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Sclerosis-Mission-Remission-Healing-ebook/dp/B07D7JBZ5L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1529367853&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=multiple+sclerosis+Mission+remission