An unusual characteristic of MS worldwide is that it occurs in the general population at roughly twice the rate for those living above approximately the 40° latitude than for those living below the 40° latitude. For the United States, this phenomenon shows that those people living above 37° latitude on a line from the North Carolina-Virginia border to mid-California will statistically have twice the occurrence of MS than those living in the warmer climes below 37° latitude. The total estimated MS population in the United States is approximately 300,000. Below the 37° latitude the MS occurrence is 62.5 per 100,000 population, while above the 37° latitude the occurrence is 125 patients per 100,000 population. This phenomenon is consistent and is exhibited by the statistics of those people who have moved from one area to another, increasing or decreasing their risk for MS depending on the direction of their move and whether their move occurred before 15 years of age.
The Life Extension Foundation's protocol for MS is based partially on the work of Dr. Hans Neiper of Germany, who has used high-potency nutrient supplements to treat MS for many years. To help correct autoimmune disorders and protect against free-radical injury to the myelin sheath, the multi-ingredient Life Extension Mix should be taken in doses of 4 tablets 3 times a day. In addition, 1 capsule of Life Extension Booster should be taken daily; men also should take 6 capsules of Mineral Formula for Men, and women should take 6 capsules of Bone Assure. These formulas contain important minerals that have helped both male and female MS patients.
To protect the myelin sheath against a deficiency of essential fatty acids, 8 capsules a day of Mega EPA fish oil and 5 capsules a day of Mega GLA borage oil should be taken. These oils help to suppress autoimmune reactions and provide the building blocks to help rebuild the myelin sheath.
Curcumin from the spice turmeric may provide neuroprotection and slow erosion of the myelin shield. Two to five 900 mg capsules of Super Curcumin with Bioperine may be taken for therapeutic purposes.
Hydergine (5-20 mg a day) and/or acetyl-L-carnitine (1000 mg twice a day) and/or alpha-lipoic acid (500 mg twice a day) should be taken to provide myelin sheath protection and energy enhancement to the nerve fibers. Also, Coenzyme Q10 in doses of 100 mg 3 times a day can be especially important for MS patients. Coenzyme Q10 should be taken in oil-filled capsules for maximum assimilation. The addition of 30 to 60 mg of sublingual (taken under the tongue) vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin could be beneficial. One tablespoon of soy lecithin should be taken every day to provide the phosphatides that are so important to maintaining the integrity of the cell membrane.