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Symptoms of Myelin Sheath Degeneration and Multiple Sclerosis


Use the Steps Below to Support Myelin Sheath Repair & Regeneration

Degeneration of the Myelin Sheath is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune process of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve.

In this process, the immune system attacks the covering of the nerves, called the myelin sheath. Consequently, the sheaths are damaged, and the damaged areas develop scarring that leads to either distorted communication or lack of communication between the nerve endings.

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Some 350,000 people in the United States have symptoms of myelin sheath degeneration. It affects twice as many women as men, and the onset is usually between ages of 25 and 40. Please scroll down for a list of some of the main symptoms for myelin sheath degeneration and multiple sclerosis.

Highly Recommended: The first thing we recommend for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis is to have their hair tested with a hair tissue mineral analysis. A hair analysis can determine which specific heavy metals are creating a toxic burden on your body and can give you an excellent baseline from which to measure the success of any type of heavy metal detoxification program you embark on.

Heavy metals like arsenic, aluminum, mercury, lead and cadmium are neurotoxins, which can often be one of the causes of autoimmune symptoms. Heavy metals greatly affect the body's ability to absorb important, life-sustaining nutrients.

Hair Mineral Analysis

The hair mineral analysis also tells you which essential minerals your body is needing more of, which it needs less of, and which important mineral ratios are imbalanced due to toxic elements. For example, MS patients usually have a severe copper deficiency. Copper is an essential element in the metabolism of dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter. MS patients also tend to have elevated manganese levels. Cobalt deficiency is another factor in multiple sclerosis. The hair tissue analysis can also provide valuable insight into your metabolism and what dietary changes might be most helpful.

For more information on the hair tissue mineral analysis, scoll down the page or click here.


Symptoms of Myelin Sheath Degeneration

Symptoms of myelin sheath degeneration depend on what part of the nerves have experienced demyelination. The most common symptoms include:
  • Episodes of dizziness
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Increased reflexes
  • Eye problems such as blurred or double vision
  • Feelings of tingling or numbness, especially in the extremities
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Loss of arm, hand or leg strength
  • Difficulty speaking and slurred speech
  • Muscle tremors
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Paralysis
  • Problems with thinking, concentration, memory and judgment
If you have a neurological disorder, it is crucial that you work with a good medical specialist. It is also crucial that you work with holistic doctor to address the underlying causes of your illness.

According to Dr. Linda Page, a naturopathic physician, all neurological disorders must be comprehensively addressed – a little therapy does not work, but long lasting remission is possible. Many patients with disorders targeting the myelin sheath have remained relatively symptom-free by following a comprehensive natural approach, such as the one described below.

   

12 Steps to Support Myelin Sheath Repair and Neuro-Protection

  1. Read 'The Better Brain Book'

  2. Protect and Rebuild the Myelin Sheath

  3. Use Glutathione Therapy to Preserve BrainTissue

  4. Increase Cellular Energy

  5. Reduce the Toxic Load of Heavy Metals & Chemicals on Your Body

  6. Test Yourself for Toxic Heavy Metals and Essential Mineral Ratios

  7. Remove Heavy Metals and Other Contaminants from Your Body

  8. Add Essential Fatty Acids to Your Diet

  9. Eliminate Candida Yeast and Bacterial Infections

  10. Use Antioxidants to Combat Free Radical Damage

  11. Support Nerve Cell Function and Cellular Regeneration

  12. Read More Information on Multiple Sclerosis from Authoratitive Sources

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Step 1. Read The Better Brain Book
"The Better Brain Book", by David Perlmutter M.D.

The Better Brain Book, written by David Perlmutter, M.D., is written in layman's terms, making it easy to understand for those of us who are less scientific.Dr. Perlmutter addresses all the factors that can influence brain health and gives you detailed recommendations for dealing with them. 

The Better Brain Book is excellent for helping you understand risk factors associated with specific neurological disorders, and for tailoring a diet, lifestyle and supplementary program just for you.

The Better Brain Book provides a very practical guide to treating neurological conditions with natural and safe remedies that have abundant scientific support.  The nutritional and oxidative therapies that he recommends are part of a growing wave of scientifically based, complementary treatments. 


