Back in 2009, my neurologist put me on 5000IU's of vitamin D a day. When I told people how much I was taking, most either looked at me like I was nuts (including other doctors) or questioned the safety of taking such a dose. I was lucky, my neurologist was also a researcher and on top of the latest info, so when he told me to take the high dose of vitamin D daily I didn't hesitate to do so.
Fast forward three years: I'm sitting in the waiting room of my primary care physician, watching the TV showing varies public service announcements and health tips to pass the time. I was pleasantly surprised when a segment about vitamin D came on and the announcer included "to help prevent the autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis".
Main stream medicine has finally caught onto what my neurologist realized three years ago- vitamin D (or lack thereof) plays a key role in the development and progression of MS. Here's just a few interesting studies to have a look at:
High Doses of Vitamin D Cut MS Relapses
Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
Rare Gene Links Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
Vitamin D could reduce risk of childhood MS and progression of disease
I could continue posting many more links but I think you get my point. Vitamin D plays a role in not only the development of MS but the course in which the disease takes. I changed from Copaxone to Rebif around the same time my doctor started me on 5000IU's of vitamin D daily. Prior to that, I was relapsing and ending up on IV Steroids every 3-5 months. Since then, I've only been on IV Steroids twice, the most recent time being over 18 months ago. I have often said I suspected my increased disease stability wasn't due to switching to Rebif, but rather religiously taking my vitamin D every morning. As more and more research is done and studies are released, I believe that to be true more than ever.
If you haven't had your vitamin D levels tested, do so. Talk to your doctor and decide what the best dose of vitamin D is for you to take daily. If you have children, get them on a multivitamin with 100% of the daily allowance of vitamin D. It's such a small step but it could make a huge difference in the health of both you and children.
Until next time, be well