Here's some MS news: Studies using gut bacteria to induce MS like symptoms in mice have supported the concept that some bacteria and viruses can impact MS.
Researchers tried to induce MS in mice that were completely devoid of microbes that normally inhabit the digestive system however the sterile animals did not get sick. Then they inoculated mice with bacteria that had been shown to lead to intestinal inflammation.
The bacteria were also known to induce the appearance of a particular immune system cell that causes an inflammatory cascade that leads to the animal model of multiple sclerosis. The cell was induced not only in the gut but also in the central nervous system, triggering MS like symptoms in mice.
Note that microbes are not a direct cause of MS but encourage conditions that could allow the disease to develop.
They suggest that gut bacteria may be the missing environmental component and perhaps treatments for diseases such as MS may someday include probiotic bacteria that can restore normal immune function in the gut and the brain.
google search LDN low dose naltrexone,I first heard of the canidia (sp?) yeast on a forum for ldn and they reccomend a certain diet including coconut milk to treat this as well there is a simple test you can do at home, first thing in morning before doing anything else no drinks no food no toothbrush-fill a glass with water to room temp,gather enough saliva to spit in top of glass on top of water,go on with your morning and check in about a hour or so-if you have what looks to be icecicles coming from spit then its a high chance you have the canidia yeast infection but do be aware about 80% in usa do have this to some degree.If you would like I can post a link to the forum with this info if curious-KIND
Leaky gut syndrome is almost always associated with autoimmune diseases.
Environmental toxins such as toxic pesticide residues, inhaled chemicals, and environmental toxins, an excess of refined sugar in the diet, gluten, infection with fungi such as yeast (Candida), parasites, or bacteria such as H. pylori, chronic stress, food allergies, excessive caffeine, alcohol and/or tobacco use ALL can cause a leaky gut.
I was seeing a Naturopath who advised me to avoid all of these things. She had me take a cocktail of probiotics containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, along with digestive enzymes. That's when I first started seeing her.
Now that I'm doing much better, I stopped taking them because I detox on a regular basis, so I don't really feel the need to use these supplements, but I do take a long list of others. Since coconut milk helps to heal a leaky gut too,I'll put it on my shopping list.