Step 2. Protect and Rebuild the Myelin Sheath
Use Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin”, and researchers have demonstrated that on average, people with myelin sheath degeneration are severely vitamin D deficient.

This may explain why myelin sheath damage is more prevalent in northern latitudes, or away from the equator where people get less sun exposure.

As well, myelin sheath degeneration is lower in those populations who eat cold water fish, even in northern latitudes – cold water fish is a rich source of vitamin D.

Dr. William E. Code firmly believes that vitamin D supplementation is one of the key pieces in his” recovery puzzle”. As well, Dr. Perlmutter describes that vitamin D has been shown to completely prevent the development of a multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice.

When choosing a vitamin D supplement, be sure that it is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol, which is the natural form of vitamin D (unlike vitamin D2 which is a synthetic and has 1000 IU of vitamin D). A liquid vitamin D supplement that has 5000 IU per serving is best, since liquid is fast absorbing.


Use Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is involved in the formation of the myelin sheath, and profound deficiencies of vitamin B12 have been found in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid of patients with demyelination. Vitamin B12 has a very important role in the formation and function of myelin. According to Dr. Perlmutter, vitamin B12 deficiency not only enhances the destruction of myelin during an exacerbation of symptoms, but it also compromises the ability of the body to repair the damaged myelin after the attack.

There can be a functional deficiency of vitamin B12 even though your blood tests show normal levels. A more accurate way to measure B12 levels is to test for the chemical homocysteine. If homocysteine is elevated, then B12 is considered to be functionally deficient, even if the blood levels show otherwise.


Lecithin
According to James Balch, M.D., lecithin may help to strengthen the myelin sheath. Lecithin is one of the important building blocks for neuronal membranes, the area of the brain cells where cell to cell communication takes place.

Lecithin has been part of complementary treatment programs for myelin sheath support for decades. Lecithin can help improve memory performance and is a source of phosphatidyl choline from brain and nerves.

Step 3. Preserve Brain Tissue with Glutathione Therapy

Glutathione is a vital brain chemical that is one of the most important brain antioxidants. That is, glutathione helps to preserve brain tissue by preventing damage by free radicals.

According to William E. Code, MD and Multiple Sclerosis survivor, glutathione levels in the body are an indicator of health and how long a person will live. By the time you have a serious chronic disease such as a neurodegenerative disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome or even cancer, your glutathione levels are seriously depleted.

Glutathione has been found to be substantially reduced in almost all patients with neurological disorders. According to Dr. Code, by the time you've been officially diagnosed with a neurological disorder, the body’s cellular glutathione is only 5% of what it should be. Supplementing glutathione either intravenously, with liposomal glutatione or with glutathione precursors such as non-denatured whey protein powder can have remarkable effects.

In his book “Who’s in Control of Your Multiple Sclerosis – Pieces of the MS Recovery Puzzle”, Dr. Code stresses that optimizing glutathione levels is a very significant piece of the puzzle for the person with multiple sclerosis. In his words, “I feel that raising my glutathione levels is one of the biggest pieces – 30% - of my own MS recovery puzzle. It could have a similar benefit in your MS journey."

Glutathione is a supplement that is extremely difficult to absorb. Most oral supplements are worthless, because the digestive tract destroys the nutrient before it can be absorbed. Supplements such as NAC can help your body make more glutathione, but the effect is mild. This is why intravenous therapy was once considered to be the only therapy that really works.

According to Dr. Marcus Laux, it is important to find an oral glutathione supplement that your body can truly absorb.  It survives the trip through your intestines because the glutathione is contained in microscopic little pouches called liposomes. Thus, the glutathione enters your bloodstream intact.  According to Dr. Laux, liposomes were recently tested in rigorous scientific studies, and were found to have an amazing 90% absorption rate.  That’s comparable to intravenous glutathione therapy, for a fraction of the cost. 

A cell culture study was conducted on glutathione at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School by Gail Zeevalk, PhD. The study showed the neuro-protective nature of the glutathione from damage due to the known neuro-toxicants maneb (fungicide) and paraquat (herbicide).


Non-denatured Whey Protein Powder

Another excellent supplement that helps to raise intracellular glutathione levels is non-denatured whey protein powder. Whey protein powder contains NAC in its natural form as well as glutamine, both which are glutathione precursors.

