Survivor of breast cancer on how the Blu Room helped her
heal and keep her strength up during her healing process.
YouTube video here: youtube.com/watch
Carol was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2017. Along with her chemotherapy, she took the Blu Room Challenge at the Blu Room Wellness Center in Washington, MO.
In the link below from the end of December, she provides a brief video update describing her great energy levels which have continued to impress the chemotherapy nurses.
Researchers at the University of Granada subjected participants to short-term (acute) social stresses similar to having to meet a deadline for work or having a holiday dinner with family. The results demonstrated that after acute stress blue light accelerates relaxation compared to normal white light.
After performing a stressful task, participants were sent to lie down in rooms with either blue or standard white light. For the test group, the relaxation time was approximately three times faster than for the control group.
Most benefits of blue light reported in the journal literature have been based on the subjective perception of participants. In contrast, this study focused on objective assessment of physiological measurements of the effect of blue light (test group) or white light (control group) during a relaxation period after acute stress was induced in the participant. Heart rate and brain activity were monitored throughout the whole session.
"We conclude that the blue lighting accelerates the relaxation process after stress in comparison with conventional white lighting."
Visit a Blu Room for a 20-minute deep relaxation session this holiday season and feel the stress melt away.
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I had a problem of seborrheic dermatitis which was torturing me for twenty years. It got worse last March. In addition to being ugly to see, I also had a lot of pain. My ear was burning a lot, inside my ear too, even just touching it hurt. I couldn't sleep on my right side because my ear was hurting so much, My ear was very swollen and very hard.
I often had a liquid coming out of my ear like pus mixed with blood.
I didn't consult any physician because I didn't want to take any antibiotics or other chemical medicament that I was certain they would prescribed. Eagerly I was waiting for the arrival of our Blu Room!
On July 3, I began with the Blu Room. I took 2 sessions close together after which I was very tired and weak. I slept a lot and I didn't eat much. After a few days, the situation became absolutely better and the intense pain and burning sensation was almost gone. I'm still using the Blu Room 3 to 4 days per week.
My immense gratitude goes to JZ who brought us this marvelous gift, and my thanks also to Dr. Matt for his precious collaboration.
—Diana in Switzerland
In July 2015, my wife Claudia was diagnosed with a type of hyperthyroidism called Graves' disease. This is an autoimmune disease caused by an antibody called the TSH receptor antibody (TRAb).
These antibodies cause the thyroid gland to produce excess thyroid hormone T4 and T3. As a result, the thyroid gland is working too fast and causes following symptoms: irritability, muscle weakness, sleeping problems, fast heartbeat (palpitation), trembling of hands, intolerance of heat, extreme weakness, weight loss despite ravenous appetite, changes in the menstrual cycle, and enlargement of the thyroid gland. Claudia had all of them!
The blood results in July 2015 showed very low TSH, high levels of T3 and T4, and very high TRAb levels:
There are three main treatment options: medications, radioiodine therapy, or thyroid surgery if the first options do not work. I started to treat Claudia with the drug Strumazol at 3 tablets per day to block the formation of T4, which is only to treat the symptoms. A beta blocker was also added to the treatment to slow down her rapid heartbeat. With these drugs, her symptoms became partly under control but her condition was not cured. As long as the antibody TRAb is elevated, the disease is active.
This treatment is typically continued for up to two years. If during this time the TRAb goes back to normal levels the treatment is stopped. That happens in 50 percent of patients. The other 50 percent need either radioiodine therapy or surgery to have the thyroid removed. With either choice, the patient then needs a lifelong substitution of thyroid hormone. Understandably, we did not want the last two options!
Besides the conventional treatment, Claudia started complementary treatments: Homeopathy, food supplements, nutrition adjustments, frequency medicine, etc. As an RSE student, Claudia also started focusing on healing her thyroid gland.
From July 2015 to March 2016, blood investigations where done every month. The TRAb stayed elevated during that period with only two short periods when the value of the TRAb dropped to normal for only a short period of time and then elevated again.
In February 2016, we got the announcement of the opening of the first Blu Room in Europe. I immediately took the opportunity and booked for 4 days Blu Room retreat in Bad Mergentheim, Germany in March 2016. In those 4 days, Claudia went 5 times to the Blu Room focusing on healing.
