1. Does complete suppression of resistant infantile myoclonic jerks by ACTH characterize West’s…

1. Does complete suppression of resistant infantile myoclonic jerks by ACTH characterize West’s syndrome? 2. Are anticholinergics the first line of treatment for primary torsion dystonia? 3. Can multiple sclerosis (MS) be associated with lack of vitamin D, lack of sunlight or low fish/cod-liver oil in the diet? By looking at the epidemiology (none at the equator; more outside 40° latitude, both north and south; less on top of Swiss mountains than in the Swiss valleys; more in fishing coastal towns and in Eskimos) this seems to be very important. Vitamin D modulates the immune system and active vitamin D given to rats with experimental MS (acute encephalomyelitis) lowers the monocyte count in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) by 90% in 72 hours with return of power to their limbs. Japanese MS patients who ate plenty of fish were found to have vitamin-D-receptor pleomorphism. The staple grains and cereals (wheat, barley, oats) eaten in Scandinavian and northern European countries contain phytic acid, which blocks vitamin D absorption, and rice is the only cereal free of phytic acid. Are there any studies where low vitamin D levels in blood are associated with MS relapse?

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