This means that it can help the body produce its own glutathione, and have been proven to raise intracellular glutathione levels. Protein powder is an extremely easy, effective, safe and nutritious way of giving the body the nutritional building blocks to promote glutathione production.


Important Tip: Since glutathione is a vital antioxidant and therapeutic agent, we highly recommend both liposomal glutathione and non-denatured whey protein powder to optimize glutathione levels inside the cells. Glutathione also optimizes the body’s use of other important antioxidants such as CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, and vitamins C and E.

Step 4: Increase Cellular Energy using Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Each and every cell has its own energy-producing factories. These factories are called mitochondria.

Carnitine helps mitochondria in several different ways. Most importantly, it transports fatty acids into the mitochondria, where they are burned to produce energy. This provides energy to all your cells and, at the same time, helps you to lose excess fat or maintain an ideal body weight.

Acetyl-l-carnitine is a special form of carnitine that has the ability to pass through the blood-brain barrier (a shield that protects the brain from many substances found in the bloodstream).

Once inside the brain, it nourishes the brain cells’ mitochondria. It is oxidized and converted into ATP (chemical energy for the cell).



Step 5. Reduce the Load of Chemical and Metal Toxins on the Body

Myelin sheath degeneration is widely believed to be an autoimmune process in which the white blood cells attack the myelin sheaths as if they were a foreign substance. Stress and malnutrition (poor diet) often precede the onset of symptoms. There is also a hereditary factor involved.

It is currently thought that exposure to a virus or to chemicals or toxic metals may be launching the autoimmune process in susceptible individuals. The levels of mercury in people with MS has been found to be an average of 7 times higher than those in healthy people.

Mercury has been shown to bind to the DNA of cells and cell membranes, causing cellular distortion and inhibited cell function. Many experts suspect that mercury poisoning is behind many types of neurological disorders. Some people react to amalgam dental fillings (the chief source of mercury exposure for most people in the United States) with symptoms that are indistinguishable from those of Multiple Sclerosis.

As well, fascinating new research points to a definitive link between food additives such as aspartame and MSG and the development of lesions on the myelin sheath. According to Russell Blaylock, M.D., a Board certified neurosurgeon and author of the book “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills”:

“Recently, much controversy has surrounded a claim that aspartame may produce an MS-like syndrome… Aspartame contains the excitotoxin aspartate as 40% of its molecular structure. Numerous studies have shown that consuming aspartame can significantly elevate the excitotoxin level in the blood... When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet with monosodium glutamate (MSG) blood levels are several fold higher than normal.

With the blood/brain barrier damaged, as is the case with neurological disorders, these excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury, greatly magnifying the damage. So, we see that dietary excitotoxins, such as aspartame and MSG, can greatly magnify the damage produced in the myelin sheath. Likewise, excitotoxins have been shown to break down the blood/brain barrier as well.”

As you can see from the above, reducing the load of toxins on your body from both heavy metals and food chemicals is imperative for people with neurological disorders. This means eliminating preservatives, additives, food colorings, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and artificial flavorings.

It also means reducing exposure to airborne chemicals, such as perfumes and tobacco smoke, household chemicals, and pesticides and insecticides. Drink only filtered water, and prepare and store food in inert containers only (not plastics). Avoid toxic metals such as mercury and aluminum.


For more info on how neurological symptoms may be affected by toxins, click here.

Step 6. Test Yourself For Toxic Metals and Significant Mineral Ratios

Tests that help to diagnose metal and chemical toxicity include blood tests, urine tests, and the analysis of hair, nails or other tissues. The most accurate of these are a chelation challenge test or a hair analysis.

Regular blood tests and urine tests are not accurate in diagnosing heavy metal toxicity, as they only tend to show what is happening in the body at that brief moment in time, and do not give the long-term picture.

This makes sense since the body works hard to keep the levels of nutrients in the bloodstream within fairly tight limits. If large fluctuations in mineral levels occurred, serious illness or even death would result.

A chelation challenge test needs to be performed by a doctor who specializes in chelation therapy. The patient is given a chelating drug, commonly DMPS or DMSA, and the patient's urine is collected and analyzed over a 24 hour period. This test is a highly accurate way of knowing just what heavy metals are present in the body.

