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Multiple Sclerosis and You - Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatments... - 0 views

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    Multiple Sclerosis Blog
    By Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D.,
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High doses of vitamin D could cut relapse rate among MS sufferers - Times Online - 0 views

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    "Powerful new evidence about the ability of vitamin D to stem a wide range of diseases has brought the prospect of a nationwide programme to prescribe it in Scotland as a dietary supplement significantly closer.

    Reports at the weekend suggested that experts were increasingly convinced that the so-called sunshine drug - whose significance was first revealed in detail by The Times last year - could make a difference to the country's appalling health record.

    New research suggests that high doses of vitamin D could dramatically cut the relapse rate in people with multiple sclerosis. According to scientists in Canada, more than a third of sufferers taking high levels of supplement
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Safety of vitamin D3 in adults with multiple sclerosis -- Kimball et al. 86 (3): 645 --... - 0 views

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    Safety of vitamin D3 in adults with multiple sclerosis.
    Kimball SM, Ursell MR, O'Connor P, Vieth R.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Sep;86(3):645-51.
    PMID: 17823429

    Conclusions: Patients' serum 25(OH)D concentrations reached twice the top of the physiologic range without eliciting hypercalcemia or hypercalciuria. The data support the feasibility of pharmacologic doses of vitamin D3 for clinical research, and they provide objective evidence that vitamin D intake beyond the current upper limit is safe by a large margin.
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DIRECT-MS - 0 views

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    "In 1995 my son received the devastating diagnosis of MS. Having been a research scientist for 30 years, I decided to plunge into the scientific literature for MS to determine the most likely factors which cause MS and to use this information to develop an effective therapy for my son.

    Notably, many people are having great success in halting or greatly slowing MS with nutritional strategies; many Testimonials are available. I am most pleased to report that my son remains in excellent health with no MS symptoms.

    I discovered abundant scientific evidence that indicates that various nutritional factors potentially play major roles in the onset and progression of MS. Strangely, this information was not being made available to persons with MS by doctors nor by established MS charities."
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Vitamin D and MS: Vieth - 0 views

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    Professor Departments of Nutritional Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, and Pathobiology, Bone and Mineral Laboratory, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5S 3E2
    Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Vitamin D and MS - 0 views

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    "This website is about Vitamin D and MS

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system (CNS), with an uncertain cause. Colleen Hayes and Donald Achaeson have suggested that insufficient sunlight exposure and chronic viral infections might be unrelated environmental risk factors for MS. These risk factors may act synergistically to enable the pathogenic autoimmune response.

    The prevalence of MS is highest where environmental supplies of vitamin D are lowest. Sunshine enables the production of vitamin D3 (VD3) in the skin. Epidemiological studies have shown that higher vitamin D blood levels are associated with lower risk, less relapses and a slower progression of multiple sclerosis. Higher vitamin D levels can be achieved in part by increased oral intake of VD3.

    Optimal health requires serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels higher than 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L) P Lips, 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) P Heaney or at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) R Vieth. "
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Vitamin D and MS: Burton - 0 views

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    "Dr. Jodie Burton is the acting principal investigator (PI) of the dose-escalation trial of oral vitamin D3 with calcium supplementation in patients with multiple sclerosis with Dr. O'Connor. She started the trial as his fellow, while doing an additional 2 years of training in MS specifically after she received her neurology certification. She completed her fellowship training in 2007. Now she is staff doing clinical research and continuing with the vitamin D trial. As of August 2009, she will be Assistant Professor in Neurology in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience in Calgary and at the University of Calgary. She will be part of the MS team there with Dr. Luanne Metz and the MS group.

    Please scroll down for an abstract of the trial:
    A Phase I/II dose-escalation trial of oral vitamin D3 with calcium supplementation in patients with multiple sclerosis."

    Conclusions:
    High-dose VD3 (~10 000 IU/day, possibly higher) in MS is safe and tolerable, with evidence of clinical improvement."
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High Doses of Vitamin D Cut MS Relapses - 0 views

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    "April 28, 2009 (Seattle) -- High doses of vitamin D dramatically cut the relapse rate in people with multiple sclerosis, a study shows.

