Increased peroxidation has been suggested as a pathological process in MS. (47) In agreement with that a decreased glutathione peroxidase activity and linoleic acid content in hematogenous cells from MS patients has been documented. (48-50) Supplementation with antioxidants (6.6 mg. of sodium selenite, 2 gm of vitamin C and 500 I.U. of vitamin E per day) increased and normalized within 3 weeks the glutathione peroxidase activity and the cellular content of linoleic acid. (51)
In an uncontrolled study patients showed a decrease of more than half the number of exacerbations when taking supplementation with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. (52) Magnesium glutamate supplementation has been used for many years with great restorative effects in the treatment of MS patients by my father, Dr. Joseph Saine, in Montreal.
It is important that the MS patient avoid with toxic chemicals and fumes and choose an environment as free from pollution as possible. Many patients have reported the onset or exacerbation of symptoms after exposure to these agents.
Regarding the removal of mercury amalgams from the teeth, great care must be taken. Homeopaths have reported toxicity from these amalgams since their first use around 1840.53 H.C. Allen used to have his patients removed their amalgam fillings almost systematically. (54) In my experience, some MS patients have experienced great relief while others have suffered severe drawbacks from removing the amalgams. The sudden removal of these amalgams at the time the patient’s resistance is low can precipitate a severe exacerbation. I recommend the more vulnerable patients have their amalgams removed at a time of greater resistance by a competent dentist using all possible precautions to minimize trauma and further intoxication. Each dental session should be kept to less than 90 minutes and at only one tooth should be worked on to better evaluate the strain caused by the removal.
1. Stress reduction is crucial. This can achieved through inner changes and through changing of one’s lifestyle. Priorities should be established and goals should be set. The patient is encouraged to live a life which is more in harmony with their needs. Exercise including yoga, arts such as music, painting or dancing and meditation are encouraged.
2. Hydrotherapy in the hands of the trained physician is an ideal treatment to enhance the oxygenation and circulation of blood, to increase the oxidation and elimination of toxins, and to assist in the restoration of nervous equilibrium. Alternating applications to the spine and cold friction rubs would well complement constitutional treatment for both the acute and the chronic states of MS.
3. Electrotherapy has also proved to be very useful in stabilizing the MS patient. Bioccular transcerebral iontophoresis has shown remarkable results in most patients with MS in decreasing the accumulated scar tissue in the CNS and restoring normal nervous equilibrium. Ultra-violet and infra-red light can be applied daily especially during the winter months. The infra-red light seems more beneficial when applied to the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet 5-20 minutes daily.
4. Acupuncture has shown in non-control studies interesting results. (55-56) Further research is needed to better evaluate this ancient art in the treatment of the MS patient.
6â€”Management of acute infections
Acute respiratory tract infections such as sinusitis, colds and flus and acute urinary tract infections must be dealt with immediately with homeopathy and hygienic measures. These are critical times. If they are not attended soon enough the patient may experience a relapse of MS symptoms. Taking the remedy for the chronic state will often not prevent a relapse. If the acute condition is dissimilar to the chronic one and an acute remedy is prescribed the patient will recover quicker and this may prevent a relapse. In certain cases the chronic MS condition still relapses in spite of a quick recovery of the acute condition. The adoption of hygienic measures at such times may make the difference between a severe exacerbation and a good recovery. Rest is a must during a period of acute infection. Hydrotherapy applications will also be very useful in the hands of a knowledgeable physician.
Before and during the winter months the use of Influenzinum has been shown to be useful for preventing flu and Tuberculinum for preventing common colds. (58-59)Oscillococcinum has also been used successfully for preventing the flu. The prophylactic use of remedies must be individualized in each case depending on various factors such as the degree of exposure, sensitivity of the patient, past history of acute conditions, etc.
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Dr Andre Saine
Dean of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy Dr. AndrÃ© Saine is a graduate of National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon and has been the Dean of the Canadian Academy of Homeopathy since 1986. He has taught homeopathy extensively in North America and Europe for over 25 years to health care professionals.