Leigh syndrome is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects our nervous system. It can be caused by patches of damaged tissue; known as lesions that develop in the brain. These lesions can be accompanied by loss of myelin coating around the nerves reducing the ability of the nerves to activate muscles that are used for movement or relay the sensory information from the rest of the body and back to the brain.
Leigh syndrome can be caused by mutations in 1 of more than 75 different genes. In humans most genes are found in the DNA in the cells nucleus. Some of these genes found in the DNA are in a specialized structure of cell called Mitochondria.
Mitochondria uses oxygen to convert the energy from the food we eat into a form that cells can use through a process called oxidative phosphorylation. During this oxidative phosphorylation the protein complexes drive production of ATP, which are the cells main energy source. Many gene mutations that occur in those with Leigh’s syndrome disrupt or eliminate activity of one or more of these complexes or disrupt their assembly.
Another common M+ DNA mutation in Leigh’s syndrome affects the MT- ATP 6 gene, which provides instructions for making a piece of complex V known as ATP synthesis protein complex. These mutations can block generation of ATP by the mitochondria, which can decrease the activity of the other oxidative phosphorylation protein complexes and lead to formation of mitochondrial protein, which can impair mitochondrial energy production. It is believed that the impaired oxidative phosphorylation can lead to cell death because of the decreased energy available in the cell.
Leigh’s syndrome usually occurs early on often before the age of 2. Some things that one can encounter are:
-The inability to grow and gain weight
-Have severe muscle and movement problems
-Inability to balance or coordinate movements
-Weak muscle tone (hypotonia)
-Involuntary contractions (dystonia)
-Movement and balance problems
-Loss of sensation and weakness in limbs
-Decrease function of swallowing and breathing
About a year and a half ago my friend shared the news that her son was diagnosed with this rare syndrome. I had never heard of it but a short time after learning what it was I came across PEMF. As a practitioner of many different modalities it got my attention immediately and I needed to learn more.
PEMF can help support the body as we know that every cell produces an electromagnetic field created by ion transfer via cell membranes. Using PEMF technology you can “charge” these cells that aren’t working optimally. Using PEMFs low frequency triple sawtooth waveform it helps match the biological window in the human cells frequencies. Science has shown us that PEMF technology can optimize cell function improve melatonin; improve blood circulation and oxygenation saturation.
My friend’s little boy started using the Omnium1 PEMF system once a week. He noticed after laying on the full body mat that he had more energy he was even able to stay at school full days, his body felt calmer, he slept better and just had an overall change to mood. After months of weekly use they purchased a PEMF system to allow daily use so he could continue to feel better and live the best life he possibly could.