It's not unknown to me. :>)grandsons4 wrote:Considering the etiology of "MS" is unknown, perhaps Lyme, among other diseases, is MS. Note: my son's D level at onset was below the normal range.
If you have a breach of the blood brain barrier cause by any number of possible agents, you then have an immune response which looks like MS. Perhaps the immune response is overly aggressive. Perhaps parts of the immune system cross the BBB and attack things they shouldn't, but if the root problem is the breach of the BBB, then the etiology explains all the different actors that have been assumed to be the "cause" of MS: bacteria, virus, mechanical damage from turbulent blood flow as posited by CCSVI.
From that perspective, Lyme's Disease could certainly be one of the causes, but I doubt it is the only cause, or even a common one in spite of the occasional misdiagnosis that labels a Lyme infection MS.
In this context, vitamin D is critical for two reasons: 1) The first is that it is the hormone responsible for maintaining the integrity of endothelial tissue that constitutes the BBB, and 2) It manages the local, adaptive immune system response.
The reason I would still approach this in terms of treating the Lyme's is that you have to deal with this underlying cause of the problem. Vitamin D is not going to remove Lyme's. It will help with the repair of a broken BBB, but that will be an ongoing problem if you don't deal with the cause of this breach of the BBB.
And finally, no one has studied this so we have no real guidance on what levels of calcitriol or vitamin D are needed to deal with a problem involving Lyme's disease. We do have a basis for addressing the Lyme's infection so to me, that should be the focus.
But as I said earlier, it also makes sense to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D. And not smoke, eat junk food, drink excessively, exercise and so on. All of those things will contribute to maintaining good health, but you need a direct attack on the Lyme's bacteria to get rid of it.