Part One of a two part series by David Wimble, rlcure.com
In the land of SCIENCE, I offer no real proof that any sort of link exists. Any good scientist will tell you that the information I am presenting to you is an amusing effort to make something out of nothing.
However, in the land of REALITY, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence pointing to the obvious connection between the two.
WHY ARE SCIENTISTS SO MEAN?
First we must understand how the mind of a scientist works.
David Kornreich is an assistant professor at Ithaca College in New York State. He is the founder of the “Ask An Astronomer” service at Cornell University.
When asked how many stars there are in the universe, Mr. Kornreich used a very rough estimate of 10 trillion galaxies in the universe. Multiplying that by the Milky Way’s estimated 100 billion stars results in 100 octillion stars, or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or a “1” with 29 zeros after it. Kornreich emphasized that number is likely a gross underestimation, as more detailed looks at the universe will show even more galaxies (from “How Many Stars Are In The Universe?” by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com).
On a recent episode of NPR Radio’s “TED Radio Hour” an astronomer talked about the vast number of stars that exist in the universe. After the talk a scientist was interviewed and asked if she believe that there could be other life forms in the universe?
Her response was predictable. “The evidence certainly points in that direction, but I can’t say yes, because there is no proof.”
No proof? There’s more than 500 octillion planets in the universe, and you can’t admit that there are obviously other life forms?
That’s not being scientific. That’s just being stubborn.
PUT YOUR SCIENCE HAT IN THE CLOSET BESIDE YOUR BOWLING BALL
The truth is I completely understand why they act like that. They can’t help it. That’s just the way they were made, that’s how their mind works. They are slaves to the Empirical Rule “If you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.”
So, please keep in mind, the information I’m presenting to you is food for your LOGICAL mind, not your EMPIRICAL mind.
Put your science hat away, and do your best to look at the evidence that I’m presenting to you openly, with that part of your mind that is willing to learn and welcomes solutions.
If you are suffering from RLS, try out some of the remedies that are listed below. You don’t have to stop taking your medication. So, there’s really no risk involved at all.
1. MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT HAVE A HIGHER PREVALENCE OF BOTH RLS AND INFLAMMATION
There are over 40 inflammatory conditions that have been studied and demonstrate a significantly higher prevalence of Restless Legs Syndrome.
Even if there were only 2 inflammatory conditions that demonstrated a higher prevalence of RLS, that should be enough to raise a few eyebrows. The fact that there are over 40 and this information is still ignored, is mind-boggling!
In the now famous 2012 study by Dr. Leonard Weinstock titled “Restless Legs Syndrome: Theoretical Roles of Inflammatory and Immune Mechanisms” the connection was finally brought to light in the scientific community. But very little has been done since then.
I have corresponded several times with Dr. Weinstock and when we last talked he stated that unfortunately there is no money being made available for further studies. As widespread as it seems to be, RLS is still very low on the list of medical priorities.
However, just because the hands that feed deem it an unimportant condition, that doesn’t change the truth. There’s an obvious link that even Dr. Weinstock, and his team of fellow scientists, could not ignore.
Here are a few excerpts from studies and articles to support the idea that there is a link between RLS and inflammation:
Alzheimer’s and Inflammation: “Our study shows that infection-induced acute or chronic inflammation significantly exacerbates tau (a protein) pathological characteristics, with chronic inflammation leading to impairments in spatial memory” (Kitazawa et al. 2011).
Alzheimer’s and RLS: “Certain specific sleep disorders are far more common in patients with Alzheimer’s. These can include sleep apnea, restless legs, altered sleep-wake cycle and abnormal movements during sleep” (Ahmed. 2011).
Cancer and Inflammation: “Recent studies have begun to unravel molecular pathways linking inflammation and cancer” (Zhu et al. 2011).
Cancer and RLS: “The prevalence of RLS in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy is 18.3%, about double of that expected in the general population” (Ostacoli et al. 2010).
Fibromyalgia and Inflammation: “Many researchers feel that chronic inflammation along with an altered immune system may either be the cause or contribute to fibromyalgia” (Wallace et al. 2001).
Fibromyalgia and RLS: “Our study shows an association between fibromyalgia syndrome and Restless Legs Syndrome” (Yunus and Aldag. 1996).
Multiple Sclerosis and Inflammation: “Our results strengthen the idea that the inflammatory damage correlated with MS may induce a secondary form of RLS” (Manconi et al. 2008).
Multiple Sclerosis and RLS: “RLS is significantly associated with MS, especially in patients with severe pyramidal and sensory disability” (Manconi et al. 2008).
Obesity and Inflammation: “The discovery that obesity itself results in an inflammatory state in metabolic tissues ushered in a research field that examines the inflammatory mechanisms in obesity” (Gregor and Hotamisligil. 2011).
Obesity and RLS: “Our study shows both overall and abdominal adiposity (the amount of body fat) are associated with increased likelihoods of having Restless Legs Syndrome” (Gao et al. 2009).
There are many more studies that show a similar relationship including Acromegaly, Amyloidosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Ataxia, ADHD, Celiac Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Sarcoidosis, Chronic Venous Disorder, Crohn’s Disease, ryoglobulinemia, Depression, Diabetes, Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Heart Disease, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Kidney Disease / Renal Failure, Liver Disease, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraines, Narcolepsy, Neuropathy, Parkinson’s, Poliomyelitis (Polio), Pulmonary Hypertension, Scleroderma, Sjögren’s Syndrome, Sleep Apnea, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Spinal Cord Conditions, Stroke, Tourette’s Syndrome
In Part TWO of this article I will take a look at the link between Restless Legs Syndrome, inflammation and low iron levels; low dopamine levels; stress; pregnancy; aging; RLS remedies and RLS triggers.
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David Wimble hosts a free information website for people suffering from Restless Legs Syndrome www.rlcure.com. David suffered from severe RLS for over 20 years until he discovered that by following an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle, RLS symptoms could be lessened, and eventually disappear. David also hosts a blog and Facebook page and is always looking for RLS success stories to publish. You can contact him at email@example.com