Another Study on Vitamin D and MS

I have mentioned before that it is possible that Vitamin D plays a role in the prevention and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, and a new study seems to confirm this. I become more impressed with Vitamin D every day as I read more and more studies. In fact, in a few days I have a pretty big post about Vitamin D and pregnancy coming.

I have been trying to get a lot of sun lately. I really eat up the sun. I usually put sunblock on my face, legs, and forearms this time of year (because they have gotten a lot of sun exposure by now), whereas I tend to do work around the house (or run outside, if I am in the country) without a shirt, if I have a degree of privacy. I try my best to balance the need for free Vitamin D with the damage the sun might do (both cancer and wrinkles).

Research: Multiple Sclerosis could be a Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D keeps me busy. There just seems to be too many positive studies coming out for me to keep track of all of them. Fortunately, the Vitamin D Council produces a newsletter that helps. I highly recommend subscribing!

In what could be an amazing finding, researchers linked the causes of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with Vitamin D deficiency. The Times is reporting that scientists have found a direct genetic link between low Vitamin D levels and MS. Some researchers believe that giving all pregnant mothers, and young children, vitamin D supplements could eradicate Multiple Sclerosis entirely. If this is true, then MS could be a bit like Scurvy, the disease associated with Vitamin C deficiency. Scurvy confounded physicians of the time, until it was found that the juice of a humble lime could cure it.

I supplement with Vitamin D. The supplement is cheap, widely available, and pretty much non-toxic.

In less exciting news, Medicare apparently will no longer pay for Vitamin D blood level testing. So, here we have a vitamin that is associated with lower risks of cancer, heart disease, depression, and MS, and Medicare decides to stop paying for testing for it. This is why I don’t trust the government to make me healthy, and am not too excited about government sponsored health care (not that I am too thrilled with the way private health care has been going).