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Multiple Sclerosis is known as an autoimmune disorder where the body attacks itself, as if it is a foreign invader, which the body needs to defend itself against.

Sclerosis means scarring. Scarring is seen in the majority of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis that are diagnosed each year.  The scarring is seen as plaques or lesions on the test results from performing ms mri tests or magnetic resonance imaging tests on different parts of the body.

Diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis is done after performing mri tests, pin-prick tests, retinal scans, or a sample of spinal fluid is collected by doing a ms spinal tap and the sample is analyzed for certain protein markers that are characteristically present when the condition of Multiple Sclerosis is also present in the body.

Multiple Sclerosis is known to attack and often damage nerves throughout the central nervous system, throughout the body. The majority of the scarring that is seen in most cases of Multiple Sclerosis is present on the spinal cord or through out the brain.

The myelin, a fatty tissue which surrounds, insulates and protects the nerves running throughout the spinal cord, is attacked and damaged in the majority of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis.

The brain is surrounded by a membrane, called the Blood Brain Barrier, which protects the bra in from toxins entering the brain, which can cause damage to the sensitive nerves through out the brain.  The brain has no natural way of defending itself from toxins, such as heavy metals (aluminum, cadmium, lead, mercury and other metals), which can cause severe damage or at least severe cognitive problems with confusing and scrambling the brain nerve signals.  Heavy meals are especially known to punch holes in the Blood Brain Barrier, which can set the brain up for the conditions that allow Multiple Sclerosis to attack and cause damage to the brain.

It is also becoming more of a concern that other health conditions, like Leaky Gut, can set up the conditions where the natural defenses of our bodies are weakened so that it is much easier for Multiple Sclerosis attacks against the body, which can cause damage to our bodies.

Leaky Gut is a condition where the intestines are perforated or has holes in it, which allow partially digested food to escape from the intestines into parts of the body where it should not be.  The intestines or colon are know to be where the majority of the food that we eat is broken down and digested.  The intestines are also where the major part of the nutrients from the food that we eat is absorbed.  Leaky Gut sets up the body to develop more severe vitamin, mineral and other nutrient deficiencies, that weaken the immune system, reduce the effectiveness of the digestive system in absorbing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food that we eat, and also sets up the conditions that make our bodies more susceptible to the body being more easily attacked by Multiple Sclerosis.

MS Vitamin D or Multiple Sclerosis vitamin d

It is also becoming more of an issue that the countries, where people live that do not receive an adequate amount of sunlight each day are the countries where the much higher incident rate for Multiple Sclerosis is appearing on a more regular basis.  These countries are located further from the equator (both north and south of the equator) that are outside of the tropical areas and that often have more of the year with shortened amount of day light hours.

The more severe the Vitamin D deficiency becomes, the more of the symptoms begin to appear more often. 

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency can include:

* SAD (seasonal affective disorder) - this is a depression that is  Dependant on how much sunlight you have shining on your skin (your skin's reaction to the sunlight is to produce vitamin d), or how much vitamin D you take.  This type of depression us known to have a better chance of showing up in end of fall and beginning of winter, when the amount of daylight hours decrease. 

* anxiety - this can be another symptom of a more severe vitamin d deficiency.

* low bone density or soft bones can also result.

MS vitamin d and other vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be caused by lack of adequate exposure to sunlight, reduced vitamin absorption from food (often Leaky Gut is part of the problem), eating too many refined or over processed foods, not eating enough green leafy vegetables, fruit and other vegetables, and/or reduced liver and kidney function.

Taking vitamin D supplements, getting out in the sunlight more and eating more of the oily type fish (like sardines), along with eating a diet with at least 50% to 60% of green leafy vegetables, fruit and other vegetables can help reduce the seasonal depression that is a result from reduced vitamin D levels.

Other vitamin deficiencies can contribute to many of the other MS symptoms by allowing our bodies to over react even further to the often over reactive nervous system that appears to go with most cases of Multiple Sclerosis.

These vitamin deficiencies that do influence or add more problems to many of the Multiple Sclerosis symptoms that tend to be present in many cases of Multiple Sclerosis can include deficiencies in vitamin b12, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, eating too little fiber and because of eating
too many cooked or over processed foods.

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