Neurologists would take vitamin D themselves if diagnosed but not prescribe for their patients
17th February 2013PDF File Download
This is a really surprising position and makes one reflect on what evidence-based medicine has done to doctors, to have made them so pedantic that they would not prescribe a naturally occurring vitamin, taken at physiological doses at which there are no known side effects, that has been shown to reduce the incidence of cancers and other autoimmune diseases, as well as reduce the risk of relapse of MS, despite being enthusiastic about taking the same supplement themselves. It also makes one wonder about the humanity of our medical advisors, who would do one thing for themselves and quite another for their patients, despite being convinced enough of the value and safety of the supplement to take it themselves.
While neurologists wait for conclusive trials we hope that PwMS will follow the advice neurologists would follow themselves or give to their own relatives, and which we at OMS have advocated since 1999. PwMS should take vitamin D in doses of 5,000IU to 10,000IU a day, aiming at a blood level above 150nmol/L. Their relatives should also take vitamin D supplements, aiming at levels above 100nmol/L.
The full editorial can be downloaded by clicking on the pdf link above right.
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