In April 2016 (one month after her Blu Room sessions), the blood result showed normal rates of TRAb! This time the normal values of the TRAb persisted over the next several months which gave me the opportunity to gradually wean her off the Strumazol and the beta blocker. All of her symptoms gradually diminished and she regained normal and optimal health. Since her healing, Claudia visited the Blu Room in Italy once and recently a few times to the Blu Room in MÃ¼lheim, Germany.
From April 2016 to September 2017, blood investigations were done on a regular base. Her thyroid function stayed optimal and the TRAb values stayed normal the whole time. The last blood results date from September 2017:
We now have a 1.5 years of follow-up after the healing with no relapse of the disease. Claudia's symptoms are all gone and that she is in good health.
We are both very grateful for this wonderful healing.
Dr. Jo Linmans (MD)
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Calle Oriente 5 52
14030 Ciudad de Mexico
CDMX - Mexico
1. A case of eczema with extraordinary results: Woman of 45 years of age. She observed relief from the beginning. The rash diminished considerably, as well as the eruptions throughout her body. By the tenth Blu Room session she was completely clear of it and remains so to date.
2. Woman of 54 years of age. After her third Blu Room session she noticed that a vaginal infection had cleared, as well as her menstrual pain and pain on her right leg.
3. Two professional Jai Alai sportsmen with shoulder injuries recovered completely after 10 Blu Room Sessions, including the complete recovery of one of them with a chronic case of prostate inflammation.
4. The architect who helped build my Blu Room was diagnosed with a severe case of cardiac arrhythmia while he was working on the Blu Room construction. He was very depressed. He took 5 Blu Room sessions, and after that he underwent testing at the National Institute of Cardiology in Mexico City. His tests and electrocardiogram came out completely normal. He called me crying after leaving the hospital saying that it was thanks to the Blu Room.
5. Many people in good health come to the Blu Room to experience it. The young patients report a sense of deep tranquility that they had never experienced before. They also report a sense of inner peace, profound total peace, complete relaxation, a greater control of their thoughts and emotions, release and forgiveness of past experiences, love for themselves, greater energy, vitality, and joy.
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Calle Oriente 5 52
14030 Ciudad de Mexico
CDMX - Mexico
1. Initially, in my first sessions in the Blu Room, I would return home to go to sleep and felt very relaxed and a continuing sense of energy and the statements inside the Blu Room of love, peace, harmony, health, and I share this energy with my family and friends, transmitting to them everything I received from the Blu Room. In most of the sessions I fell asleep. What I always declare and focus on is that my health is great and in everyone around me so I can share with everyone in this planet as well as my companion. I declare and focus that love, peace, harmony be with everyone always. That is how I give thanks to God for allowing me to share.
2. After each session in the Blu Room I feel a tranquility that I had not felt and had not experienced, which produces joy as a result, with a spiritual relaxation that brings me calmness, inner peace, and a well-being seldom felt. Likewise, I experience something similar in each session.
3. I experienced sensations in my body like pins and needles, from one part of my body to the next. In places I felt like a sharp needle feeling, and my head was filled with thoughts from the people around me. There was a moment when I focused on breaking chains of my past, and my right leg started to tremble as if it had been stretched out from the tip of my toes to the hip. I also felt a sharp pin sensation in my chest, near the heart, and at the end of the session I felt very sleepy.
4. From the first day my health felt better and up to now I am enjoying the benefits of the Blu Room. I do not tremble inside anymore, do not need antidepressants, do not feel anxiety. I am very grateful to Dr. Carlos Garcia. My vision became clearer also and places where I had pain stopped and went away. Thank you Dr. Carlos Sanchez Garcia. God protect you and bless you. Cordially, Guillermina A.
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Exercise: Most people have little appreciation for how powerful low-impact exercise can be in supporting joint function. Vigorous low-impact exercise like walking is beneficial for your joints, as well as for cardiovascular, pulmonary, and other systems in your body. It's simply a myth that you can "wear down" your knees just from average levels of exercise or normal activity. In fact, inactivity causes your muscles to become weaker and actually works against optimal joint flexibility and comfort.
Achieve your optimal weight: One of the outstanding benefits of exercise is its ability to help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight which is highly beneficial to your joints. Each additional pound of body mass increases the compressive load over your knee by roughly 4 pounds. Losing weight reduces the load on your joints and makes it easier to exercise, and exercising helps you lose weight and supports your joint health.
