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Treating Transverse Myelitis

Monday, 19 September 2011 08:28 AM

Question: My 83-year-old father-in-law was diagnosed with transverse myelitis (TM) six weeks ago. Can you recommend anything that might improve his chances for a full recovery?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

His “transverse myelitis” may have been a spinal cord stroke (infarction). This type of damage is actually death of spinal cord tissue rather than the typical TM. If he had an infarction, he may have very little chance of recovery. However, if he does have TM (a condition caused by inflammation of the spinal cord) several things can help.

Curcumin and quercetin have both been shown to improve spinal cord injuries, even if taken after the injury. Mixing both with extra-virgin olive oil significantly improves absorption. White tea extract, silymarin, resveratrol, and skullcap extract also protect the injured cord and promote healing.

There is some evidence that a low dose (5 mg) of lithium can stimulate nerve connection growth and protect against excitotoxicity. It is vital to avoid excitotoxin food additives (MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, soy proteins, caseinate) since they can make the damage worse.

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