The drawbacks to this method are that it requires a visit to a health care professional's office, it is expensive, and there is a possibility of side effects to the chelating drugs.

A hair mineral analysis is an excellent alternative way of determining what toxic metals are present in the body. In addition, it also measures the levels of essential minerals in the body, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, and toxic metal and mineral ratios. This test can provide you with much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and imbalances in your body, especially if you're suffering from symptoms of heavy metal poisoning.


Hair Tissue Mineral Analyses (HTMA)

A hair tissue mineral analysis provides a unique reading of heavy metal and mineral levels in the cells over a two to three month period. It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues.

The reason hair is used for testing mineral status and metabolic activity is because of its very nature. Our hair is formed from clusters of specialized cells that make up the hair follicle. During the growth phase, the hair is exposed to the internal environment such as blood, lymph and extra-cellular fluids.  

Hair analysis report

A tissue mineral analysis or hair analysis provides a unique reading of heavy metal and mineral levels in the cells over a two to three month period. It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues.

The reason hair is used for testing mineral status and metabolic activity is because of it very nature. Our hair is formed from clusters of specialized cells that make up the hair follicle. During the growth phase, the hair is exposed to the interal environment such as blood, lymph and extra-cellular fluids. As the hair continues to grow and reaches the surface of the skin, its outer layers harden, locking in the metabolic products accumulated during the period of formation. This biological processs provides a blueprint and lasting record of metal content and nutritional metabolic activity that has occured during this time.

The precise analytical method of determining the levels of minerals in the hair is a highly sophisticated technique: when performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for determining mineral deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances. HTMA provides you and your healthcare professional with an economical and sensitive indicator of the long-term effects of diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your mineral balance that is difficult to obtain through other clinical tests.

It is important for the attending healthcare professional to determine your mineral status as minerals are absolutely critical for life and abundant health. They are involved in and are necessary for cellular metabolism, structural support, nerve conduction, muscular activity, immune functions, anti-oxidant and endocrine activity, enzyme functions, water and acid/alkaline balance and even DNA function.

Many factors can affect mineral nutrition, such as: food preparation, dietary habits, genetic and metabolic disorders, disease, medications, stress, environmental factors, as well as exposure to heavy metals. Rarely does a single nutrient deficiency exist in a person today. Multiple nutritional imbalances however are quite common, contributing to an increased incidence of adverse health conditions. In fact, it is estimated that mild and sub-clinical nutritional imbalances are up to ten times more common than nutritional deficiency alone.

To get an idea of how helpful a hair tissue analysis can be, think about this: Researchers using tissue mineral analysis determined, more than 100 years after Napoloen Bonaparte's death, that he had been poisoned by arsenic. Even though his hair sample was tested more than a century after his death, it still revealed pathological amounts of arsenic that had gradually proved fatal.


Introducing The Comprehensive Hair Analysis by Trace Elements, Inc.
Comprehensive Hair Analysis

A hair analysis usually needs to be obtained through a health care professional (which can be expensive). However, we offer a service that allows you to get a comprehensive hair tissue mineral analysis from a federally licensed laboratory called Trace Elements, Inc.

Each hair analysis contains a detailed 10-15 page report from the laboratory itself, which shows bar graph readings indicating high, low and reference range levels for toxic metals, essential minerals and significant mineral ratios.

It also includes a metabolic profile, recommendations for diet and supplements based on individual results.

Unlike some labs that test hair tissue analysis, Trace Elements, Inc. does not wash the hair at the lab. Washing the hair removes some of the loosely bound minerals and can reduce some mineral readings by 50 percent or more.

The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis report details graph results for 8 toxic heavy metals/elements, 15 nutritional minerals/elements, 15 additional elements, 7 significant mineral ratios, and 9 toxic metal ratios. The following is a brief overview of the different sections of the report.

Nutritional Elements: Extensively studied, the nutrient elements have been well defined and are considered essential for many biological functions in the human body. They play key roles in such metabolic processes such as muscular activity, endocrine function, reproduction, skeletal integrity, and overall development.

Comprehensive Hair Analysis Report
Comprehensive Hair Analysis Report

Toxic Elements: The toxic elements or "heavy metals" are well-known for their interference upon normal biochemical function. They are commonly found in the environment and therefore are present to some degree, in all biological systems. However, these metals clearly pose a concern for toxicity when accumulation occurs to excess.