Eat a higher quality diet: Eliminate sugar and starchy carbs from your diet. And definitely stop drinking soda. These foods do absolutely nothing to support healthy joints or a healthy body. In fact, their potential for damage is well documented.
Optimize your vitamin D levels: Vitamin D also supports a healthy immune response. During the fall, winter, and early spring in most of the U.S., Canada, and Europe, your vitamin D levels can drop precipitously. If your levels fall, you give up the support this vitamin offers for your joints and your whole body.
The Blu Room provides a year-round source of vitamin D that is a safe alternative to sun exposure and allows your body to make your own frequency specific vitamin D.
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Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that influences virtually every cell in your body, which is why maintaining a healthy level is so important. But vitamin D is equally important for your heart, brain, immune function and much more. For example, there's an important connection between insufficient vitamin D and both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Research showing this link includes but is not limited to the following:
Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half, or more. Recent research reveals raising your serum 25(OH)D to 40 ng/ml can slash your risk of invasive cancers by 67 percent!
Most of the researchers specializing in vitamin D agree that sensible sun exposure is far better than vitamin D supplements which do not provide the same effects as the vitamin D your skin makes in response to UV exposure. However, chances are you're simply not getting enough sun exposure to raise your vitamin D level.
The Blu Room provides a safe alternative to sun exposure and allows your body to make your own frequency specific vitamin D.
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Falk lives in Germany. He is in his 70s.
In 2013, Falk developed intense low back pain radiating into both legs. A bone scan and an MRT revealed osteochondrosis at his second lumbar vertebra. Below, Falk describes what has happened to him in the last six months:
December 2015 I received the message that a Blu Room in Bad Mergentheim will be established. I created my year 2016 in the CYY event and manifested for me to move to this beautiful spa town. In March 2016 I was 12 times in the Blu Room. The changes in my general condition struck me as impressive. At first, when moving in my new apartment the handling of partly heavy packing boxes caused me effort and backache. I felt me exhausted and drained. Already since the beginning of the Blu Room visits, I felt a significant improvement in the vitality and energy, the pain became less and less. And in the end I was pain free. My back pain in the lumbar region previously described now no longer existed. The setting up of the new apartment was easy. I felt full of vitality. Climbing the stairs to my apartment was normal again. In short, I felt like in a "fountain of youth."
Now the results of recent medical tests. A CT scan of the chest and abdomen on 06/16/2016 showed that the erosive osteochondrosis is no longer detectable. Comparing the images from the 01/28/2013 and now 06/16/2016, it is no longer visible. An even more accurate PET/CT taken on 06/30/2016 confirmed these findings of the healing the erosive osteochondrosis!
Everywhere I go in whichever ambulance and clinic whatsoever I am the messenger of the Blu Room. I talk with physicians. I present the flyer of the Blu Room and show my healing pictures.
Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio have developed a way to kill cancer cells using ultraviolet light. They used the technique on one of the most aggressive cancers: triple negative breast cancer. This type of cancer is also one of the most difficult to treat. The new technique may also help cancer patients with hard-to-reach or inoperable malignant tumors.
The therapy involves injecting a chemical directly into the tumor, then shining a UV light on the tumor. This causes the tumor cells to become highly acidic and die. In just two hours, up to 95 percent of the cancer cells can be eradicated.
Unlike chemotherapy which affects all of the body's cells, this technique targets only the tumor making it a very precise therapy. The researchers hope that this noninvasive cancer therapy will help doctors get rid of the most challenging tumors such as ones located in the spine, brain stem, and aorta.
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One example with vitamin D and pancreatic cancer - Chen Yuan and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston examined survival among 493 patients from five clinical study groups in the US who were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer from 1984 to 2008. Higher vitamin D levels in the patient's blood before the cancer diagnosis were associated with higher survival rates according to a study published online June 20 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
"We observed longer overall survival in patients with pancreatic cancer who had sufficient prediagnostic 25(OH)D," the authors write.
Hat tip to Charles Majors DC for sharing the information on Facebook.
Read full article here
From early May to the end of June 2016, Carol had Blu Room sessions once per week. Many wonderful things have happened for her as a result of the sessions but one of the most remarkable is the healing of her Stage 2 Decubitus ulcer or bedsore that she has had since October 2015.
