Skip to comments.The power Of (Vitamin) D
Posted on 09/25/2011 2:38:57 PM PDT by blam
The power of D
Sunshine vitamins potential health benefits stir up, split scientists
By Nathan Seppa
July 16th, 2011; Vol.180 #2 (p. 22)
A nutritional supplement that is free of charge, offers a wide range of health benefits and poses little risk sounds like fodder for a late-night TV commercial. It offers a safe route to better health, these advocates say, by promoting proper function of the bones, heart, brain, immune system, you name it. Yet, the proponents claim, most people dont get enough. Whereas humans prehistoric ancestors lived outdoors and made oodles of vitamin D in their sun-exposed skin, people today have become shut-ins by comparison and scant sun exposure means low vitamin D.
Of course, not everyone sees such a grand reach for the vitamin. While scientists concur that it is essential for bone maintenance, some stop right there. The skeptics note that vitamin Ds other promising qualities have shown up largely in studies that fall short of the gold standard of medicine the randomized controlled trial, in which groups of people get either a placebo or the real thing. While a handful of randomized trials have shown additional benefits, others have not, leaving a gap in the vitamins otherwise sterling reputation.
This debate came to a head last November, when an Institute of Medicine panel of scientists announced new vitamin D recommendations. The old intake levels were barely high enough to prevent rickets, a bone condition associated with the Industrial Revolution. The IOM panel boosted the recommended daily intake of the vitamin from 200 to 600 international units per day for most of the population. The new dose is about 15 micrograms, in the range of vitamin D found in most multivitamins.
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My doctor presently has me on 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly.
” Using an entirely different bag of tricks, vitamin D can stifle infections, a capability that was presaged nearly a century ago when doctors successfully treated tuberculosis with sun exposure. The strategy is now understood to stem from increased vitamin D, which has been shown to trigger cells to produce a handy protein fragment called LL-37 that kills the TB bacterium.
The vitamin appears to defend against viral infections, too. The annual winter flu season comes at a time when people garner little vitamin D from sunshine and blood levels fall. The timing may not be a coincidence, says Reinhold Vieth, a biochemist at the University of Toronto. Low vitamin D levels might offer the virus the edge it needs to gain a foothold in the population and spread from person to person.”
.... works for me
I also take 50mg of Zinc daily. if I get a slight cold it seems to prevent cold sores
I was taking 4,000 IU daily for about two years and never got colds or flu. My doctor did blood tests and put me on 50,000 IU weekly...that was a month ago. I’ve seen no change from the increased dosage.
Never gave Vitamin D a thought until a blood test showed I was at level 10 for Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy. Waay below the recommended 20 to 30 or more.
Since taking the D-3 daily, My triglicerides have dropped to normal, as has my cholesterol and my glucose is nearly normal! Unbelievable, but I am now a believer!
Prone to infections, have also discovered that good old Alka Seltzer helps a lot to prevent and tame bacterial infections due to the alkalyzer in the tablets. Who knew!?
Much rather supplement with old tried and true remedies than take the awful antibiotics which are sometimes worse than the problem for which they are prescribed. I know on a personal level, having had Stevens-Johnson Syndrome last year from Keflex and related meds.
Vit D is definently my number one vitamin. I’ve found it makes a huge difference in my mood especially when I’m running low on sleep ect. I take it before bed and in the mornings. I’d recommend it to anyone who occasionally feels depressed, moody, etc. It’s cheaper and has less side effects than any antidepressent. Be careful with A-D combinations. Vitamin A can accumulate to toxic levels where as Vitamin D can not. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people who have migraines may be sufferring from Vit A toxicity.
I’ve been through a lot of supplements and other than Vitamin D the ones I stick by are Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and Acetyl-L-Carnitine(ALCAR). I also take a Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc pill and Biotin for what its worth.
StevensJohnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) are two forms of a life-threatening skin condition, in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. The syndrome is thought to be a hypersensitivity complex that affects the skin and the mucous membranes. Although the majority of cases are idiopathic (without a known cause), the main class of known causes is medication, followed by infections and, rarely, cancers.
I started to get a cold recently and after looking at all the drugs with acetaminophen, among other things, I bought Cold Eeze...with zinc. It Worked Great! I was actually amazed.
I also take 5k/day D3. Sort of unusual for me to get a cold.
