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Vitamin D – What you should Know

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Many facts come to surface lately concerning Vitamin D. Since summer is coming I thought I should remind you what’s important in my opinion concerning MS and Vitamin D.

1. If you have MS the best and SAFEST way to get your vitamin D is through Vitamin D supplements. Prefer to find it in a dry form tablet and DON’T USE any fish liver products because they may be contaminated by heavy metals. For Dr Klenner protocol we suggest Vitamin D3 (Cholecalsiferol) – 2000 – 5000IUs daily (dosage may be increased at doctor’s suggestion). Don’t listen to the RDAs spouted by the public health agencies. They are not nearly enough to keep you healthy. It is said that to prevent the flu, children need 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D, while adults need 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU

2. Exposure to sunlight causes vitamin D to be produced in your skin. But only a portion of the solar spectrum, known as ultraviolet  (UVB), that has this effect. Other parts of the solar spectrum can have very different  and even harmful effects. UVA can cause cancerous mutations, and can also break down the vitamin D formed in your skin after outdoor UVB exposure.

Exposure to sunlight for patients with MS IS NOT A WISE WAY TO GET YOUR VITAMIN D. If you are sure you can tolerate exposing to the sun don’t expose yourself more than 20 minutes be SURE the temperature is not very high and it’s early in the morning. Recent studies have also shown that after Vitamin D is synthesised in your skin it takes up to 48 hours to enter the bloodstream. This means that washing all over your body with soap will destroy your vitamin D after sun exposure.

Not many people are not going to bathe for two full day, however  you really only need to use soap  underneath your arms and your groin area, so this is not a major hygiene issue. You’ll just want to avoid soaping up the larger areas of your body that were exposed to the sun.

3. Use ONLY NATURAL SUNSCREENS with non toxic ingredients. Don’t forget that the main protection is not in the skin but INSIDE THE BODY. For example before you expose yourself to sunlight have 2 grams of Vitamin C. This is a very good antioxidant way to stay protected.

4. Flue: Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. If you have low vitamin D, you will not be protected by your body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides), which are released by vitamin D. This means that a person with a low vitamin D level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine’s answer to preventing the flu is the flu shot. What they don’t tell you is that flu shots don’t work.

A recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. And no studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly, yet this is one of the key groups to which they’re pushed

5. Don’t forget that recent studies show a strong correlation between Vitamin D and MS. It is essential for maintaining normal calcium and phosphorus metabolism. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D also works in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone mineralization.

Some of the info aquired from Dr Mercola’s website

Carmen

Hi my name is Carmen and I am a 34 year old woman that has been suffering from M.S. since age 18. Two years ago I heard about this treatment that promises  to give me my life back and I decided to give it a try .and so glad I did. The first I felt was my energy back,no more fatigue I could go on for longer days. My legs stated feeling warm again and my vision is more focused . I’m still using a walker but my overall energy level is back.I am so exited about what’s to come, so glad I made the choice to give it a try. I will let you know my progress.

Wishing all the best of health,
Carmen

Γεια σας. Το όνομά μου είναι Carmen και είμαι 34 χρονών. Πάσχω από ΣΚΠ από τα 18 μου χρόνια. Πριν δυο χρόνια άκουσα γι’αυτη ότι αυτή η υποσχόμενη θεραπεία  θα μου δώσει τη ζωή μου πίσω και αποφάσισα να τη δοκιμάσω. Εϊμαι πολύ χαρούμενη που το έκανα. Το πρώτο πράγμα που ένιωσα ήταν να κερδίζω ξανά την ενέργειά μου, όχι πια κούραση, μπορούσα να αντέχω περισσότερες μέρες. Ένιωσα τα πόδια μου ζεστά ξανά και την όρασή μου να μπορώ να επικεντρώνω. Χρησιμοποιώ ακόμα μπαστούνι αλλά η γενική ενέργειά μου έχει επανέλθει. Είμαι ενθουσιασμένη για ό,τι πρόκειται να ακολουθήσει, τόσο χαρούμενη που έκανα αυτή την επιλογή και δοκίμασα. Θα σας ενημερώσω για την πρόοδό μου.
Εύχομαι υγεία
Carmen

Vitamins: It’s Dose that Does It

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(OMNS, February 2, 2009) There is a spin to most media reporting on vitamin research. The recent anti-vitamin media blitz, led by the Associated Press and USA Today, provides yet another demonstration. (Vitamins C and E don’t prevent heart disease. The Associated Press, Nov. 9, 2008. Also: USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2008-11-09-supplements-study_N.htm) With a paternalistic pat on the head, the media once again seeks to send you off to play with the reassurance that, well, vitamin therapy HAS been tested, and it just does not work.

