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November 18, 2006


Rodney Overton

I have a 33 year old son with very bad MS which commeced a few years ago. He is virtually crippled in a wheelchair. When his mother was pregnant with him she had exposure to someone with measles? Is there a connection?

Richard Petty

Dear Mr. Overton,

Thank you for your note.

I am so terribly sorry to hear about your son.

The evidence for a link between pre-natal measles exposure and MS is very weak. Your question prompted me to re-examine the world literature and apart form a few old and methodologically flawed studies in the 1970s and 1980s, I could find nothing. So I think that we are left with the answer, "Possible, but very unlikely."

There is another rare neurological condition called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis that is associated with measles, but its clinical manifestations are usually completely different from those of MS.

I do wish you and your son well.

Kind regards,



Regarding your son with MS. How many mercury fillings does he have. As there is a link between mercury and MS.
People with MS who have detoxed their body of Mercury have regained their health.

Richard Petty

Dear Roger,

Thank you so much for your contribution.

I remain conflicted about the mercury/MS association.

The scientific evidence is weak, but I knew an excellent practitioner in Philadelphia who has had seen some amazing improvements in several neurological disorders after removing mercury-containing fillings.

I am sure that it cannot be the only factor: I have seen MS in people in China and India who had not a single filling: even if they needed them!

And the mercury hypothesis is difficult to square with the racial, geographical and genetic factors, since none of the genes seems to have much to do with mercury.

I think that your very helpful comments really speak to the importance of two things:
1. Very few illnesses are caused by only one factor
2. If someone is dealing with a chronic problem for which conventional medicine has little to offer, explore all the possibilities.

But be VERY careful: the world is full of well-meaning people who will promise you the moon and actually give you a handful of sand.

And Roger, if you have come across people with confirmed MS who have responded to a mercury detox, have you published the data?

Or are you going to?

Kind regards



Mr. Petty,
My father had Polio as a child born in 1925.
Me, I have M.S. since 1986. Gave birth to my daughter 1985. I am now 46 I am wondering if Polio and M.S. are related, or giving birth could have something to do with it, I was 24 when diagnosed.

Richard Petty

Dear Janet,

Thank you so much for your letter.

The evidence that we have so far would indicaet that your father's polio and you MS are not connected. But I'm leaving an "out," becuase the research data continues to accumulate.

The second question about pregnancy is a very good one. There has been a lot of research on the relationship between pregnancy and MS, and most of it has shown that there is no effect. A couple of studies have found that in people who already had MS, it got worse in the three months after delivery.

I do wish you well. I would not wishM S on anyone, and I am giong to continue reoprting about any new research that might help people with it.

Kind regards,


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