There's lies, and then there's damn lies. Two doozies I just have to share came straight from the doctors' offices, specifically the slick medical racket's advertising brochures. It's my sincerest wish that medical disease customers could learn to see through the scams the pharma machine is running and prefer the lesser lie of statistics over that pap.
The first brochure, entitled Treating Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: what Are Your Options?, is from the Avonex Alliance of drug companies. The text reads, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, unpredictable disease that continues to progress - even if one is not experiencing flare-ups. Although there is no cure, MS can be successfuly treated. ... MS has an invisible and a visible component. The invisible, or silent, aspect of MS can result in brain/spinal cord swelling (inflammation), damage to nerves (axonal transection) and brain tissue loss (atrophy). These invisible effects may often lead to more visible physical disability, (sensory, and/or motor skills), relapses (flare-ups that can affect a person's vision, walking, speech), and cognitive dysfunction (difficulty in thinking clearly, memory loss).
And then of course the inevitable pitch for a suite of drugs and a paragraph of their side effects.
Right beside it, the glossy brochure from the Parkinson Society Canada starts out with: You've been told you have Parkinson's. You know it can't be cured but your long-term goal is to remain healthy and active, and The Association continues by saying that in order to minimize the impact of Parkinson's on your life, you'll be involving half of the regulated medical specialists out there: the family doctor, neurologist, Parkinson's nurse specialist, pharmacist, psychiatrist, and their familiars, the urologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker, dietician...wow, quite a list eh?
And all this combined effort will do very little for your Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis but does it ever fuel the medical machine's ability to inconvenience the patient and fill out forms.
What the companies carefully don't mention so they can flog drugs and build a big unhealthy and useless medical fabrication out of phony-ish nostrums and GMO food, is the fact that all that inflammation and free radical damage is only oxidative stress and it can be cured at home by simply raising antioxidant levels, particularly the body's main antioxidant glutathione (GSH).
The research is very clear that in multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS, Alzheimer's, Friedreich's Ataxia, and others, the common denominator is free radical cascades, spreading oxidative reactions in the trillions, resulting in depressed cellular GSH levels and more damage, systemic yes, and especially at the site of insult. In fact, where the rubber meets the road, the damaged nerve sheaths sometimes are completely depleted of GSH, your body's master antioxidant!
See here, nerve sheaths are made of a high percentage of fatty lipoproteins, and all those hard-to-catch diseases aren't really diseases but all relate to lipid peroxidation, or a large component of free radicals produced. Polyunsaturated fats (lipofuscin in the brain and skin) is all cascading free radical damage, and even assaults from bacterial and viral infections relate to oxidative damage. When fatty nerve sheath cells have access to ample glutathione reserves, they don't succumb in the first place, so have a markedly better chance of living out a normal lifespan. Hence the disease progress is dramatically slowed.
So, rather than reading the glossy and scary advertising the medical marvel machine puts out, I invite people to spend that time in the US National Library of Medicine on Pubmed. Enter a query yourself, for example glutathione AND Parkinson or glutathione AND ALS or glutathione AND multiple sclerosis. People who have that ability are extremely advantaged because they can access many studies like the following:
Oxidative stress in patients with multiple sclerosis. Syburra C, Passi S. Dermatological Institute, Rome, Italy. It is well known that brain and nervous system cells are prone to oxidative damage because of their relatively low content of antioxidants, especially enzymatic ones, and of the high levels of both membrane polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and iron easily released from injured cells...
Ukr Biokhim Zh 1999 May-Jun;71(3):112-5.
Glutathione, your body's most important oxidative stress reducer; whatever else you do you need to reduce oxidative stress and disease progress by increasing GSH levels.
Glutathione S-transferase polymorphisms in MS: their relationship to disability. Mann CL, Davies MB, Boggild MD, Alldersea J, Fryer AA, Jones PW, Ko Ko C, Young C, Strange RC, Hawkins CP. Department of Neurology, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke on Trent, England. BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress has been implicated in inflammatory demyelination. The glutathione S-transferase (GST) supergene family encodes isoenzymes that appear to be critical in protection against oxidative stress. Neurology 2000 Feb 8;54(3):552-7