New Research Explains 61% of Multiple Sclerosis Cases
Research shows that low levels of sunlight, coupled with glandular fever, could increase your risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).
This could be one reason that MS tends to be more common the further away from the equator.
The study suggested that low levels of sunlight could affect how your body responds to infection.
Vitamin-D deficiency could be another possible link.
BBC News reports:
The researchers found that by just analyzing sunlight, they could explain 61 percent of the variation in the number of MS cases across England.
However when they combined the effect of sunlight and glandular fever, 72 percent of the variation in MS cases could be explained.
Remember, when the American Cancer Society, or dermatologists, tell you that you should be avoiding the sun at all costs, they are dead wrong.
BBC News April 19, 2011
Neurology April 19, 2011;76(16):1410-4
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused through a demyelization process.
Myelin is the insulating, waxy substance around the nerves in your central nervous system, and when the myelin is damaged by an autoimmune disease or self-destructive process in your body, the function of those nerves deteriorate over time, resulting in a number of symptoms, including:
Imbalance, or loss of coordination
Astigmatism and vision loss
MS may progress steadily, or acute attacks may be followed by a temporary remission of symptoms.
Vitamin-D Deficiency and Viral Exposure Explain Vast Majority of MS Cases
A large number of studies have confirmed that your risk of MS increases the farther away you live from the equator.
In fact, a lack of sunlight was identified as a risk factor for MS as early as 1922.
Within the United States, your risk of developing MS roughly doubles if you spend your childhood—up to the age of 15—in northern states than if you live in the south.
Another previously established risk factor is the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), which causes glandular fever.
Eleven years ago, German researchers demonstrated the association between EBV and MS, showing that in contrast to control populations, 100 percent of MS patients had antibodies against EBV.
The authors suggested that EBV might play an indirect role in MS as an activator of the underlying disease process.
In the most recent multiple-sclerosis-update, published in the journal Neurology, researchers assessed the relationship between ultraviolet B radiation (UVB) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) exposure in British MS patients.
Using English national Hospital Episode Statistics, they obtained the prevalence of MS and infectious mononucleosis (caused by the Epstein-Barr virus) during the seven-year period from 1998 to 2005.
The UVB intensity data was collected from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
After evaluating the relationships between these three variables: MS prevalence, Epstein-Barr virus prevalence, and UVB intensity, they found that UVB exposure alone could explain 61 percent of the variations of MS cases across England.
When they combined UVB exposure and incidence of glandular fever, 72 percent of the variations could be explained.
The authors concluded that:
"UVB exposure and infectious mononucleosis (IM) together can explain a substantial proportion of the variance of MS.
The effect of UVB on generating vitamin-D seems the most likely candidate for explaining its relationship with MS.
There is a pressing need to investigate the role of vitamin-D and EBV and how they might interact to influence MS risk to identify potential prevention strategies."
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Vitamin-D ~ An Essential Health Factor that Can No Longer Be Ignored
Previous studies have shown that vitamin-D can positively affect MS by altering chemicals called cytokines, which modulate your immune system and can either fight or increase inflammation.
Therefore, one of the best things you can do for your health in general is also one of the best preventive strategies against autoimmune diseases like MS, getting enough regular sun exposure so your body can produce optimal amounts of vitamin-D.
Studies have also found that increased dietary intake of vitamin-D helps protect against the development of MS, so if you don't have access to regular sun exposure, or a safe tanning bed, you may want to seriously consider oral supplementation with vitamin-D3.
One such multiple-sclerosis-update, published in 2004, found that women who took vitamin-D containing multivitamin supplements were 40 percent less likely to develop MS than women who did not supplement.
Keep in mind that this study was based on far lower vitamin-D dosages than what we now know are needed, so if you optimize your levels, you're likely to reduce your risk by far more than 40 percent…
There's simply no question that one of the most important physical steps you can take to control your health is to make sure your vitamin-D levels are optimized to between 50-70 ng/ml.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Beware of Conventional MS Treatments
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a very serious illness.
Things have changed, however.
In researching a vast array of natural health therapies, I came to realize there are a number of different strategies available, the most important of which is optimizing your vitamin-D levels.
Personally, I believe it's medical malpractice to treat someone with an autoimmune disease and not address and monitor their vitamin-D levels.
If you go the conventional route, please beware that the routine treatment of MS includes a variety of very toxic and dangerous medications that in no way address the underlying cause of the disease.
I strongly recommend avoiding these drugs, and if you're already on them, to wean yourself off, as they are some of the most toxic drugs used in the field of medicine.
These drugs include:
Prednisone, a steroid hormone that can significantly impair your immune system, and cause diseases like osteoporosis and cataracts
Interferon. This drug is quite deceptive, because even though it's a natural substance, it's typically given in a dose that shuts down your body's natural feedback loop.
As a result, it tends to do more harm than good.
The chance of going into remission with conventional treatments is close to zero.