Additional Elements: These elements are considered as possibly essential by the human body. Additional studies are being conducted to better define their requirements.

Significant Ratios: If the synergistic relationship (or ratio) between certain minerals in the body is disturbed, studies show that normal biological functions and metabolic activity can be adversely affected. Even at extremely low concentrations, the synergistic and/or antagonistic relationships between minerals still exist, which can indirectly affect metabolism.

Toxic Ratios: It is important to note that individuals with elevated toxic levels may not always exhibit clinical symptoms associated with those particular toxic minerals. However, research has shown that toxic minerals/metals can also produce an antagonistic effeect on various essential minerals, eventually leading to distrubances in their metabolic utilization.

For a complete overview of the various sections covered in the Comprehensive Hair Analysis report, please click here.


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Step 7. Take All Reasonable & Safe Methods to Remove Toxins From Your Body

According to Dr. Thomas Nissen, an expert in Environmental Medicine, detoxifying the body of metals and chemicals is the first priority for anyone with a neurological disorder. As we have seen, toxins may play a major role in myelin sheath degeneration and other neurological disorders, so neutralizing these toxins is highly important.


Natural Alternatives To Traditional Chelation Therapy

The following detoxification products can be a safe alternative to traditional chelators used in chelation therapy for removing heavy metals and chemical pollutants.

Purified Bentonite Bathing Clay for Detoxifying Metals and Chemicals

Sodium bentonite clay can be a very simple and effective way to remove heavy metals and chemical contaminants from the surface tissue of the body.

When you mix bentonite clay with water, it creates a large negatively charged surface area. When the body is in a tub of warm water, the warm water opens up the pores of the skin, and the positively charged toxic particles are drawn through the pores of the skin, to be absorbed by the clay.

Most chemical and metal toxins have a postive charge, whereas the clay has a negative charge. Thus, the toxins cannot resist being drawn towards the clay. Bentonite clay has a great capacity for absorbing many times its own weight in toxins. In other words, clay baths have been shown to literally pull pollutants out through the skin, getting rid of many months and years of toxic accumulations.

It is important that you find a clay that has been purified, so it contains no mold, yeast, bacteria or fungus. Also, it helps to use a clay that mixes well and disperses easily with warm water to get maximum effectiveness. Some clays do not mix well in the tub, leaving you with a cumbersome and messy clean-up.


Far Infrared Sauna
IMPORTANT TIP: For those of you who wish to do everything possible to detoxify, to "cover all the bases" so to speak, we recommend using Far Infrared Sauna Therapy.

Introducing The Thermal Life® FAR Infrared (FIR) Sauna
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The Infrared Sauna has an excellent reputation for detoxifying both metal and chemical contaminants from the body. It is an excellent therapy on its own or as an adjunct to other natural methods of detoxification.

Proper FAR infrared sauna therapy can be supportive for:

  • Detoxification
  • Enhanced Immune System Health
  • Improved Cardiovascular Health
  • Stress Releif
  • Weight and Cellulite Management
  • Pain Relief
  • Skin Beautification

FAR infrared saunas help to accomplish detoxification in the following manner: A layer of fat and oil exists just below the surface of the skin. The FAR infrared light resonates with the water molecules within these lipid or fat cells.

This vigorous activation of the water molecule stimulates the fat cells to excrete toxins. These toxins will be released through the skin's sweat channels as a result of the high temperature from the sauna. As sweat and oil are secreted, the toxins dissolved in them are secreted as well. By excreting these toxins and then washing them off your body, the toxic load on the body is lowered and cellular health improves.

Oil glands help remove oil-soluble toxins that the body would otherwise have a difficult time eliminating. We have created a world filled with oil-soluble toxins such as gasoline, solvents, pesticides, ingredients in toothpaste, personal care products, etc., which the body is not able to dispose of efficiently. The longer the skin is heated, the more oil-soluble toxins are eliminated.

No other sauna company that we know of knows as much about detoxification as High Tech Health, Inc. Their specialty is providing saunas that detoxify safely and effectively. Their Thermal Life® Sauna is designed to allow anyone to detoxify at a rate that is appropriate for them.

