sunscreen as a Multiple Sclerosis cure

I wrote recently about Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and how a British scientist, Dr Su Metcalfe of LifNano, had come up with method that can potentially cure it completely.

Another scientist, Hector DeLuca in the US, has discovered that two ingredients of sunscreen, homosalate and octisalate, can halt MS in its tracks

MS is a disease which is prevalent in countries which are far from the equator, leading scientists to believe that it is related to vitamin D deficiency, so it is counter-intuitive that a substance that is intended to prevent sunlight (in particular, ultraviolet rays) from hitting the skin, should turn out to be beneficial.

He and his colleagues were studying the effect of ultraviolet light on mice which had a rodent version of MS. In particular, light at 300-315 nanometres. The experiment was designed such that light was shone onto the backs of mice that had been shaved to allow the light to reach the skin easier. Some of the mice had sunscreen applied to lessen the effect. Some mice had neither light nor sunscreen, and some mice had sunscreen but no light.

It was expected that the ultraviolet light would help lessen the MS. But it was found instead that the greatest effect was visible in mice that had the sunscreen applied, even if no ultraviolet light was applied to them.

After experimentation, it was found that the ingredients causing the effect were homosalate and octisalate.

Dr DeLuca suspects that the reason the drugs work is that they suppress the creation of cyclooxygenase, which is found in MS lesions.

Read more about cures for MS in my book, How To Live Forever.