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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, slowly progressive disease of the central nervous system. The cause of MS remains under debate, but no definitive cause has been identified. Some researchers insist that toxicity may be involved, notably mercury.
The symptoms result from a wasting of the nerve sheaths of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in irregular patches of degeneration. The result of this damage is a syndrome of progressive neurological disturbances usually occurring early in life.
The onset of the disease affects almost every system of the body. There may be visual difficulties, emotional disturbances, speech disorders, convulsions, paralysis or numbness of various regions of the body, bladder disturbances, and muscular weakness. The symptoms have a tendency to disappear and return, sometimes at frequent intervals and sometimes after a remission of several years. The course of the disease is slow, (survival is estimated at twenty-seven years from the onset of symptoms) and no specific treatment currently exists.
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