MS and viruses

Do viruses cause multiple sclerosis?

Over the last few years, the Epstein-Barr virus and human herpesvirus 6 have received a lot of research attention as being possible causes of multiple sclerosis.

However, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “to date, researchers have not been able to identify a single virus as the trigger for MS.”

So why do so many believe that viruses are the biggest cause of MS?

From my personal experience recovering from MS and in working with hundreds of people who suffer with MS, I believe it is unlikely that viruses are the main cause.

Today it is understood that our central nervous system is not a sterile environment. The central nervous system houses its own ecosystem of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

It is true that people who suffer with chronic illness have compromised immune systems which makes them more susceptible a variety of infectious microbes, including a variety of viruses. It’s also true that about 92% of the general population test positive for the Epstein-Barr virus. If this is the case shouldn’t we see a higher number of cases of MS?

Research shows that we do know that the biggest cause of multiple sclerosis is infection.

Are viruses involved in multiple sclerosis? Absolutely. However, the theory that viruses cause MS is flawed, but still going strong. We need to look at why this is the case.

The reason why there is such an interest in viruses is because pharmaceutical companies can make highly profitable drugs and vaccines to “prevent” people from developing MS. But, if viruses are a significant cause of multiple sclerosis then we have a problem – MS disease modifying drugs suppress the immune system. Taking these drugs will make us more susceptible to infections, including other viral infections.

It is so important to look into the research on this topic and to go back to common sense.

In the video below I discuss many other reasons why I don’t believe that viruses are the main cause of MS. I hope you find this information helpful, and that you share it!


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