Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It is characterized by loss of myelin, the fatty tissue that surrounds and protects nerve fibers allowing them to conduct electrical impulses. Scar tissue, or sclerosis, forms at the sites of demyelination and destruction of nerve fibers known as axons also occurs. It is estimated that 266,000 individuals in the U.S. have MS.1 (more…)

Vitamin D helps prevent Musltiple Sclerosis

For the first time, researchers have observed that having high vitamin D levels is clearly linked to warding off multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Published in the American Academy of Neurology journal Neurology, the study found that having high vitamin D levels helps prevent the development of MS in those who are beginning to observe symptoms of its onset. (more…)

Vitamin D – A Gene-Regulating Super Nutrient

one study with 2100 female twins showed that having adequate vitamin D extends life by five years

Patients with Parkinson’s were 55% more likely to be low in vitamin D.

Some of the newer colon cancer research finds that vitamin D turns on death signals in colon cancer cells and works synergistically with calcium to help prevent colon cancer cells from spreading.

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Mediatation reduces depression, fatigue, anxiety in MS patients

A new study conducted by the Swiss has demonstrated that certain forms of meditation may help patients with MS. The particular type of meditation known as “mindfulness” is where patients simply train their mind to focus more on the moment rather than the past or future. It is precisely described as “nonjudgmental awareness of moment-to-moment experience.”

The 8 week study conducted at the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland randomly assigned 150 patients to either take part in the 8 week study or continue on standard medical care. Those who performed the meditation reported lower levels of fatigue and depression for upwards of 6 months as opposed to those who received the standard medical treatments. Fatigue is often a major problem for MS sufferers with up to 50% saying that it is their most disabling symptom. (more…)