Online research has been a dizzying yet enlightening endeavor lately. Or is it just my MS-fuzzed brain causing a delusional episode of pseudo-illumination?
What-ever! I found a website where bloggers discuss their hookworm therapy for MS and allergies: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/helminthictherapy/message/4057
Hope you go there and read the science attachments on the Hygiene Theory, too. Made me put on my thinking cap, anyway.
Epstein-Barr virus, vasculitis, CCSVI, Multiple Sclerosis--the riddle: How are all these things connected? Bear with me now...
One blogger posited a theory that made my intuitive hairs stand at attention and salute what is left of an apparently high-functioning MS brain.
We know that viruses play a big role in the MS equation. We know that Epstein-Barr virus, a form of the herpes virus, is present in virtually all MS patients. And, we know that Zamboni's CCSVI theory connects vein inflammation and its subsequent narrowing with the formation of MS lesions and CNS damage.
The blogger surmised that CCSVI may be an effect rather than a cause of MS. More specifically, a manifestation of vasculitis: an autoimmune reaction to EBV, which is a herpes virus that dwells in the lower spine during periods of remission.
One anecdotal finding that might support CCSVI effect is from another blogger whose veins were shown to be restricted in an initial test. A second test (no Liberation therapy was performed) revealed those veins were no longer narrowed. Inflammatory attack followed by complete remission? Just like what we see on an MRI, enhanced lesions followed by dimmer spots during remission? Hmmm...
Hookworm therapy addresses this cycle, restoring balance by ingesting benign hookworm, a parasite that regulates autoimmune responses to viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Gives "sleeping with the worms" a more positive spin, eh?
Suspend your disbelief for a moment (knocking back a few martinis helps with that) and all these theories seem to form a string back to the environment and how our bodies cope with viruses. Upset that symbiotic relationship and mayhem ensues.
As soon as I sober up, who knows what'll make sense?