Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating MS

If it's on your mind and it has to do with multiple sclerosis in any way, post it here.

Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating MS

Postby MSUK » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:47 am

Image

Aberdeen scientists have found that artificial sunlight can have a “striking effect” in helping treat sufferers of diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Researchers from Aberdeen University studied patients in the north of Scotland – which has the highest rate of MS in the UK - who were being treated during winter with artificial UV (ultraviolet)-B light therapy for skin diseases caused by their immune systems acting inappropriately.

The research - published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology – shows how UV-B light boosts vitamin D, as well as cells in our body that are responsible for regulating or balancing the immune system. Vitamin D is made in our bodies by UV-B light from the sun.

Some studies have suggested a link between vitamin D deficiency and autoimmune diseases such as MS. This possible link might also explain the increasing prevalence of autoimmune disease among those living far from the equator, where there are lower levels of winter sun.... Read More - http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseact ... ageid/1334
MS-UK - http://www.ms-uk.org/
User avatar
MSUK
Family Elder
 
Posts: 2225
Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:00 pm

Advertisement

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby Daisy3 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:45 am

So how come for some people sun exposure worsens their symptoms?

Also,does this apply to all types of MS?
User avatar
Daisy3
Family Elder
 
Posts: 308
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:00 pm

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby milesap » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:19 am

One person posted why don't coal miners suffer a high rate of MS?
User avatar
milesap
Family Elder
 
Posts: 146
Joined: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:00 pm

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby HarryZ » Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:06 am

Daisy3 wrote:So how come for some people sun exposure worsens their symptoms?

Also,does this apply to all types of MS?


MS patients who are susceptible to the heat, will have problems when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D doesn't come into play here. The sun increases the body temperature of the person and that plays havoc with nerve transmission. As a result, symptoms become exacerbated and the patient has to cool down as soon as possible.

Harry
User avatar
HarryZ
Family Elder
 
Posts: 2557
Joined: Tue May 25, 2004 2:00 pm
Location: London, ON, Canada

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby CureOrBust » Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:07 am

“We found that UV-B light boosted the production of vitamin D, and of regulatory T cells, which play an important role keeping our immune systems in check.
And this is something that doesn't come in our D3 pills. :cry:
User avatar
CureOrBust
Family Elder
 
Posts: 2933
Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2005 2:00 pm
Location: Sydney, Australia

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby chico » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:42 am

“We would also want to stress that we are not advocating sun bed use since this is not the same type of radiation produced by sun beds which already have well-documented health risks.

So what kind of UV light did they actually use?
Was it simply UV-b.

Most sunbeds actually produce UV-b as well as UV-a.

We all know about the increased risk of skin cancer but on the other hand getting some marginal effect from exposing yourself to more UV-b (from sunbeds if needed) may just outweigh this risk
chico
Getting to Know You...
 
Posts: 15
Joined: Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:35 am

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby cervocuit » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:24 am

Everytime I go in holydays at the seaside where I took a lot of sun and have a tanned skin, I notice great improvements in my MS symptoms, even if there is a temporary worsening caused by the heat.

Once again, I just returned of a few days near the seaside and this is striking.

On the other hand, the Vitamine D supplements have never had this effect on me, even at high dose (once I took 1 800 000 UI in 3 weeks)

milesap wrote:One person posted why don't coal miners suffer a high rate of MS?
I think that people who work in a conditionned office have as much sun exposure as a coal miner.
I wonder if there is such statistics on the differents jobs of MSers. Perhaps that builders or fishers have a lower MS rate.
User avatar
cervocuit
Family Member
 
Posts: 97
Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:00 pm
Location: France

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:46 am

CureOrBust wrote:
“We found that UV-B light boosted the production of vitamin D, and of regulatory T cells, which play an important role keeping our immune systems in check.
And this is something that doesn't come in our D3 pills. :cry:


vitamin d3 boosts Tregs whether by UVB or supplements, no worries.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20684175
jimmylegs
Volunteer Moderator
 
Posts: 9148
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:00 pm

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby jimmylegs » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:48 am

milesap wrote:One person posted why don't coal miners suffer a high rate of MS?


probably all the zinc down there. (facetious smiley)
jimmylegs
Volunteer Moderator
 
Posts: 9148
Joined: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:00 pm

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby cg50in » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:34 pm

Not sure I have ever heard of pro outdoor athlete ever getting MS.
cg50in
Getting to Know You...
 
Posts: 14
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:03 pm

Re: Scientists claim artificial sun may be key to treating M

Postby CaveMan » Sat Aug 04, 2012 6:26 am

Haven't got a reference, but did read a while back "outdoor" workers have lower incidence of MS and autoimmune disease in general. This may be the vitamin D or some other "unknown" factor.
I am just an interested individual trying to crack the autoimmune nut.
Partner has Graves Disease, 5 years, showing good test results, looking forward to potential remission in the near future.
3 friends have MS, 1 just recently diagnosed, severity 7/10.
CaveMan
Family Elder
 
Posts: 101
Joined: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:11 pm


Return to General Discussion

 


  • Related topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


Contact us | Terms of Service