Bio-Resonance™ Heaters

The Thermal Life® Sauna utilizes specially designed Bio-Resonance™ ceramic heaters that provide the optimal level of far infrared exposure no matter where you are in your detoxification process. A special feature of the Bio-Resonance heater is the nature of the far infrared rays that is emits. FAR infrared is a band of electromagnetic energy, just as visible light and ultraviolet light are.

The difference between visible light and far infrared is that we cannot see far infrared. FAR infrared affects the body differently than ultraviolet or near infrared light. Heat lamps emit near infrared which is only absorbed by the surface of the skin. FAR, on the other hand, is absorbed into the body up to a depth of 1 and half inches. It is experienced as a softer heat sensation which is quite enjoyable.

FAR infrared rays also stimulate the production of endorphins, the "happy hormones", and have been prescribed for pain for a long time. Bio-Resonance heating technology ensures an enjoyable, detoxifying experience.

Comparing Ceramic to Carbon Heaters in FIRS

Hight Tech Health (HTH) researched "carbon heater" technology and found it to be significantly inferior to their trademarked BioResonance® emitters because carbon heaters are inefficient and poor emitters of far infrared waves. If the emitters don't produce good far infrared, then the detoxification effect is diminished. HTH emitters are alloy tubes filled with solid ceramic . The ceramic material is warmed to the temperature range where it emits the highest quality and quantity of FIR waves. (between 6-20 microns).

The surgical grade stainless steel reflectors behind the emitters reflect back into the cabin any FIR emitted from the rear of the emitters. This way, the cabin is completely filled with 100% FIR waves and none are lost into the walls of the sauna. Carbon emitters because of their poor design and emission, lose close to 50% of what little far infrared they do emit through the back walls, because there is nothing to reflect the waves back into the center of the sauna cabin.

Carbon emitters are large thin plastic or fiberglass panels with a thin layer of carbon material sandwiched in between, or lined with fabric with carbon fibers woven into the fabric, then laminated onto the panels with a wire grid behind them to heat them up. They are made large to compensate for the extreme inefficiency of far infrared light production. They take 40-45 minutes to warm up to the point where you can even get into the sauna vs. our saunas which are warm and ready to use in 10-15 minutes.

High Tech Health will not put plastic or fiberglass into their saunas because of concerns regarding possible out-gassing of chemical compounds from these panels. These types of saunas are primarily marketed for recreational use. Another downside to carbon heaters is because of their large panel size, they produce fairly strong electromagnetic fields. HTH heaters emit extremely low levels of EMF's, about 2-4 milligauss, which is equivalent to sitting next to a reading lamp.

Carbon heaters are inexpensive to construct. They don't tend to have a long life, and can burn out in 5-6 years. HTH has never had to replace a single heater in the 14 years of selling the Thermal Life saunas. It is by far, the most durable, energy efficient and long lasting technology in the industry.

The most important four points in buying a far infrared sauna in regards to the heater technology used are:

  1. Strength of Infrared – is the heater effective in promoting detoxification?
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  3. Durability / Long lasting
  4. Warm-up time

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Step 8. Add Essential Fatty Acids

Several scientists suspect that the North American diet, which is high in cholesterol, alcohol and saturated fats and low in essential fatty acids, leads to a production of prostaglandin 2, which promotes an inflammatory response and worsens symptoms of myelin sheath damage.

This may explain why myelin sheath damage is more common in the United States and Northern Europe and almost unheard of in some other countries such as Japan, Korea and China. People in Asian countries consume much less fat than people in North America and northern Europe. Their diets are much richer in marine foods, olive and fruit oils and seeds, which are a rich source of essential fatty acids, and which have an inhibiting effect on the inflammatory response.

Researchers in Scandinavia have long used essential fatty acid supplementation to support myelin sheath repair and to reduce the frequency of flare-ups. About 75% of myelin is composed of fat, with a substantial amount coming from essential fatty acids. According to Dr. Perlmutter: “Creating the most advantageous environment for repair and regeneration of myelin requires an adequate supply of EFA’s.”

Fish Oil

A good fish oil is molecularly distilled should be guaranteed free of mercury and other heavy metals, PCBs and other toxins. They use a nitrogen flush to remove the oxygen, which means there is no opportunity for oxidation to occur. This means that it is completely fresh and pure and has no fishy taste or odor.

