Multiple Sclerosis … and the French … High Risk …

Today – Wednesday, May 30 – is Multiple Sclerosis World Day. According to ARSEP (Fondation pour l’Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose en Plaques) – the French multiple sclerosis foundation – France is a high risk country for the illness. There are 80,000 known cases here. Of the 80,000 sufferers most live in the […]

Today – Wednesday, May 30 – is Multiple Sclerosis World Day.

According to ARSEP (Fondation pour l’Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose en Plaques) – the French multiple sclerosis foundation – France is a high risk country for the illness.

There are 80,000 known cases here.

Of the 80,000 sufferers most live in the north and east of France. These are the cooler and less sunnier areas of the country which points to the findings of research that the illness can be caused because of a lack of Vitamin D which we get through exposure to sunshine. (There are also more cases in Northern Europe than in the southern European countries, and the illness is virtually unknown in Africa.)

The illness also hits women more than men: Of the last 2,000 cases diagnoses here 70% were women.

Another fact is that a majority of new cases are young adults between 20 and 40 years of age.

ARSEP was founded in 1969 on the initiative of the Prof. François Lhermitte, Dr. Jean Roux-Delimal and Dr. Edmond Schuller.

What I would like to know now is the following:

This increase in multiple sclerosis is it not linked to how we have been warned these past 20 odd years not to go into the sun because the sun will give us melanoma (skin cancer)? That the young are now getting the illness is to me proof that this is so.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response

5-30-2012 at 14:22:21

Sounds as though you could be right Marilyn, I wonder what the statistics are in North America, we get lots of sun, but we too have the skin cancer warnings.

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