Your chances actually increase considerably when employing natural therapies, such as the ones discussed below.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ How to Treat Multiple Sclerosis Without Dangerous Drugs
Many of the recommended strategies for MS are identical to the general-health principles we've been preaching for years, but a few stand out as being specifically applicable to the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as MS.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Optimize your vitamin-D levels
This is an essential step, and while the optimal level for general health lies between 50-70 ng/ml, when treating diseases such as cancer, heart disease, or autoimmune diseases, your level should ideally be somewhere between 70-100 ng/ml.
The preferred method to raise (and maintain) your vitamin-D levels is by regularly exposing large amounts of your skin to sunshine, or by using a safe tanning bed.
If neither is available, you can use an oral supplement of vitamin-D3.
Keep in mind that the daily recommended allowance (RDA) is woefully inadequate!
Depending on your situation, you may need anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 IU's a day.
As a general guideline, vitamin-D experts recommend taking 35 IU's per pound per day.
However, you must get your vitamin-D level tested prior to starting, and regularly thereafter, to evaluate the success of the dose you're taking.
This is the only way to determine the ideal dosage, as it's highly individual and dependent on a variety of factors.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Optimize your essential fat intake
Secondly, you need to make sure you're getting a good supply of animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil.
You also need to avoid damaged, processed fats found in most all processed foods.
Especially damaging are the omega-6 fats found in soy, canola, and corn oil.
These are usually highly oxidized and also contain trans fats and cyclic fats that imbed themselves into your cell membranes, distorting the cellular functions.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Eliminate sugar, particularly fructose!
Another crucial element is to eliminate as much sugar and fructose as possible from your diet.
Cutting out processed foods and sweetened beverages will go a long way to reduce excess fructose, in addition to eliminating the majority of damaging fats in your diet.
You simply must keep your daily total fructose intake below 25 grams.
If you haven't yet grasped the toxic nature and profound health dangers of fructose, now's the time to get with it.
Sugar can contribute to the development of a number of autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
It also increases uric acid levels, which leads to chronic, low-level inflammation, which has far-reaching consequences for your health.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Eliminate pasteurized milk and dairy
This is another critical element.
Studies have shown that cow's milk consumption is correlated with MS prevalence (Neuroepidemiology 1992;11:304-12, and Neuroepidemiology 1993;12:15-27).
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Avoid aspartame or commercial fruit juices
Aspartame rapidly metabolizes to methanol a potent neurotoxin.
Additionally fruits and vegetables are also loaded with methanol but when they are consumed fresh it is bound to pectin and your body does not have the enzymes to break it down.
However when fruits and vegetables are processed and put into glass jars or cans the methanol dissociates and can be liberated in high quantities.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Eat plenty of raw food!
This is an important principle for optimal health that wouldn't normally recommend for everyone.
However, I've found that for people with severe autoimmune disease, it's even more important.
Some of the most dramatic improvements we've seen in patients using nutritional changes have come about as the result of eating their food raw instead of cooked.
That includes free-range organic eggs and high-quality, organic meats as well.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Tailor your diet to your nutritional type
Without out a doubt, Nutritional Typing™ has been the most profound nutritional intervention I have ever seen, and physicians are now starting to use nutritional typing in the treatment of many serious diseases, particularly cancer.
Dr. Burzynski and Dr. Gonzalez are just two pioneering doctors making use of this powerful strategy in their cancer protocols.
This is helpful for nearly all diseases but particularly for MS.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Check your iron levels
Excess iron can cause damage to the endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels as well as create massive amounts of free radicals.
It can also damage your DNA.
Therefore, if you have MS it is very important to check your blood for iron overload, a process that is easily done through a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test.
The healthy range of serum ferritin lies between 20 and 80 ng/ml.
Below 20, you are iron deficient, and above 80, you have an iron surplus.
Ferritin levels can go really high.
I've seen levels over 1,000, but anything over 80 is likely going to be a problem.
The ideal range is between 40-60 ng/ml.
If you find that your iron levels are high, simply donate your blood.
Normally a person would require 1-3 blood draws per year, up to as many as one per month if your system can tolerate it, until your ferritin levels have been sufficiently lowered.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Mercury detox
Mercury is clearly a neurotoxic poison that should be avoided, so avoiding eating fish and refusing or removing mercury dental amalgams are also important aspects.
Certain supplements can also help eliminate mercury from your system, such as chlorella.
Multiple-sclerosis-update ~ Address early childhood emotional traumas
Last but certainly not least, there is nearly always a precipitating traumatic emotional event that causes your immune system to crash, leading to the disease.
Just as vitamin-D deficiency seems to be present in most cases of autoimmune disease, there is also typically an emotional element involved.
More often than not, some form of hidden emotional wound can be found in patients suffering with autoimmune diseases like MS.
Typically, this wounding occurred at a very young age, almost always before the age of seven; typically before the age of five.
Issues related to this event need to be addressed by using an effective energy psychology tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), but only with the help of an experienced practitioner.Tweet
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