Nonsense. Thousands upon thousands of nutritional research studies provide evidence that vitamins do help prevent and treat serious diseases, including cancer and heart disease, when the nutrients are supplied in sufficiently high doses. High doses are required. Low doses fail. Says cardiologist Thomas Levy, M.D.: “The three most important considerations in effective vitamin C therapy are dose, dose, and dose. If you don’t take enough, you won’t get the desired effects.”

Effective doses are high doses, often hundreds of times more than the US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) or Daily Reference Intake (DRI). Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., comments: “Drs. Wilfrid Shute and Evan Shute recommended doses from 400 IU to 8,000 IU of vitamin E daily. The usual dose range was 800 to 1600 IU but they report that they had given 8,000 IU without seeing any toxicity.” The Shutes successfully treated over 35,000 patients with vitamin E.

All the recent, much touted JAMA study does is confirm what we already know: low doses do not work. The doses given were 400 IU of vitamin E every OTHER day and 500 milligrams of vitamin C/day. Try that same study with 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin E every other day (1,000 to 2,000 IU/day) and 15,000-30,000 mg/day of vitamin C and the difference would be unmistakable. We know this because investigators using vitamins E and C in high doses have consistently reported success.

Low doses do not get clinical results. Any physician, nurse, or parent knows that a dose of antibiotics that is one tenth, or one-hundredth, of the known effective dose will not work. Indeed, it is a cornerstone of medical science that dose affects outcome. This premise is accepted with pharmaceutical drug therapy, but not with vitamin therapy. Most of the best-publicized vitamin E and C research has used inadequate, low doses, and this JAMA study falls right into line.

High doses of vitamins are deliberately not used. Writes Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D.: “I have been consulted by many researchers who proposed bold studies of the effects of massive doses of ascorbate (vitamin C). Every time the university center, the ethics committee, or the pharmacy committee deny permission for the use of massive doses of ascorbate and render the study almost useless. Seasoned researchers depending upon government grants do not even try to study adequate doses.”

The most frequently proffered reason is the allegation that “high doses of vitamins are not safe.” That is a myth. 25 years of national poison control statistics show that there is not even one death per year from vitamins. Check the research literature and see for yourself exactly who is being harmed by vitamins. Aside from the pharmaceutical industry, virtually nobody. Half of Americans take vitamin supplements every day. So where are the bodies?

Decades of physicians’ reports and controlled research studies support the use of large doses of vitamins. Yet to hear the media (and JAMA) tell it, vitamins are a Granny’s folk remedy: a buggy- and barrel-stave technology that just doesn’t make it.

In the broadcast and print media, vitamin therapy is marginalized at best and derided at worst. Is this merely laughable, or is there method to it? One may start by asking, who does this serve? Could it possibly be the media’s huge advertising-cash providers, the pharmaceutical industry? Pharmaceutical advertising money buys authors, ad space, influence, and complicity. Unfortunately, this is as true in the newspapers as it is in the medical journals.

Let the news media begin by disclosing exactly where their advertising revenue comes from. It may explain where the spin on their articles comes from, too.

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When supplementing with calcium, magnesium supplements should be taken as well.

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A new Vanderbilt University study in the US underlines just how important the calcium/magnesium combo is.

The Vanderbilt team reviewed dietary data collected during the Calcium Polyp Prevention Study. For four years, 930 subjects with colorectal polyps took a 1,000 mg calcium supplement daily or a placebo. Colonoscopy exams showed that subjects in the calcium group generally had fewer polyps compared to the placebo group. Calcium also significantly lowered the risk of advanced polyps.

Scrutinizing the dietary data along with the original results, researchers found that calcium reduced the risk of colorectal polyp recurrence only when the ratio of calcium to magnesium intake was low, before and during treatment.

Even though the best calcium- to-magnesium ratio is said to be 2:1, everyone is unique: “Biochemical individuality means it could vary quite a bit for different people. This one’s not black and white, to me.”
“Dr. Spreen “

Add to that, most of us would be hard pressed to figure out our exact intake of any individual nutrient on a daily basis. And figuring out actual absorption of nutrients would be even harder.

Facts taken from the HSI Newsletter

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