Vitamin D – What you should Know
Many facts come to surface lately concerning Vitamin D. Since summer is coming I thought I should remind you what’s important in my opinion concerning MS and Vitamin D.
1. If you have MS the best and SAFEST way to get your vitamin D is through Vitamin D supplements. Prefer to find it in a dry form tablet and DON’T USE any fish liver products because they may be contaminated by heavy metals. For Dr Klenner protocol we suggest Vitamin D3 (Cholecalsiferol) – 2000 – 5000IUs daily (dosage may be increased at doctor’s suggestion). Don’t listen to the RDAs spouted by the public health agencies. They are not nearly enough to keep you healthy. It is said that to prevent the flu, children need 2,000 IU a day of vitamin D, while adults need 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU
2. Exposure to sunlight causes vitamin D to be produced in your skin. But only a portion of the solar spectrum, known as ultraviolet (UVB), that has this effect. Other parts of the solar spectrum can have very different and even harmful effects. UVA can cause cancerous mutations, and can also break down the vitamin D formed in your skin after outdoor UVB exposure.
Exposure to sunlight for patients with MS IS NOT A WISE WAY TO GET YOUR VITAMIN D. If you are sure you can tolerate exposing to the sun don’t expose yourself more than 20 minutes be SURE the temperature is not very high and it’s early in the morning. Recent studies have also shown that after Vitamin D is synthesised in your skin it takes up to 48 hours to enter the bloodstream. This means that washing all over your body with soap will destroy your vitamin D after sun exposure.
Not many people are not going to bathe for two full day, however you really only need to use soap underneath your arms and your groin area, so this is not a major hygiene issue. You’ll just want to avoid soaping up the larger areas of your body that were exposed to the sun.
3. Use ONLY NATURAL SUNSCREENS with non toxic ingredients. Don’t forget that the main protection is not in the skin but INSIDE THE BODY. For example before you expose yourself to sunlight have 2 grams of Vitamin C. This is a very good antioxidant way to stay protected.
4. Flue: Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. If you have low vitamin D, you will not be protected by your body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides), which are released by vitamin D. This means that a person with a low vitamin D level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.
Unfortunately, conventional medicine’s answer to preventing the flu is the flu shot. What they don’t tell you is that flu shots don’t work.
A recent study published in the October issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu appeared to have no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. And no studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly, yet this is one of the key groups to which they’re pushed
5. Don’t forget that recent studies show a strong correlation between Vitamin D and MS. It is essential for maintaining normal calcium and phosphorus metabolism. By promoting calcium absorption, vitamin D helps to form and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D also works in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones to promote bone mineralization.
Some of the info aquired from Dr Mercola’s website