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Take Part in a Large International Research Study on Lifestyle Factors in MS!

Posted May 21 2012 3:09pm

Two years ago I created an interview series with leading experts in the multiple sclerosis and healing world. One of them was Professor George Jelinek, MD, author of the awesome, thorough, and much-needed book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis . Well I am happy to report that Professor Jelinek has just launched a major international research project to examine what lifestyle factors contribute to the progression of MS, and they need your help!!!

The study is approved by St. Vincent’s Human Research Ethics Committee in Australia and they hope to enroll many thousands of people with MS. Those who consent to the study will fill in an online questionnaire about factors related to their lifestyle (eg. diet, exercise, sun exposure, vitamin D, Omega-3 supplementation, stress reduction) and their health-related quality of life, among other questions.

Over time, they intend to follow this group at yearly intervals to see if there is a relationship between changes in these lifestyle factors and the health of the group. They will analyze this information to determine which factors best predict the health of people with MS. Potentially this research may answer some of the most vexing questions in MS related to consumption of particular foods and fats, vitamin D and sun exposure, and the influence of meditation on disease progression, among other important findings.

Prof. Jelinek and I would be very grateful if you would consent to completing this survey, which should take around 30 minutes, and commit to doing this on an annual basis for five years. This may be the opportunity for the MS community to provide real data on some of the more elusive questions about the disease, potentially affecting the health of hundreds of thousands of people with MS in the future. If you have been diagnosed with MS, and are over 18 years of age and would like to find out more about this important research, please follow the link:

 

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