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Complementary Therapies In Multiple Sclerosis

Lynne Shinto, ND; Shannon Sinsheimer, BA, NCNM student; and Dennis Bourdette, MD

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most common disablingneurologic disease of young and middle-aged adults in North America and Europe, affecting about one person out of 1,000 in the US, Canada, and Northern Europe.1MS is typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 55, but may occur at any age. More women than men are affected, with females constituting about 60% of cases. Although the etiology of MS remains unknown, it is hypothesized that genetic and environmental factors increase the risk of occurrence. There is a strong racial influence in the risk of developing MS, with Caucasians, particularly those of northern European descent, having the highest incidence.2 MS is rare among Asians and black Africans, but is fairly common among African Americans.

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