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Has anyone else read these articles regarding epsilon toxin? This recent news story is all over the internet. In a nutshell.....

..... Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have pinpointed a specific toxin they believe may be responsible for the onset of MS, offering hope for future therapies or vaccines to prevent the condition. The potential trigger: epsilon toxin, a byproduct of the bacterium Clostridium perfringens – better known as one the most common causes of foodborne illness in the United States..........


http://www.nbcnews.com/health/foodborne ... 2D12006668


http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/01/2 ... rch-finds/
Yes. Originally on BBC News as well as others. Looks promising.
I saw this.

I went reading up a bit on gut flora, and more than a few sites suggest that diets high in animal fat tend to feed some nasty bacteria, while those more plant based tend to starve them. *IF* this bacteria discovery holds up, it could be another explanation why the Swank/OMS diet has an impact on the disease. It also may explain why Minocycline also seems to have an impact on MS.

It could also explain why periods of stress, lack of sleep, pushing oneself etc, may all impact the immune system allowing the lil' toxins to do their business. Vit. D of course helps to modulate the immune system, which helps, as does the sun, as does mind-body state, exercise etc.

I'm not sure it explains why women get it more, or seem to be getting it more vis-à-vis men.

These are just some idle musings of course on my part, but I also found it encouraging that the/a author of the study suggested that a probiotic mix may out consume this nasty bugger and starve it to death in our guts.
It makes a lot of sense to me. Especially when the experts agree that removing animal products (meat and dairy) benefit PWMS. And the fact that high rates of MS are found in countries that eat lots of animal products, and low rates of MS are found in countries that little to no animal products.

This is very exciting news!
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