Kathy Simpson shares what the connection is between hormone replacement therapy and multiple sclerosis.
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Hormone replacement therapy is critical to resolving inflammation, which is at the core of multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is widely accepted as an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, which causes plaques to form and the nerve to demyelinate. In other words, the coating around the nerve frays and the signal doesn’t get conducted. So, the, when we realize that and we look at what the cause of that, that is, which is inflammation, then we have to back up and look, “What is, what do we make in our body that’s very important to fighting inflammation?” And this is not generally accepted out there and when I went to look for a solution, it wasn’t something that was presented to me, but in retrospect, I look back and I find studies that support this, research that supports this all over the place. We know that sex hormones-- testosterone, estrogen and progesterone--in obviously varying levels in men and women, thyroid hormones and adrenal hormones are all incredibly important to keeping the body inflammation in check and MS is an autoimmune inflammatory disease so that, when we look at these hormones, we realize that they are incredibly key in protecting us from that inflammatory demyelination.
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