In October 2015 Carol developed a Decubitus ulcer, better known as a pressure ulcer or bedsore on her rear end. At first it was the size of an eraser on the end of a pencil with purplish tissue. Despite the best efforts by Carol and her daughter, the ulcer began to grow and was increasingly painful. It grew into a Stage 2 bedsore that was three to four inches long, on its way to a Stage 3. There was also an open sore that kept growing. Carol went to the doctor several times and finally the doctor ordered a visiting nurse to come to the house weekly to keep an eye on it. The ulcer was treated with barrier block ointment and coconut oil, plus Carol was moved to a hospital bed for comfort.
When Carol began going to the Blu Room, her daughter Abby began to take pictures of the sore when she noticed improvements after the first few sessions. The changes became visibly noticeable. The open wound healed up and the tissue around it began to peel leaving behind new skin. Now it is just a purplish pink mark that looks like scar tissue. And it is no longer painful. The skin has improved a lot in the past few weeks. It is very different than the previous six months she was suffering from the ulcer when it was just getting worse and worse. Carol recently went back to her doctor who discontinued the visiting nurse, saying the sore was much better and to keep on doing what they were doing.
"I wish I had thought to document its progression from the beginning but taking pictures of your mother's rear end is a delicate thing," Abby laughed. "I certainly never thought I would be emailing the pictures to anyone! I am not sure if you will be able to see the changes over just a few weeks but I can. It was a huge open sore before and now it looks like scar tissue."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, bedsores affect the health of nearly one million adults every year in the United States. Most common bedsores advance to Stage 2 where the top skin layers die off, creating a shallow crater at risk for infection. As the average age of the US population continues to rise, bedsores will be a significant health problem in the years ahead. With the increase in MRSA and other contagious infections, the death toll and needless suffering will rise. The usual treatment for advanced stage pressure sores is complex and expensive. Along with the huge healthcare expenditure of treating a facility-acquired bedsore, most patients suffer enormous pain from a condition that could have been prevented. Finally, the life of the patient is often threatened when the wound becomes infected. In studies accumulated by the National Institutes of Health, the average cost to treat a facility-acquired Stage 4 bedsore and associated complications averages well over $125,000 for a single admission. Compare that to the ease of a $60 Blu Room session once per week for several weeks!
This classic paper is 20 years old this month. It is worthy of a thorough review by anyone interested in the science behind health and consciousness. Jahn was a professor of aerospace sciences, dean emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and director of Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab at Princeton University. He was a heavyweight in the physical sciences and also a visionary who weathered the storms of closed-minded critics who — like the Church refusing to look through Galileo's telescope in the 1600s — refused to look at Jahn's meticulous work.
It is still far too easy to be influenced by the closed minds of the last century barking their empty rhetoric from the bully pulpits of modern media. Don't succumb to Caesar's coliseum. Make the effort to fill yourself with hard science and understand its very personal implications for your health and wellbeing. What follows is a brief summary. The full PDF is available here.
The ability of a human consciousness to create profound subjective experiences for itself and others via art, music, or literature is not disputed. The sublime experience of human love and empathy enhance the subjective information perceived by both sender and receiver. However, the documented, quantifiable change in the objective information content of a physical system or a biological system solely by action of a human consciousness is vastly more controversial to discuss.
The most magnificent of all information processing systems is the human consciousness. It handles both objective and subjective information with an elegance and sophistication that no contemporary data processor can approach. Likewise, the most magnificent of all communication and response systems is the human physiology. From its atomic structures, to its many biological networks, the body handles all manner of objective and subjective information via processes that involve certain random components. Many diseases including allergies, HIV, cancer, and various neurological conditions are the result of disruptions in the many levels of information processing. However, when functioning properly the consciousness and the body are masters at exchanging information with the external environment, learning from it and adjusting to it.
The most intimate of all system resonances is that between the physical body and its associated consciousness. Each is heavily committed to the other for survival and growth. Through an amazing array of hard-wired and — in all likelihood — wireless connections, the mind and body have elaborate options for guiding, protecting, and providing for each other to the higher welfare of the whole.
As PEAR lab has demonstrated, focused consciousness can bring some degree of order into a simple random information string of ones and zeros. It is not unreasonable then to suggest that it can also influence the far more relevant and precious information processing systems that underlie its own health.
