Research Day Question Time-Question #5


The fifth Question of Question Time filmed for the MS Blog at the Research Day February 2013. 

Question 5.

Is a vitamin D deficit a cause or an effect of MS? (Q posted 4 December 2012). 


David Baker
Jeremy Chataway
Ruth Dobson
Ila Gangotra
Gavin Giovannoni
Gareth Pryce-Chair
Vasilis Vasilopoulos

For Introductions see Beginning of Question 1

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    • Which is why we promote it for bone health in MSers rather than a DMT. The data supporting the latter are weak.

      vD supplementation as a MS preventative strategy is another story!

  • That was my favorite video so far.

    When I graduated college in the early 90s, I worked for a publisher, copy-editing science journals all day. Most of the articles made little sense to me as a humanities major, but one was very clear: It was a lit review that argued that sun exposure prevented all kinds of diseases and cancers. It was surprising because, at the time, and for the next 20 years, the popular message was to "slather on sun screen" and hide from the sun for best health. I always wondered why the findings in that article never impacted what my doctors and magazines were telling me to do.

    (Yeah, I got MS nonetheless, but that's another story.)

  • "In your culture… In Pakistan and India a lot of families keep their daughters indoors, or cover them in sunblock nowadays, to keep them pale."

    That is such a xenophobic and racist statement, Prof G. Asians are not some primitive breed of primates that ban their daughters from going outside, rather more, culturally fairer skin is considered more desirable and girls themselves often shun the sun in order to not darken. When you see Bollywood movies you can see how a Westernised image and look is portrayed as the epitome of attractiveness. Parents do not impose a ban on going outside because of a fear of their daughters tanning. Perhaps you ought to stand as a UKIP MP in the next election.

    A man in your position really should choose his words more carefully.

    • Prof G's point was mainly about the desire for pale skin, doesnt much matter if it's the girls themselves who want it or their parents.

      Many south Asian communities (not all of course) do put many restrictions on girls, and for many reasons. It is not primarily for the sake of pale skin

    • There are many Irish Catholics that put restrictions on girls. There are many upper-class British people that put restrictions on girls. Women often have a hard deal regardless of what ever culture they exist in.

      You just have to sit among a group of African-American women and they will be the first to tell you how dark-skinned girls get less preferential treatment than their light-skinned counterparts.

      Prof G's comments in this video are wholly unacceptable and offensive. He may not have meant to offend but he most certainly has.

      In Britain, where hostility and misinformation towards the south Asian diaspora are rampant, Prof G's comments are symptomatic of how even those in high office are ignorant of the facts. I agree with Eugène Terre Blanche's rebuke and think Prof G should apologise.

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