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Vitamin D and autoimmune disease: New study finds one way vitamin D might help

Posted on: October 1, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD

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The immune system must be able to discriminate between self and non-self. That is, the immune system must be able to recognize the difference between foreign invaders and your own cells. When self/non-self discrimination fails, the immune system destroys self (cells and tissues of the body) and causes autoimmune diseases, diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus or type 1 diabetes.

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3 Responses to Vitamin D and autoimmune disease: New study finds one way vitamin D might help

  1. Rita and Misty

    Well, I must as always preface my comments with the obligatory “I am not a physician, scientist or scientific researcher, though I wish I were….” 🙂

    Dr. Cannell, I would think that if vitamin D increases Tregs, it might also be beneficial for those who have HIV/AIDS.

    I know that HIV/AIDS attacks T-cells and uses them to make more copies of HIV/AIDS virus.
    So I am thinking that if something like D can increase T-cells to abundance, perhaps the T-cells might just combat the virus–rather than the other way around.

    Just musing.

    Thanks for the blog; it was very good to read you.

    Be well,
    Rita

  2. Rita and Misty

    Also…much potential regarding autism…I am certain.

    “About one in ten women who have a child with autism have immune molecules in their bloodstream that react with proteins in the brain, according to a study published 20 August in Molecular Psychiatry.”

    http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/news/2013/large-study-links-autism-to-autoimmune-disease-in-mothers

  3. dew@richardshunter.com

    I think you’re missing the big picture – MS is simply Methanol poisoning, caused by methanol (AKA Wood Alcohol) in cigarrette smoke, wood smoked meats, canned fruit, and aspartame (and some environmental sources, such as copier fluid). The symptoms are identical, and it should really be called “Methanol Syndrome”, IMHO. See http://thetruthaboutstuff.com/published2.html.

    I suspect Vit. D. likely also helps MS, because it helps purge poisons from our body, perhaps through production of Glutathione (sp?), to purge Methanol (the same as it does mercury). Has anyone actually looked into this?

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