What are the elements of the process? The four critical ingredients are: (1) the consciousness addressing with volition, (2) its own physical body, or that of another partner, into which it instills (3) some form of beneficial information via (4) an appropriate resonant bond. It remains only to specify and achieve this last element that enables the information transfer.
To achieve such bonds, whether in a physical space or consciousness space, it is first necessary to acknowledge that there are distinct individuals who will partner. Then the individual identities must be at least partially surrendered to a bonded state if the exchange is to be activated. Success involves some blurring of identities between operator and machine, between consciousness and body, or between two human partners as sender and receiver. This is also the recipe for any form of love: the surrender of self-centered interests of the individual partners in favor of the pair.
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Vitamin D deficiency contributes to hundreds of common health problems.
There are over 33,800 medical papers with vitamin D in the title or abstract. Such research has shown that vitamin D can improve:
Correcting your vitamin D deficiency may cut your risk of dying from any cause by 50 percent, according to one analysis.
Vitamin D is not a vitamin. It's actually a potent steroidal hormone, which helps explain some of its health impacts.
The benefits of UVB exposure from the sun or artificial light include synthesizing vitamin D and the production of nitric oxide—a compound that lowers your blood pressure.
Recent research shows that UV abstinence is actually as dangerous as smoking when it comes to cancer and overall mortality risks.
Read more - Vitamin D Deficiency
Read more - Vitamin D Cancer Prevention
Numerous studies suggest low levels of vitamin D in the blood are strongly linked to increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS).
The ground-breaking study published in the January 2016 issue of Neurology, showed that MS patients administered high-dose vitamin D (10,400 IU per day), supplemented over a six month period, had a reduction in the percentage of inflammatory T cells related to MS severity. Patients in the control group, who were given 800 IU per day of vitamin D, did not show a reduction in these MS inflammatory markers.
Compelling evidence has linked low vitamin D levels with increased risk for MS, and progression of MS in patients suffering from the disease. Our understanding of the importance of vitamin D in immune system modulation continues to unfold with each passing year.
Read more here
Our state of mind influences everything we perceive. Our state of mind also influences our genetic expression. Mind and DNA are inextricably combined. Whatever the mind is, the body becomes, and the environment reflects. Watch this brief 3-part video set with retired professor of physics Amit Goswami to learn more:
Consciousness is the ground of our being. Quantum Physics shows us directly that we can make sense of the world only if we base the world on consciousness.
For example, the movement of objects are describable only in terms of possibilities. Who or what chooses among the possibilities to bring about the actual events that we experience? Consciousness must be directly involved. The Observer cannot be ignored.
We can only describe the objects, not the subject. So the subject must be more fundamental than the objects. Consciousness is more fundamental than the material world of things.
To watch the YouTube video presentation, click here.
With a special machine providing oxygen to the baby's lungs, and tubes feeding fluid and drugs into its veins, a powerful UV lamp is used to break down the harmful toxins building in the skin - doing the job the baby's undeveloped liver has failed to achieve.
The picture, taken in the Starlight Neonatal Unit for premature babies at Barnet Hospital in north London, is shortlisted for this year's Wellcome Image Award for medical and scientific photography.
With 1224 planes in its massive fleet, Delta Air Lines is world's largest airline. New blue LED mood lighting in the cabin is one of several enhancements, including:
Is vitamin D the wonder vitamin? Can it prevent certain cancers and chronic diseases? Find these answers and more in this series brought to you by UCSD School of Medicine and Grassroots Health where experts discuss the latest research on vitamin D. In this program, Edward Gorham, PhD, talks about how to use the sun, or UV light, for vitamin D synthesis. Series: Vitamin D Deficiency - Treatment and Diagnosis
YouTube Video Presentation is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMiswBTjNls
Natural Health Expert and Mercola.com Founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Biological Scientist Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D., about the link between vitamin D deficiency and autism.
Full Video Interview with Rhonda Patrick on YouTube is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQRga7QmomI
To read the full article on Vitamin D Deficiency and Autism click here
An article published in November of 2013 in the journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, documented that using blue light therapy at both 405 and 470 nm was effective in vivo to treat skin infections in rats infected with MRSA.
Video on YouTube is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha6En1CzLrU
Studies have shown that there is a link between vitamin D and high blood pressure! People who have higher vitamin D intake tend to have LOWER blood pressure. Why?
