Thursday, March 18, 2010

Irradiated Food Causes CNS Symptoms in Cats

When I was researching what could possibly be causing Toby's problems, I came across articles about irradiated food and the CNS damage it does to cats. Click post title to go to one article. This is scary stuff. But, the cats often recover when taken off the irradiated food, within a few months. Symptoms can take from two weeks to four months to show up and include extensive demylination. However, once they are taken off the irradiated food, remylination often occurs.

What does this mean for people suffering from MS? I'm not sure, but I think it's hopeful.

What if MS is environmentally caused and symptoms continue because the environmental causation is still present or still present in the body?

When Michael J. Fox got Parkinsons, there was quite a stir. Why? Because he was part of cluster of early onset Parkinsons. He worked in a sitcom in Canada, as a teen. I believe it was ten of his colleagues who worked on that sitcom got early onset Parkinsons.

A vet I admire in Corvallis, who rides her bike in MS support events, and considers the disease epidemic in the valley, told me once a client of hers had a son enrolled at the U of O, who got MS. But the weird thing is that the next person, also a male, who occupied the room he had moved out of, also came down with MS. Coincidence?

Or do both disease reflect environmental causation to some extent? Research came out some time ago linking farmers and gardeners to much higher rates of Parkinsons.

The fact cats develop CNS symptoms and demylination after being fed diets of irradiated food is significant enough. The fact they can recover, when returned to normal non irradiated diets, is very very very significant and not just for cats. Even if the cause of MS demylination is not environmental, the fact maybe if the trigger is found, remylination might be possible is great news, too.

If you go to the article in the link by clicking the post title, also click the link in that same article to the one on remylination. Consider what this could mean for MS patients.

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