Vitamin D Mania!
Post 17: when getting your D is good
Neurologists are seeing the light regarding the importance of vitamins. I always took about 400 units of vitamin D. My neurologist recently recommended that I increase it to 20,000 units. They are getting research results implicating low levels of vitamin D with increased risk for multiple sclerosis. And beyond that, as noted in the chart above, low levels of vitamin D may play a role in many diseases.
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Post 14: Protein found may be involved in MS passing through the blood brain barrier
According to https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/surprise-finding-could-lead-to-new-ms-treatments/
They found that peole with MS have more calnexin protein in their brains than other people. The thought is that if they can find a way to decrease calnexin, that it might be a way to prevent MS from passing through the blood brain barrier.
Mice studies seem to support the idea, but such results can be different with humans. Nevertheless, it is opening an important avenue, as there is much we do not understand about the blood brain barrier. I know that medications that allow vitamin B to cross the blood brain barrier, such as metafolbic and foltanx, have been helpful with neurological symptoms. Check with your medical doctor as to whether these medications could be helpful for you.
The brain is the last place you want MS to be at
My wife, Deborah Brogan, MD, was a board certified psychiatrist. We were married when she was 28 years old. She was not expected to live beyond the age of 40. She lived to be 61 years old and did private practice until she was 58 years old. She also worked at Arizona State University on their eating disorders team for 22 years after we were married. Prior to all of this, she worked at Albany County mental health clinic in albany, New York for 3 years. Prior to this, she spent seven years with medical school and a psychiatric residency.
She had severe juvenile diabetes since she was 12 years old. In 1998, 19 years before death in 2017, she had a kidney-pancreas transplant which was necessary because of the diabetes. She was hospitalized about 30 times, and continued working in between hospitalizations.
She was fond of the above “Elements of Resilience” and incorporated it into psychotherapy with her patients in private practice. It is good guidance in what to strive for to meet the challenges of life. It is a good summary of what helps me to cope with multiple sclerosis. It is the spirit I try to convey in my book, “Multiple Sclerosis Mission Remission: Healing MS Against All Odds” at
MS Post 12: We have come a long way, baby!
Stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis is one of the newer success stories. See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28621766/
Findings are that autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation will completely suppress MS disease activity for four or five years in seventy to eighty percent of people completing the procedure. That’s the good news.
The less fortunate news is that it works best on young ambulatory MS patients who have inflammatory activity going on in their brains, i.e. the multiple sclerosis is more active. So that probably rules me out.
Prior to 2005, there was a 3.6 percent mortality associated with this complex procedure. After 2005, the mortality was greatly reduced to only 0.3 percent.
I am older and very ambulatory with no inflammatory lesions or disease activity going on in my brain so I am probably not the best candidate for what sounds like an arduous procedure. I have achieved total remission with the help of a combination of different medical drugs with many healthy, alternative, and spiritual practices described in my book at
Post 11: When MS is hot, you are not well
For myself, I live in Phoenix, Arizona where temperatures in the summer are almost always over a 100ﾟF. During the hot summer months, the temperature in my closed garage is around a 120 ﾟF or more. I used to feel like somebody wound up and punched me when getting out of my car when my multiple sclerosis was active. Since my MS went into remission about ten years ago, The heat doesn’t affect me nearly as much.
Myelin helps nerve impulses travel faster down your nerve fibers. It is like the insulation covering an electrical cord. Because multiple sclerosis damages the myelin, the insulation covering your nerve fibers, the impulses travel slower. The damaged nerve fibers are especially susceptible to heat, and then conduct impulses even slower when it is hot for the person who has MS.
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Curtain University found th as t eating fish and vegetables may be less likely to contract multiple sclerosis. Specifically, legumes, fish, vegetables, poultry and egg consumption correlated with less risk of getting MS.
Smoking, glandular fevers, getting less sun, and low vitamin D intake are known to be associated with increased risk of contracting multiple sclerosis.
The Australian study studied the difference between a healthy diet consisting of the above healthy foods and a tragically flawed Western diet (which typically includes too much sugar and fat).
The study’s author, Dr. Black concluded that people eating a high amount of these healthy foods, like fish and vegetables, were fifty percent less likely to contract multiple sclerosis than people who ate a low amount of these foods.
The reference for this study is:
Lucinda J Black et al. A healthy dietary pattern associates with a lower risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination, Multiple Sclerosis Journal (2018). DOI: 10.1177/1352458518793524
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The importance of vitamin D
I consider diet to be important to how well a person deals with MS. I eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. I avoid gluten because I am allergic to it. The national health institute, after a review of the literature, highlights the importance of vitamin D. In what follows, I will be discussing their findings from the abstract at
Their findings emphasize the importance of vitamin D for MS people which is present and added to many foods including milk. Taking vitamin D supplements is recommended by neurolgists I know. You can also get vitamin D from the sun, because your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Moderation is key here because there is risk of increasing the chances of cancer if one gets sunburned or too much sun. Incidentally, vitamin D can also help one heal from sunburn, a full circle if you will.
Vitamin D is important because it is a potent modulator of the immune system. It is thought that getting enough vitamin D may prevent getting MS to some degree. It has long been noticed that people in northern latitudes, who get less sun and their bodies thus produce less vitamin D, are more likely to get MS.
The studies reviewed found that people with MS taking vitamin D were less likely to relapse and were less likely to have new lesions, the most significant marker of multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D improved brain lesions and improved walking speed, a significant indicator of the progression of the illness.
It has been found that MS people having a relapse typically have lower serum levels of vitamin D in their bodies, suggesting a preventative and possibly protective role for vitamin D in regard to multiple sclerosis. In any case, vitamin D should be an important vitamin to take through supplements because of its therapeutic effects. It is thought that it helps the MS body in its fight to repair MS damage.
To heal from MS, I believe one needs to use both alternative and medical approaches that are right for the person. You can see all the approaches I used in my book at