Numerous studies have shown that Vit D doesn't alter the course of MS. A closer look also shows that D only fits the geographic gradient if someone is very creative and wishful. Vitamin D preventing MS? I've read of lots of runners, bikers, mountain climbers and other health nuts who've gotten MS. Surely some of them took Vitamin D and other vitamins long before being diagnosed and it didn't help them.
Aside from this paper
by Embry, I am not aware of any research that used an effective enough amount of vitamin D3 to determine an influence, one way or the other, of positively affecting MS. Of course our ongoing trials found here
should detrmine this.
I can't comment because I don't understand why you think a person with MS being able to raise their vitamin D to the proper level proves anything one way or the other.
I wrote this because you postulated that perhaps it is the disease of MS that causes individuals with MS to have low vitamin D contents rather than the indivduals having low vitamin D with MS as a consequence. It’s the chicken and the egg thing, which came first?
I have MS and I can easily elevate my internal vitamin D levels with adequate intake, ergo my condition of MS does not determine my body’s ability to biochemically produce MS.
As I'm sure you're aware, a diagnosis is only the point in which a doctor recognizes that you have MS and has absolutely no relationship to the actual inception of the MS disease process, which some researchers think might have began years or decades before presenting the signs that we recognize as MS
My sentiments exactly.
We know NOTHING about the underlying process leading to the permiable bbb..etc. It's foolish and most likely inaccurate to think or say that a process we know nothing about is capable or incapable of anything.
I am confident we know enough about the MS disease process to state it does not interfere with the production of vitamin D.
In reality, the entirety of what this study shows is that people who were later diagnosed with MS had lower levels of Vitamin D when they were tested at a younger age. Whether or not the MS disease process was already well underway at that point, we currently have no way of knowing. Don't get me wrong, I think this study is valid, provides meaningful information and the researchers worded it cautiously enough "If confirmed, this finding suggests that many cases of MS could be prevented by increasing vitamin D levels," Ascherio said. so it's only your interpretation of what the study implies that I disagree with.
True enough. I do get carried away with the vitamin D and MS stuff because I incorporate the wealth of data from previous studies which when taken together with every new study, portrays a very convincing relationship between the two.
First, that statement isn't saying that people with the highest levels didn't get MS but that they were 62% less likely than the people with the lowest Vit D levels. In this type of statistic, 62% less likely isn't a huge amount.
I contend that this a huge amount for a risk reduction. Consider that these individuals were not necessarily getting vitamin D for the sole purpose of immunoregulation. Their vitamin D levels were incidental.
I’m also thinking of the 80% drop in MS risk in English and Irish migrants
from their high MS prevalence homelands to their new home in Queensland Australia. These migrants also did not purposefully get immunoregulatory amounts of vitamin as well but the sun is so intense in semi-tropical Australia that even incidental exposure to the sun is effective for prevention.
I've never seen anything which would justify that statement but if you provide it I would be grateful.
I can’t spoon feed you on this one Bob. You’ll have to read a pile of research found in our library
to come to your own conclusions. I’d recommend you start with Vieth’s research found here
Thank you for your comments.