Vitamin B12 & MS Link?
Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Is there a connection between multiple sclerosis (MS) and Vitamin B12 deficiency? You bet there is, and I was surprised to learn how many MS patients, as well as, doctors have no clue about this. One such study concluded that:
“…low or decreased levels of Vitamin B12 have been demonstrated in MS patients…as well as the potential requirement for supplementation of Vitamin B12 alone or in combination with the immunotherapy’s for MS patients.”
Imagine if Vitamin B12 therapy made the difference between sickness and health for some (if not most) MS patients? It certainly did for me!
Often though, both doctors (who are skeptical despite the research), as well as, patients become impatient before the results of Vitamin B12 therapy can be appreciated. And/or the Vitamin B12 given was in too small of dose to make a difference. Vitamin B12 is non-toxic even at extremely high doses (10,000 mcg), so why do doctors continue to “hold back” as if they need to protect their patients from dangerous side-effects when none exist? Why don’t they show such caution with drugs that actually do cause serious side-effects?
“Further studies of Vitamin B12 metabolism, binding, and transport in multiple sclerosis are indicated, as these cases may offer a clue to the understanding of a still mysterious neurologic disorder.”
I believe that quote from a recent study says it all, “…still mysterious neurologic disorder”. And they are just now finding the Vitamin B12 connection? But still, this “latest” news (for some reason) doesn’t reach countless doctors who continue to disregard Vitamin B12 deficiency as a differential diagnosis to a MS.
Sadly, it gets worse…
“In neurology and hematology textbooks, multiple sclerosis is not listed among the neurological complications of Vitamin B12 deficiency.”
So, if they won’t consider a Vitamin B12 deficiency as a differential diagnosis, how then will they ever think of it as a possible cause of MS in the first place?