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Med Hypotheses. 2013 Feb;80(2):156-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2012.11.016. Epub 2012 Dec 1.

Stress caused adverse entanglement of the nervous and autoimmune systems: A case for MS.

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Retired Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UCB, 376 Tharp Drive, Moraga, CA 94556, USA.


The adverse role of stress in daily life, on human health has long been recognized and is being firmly substantiated by scientific investigation. Though many comforts of the modern life are owed to progress in the post-industrial age, increased levels of stress, in daily life, are also attributed to it, as well. Comparing life in the agrarian era with that of post industrial one, the change of the background sustained stress levels, among humans (not to mention Nature), is very dramatic. Variations in overall living conditions and psyche can further aggravate the state of stress. Living with such levels of stress - outside of the realm of evolutionary learned survival preparedness of human beings - is bound to wreak havoc with our mental and biological construct, rendering various levels of unease and diseases. Multiple Sclerosis can be of such origin. Medical Sciences has little to offer in the way understanding of the cause(s) of deterioration of brain cells, other than noting it as a kind of likely attack of the autoimmune system on the nervous system. Following some observations made in the paper, a hypothesis for the onset and prevention of MS is put forward.

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