I started out thinking this might be one of those groan making reads (like so much on many MS BBs), but now wonder if there might be something in it. A very dear and generally pretty healthy friend got Crohn's disease badly, lost half her body mass. This seemed to be on the mend, but Parkinson's then reared its ugly head. It was all downhill from there and in a couple of years she died.
The gut flora/neurology link does make sense. If bad bacteria can spew a continuous level of toxins which can effect nerve cell health, then the thought that comes to mind is: is the Swank/Jelenik diet in part about pushing our flora in the right direction. Is bad fat food for bad bacteria? Are our greens actually internal antibacterial against the bad bacteria, and nutrient for the good.
Many herbivores eat their pats, give the same to their newborn. That is a strong urge, and makes sense as gut flora presumably can't be passed by the umbilical. So what do our infants get from Cow & Gate (in the line of good gut flora), I suspect the company prides itself on the lack of bacteria in its products.
Could it be that the various aspects of our diet that actually work are doing so by pushing down the bad gut bacteria and nurturing the good. Something that the conventional MS drugs don't do.
When people recount how they indulged in some diet backsliding, and then soon had a relapse or bad time, that seems fast acting. Quite a different response to the time scale of making our blood thinner, incrementally replacing all our soft body structures over the years. Brittle fat structure replaced with flexible. The bad binge followed by a hiatus does sound as if a gut flora could be involved.
We don't see our shit until it has finished doing whatever it did as a rich living soup inside us. If we saw our gut contents as a bubbling mass in a great glass fishbowl, perhaps with logging equipment attached which details the bacteria functions and chemistry at work in real time ... then we might think rather differently about our insides and diet.
Perhaps there are various stable concoctions of bad flora that we can get/carry, for some people carbohydrates push it in the wrong direction, for others (their flora) that's not a key factor, other things may be. Could some of the food intolerances be because they perturb our inner flora in negative directions. I.e. there's no allergic reaction in us, but there is in our flora - and that effects us.
Just as mouth gum bacteria can effect our general health (heart etc), helicobacter pylori the stomach, etc., so a gut full of bad guys could have a huge and pernicious effect elsewhere in us. Presumably our bad flora is low level toxin for us or it would destroy it's host (us). But bad material manages to get through the BBB and have devastating effects. It is persistent, relentless. And whatever is the MS force, it must be counter intuitive as we're not twigging the primary forces yet. These bad bacteria could be stealth enemies.
As bacteria are at war with one another, presumably the dominant collective (of bacteria) struggle to keep the upper hand, so fight against their opposition. The chemical means that they use to wage war, may be the very chemicals that through our blood stream effect our CNS.
Whatever is the driving force of MS, it seems that we don't know its true nature (cause), even though we've been looking in many different dimensions of our bodies. So my deduction is that it is likely to be hiding where we have not been looking. And what better area that one that instinctively disgusts us and is little researched or debated.
I've always been unhappy with what I see as the the herd instinct to assume that remedies are made by putting things in our mouths (food, drugs, etc ...). Now I'm wondering if it is more that the trouble is what is already inside us. Something far more persistent than what we swallow.
So to complete this volte face and "think different" theme, perhaps we should consider of our internal flora (& shit) as our friend, our mutual (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutualism_%28biology%29
). That we can't live without it, and we need to understand it and nurture it. Protect it from enemies (bad bacteria) and feed the good.
I don't mean to detract from any lovely spiritual thoughts or meditative nurturing, our rest remedies or sun worship. But rather make sure my head is not hiding in the sand (my anus and the truth elsewhere!). The effect of stress hormones might trigger an effect of the bad bacterial chemicals that wash our myelin, so bring about the damage causing state (or perhaps the chemical triggers local chronic vasoconstriction in the CNS blood supply which in turn damages nerves).
Crikey, the neuros are going to freak at this! First diet, then veins, now transpoosion.