TagVitamin D

Will the real slim-shady please stand up?

Vitamin D is one of the biggest confounders in MS clinical trials. It’s like a chess piece, where every move has an effect on the outcome. This latest piece of research from Romania studying the effect of Copaxone (immune modulator) versus prednisone (steroid) on circulating immune complexes (auto-antibodies) in RRMS, shows exactly this. The investigators found low serum levels of immune...

Do you use supplements?

Your body is a temple; or we’d like to think so, but even the most educated of us are susceptible to adding floors and basements to our temple with various additives and dietary quirks. Logic tells us that beyond fatty acids and vitamin D the rest is just fru fru, kitsch to our Id. It is not uncommon for me to get through an MS clinic without someone inquiring about diet or vitamins. So I...

#MSCOVID19: vitamin D & zinc

I have already made the case for pwMS to prehabilitate, i.e. to prepare themselves for getting COVID-19. You can read my proposed prehabilitation programme on MS-Selfie. One of the topics I cover is diet and I mention that you should ensure that you are vitamin D (vD) replete. There are three ways to do this. (1) The first is to get a healthy daily exposure to sunshine (~20mins of upper body...

The war on sugar (more posts below today)

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer ★★★  Just back from the NMSS ‘Pathways to Cures’ meeting in Washington DC during which we pledged to  STOP, RESTORE and END multiple sclerosis.  The END refers to prevention. We discussed at the meeting modifiable risk factors that could be tackled to reduce the incidence (new cases) of MS and one risk factor childhood and adolescent obesity. One...

Are nutritional supplements a waste of money?

Do you take dietary supplements? If yes, are you prepared to review what you are taking and ask yourself if you need to spend the money taking something that is not supported by any evidence? In the US the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently announced measures to regulate dietary supplements. The FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said: “It’s clear that the US Food and Drug...

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