Cause of Multiple Sclerosis

Pathogens as the Cause of MS

A pathogen is an organism such as a bacteria, fungus or virus which causes disease. Something which is pathogenic has the ability to cause disease.

Not all bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, or other microbes are pathogens or, more correctly, are pathogenic; only those which cause disease. Most microbes are harmless and many are actually beneficial to humans such as those which live in the gut and aid digestion.

A pathogen as the cause of multiple sclerosis has been the leading theory since multiple sclerosis was first documented. Considering the number of diseases which are caused by pathogens, it is easy to see why this theory has been foremost.

Although there is some research, such as that on Epstein Barr and the Herpes virus, which shows some statistical correlation, no virus or other pathogen has ever been isolated as the cause of multiple sclerosis.

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Multiple Sclerosis

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