    Sixteen percent of 25 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) given an average of 14,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day for a year suffered relapses, says Jodie Burton, MD, a neurologist at the University of Toronto. In contrast, close to 40% of 24 MS patients who took an average of 1,000 IU a day -- the amount recommended by many MS specialists -- relapsed, she says.

    Also, people taking high-dose vitamin D suffered 41% fewer relapses than the year before the study began, compared with 17% of those taking typical doses.

    People taking high doses of vitamin D did not suffer any significant side effects, Burton tells WebMD."
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Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. [Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1997] - PubMed Result - 0 views

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    Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis.
    Hayes CE, Cantorna MT, DeLuca HF.
    Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1997 Oct;216(1):21-7. Review.
    PMID: 9316607
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Vitamin D: a natural inhibitor of multiple sclerosis - 0 views

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    Vitamin D: a natural inhibitor of multiple sclerosis.
    Hayes CE.
    Proc Nutr Soc. 2000 Nov;59(4):531-5. Review.
    PMID: 11115787
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Vitamin D treatment in multiple sclerosis - ScienceDirect - Journal of the Neurological... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D treatment in multiple sclerosis.
    Myhr KM.
    J Neurol Sci. 2009 Jun 22. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19549608
    doi:10.1016/j.jns.2009.05.002

    Epidemiological evidence combined with clinical and laboratory analyses, and experimental animal models, suggest a possible influence of vitamin D on MS susceptibility as well as clinical disease activity.

    Supplement with vitamin D may reduce the risk of developing MS. An intervention may also reduce the risk of conversion from a first clinical event suggestive of MS to clinical definite MS, as well as reduce the relapse rate among patients with relapsing remitting MS. More studies are, however, needed to determine optimal dose and serum level for vitamin D, as well as target populations and optimal timing for intervention.
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Explaining multiple sclerosis prevalence by ultraviolet exposure: a geospatial analysis... - 0 views

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    Explaining multiple sclerosis prevalence by ultraviolet exposure: a geospatial analysis.
    Beretich B, Beretich T.
    Mult Scler. 2009 Aug;15(8):891-8.
    PMID: 19667017
    DOI: 10.1177/1352458509105579

    Conclusion

    This analysis suggests a strong association between UV radiation and MS distribution, and an increase in risk for MS in those areas with a low UVI.
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PLoS ONE: Vitamin D Status Is Positively Correlated with Regulatory T Cell Function in ... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D status is positively correlated with regulatory T cell function in patients with multiple sclerosis.\nSmolders J, Thewissen M, Peelen E, Menheere P, Cohen Tervaert JW, Damoiseaux J, Hupperts R.\nPLoS One. 2009 Aug 13;4(8):e6635.\nPMID: 19675671
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Association study on two vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms and vitamin D metabolite... - 0 views

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    Association study on two vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms and vitamin D metabolites in multiple sclerosis.
    Smolders J, Damoiseaux J, Menheere P, Tervaert JW, Hupperts R.
    Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009 Sep;1173:515-20.
    PMID: 19758194
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04656.x

    Discussion: We found no association of the Apal and Taql VDR gene SNPs with MS or with vitamin D metabolism in our population. Further research should assess the complex interaction between vitamin D, the VDR, and susceptibility to MS.
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Vitamin D levels in people with multiple sclerosis and community controls in Tasmania,... - 0 views

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    van der Mei IA, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard L, Taylor BV, Kilpatrick T, Butzkueven H, McMichael AJ.
    Vitamin D levels in people with multiple sclerosis and community controls in Tasmania, Australia.
    J Neurol. 2007 May;254(5):581-90. Epub 2007 Apr 11.
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Vitamin D in the Spotlight - Health For Life - MSNBC.com - 0 views

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    This critical nutrient builds bones, helps fight infection and may protect against some cancers. Do we get enough?
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Benefits and requirements of vitamin D for optimal health: a review - Altern Med Rev. 2... - 0 views

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    Grant WB, Holick MF.
    Benefits and requirements of vitamin D for optimal health: a review.
    Altern Med Rev. 2005 Jun;10(2):94-111. Review.
    PMID: 15989379 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Presentations about multiple sclerosis and vitamin D - DIRECT-MS - 0 views

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    One hour public information video lecture about vitamin D by professor Reinhold Vieth, Toronto University, Canada.Also a video lecture about nutritional interventions in multiple sclerosis,
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