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Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (a.k.a. CIDP) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is a rare autoimmune disorder in which there is swelling of nerve roots and destruction of the covering (myelin sheath) over the nerves. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and any other foreign product, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs.

Destruction of these nerve sheaths causes weakness, paralysis, and/or impairment in motor function, especially of the arms and legs. Sensory loss may also be present, causing numbness, tingling, and burning sensations. The motor and sensory impairments are usually found on both sides of the body. CIDP can affect any age group, and the onset may begin anytime throughout life.

The course of CIDP may also vary. Some patients may follow a slow steady pattern of symptoms, while other patients have symptoms that flare and remit. The most severe symptoms usually occur after many months of symptoms that come and go. Unlike similar demyelinating diseases there is typically no preceding viral infection at least three to four months prior to the onset of the disorder, such as is the case in Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs.

The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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