The auto immune disease affects the central nervous system and occurs more often in regions furthest from the equator.
So it is autoimmune?
Thomas...maybe, but another angle: Dr. Zamboni and the JNI team are now looking at low vitamin D levels as an "endothelial disrupter" -meaning a lack of this hormone exacerbates stenosis and reflux in the blood vessels. I wrote about this research in my endothelial health paper last year (see regimens) before the Zamboni research came out. I've been following the vascular/BBB linkage for awhile, and low vitamin D is an issue. We've also discussed how vitamin D relieves hypoxic injury in the brain.
Vitamin D's affect is more than immune system related.
My hubby's a Californian guy with basal cells to prove it...but he was born with closed jugular veins and suffered hypoxic injury to his brain-
FYI on other recent MS research "in the news"
- smoking depletes the immune system, yet it's been found to be bad for MS and causes MS progression. Smoking is an endothelial disrupter.
-obesity in young girls= bad eating habits (saturated fats and too much sugar) these are also endothelial disrupters.
-EBV, Lyme and CpN are also endothelial disrupters...just sayin'