Thanks for the links back to your older posts and the information on the research of Nobel Prize winning researcher, Dr. Robert F. Furchgott. I had read your posts on nitric oxide's relationship to vasodilatation but many times I have to read things twice for it to sink in.
This is a huge connection to me. And yes I know that correlation is not causation, but whenever I mention to folks with loved ones with MS that MS may be a vascular issue in their neck and brain they always come back and site the very strong statistical evidence that MS is a disease related to Vitamin D deficiencies and Northern Latitudes. Every time I don't really have a good answer to that correlation.
You have no idea how much I respect medical researchers.
You and me, both, Rogan. It's these researchers, thinking outside the current paradigm, who are broadening our understanding of MS.
Here's a researcher who looked at UV rays and MS, using the EAE model. (Not my favorite model of the disease, but he learned some interesting things)--UV rays were able to suppress EAE, independent of vitamin D production.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/ccsvi-in ... 8879427210
For those who are interested and want to read more research, here's a fascinating paper on UV rays and MS by Dr. Hector DeLuca of the University of Wisconsin.
about the research: For more than 30 years, scientists have known that multiple sclerosis (MS) is much more common in higher latitudes than in the tropics. Because sunlight is more abundant near the equator, many researchers have wondered if the high levels of vitamin D engendered by sunlight could explain this unusual pattern of prevalence.
Vitamin D may reduce the symptoms of MS, says Hector DeLuca, Steenbock Research Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but in a study published in PNAS this week, he and first author Bryan Becklund suggest that the ultraviolet portion of sunlight may play a bigger role than vitamin D in controlling MS.
Here's Dr. DeLuca and Dr. Beckland's full paper.http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/ ... l.pdf+html