Monday, April 11, 2011
Vitamin D, Multiple Sclerosis, and CCSVI
In an article a couple of months back, the Huffington Post reported on David Perlmutter MD's study of Vitamin D and its connection to MS.
He found that, "The group receiving the vitamin D demonstrated a remarkable 41 percent reduction in new MS events, a figure that markedly exceeds what is claimed by the standard drug treatment discussed above."
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According to Dr. Perlmutter's research, Vitamin D has an immunological function, especially in patients with MS. And other researchers show that Vitamin D also plays a role in vascular smooth muscle function and in the endothelium (the lining of blood vessels). Lack of vitamin D can lead to impaired vascular. Recent research shows, "A lack of vitamin D, even in generally healthy people, is linked with stiffer arteries and an inability of blood vessels to relax, research from the Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute has found." (Science Daily ) All of these benefits of Vitamin D are important for people with MS and CCSVI.
Vitamin D comes from the sun and from certain foods like mushrooms and fish. You can also find it as a supplement in forms Vitamin D2 and D3. We recommend D3.
So how much do you take? Start by getting tested. And stay consistent with the lab you use. We suggest testing 3-4 months for people with any chronic disease for the beginning.
Dr. Perlmutter, neurologist, in his study above, used a high dose of Vitamin D3, as high as 40,000 units a day in some cases by injection for patients with very low levels (single digit). It is important to work up to these doses and to have your health care provider guiding you.
Michael Hollick, MD,PhD, a Vitamin D researcher thinks everyone should take 3-5 times the amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)> IOM recommends 600 units daily.
Terry Wahls MD, suggests Vitamin D3 coupled with spending time outside without sunscreen (careful not to burn). She discusses 10,000 units a day.
Dr. Tom Gilhooly, from the Essential Clinic in Glasgow, says lots of people with MS have problems with their Vitamin D receptors, and will have to stay on Vitamin D in order to stay at optimum levels.
Devin is on 10,000 units a day and gets tested regularly by the Vitamin D Council.
How much do you take? What dosage are you on? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Stay well and let's go with the flow!