Reducing the risk of exacerbation of MS can be achieved. But, you might ask, how can I do this? Sometimes, the answer is in the past; so, let’s look back. See below.
In1981, R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a ‘seasonal stimulus’ intimately associated with sunshine explained astonishing seasonality of flu epidemics. Radiation from the sun interacts with the skin and causes seasonal vitamin D production. During the winter, vitamin D deficiency is common. The active form of vitamin D (vitamin D3) acts on the immune system and has anti-inflammatory qualities as well as qualities that cause cells to produce chemicals to help them destroy infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi). In addition, volunteers inoculated with live attenuated influenza virus are more likely to develop fever and evidence of an immune response in the winter. Further, vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory infections. A reduction in the incidence of viral infections also occurs with sunlight exposure and artificial means of radiation.
Based on these findings, it is concluded that Hope-Simpson’s ‘seasonal stimulus’ may be vitamin D, or lack of it. (SOURCE: Epidemiol Infect. 2006 December; 134(6): 1129–1140. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D J. J. CANNELL, R. VIETH, J. C. UMHAU, M. F. HOLICK, W. B. GRANT, S. MADRONICH, C. F. GARLAND, and E. GIOVANNUCCI)
Depending on geographic location, the majority of exacerbations in multiple occur in the winter months. An infection (predominantly upper airway infections) increases the risk of an exacerbation. In deed, exacerbations of multiple sclerosis (MS) are triggered by viral upper respiratory infections (URIs). Exacerbation may lead to increase in disability. Moreover, when you have MS, you have a high increased risk of pneumonia—- a threefold increased risk. Vitamin D 3 supplementation during the winter reduces the incidence of influenza A which leads to a reduction of pneumonia. (Source references provided on request)
So, to reduce your chances of experiencing an exacerbation, take vitamin D3, at least 5,000 i u daily.
To Your Health,
Dr. Rudy Cartwright
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