The adults and children dose over age 7 is one teaspoon per day. It is best to take your fish oil one hour before bedtime, as the omega-3 fatty acids suppress cytokines that disturb sleep.



Step 9 . Treat Bacterial Infections and Eliminate Candida Yeast

A popular theory among scientists is that neurological disorders are caused by a virus or some other latent infection. Dr. Perlmutter states that at least 16 infectious agents have been identified as possibly causing myelin sheath degeneration, with the organism chlamydia pneumoniae topping the list. Possibly, myelin sheath degeneration is caused by a combination of factors, with the infectious agent somehow causing the formation of antibodies that attack the myelin.

Colloidal Silver

Dr. Perlmutter suggests antibiotic therapy for chlamydia pneumoniae using doxycycline 100 mg twice daily for 14 days. In addition, you could try the nutritional supplement colloidal silver, which has been proven to in a major university study to kill every pathogenic strain of bacteria that it was tested against. What makes it even more remarkable is that colloidal silver has the ability to differentiate between the harmful bacteria in your "gut" and the beneficial bacteria which it leaves alone.

The overgrowth of candida albicans, a fungus found in our bodies, is also suspected in playing a role in myelin disorders. Recent studies point to a possible link between neurological disorders and candida infection. Treatments to reduce candida have been found to significantly reduce symptoms experienced by many people with myelin sheath degeneration.


Grapefruit Seed Extract

There are many excellent supplements to reduce candida infections, including colloidal silver and grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract comes from, you guessed it, the seeds of grapefruits. GSE is such an inexpensive and powerful antifungal that it is used by citrus farmers in Florida to effectively kill mold on their farming implements.


For more info on controlling candida, click here for our candida report.

Step 10. Use Powerful Antioxidants to Counter Free Radicals

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, and is necessary when essential fatty acids are used to keep these delicate oils from becoming oxidized.

Vitamin E also supports other brain antioxidants like vitamin C and glutathione. Use a mixed complex such as Unique E® which includes the entire vitamin E complex. You want a vitamin E that provides the synergistic benefits of a complete natural complex of d-alpha, d-beta, d-gamma and d-delta tocopherols.


Alpha Lipoic Acid

According to Dr. Perlmutter, alpha lipoic acid is emerging as one of the most powerful brain antioxidants available, and he states that alpha lipoic acid is a key nutrient in myelin sheath support since it crosses the blood/brain barrier.

There are two forms of alpha-lipoic acid, an S-form and an R-form. Researchers believe that R-Form may be "up to 12 times more effective" than regular alpha lipoic acid which contains a synthetic by-product.


Step 11 . Support Nerve Cell Function and Cellular Regeneration

Calcium AEP

In 1941, a unique form of calcium, Calcium 2-amino ethyl phosphoric acid (Ca-AEP or Ca-2AEP) was discovered by the biochemist Erwin Chargaff. Chargaff found that Ca-AEP was a vital component in the structure of cell membranes.

Calcium EAP (Ethanol Phosphate) / Calcium AEP (Amino Ethanol Phosphate) are nutritional therapies which contain both a mineral (calcium) and a chemical, Ethanol Phosphate (a chemical found in the protective covering around nerve cells). The idea of combining Ethanol Phosphate with calcium originated with Hans Nieper, MD of Germany in 1964, who began experimenting with mineral compounds to help heart patients.

Dr. Nieper believed that nutrients are only useful when they are readily available at the cellular level. His theory was that positive mineral ions such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium may have more difficulty becoming "bioavailable" (available for the body's use) because they have such difficulty passing through cell membranes.

Studies over the past 30 years have shown that Calcium AEP is essential for nerve impulse generation and muscular contractions. Calcium AEP is one of a number of colamine phosphates - vitamin-like metabolites. It is a unique form of calcium. It has been shown to be effective in supporting numerous autoimmune conditions, in particular multiple sclerosis.

This product is an essential factor for cell membrane integrity and cell sensitivity. It binds fatty acids and electrolytes to the cell membrane structure that generates the cell’s electrical charge.

Calcium AEP is also a neurotransmitter which plays an important therapeutic role in assisting people with autoimmune responses by screening against antibodies, toxins, viruses and peroxide radicals.


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