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HEADLINE STORY: Vitamin D deficiency causes multiple sclerosis in children, researchers report

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

JUNE 10, 2009 — According to a story reported by Natural, the link between low vitamin D levels and increased risk of multiple sclerosis in children has never been stronger. “Children who develop multiple sclerosis have substantially lower levels of vitamin D than children who do not develop the disease, according to a series of studies presented at an international conference on multiple sclerosis in Montreal,” Natureal News reported.

2009-06-10-big-d2-copy.jpgAccording to the popular health news web site, “In one study, researchers from the University of Toronto tested the vitamin D blood levels of 125 children who had exhibited symptoms indicating some form of damage to the myelin sheath. ‘Three-quarters of our subjects were below the optimal levels for vitamin D,’ lead researcher Heather Hanwell said.”

Canada has the world’s highest MS rates next to sunlight-deprived Scotland, and for years researchers have speculated that the reason might be the country’s lack of regular sunlight, creating vitamin D deficiency. University of Calgary research shows that 97 percent of Canadians are vitamin D deficient at some point in the year.

Clinical studies have begun to identify that vitamin D’s role in improving human immune response may be linked to vitamin D’s relationship with MS.

To read the entire Natural News article click here.