Sometimes, your body can produce too many cells in the muscle that lines your blood vessels. A build-up of these cells can lead to plaque, which makes it harder for blood to travel throughout your body.
Researchers have found vitamin D receptors on these cells, and vitamin D can bind to these receptors. This may help to reduce the risk of cells building up in your blood vessels.
Also, vitamin D may help in reducing the activity of the system that controls your blood pressure. This system is called the renin-angiotensin system. When this system is overactive, blood pressure can increase. A review (1) in 2013 looked at many studies involving people with hypertension. They found that for each 10 ng/ml increase in someone's vitamin D levels, they had a 12% lower risk of developing hypertension.
The people with the highest vitamin D levels had a 30% lower risk of developing hypertension compared to the people with the lowest levels.
JZ Knight comments on this important Vitamin D3 update:
"In the BLU ROOM a treatment of 3 minutes will deliver 7,000 to 10,000 IU to your body. See for yourself the amazing results that only a 3-minute BLU ROOM treatment can deliver." Click here for the location of a BLU ROOM near you.
(1) Kunutsor, S. K. et al. Vitamin D and risk of future hypertension: meta-analysis of 283,537 participants. European Journal of Epidemiology 2013;28;205-221.
LEE COUNTY, FL - Within minutes, a deadly infection can spread from a dirty hospital room. After all, a slip in infection control is what caused nurses to contract Ebola in a Dallas hospital.
That's why Lee Memorial Health System is deploying a new line of defense at all four of its hospitals--robots.
"We get the phone call to come to the room," Janene Bowling, lead housekeeper said. "We wheel it." Hospitals are deploying their own soldiers. "Plug it in," Bowling said. To fight the Ebola virus, Enterovirus 68 and common flu. "Once I hit the start button we have to leave and shut the door," she said.
Robots that emit continuous UV light.
"It penetrates the organism and specifically disrupts the DNA so they can't reproduce," Steve Streed, director of infection prevention said. At $38,000 a robot, one nicknamed Medusa at Lee Memorial Hospital gives off an unmistakable blue light that works magic within eight feet around it. In just 2 minutes the robot kills Ebola from any surface in the empty hospital room.
"It's quick, clean, easy," Bowling said. When basic disinfectants and bleach fail, this is a final step to stop the spread of infection."Any opportunity for an organism to linger from one patient to the next following discharge and admission of the next one is pretty much eliminated," Streed said.
Lee Memorial was one of the first hospitals to conduct pilot studies on the UV light. It works. You can even smell it in the air. "Well if you've ever been to a tanning bed there's an odd odor when you come out, you smell it," Bowling said, the robots literally zap the Ebola virus to death.
The role of vitamin D in curtailing the development of obesity and comorbidities such as the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and type 2 diabetes has received much attention recently. However, clinical trials have failed to conclusively demonstrate the benefits of vitamin D supplementation. In most studies, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] decreases with increasing BMI above normal weight. These low 25(OH)D levels may also be a proxy for reduced exposure to sunlight-derived ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Here we investigate whether UVR and/or vitamin D supplementation modifies the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in a murine model of obesity.
Long-term suberythemal and erythemal UVR significantly suppressed weight gain, glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease measures; and serum levels of fasting insulin, glucose, and cholesterol in C57BL/6 male mice fed a high-fat diet. However, many of the benefits of UVR were not reproduced by vitamin D supplementation. In further mechanistic studies, skin induction of the UVR-induced mediator nitric oxide (NO) reproduced many of the effects of UVR. These studies suggest that UVR (sunlight exposure) may be an effective means of suppressing the development of obesity and MetS, through mechanisms that are independent of vitamin D but dependent on other UVR-induced mediators such as NO.
Vitamin D can be bought over the counter
The Body makes Vitamin D in direct sunlight
Low levels of vitamin D are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS but it is the first study to show that supplements can help the condition.
Taking large doses of the recommended daily dose of vitamin D could be a cheap and simple treatment for multiple sclerosis, say scientists. Low levels of vitamin D in the blood are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS. And patients with low levels of the vitamin are also likely to suffer from disability, but until now scientists have now known if supplements could help the condition.
Now research by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has shown that upping levels of the sunshine vitamin dampens down the immune system, stopping it attacking nerve fibres. Around 100,000 people in the UK are battling the disease, so the new study suggests that upping their intake of vitamin D could have a major impact. The disease destroys the fatty myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibres and assists the transmission of electrical signals. It can cause symptoms ranging from mild tingling or numbness to full-blown paralysis.
