Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease that the public needs to be more familiar with. The main reason for choosing this topic is the availability of the sources and the desire to acquire more knowledge of this condition. Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that has no certain cause, unlike heart disease that can be caused by poor diet and exercise. Being acquainted with such a rare person that is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, this mysterious disease provides a lot of information that would otherwise be unknown. Having a friend diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the need for knowing more on this subject is necessary to help her be better accommodated at home or work.

Multiple Sclerosis is not gender specific (more common in women), and is a pestilence disease. However, Multiple Sclerosis does have a preference when it comes to ethnic backgrounds, genetics, climate, and latitude location. The backgrounds and races are an interesting twist to this disease.

According to "Multiple Sclerosis (MS)--What Increases Your Risk:" WebMD, People of Western European ancestry are more likely to develop MS. It is uncommon in Native Americans (American Indians), Eskimos, and Africans" (1). Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be a genetic disease, but that fact is not yet proven; however, it is hard to figure out why ethnic backgrounds make a difference in the chance of acquiring Multiple Sclerosis.

There are some unexplained locations that have clusters of multiple sclerosis-diagnosed people without any explanation. According to Tanya Hagler (interview), "There are also 'clusters' of MS that no one has found the significance of. I belong to one of those clusters. There are over 20 (I think 25-26) confirmed cases of MS in women from my hometown. There

are only about 2000 people from Rector" (1). According to Charles Clayman, M.D., author of "The...