Poison and M.S.

poisonWhen good systems go bad, it makes for odd bedfellows. Cancer happens when your cells fail to self-regulate their own existence, and one of the ways we attack it is with radiation that hurts us as well as the cancer. In M.S., the immune system is the malfunctioning system, and scientists in Portugal are experimenting with another treatment that’s normally deadly to humans. Normally oxygen is good and carbon monoxide is bad. In the twisted world of autoimmune diseases, these roles are reveresed.

The New Scientist today reports that carbon monoxide treatment has shown benefits for M.S. mice. Scientists caused experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in the mice, their version of M.S. Next they placed some of the mice in an envoirnment with levels of carbon monoxide that would cause discomfort for humans for 20 days. Those mice breathing the carbon monoxide were considerably less disabled than those breathing normal air.

One of the scientists suggests this can be explained by looking at carbon monoxide’s effects of immune system produced free radicals. In autoimmune diseases like M.S., the immune system may release too many free radicals, and the progression of the symptoms may be affected by their destructive ability. The carbon monoxide indirectly decreases the production of free radicals, and this may be why the M.S. mice fared better than their counterparts.

Cautionary quote:

Pharmaceutical companies are currently working on developing drugs that can deliver carbon monoxide locally within the nervous system, the researchers say. They stress that MS patients should under no circumstances try inhaling carbon monoxide – the gas can be lethal.


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6 Comments on “Poison and M.S.”

  1. Holly Says:

    Fascinating! How about that. What a neat site you have here. I wrote a bit on the link between the imune system & endometriosis last week. http://newfoundlandnews.blogspot.com/2007/01/immune-system-involvement-with.html

  2. Lisa Says:

    Scientists at the University of York have also been looking at the benefits of carbon monoxide. Knowledge Rich have posted an article about it http://www.knowledge-rich.com/newsarticle.aspx?nw_id=100

  3. Czes Kulvis Says:

    I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease MS in 1996.

    After treatment with these terribly dangerous pharmaceuticals almost killed me, I went natural way.

    Result – I am on a permanent MS remission from 1997.

    I don’t want to be a mice. I don’t want to be poisoned.

    And I do know the way to a better health

  4. Jennifer Says:

    I don’t know if I buy this story/method. It does not make sense to me. If CO does attack free radicals and that seems to be the theme of the article, then why isn’t there more intensive research/news on …Green tea, vitamin E…etc etc. I’m not a doctor and haven’t had Multiple Sclerosis that long but it just doesn’t make sense to me….anybody else think so???
    Jennifer (YoungWithMS)

  5. I like it when individuals come together and share views.
    Great website, stick with it!

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