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Antibiotic use increases the risk of Multiple Sclerosis
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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2011 19:49

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Add vitamin D to Scotland's food – experts, Dosing whole population would help cut levels of multiple sclerosis, say scientists The following is a letter from Professor Stewart Fleming, University of Dundee to the Guardian in regard to above article:

guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 28 December 2011 16.00 EST Article history

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(24 December) on the proposal that there should be artificial supplementation of Scotland's food by vitamin D to reduce the frequency of multiple sclerosis did not address the two main questions of whole-population interventions. Is it effective? Is it safe?

Current evidence strongly supports a role for low levels of vitamin D in the development of MS, as your article says. However, other factors are also involved. There are no population-based clinical trials supporting the effectiveness of artificial dietary supplementation by vitamin D in lowering the frequency of MS.

On the matter of safety, vitamin D supplementation should have no adverse effect on healthy individuals. However, whole-population medication also affects the frail, elderly and ill. There are a number of illnesses in which vitamin D supplementation is potentially harmful. These are diseases associated with elevated blood calcium and include hyperparathyroidism, myeloma, lymphoma, tuberculosis and sarcoidosis.


How common are these conditions? In Scotland hyperparathyroidism alone affects 6 per 1,000 of the population – it is several times more frequent than MS. So while we need to examine this issue carefully, mass medication with no published evidence of benefit, and with the risk that more people could be harmed than are likely to benefit, would be irresponsible.”


Professor Stewart Fleming 
University of Dundee

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/dec/28/vitamin-d-ms-medical-research?newsfeed=true




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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2011 20:39

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Good find Gene!



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 Posted: Sat Dec 31st, 2011 09:25

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Frenchie wrote: Dr Trevor Marshall wrote:
"He says the Scottish government could face legal action from people who go on to develop MS in future"

I've never heard of any legal precedent in Scotland that dictates the government is responsible for doctoring nutritional supplementation of the population, and I very much doubt he has either.

I think the Scots have enough challenges with their diet without supplementing anything. (I speak from from 20years experience of living on that diet..)



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 Posted: Sat Dec 31st, 2011 12:46

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Oh, aye, I can relate to that!  :P

Happy Hogmanay, but let's skip the haggis on Rabbie Burns' Night!



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