These trucks are Jeff Foster Trucking Companies “Health /Disease Awareness Trucks” to bring awareness: Pancreatic Cancer, MS and Circle of Hope (Breast Cancer) located out of Duluth, MN.You have to say they have many colorful trucks in this picture.
What is MS?
Our body is made up of various systems. One is the central nervous system that forms a plan of transmissions in the body. MS or Multiple Sclerosis breaks down the lines of communication. It’s like a telephone network. If you don’t have good reception; messages don’t transmit well in your body. There is a fatty substance called myelin that protects the nerves in your nervous system. People with MS have an absence of this coating. It is like bare wires. The electrical impulses in your body or even a telephone wire get very confused.
You may lose control of a number of body processes. You can have trouble with fatigue, difficulty walking, bladder-bowel problems, changes in sexual function, vision problems, changes in cognitive function and mood, numbness and even pain. You may have only a couple of these symptoms or you may have none. You may have a mild case of MS or you may have symptoms that may come and go sporadically. I think we all know people with MS that have some of these symptoms. There are many with mild cases and others with aggressive cases.
Your immune system, genes, and environment can play a factor in this recipe. Some research suggests that immune cells roam around searching out invaders of bacteria and viruses. There may be autoimmunity issues it is thought. Many think MS is an autoimmune attack on the myelin in the central nervous system. If one has inflammation, it can damage the nerves more. We know that inflammation in the body causes many problems with many diseases. What causes inflammation? Diet( such as a lot of red meat) and other factors.
MS does occur in families were there is a genetic component. A family member may have it 20-40 fold risk, if direct family members have the disease. There are many triggers such as infections, diet, exposure, chemical exposure and smoking.
That is one reason to know you family history. I know there are people in my genetic family with MS but it is farther back and my odds are only 1 in 100. The Mayo Clinic said that if you have a parent or sibling with the disease it raises your risk. Identical twins raises your risk to 25-30%.
Northern European Ancestry seems to increase risk due to exposure to bacteria and viruses.
What are the actual facts?
1 in 700 people in the U.S are affected by this disease.
More women than men get the disease.
The typical ages of being stricken by MS is 20-50.
Sources of Information (Look up these websites.)
Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Are you at risk?
You should check into genetic counseling, if you have a family history. Talk to your family physician. I know that Essentia has genetic counselors you can meet with. Be sure to bring your family history with you. DNA testing can find out if you have gene codes and related protein markers associated with this disease.