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Hi All,

First post for me, recently diagnosed with CIS and have decided a preemptive strike is in order so have taken up the OMS approach since diagnosis 2 months ago. Neuro at the hospital is sending me for a second opinion at the MS clinic in a month so that will be interesting.

Anyhoo... Living in Aus. I need to minimise my time in the sun vs. risk of skin cancer so I'm looking for a graph which shows vit D production level vs time in the sun at different UV levels. A little pedantic perhaps but the cancer risk here is quite real and I want to ensure I get enough exposure whilst minimising the risk.

I've scoured the net without any luck finding what I want so if anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.


Hi Rimmer,
welcome to the forum! It’s great that you have found and adopted OMS so soon after diagnosis with CIS!

Have you already seen the following OMS page?
https://overcomingms.org/recovery-progr ... ng-levels/
Perhaps this would answer your question?

Personally, I have never looked any deeper into this topic, as where I live (northern Germany) too little sunshine is more of a problem (not even in peak summer we have significantly more than UV index 8!).

Best wishes
Thanks Zoe appreciate the link. Yes I've been using this data and roughly calculating the times in between the UV levels shown to work out an approximate time. I'd ideally like to find a complete dataset as my skin is an almost pale blue so I tend to burn easily :D
Hi Rimmer,
so, you had already seen this page. Sorry for referring you to information you had already explored!

Somewhere in the book or on the website (I can’t find the exact quotation right now!) Prof. Jelinek says that the skin has finished producing all the vitamin D which it can form within a 24-hour period shortly before it starts getting reddish. If you know the time span which your skin takes to show the very first signs of turning reddish – at different times of day / at different UV-index levels, it may be safe to expose your skin to the sun at maximum 80 % of this time span. (It may be difficult to see the reddening early enough, when there is very bright sunlight, everything is sunbleached and you are a bit blinded by all the light around you. I find that you can detect the first tinge of reddening better/earlier, if you look at your skin through orange/red-brown sunglasses. I would note down the time and make sure not to stay as long the next time.)

If you want to be on the safe side, there is always the option of getting your vitamin D via supplementation instead of sun exposure (as we in the higher latitudes must).

Perhaps you may find something of interest to you in the videos on Michael Greger’s website www.nutritionfacts.org which I find excellent. Below the video window, there is always the option to click onto “view transcript” or onto “sources cited”.

“The risks and benefits of sensible sun exposure” of July 11th, 2016
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-ri ... -exposure/

“Preventing skin cancer from inside out” of February 1st, 2016
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/preven ... nside-out/
(alcohol consumption increases risk of sunburn [or skin damage occurring prior to visible sunburn], but antioxidant-rich foods [berries!] decrease risk of sunburn [resp. extend the time span befor redness occurs])

“How to regenerate coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) naturally” of April 4th, 2016
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-to ... naturally/
(eating greens [chlorophyll!] and then getting some sun exposure rejuvenates our ubiquinol stores. As CoQ10 is considered very beneficial in all inflammatory diseases [though I can’t quote a source for this statement] and some PwMS take Q10 supplements, this may be a further argument for getting moderate sun exposure)

Best wishes
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