Today a large swath of the the United States will witness a total solar eclipse. As, the excitement mounts and people flock to the best viewing locations to watch the sun disappear, some of us will enjoy this amazing event with a much different perspective, one of thankfulness. The same fiery ball that we've been avoiding for years, we are finding may be much more of a friend than a foe to all of us in terms of its remarkable health benefits. Many of us upon diagnosis were told to stay out of the sun. That was not a problem for many of us because the second we would step into it, we would feel weak and exhausted, compliments of MS. What many of us on the protocol are learning however, is that once our vitamin D levels are optimized we no longer have these symptoms, in fact, we feel great in the sun. We've missed the sun and we can't get enough of it!
Someone asked in the group this week, "Is it harmful to tan in the sun with MS?" Here are some of the responses:
** For most of the people the sun is no longer a problem after Some months on the Protocol! Most people can even Go to the sauna again 😉
** No. And yes I am less heat sensitive since protocol and I live in HOT Florida.
** Me, too, [name omitted] and I still can't believe it. Our heat index is running at 107 o still, we don't have your Florida humidity.
** I didn't have as much heat intolerance today as I usually have and I have only been on the protocol 30 days today we went fishing from 7:30 to nearly 12 and it was hot and usually I cannot do that I was hot but I tolerated it better and I managed to catch a large mouth bass we are in North Carolina.
** It was a huge issue before the protocol, now I can bake in the sun and even be in a sauna and it doesn't bother me.
** I used to get really weak legs in the sun, now I can be out in it with no problem. I'm still amazed.
Why Does the Heat Bother Us?
According to the MS Society, "For many years, the “hot bath” test was used to diagnose multiple sclerosis. A person suspected of having MS was immersed in a hot tub of water, and the appearance of or worsening neurologic symptoms was taken as evidence the person had MS.
Many people with MS experience a temporary worsening of their symptoms when the weather is very hot or humid, or when they run a fever. These temporary changes can result from even a slight elevation in core body temperature (one-quarter to one-half of a degree). An elevated temperature further impairs the ability of a demyelinated nerve to conduct electrical impulses.
Activities including sunbathing, exercise, and taking very hot showers or baths can have the same effect. For example, some people notice their vision becomes blurred when they get overheated — a phenomenon known as Uhthoff's sign."
Dr. Coimbra says, "intolerance to environmental heat affects around 80% of MS patients. We always record the percentage of improvement of fatigue (the feeling of lack of energy even at rest; some patients describe as sensation of fever without increased body temperature) and intolerance to heat as clinical indices of reduced disease activity (autoimmune aggression) in response to treatment. From the second visit, the percentage of recovery from fatigue is subjectively evaluated by patients from 0% to 100% where 0% is equivalent to no improvement and 100% improvement (always compared to the first appointment) is equivalent to resumption of normal state of physical and mental energy. Patients usually start noticing reduction of fatigue around
1 month of treatment. Some patients who are in the first few months or years of disease activity will only recognize they had fatigue in the second appointment."
Scientists have determined that the prevalence of Ms increases as you get further away from the equator across the board with a few explainable exceptions.
Enjoy this wonder of nature today. Get your daily dose of vitamin D and enjoy the warm sun!
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