Tuesday, 20 December 2011

MS in the Media: Scotland and Vitamin D

Prof E from Oxford wants to give Prof G a Christmas a present and has caught the media limelight with their desire to try and prevent MS by treating with vitamin D.

Prof E believes that the rates of multiple sclerosis are so "dire" in Scotland that essential foods should be fortified with vitamin D. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (should we really believe this?) he says the Scottish government could face legal action from people who go on to develop MS in future.

Prof Ebers' efforts to convince the Scottish government and its top health advisor, Sir Harry Burns, that the whole population needs to take vitamin D has so far come to nothing .

As Scotland has the highest levels of MS and the cost of giving enough vitamin D supplementation is a few pence a person a day. Surely it must be worth it to invest in this health issue, if only to just shut Prof E and Prof G up!

5 comments:

  1. Wow, we should all sue the UK government for willingly causing our MS.

    T'ink about it:

    *They refused to extend daylight hours in the winter, thus limiting sunshine.

    * They didn't bother to fortify our school dinners.

    * For those of us that were forced to take vitamin pills as kids, they rationed vit D quotas to only 400mg, knowing full well that is no where near enough.

    * Can't think of anything else.

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  2. Suing Governments, if Prof E said this which I doubt it, sounds abit
    IG11 to me.

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  3. A Doc once said to me that if they had a patient who was a bit nuts they would put IG11 on their chart. If they were really reaily nuts it would be RM10.

    Its all post codes (Zip codes for our American readers) from places in East London

    IG11 is Barking................
    (mad as a mad dog)

    RM10 is Dagenham, which is three stops on (the London Underground) from Barking

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  4. www.peevish.co.uk/slang/d.htm

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  5. Re: "Wow, we should all sue the UK government for willingly causing our MS."

    We haven't proved that vD deficiency causes MS. We are simply suggesting it is a very important contributing factor. In addition, vD deficiency may act very on in life; possibly in utero. There are too many unanswered questions at present to expect public health officials to adopt widespread vD supplementation programmes. However, there is enough evidence for them to help set-up a regional observational study of high-dose supplementation, for example in Scotland, which has the highest incidence of MS in the world.

    "Please may the Department of Health Shine on Scotland!"

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