Use of vitamin D (imo everyone should read this article)

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   Posted 12/27/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
For anyone who takes any supplements or is taking a natural approach to MS. This is a very interesting article.

The recent discovery--from a meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials--that supplemental cholecalciferol (vitamin D) significantly reduces all-cause mortality emphasizes the medical, ethical, and legal implications of promptly diagnosing and adequately treating vitamin D deficiency. Not only are such deficiencies common, and probably the rule, vitamin D deficiency is implicated in most of the diseases of civilization.

In those with serious illnesses associated with vitamin D deficiency, such as cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, autism, and a host of other illnesses, doses should be sufficient to maintain year-round 25(OH)D levels between 55-70 ng/ mL. Vitamin D-deficient patients with serious illness should not only be supplemented more aggressively than the well, they should have more frequent monitoring of serum 25(OH) D and serum calcium.

Claims that vitamin D may help prevent such a wide variety of diseases seem incredible until one realizes vitamin D is not a vitamin; rather, it is the only known substrate for a potent, pleiotropic, repair and maintenance, seco-steroid hormone with a single endocrine function, but multiple autocrine functions.;col1
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   Posted 12/27/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Ooh Dave!!  Somehow when I activated your deleted your signature!!  I am sorry!!  So much for being helpful.  If you go back and edit your post (hit that little pencil icon) you can get that to show up again. 

I take two thousand IU if vitamin D3 everyday.  I have to say, it is the only supplement that I have noticed to positively effect my symptoms.  I do have blood work twice a year however, to check for liver function. 

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   Posted 12/29/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I starting on the Vita D this week and I plan to take some additional supplements to help in other areas. Big fan of the natural approach when ever possible.
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   Posted 12/29/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dave

Best wishes on this. Let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 12/29/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Apparently vitamin D deficiency is far more common than previously thought, and the RDA established is too low. My doctor ran tests on me last summer and now has me taking 1000 IU daily in addition to what I get with my Citrical. I think I've noticed less muscle and tendon pain in the past few months, not sure what to attribute it to.
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   Posted 1/1/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi and Happy New Year Everyone!!!

I thought I had posted a query about the Vitamin D thing a few weeks ago, but I guess not. My acupuncturist treats many MS patients and alerted me to the role of D, and suggested I get my levels tested. I take a calcium and D supplement twice a day, but still don't know if it's MS-adequate. (Though at least my recent bone density scan results were "like those of someone half your age," according to my MD.)

Thanks for the link. I've printed it and will give it a good going over.

wink Steph57

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