Medicine: Help for Multiple Sclerosis?

Doctors have learned to make no rash claims about treatments for multiple sclerosis. This baffling disease of unknown origin afflicts an estimated 250,000 in the U.S. with varying degrees of incapacity, usually in the legs and arms, often involving speech and vision. Damaging the nerve sheaths in the brain and spinal column, multiple sclerosis may take many forms, from a quickly fatal attack to a 30-year lingering illness punctuated by long periods of relative freedom. Histamine, vitamins and a variety of drugs have aroused high hopes in some researchers and their patients, only to prove disappointing in the long run.

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