|Noni juice may relieve
Although successful in relieving multiple sclerosis symptoms
in about only half of the cases, noni juice may be one alternative for
helping sufferers of this debilitating disease.
Dr. Neil Solomon reports that noni juice was found to
be successful in 51% of 17 patients surveyed in lessening the symptoms
of multiple sclerosis. While the number of people suffering from
multiple sclerosis was small, Solomon surveyed 15,000 people for some 15
Because of the size of the number of people surveyed with
multiple sclerosis, this should not be considered a reliable statistic.
However, it does suggest another alternative for multiple sclerosis sufferers.
According to Solomon, the average amount of noni consumed
by the 51 percent who reported positive results was 3.5 ounces per day.
Solomon, a former John Hopkins professor and medical columnist
and commentator, indicated that noni seems to "rejuvenate sick cells throughout
the body." Since multiple sclerosis attacks at the cell level of
the nervous system, it may be that noni's success in promoting a healthy
nervous system leads to the reported success in relieving some of the negative
effects of MS.
Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is a chronic disease
of the central nervous system, said Solomon. The disease begins with
the destruction of the nerves throughout the brain spinal cord. Diagnosis
of the disease occurs between 20 and 40 years old, beginning with such
things as difficulty in walking, abnormal sensations such as numbness or
pins and needles, eye pain and loss of vision, slurred speech, tremors
and loss of coordination.
The natural history of MS is for people to show improvement
then get worse and the cycle repeats, said Solomon. Symptoms can
become more severe over time and eventually lead to paralysis and blindness.
The cause of MS is uncertain; however, it may be an auto
immune disorder, meaning the disease-fighting system of the body mistakes
normal tissue as foreign.
Genetics appear to play a part in a person's susceptibility
to the disease. In the United States, a person has a 1 in 1,000 chance
of developing MS, while those numbers change to 1 in 100 in a person has
a close relation already diagnosed with the disease. About 350,000 Americans
have multiple sclerosis.
Harvard researcher Alberto Ascherio (Associated Press,
Dec. 26, 2001) suggests that a common virus which causes mononucleosis
may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
He found that women whose blood contained significant
levels of antibodies of the Epstein-Barr virus were four times more likely
to develop multiple sclerosis. Exposure to the virus may occur during childhood
and remain until adulthood. The virus also is linked to other diseases
such other nerve disorders and cancer.
Although the virus may increase the risk of multiple sclerosis,
it is likely not the cause.
Information about noni and quotes from Dr. Neil Solomon
are excerpted from this book, Tahitian Noni Juice: How much, how often,
for what, published by Direct Source (Vineyard, Utah, 2000).
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Copyright December 2001