"These results are exciting, as vitamin D has the potential to be an inexpensive, safe and convenient treatment for people with MS,â€ said lead scientist Dr Peter Calabresi, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "More research is needed to confirm these findings with larger groups of people and to help us understand the mechanisms for these effects, but the results are promising."
Vitamin D is known to be important for bone health and it can nautrally be obtained by eating cheese, eggs and fish oil, as well as direct exposure to sunlight. For the new study, 40 patients with relapsing-remitting MS - a form of the disorder characterised by active and passive periods - received either 10,400 or 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 supplements every day for six months. The first dose was significantly higher than the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D of 600 IU. Patients taking the high dose experienced a reduction in the percentage of specific immune system T-cells related to MS activity.
Above a certain threshold, every five nanograms per millilitre increase in vitamin D blood levels led to a 1 per cent reduction of the T-cells, the researchers reported in the journal Neurology. It suggests that the maxim dose could reduce dangerous immune cells by eight per cent. No such change was seen in those patients taking the lower dose supplements. Side effects from the vitamin supplements were minor and did not differ between patients taking the higher and lower doses. One person in each group had a relapse of disease activity, but while the study tested the effect of vitamin D supplements on the immune system it did not look closely at the clinical impact of the treatment. This will have to be the subject of future research.
The research was published in the journal Neurology. Original article can be found here
Outbreaks of the flu around the world from 1964 to 1975 by latitude and by season.
Seasonal variation of D levels in
a population in southern Germany.
Travel to Australia from the US in May as the Austral winter is coming on and you will be greeted by billboard and television ads to "get your flu shot." Having just arrived from the northern hemisphere where spring was giving way to summer, it may surprise you to see flu shot ads at that time of year. In the northern hemisphere, we are used to seeing such ads in the latter half of the year.
In our modern era of worldwide jet travel, have you ever wondered why the "flu season" is only in the fall and winter months and not year-round? In 2014, worldwide commercial airplane travel surpassed 100,000 flights per day. Over 37 million flights were scheduled for the year with dozens to hundreds of people per flight, all moving around the planet all the time.
Microbe passengers are carried north, south, east, and west by well over a million people every day yet the flu remains a seasonal phenomenon. Why isn't flu season all year long? A study published in 2006 in the journal Epidemiology and Infection provides an answer - vitamin D.
Solar ultraviolet radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin. Vitamin D, which is actually a steroid hormone rather than a vitamin, has profoundly beneficial effects on the human immune system. Vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter when the solar source of UV is minimal.
From the study's abstract: [Vitamin D] acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive expression of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the 'oxidative burst' potential of macrophages. Perhaps most importantly, it dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides, which exist in neutrophils, monocytes, natural killer cells, and in epithelial cells lining the respiratory tract where they play a major role in protecting the lung from infection. Volunteers inoculated with live attenuated influenza virus are more likely to develop fever and serological evidence of an immune response in the winter. Vitamin D deficiency predisposes children to respiratory infections. Ultraviolet radiation (either from artificial sources or from sunlight) reduces the incidence of viral respiratory infections, as does cod liver oil (which contains vitamin D). An interventional study showed that vitamin D reduces the incidence of respiratory infections in children.
Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus: in the first place to consider the seasons of the year...
—Hippocrates (circa 400 BCE)
...the characteristic microbe of a disease might be a symptom instead of a cause.
—George Bernard Shaw (Preface on Doctors, The Doctor's Dilemma, 1911)
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A recent study suggests a protein activated by vitamin D could be involved in repairing damage to myelin in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The study, published today in the Journal of Cell Biology, offers significant evidence that vitamin D could be a possible treatment for MS in the future.
"This work provides significant evidence that vitamin D is involved
in the regeneration of myelin once the disease has started."
Researchers, from the MS Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair, identified that the 'vitamin D receptor' protein pairs with an existing protein, called the RXR gamma receptor, already known to be involved in the repair of myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres.
By adding vitamin D to brain stem cells where the proteins were present, they found the production rate of oligodendrocytes (myelin making cells) increased by 80%. When they blocked the vitamin D receptor to stop it from working, the RXR gamma protein alone was unable to stimulate the production of oligodendrocytes.
—See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/vitamin d
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