Actually the latest research finds that even a level of 30 is too low. New recommendation is that your blood level for Vitamin D should be at 50 in order to maintain your health. Interesting aside: Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin because it can not be obtained from any food source (it’s added to milk, however). It is actually a hormone that is made by the body from sunshine. I take 5,000 I.U.’s of Vitamin D 3 a day. Also, when you go to the ER for a heart attack, they immediately pump about 100,000 I.U.’s of Vitamin D into you.
You'll not be disappointed.
Not at all disappointed. I liked the whole article.
The New Zealand study looks interesting. One pill monthly instead of daily doses. That would be more convenient and probably cheaper than daily doses.
This is the key fact--while the optimal level may not be known, the old minimum was based on a very inadequate criterion. Like saying the minimum requirement of calories is just what it takes to stave off starvation. I have seen the 50,000 prescription, but don't know what it is based on. Certainly a few thousand a day, at least, would be prudent. I take 2000 of D3 daily.
That’s correct about SJS. Thank goodness I had a caring, long time doctor who diagnosed it quickly and we caught it early. Wear a med bracelet now that lists Keflex, Penicillin, Sulfa and a couple others that are dangerous for me. So far, Cipro is ok if necessary.
It’s relatively rare and some family physicians never see it in their practices, so thank the Lord for my doctor.
I use Alka Seltzer for food allergies. I am highly allergic to MSG and some soy products.. which give me raging migraines. Someone suggested I use it if I felt any twinge of a headache after eating. I haven't had a migraine in years...(never leave home without it!) Good stuff!
Your info is true. I’ve been hesitant to take more than 2,000 to 3,000 IU’s daily not knowing what a max dose should be. Having a lab test Monday to see what my Vit. D-3 25 Hydroxy is currently and will take higher doses if necessary.
From Wikipedia: "Ordinary glass is partially transparent to UVA but is opaque to shorter wavelengths, whereas Silica or quartz glass, depending on quality, can be transparent even to vacuum UV wavelengths. Ordinary window glass passes about 90% of the light above 350 nm, but blocks over 90% of the light below 300 nm.
UVB is 280nm to 315 nm."
Even the cat on the windowsill will not get enough beneficial sunlight through glass.
Any idea what the conversion of that much vitamin D to active vitamin D is? Just curious because I take 25mcg of Calcitriol (active vitamin D) daily (along with 2 g of calcium) for hypoparathyroidism. (After thyroid cancer removal, my body can’t convert D into active D because my parathyroids were damaged.) The amount I take can’t be more than the 25mcg as it’ll counteract the blood serum balance we’re trying to maintain.
Good! Glad to hear you’re getting it checked. Feel free to freep mail me when you get your results if you want to. I’d be interested in hearing what level you’re at and how you’re doing once you start increasing your Vit D-3 (if it’s warrented)
I don’t know the answer to that but your case is most definitely different because of your parathyroid. I hope your cancer is in remission and you live a long and prosperous life! I do know that Vitamin D-3 and Omega-3’s (fish oil) work synergistically so it might be a good thing to take your fish oil with your Vit D to get the optimum benefits of both.
Got any idea what the Vit. D blood level is for people living near the equator living their cultural “traditional” lifestyle/dress?
Four years ago I started taking 5,000iu of Vit D-5 per day. Since then I have not had any illness whatsoever. I was pretty healthy before, but never went four years with out some winter colds, etc.
I feel great. I use the Wal*Mart brand.
I have also read that D should be combined with K2. Supposedly most people are deficient in K2 and D can actually damage the cardiovascular system if there’s not enough K2 present. I switched from 5000 IU/day of just D to 1000 IU combined with K2 twice a day. Initially my D blood levels tested low. Time to retest and see where I am.
I believe some FReepers have said the same. Could be that they feel better for feeling better.
If vitamin D helps depression, would vitamin A help anxiety?
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Friday, March 12, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) There is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency sweeping across our modern world, and it's an epidemic of such depth and seriousness that it makes the H1N1 swine flu epidemic look like a case of the sniffles by comparison. Vitamin D deficiency is not only alarmingly widespread, it's also a root cause of many other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
A new study published in the March, 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that a jaw-dropping 59 percent of the population is vitamin D deficient. In addition, nearly 25 percent of the study subjects were found to have extremely low levels of vitamin D.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Richard Kremer at the McGill University Health Center, said "Abnormal levels of vitamin D are associated with a whole spectrum of diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders."
This new study also documents a clear link between vitamin D deficiency and stored body fat. This supports a theory I've espoused here on NaturalNews for many years: That sunshine actually promote body fat loss. Vitamin D may be the hormonal mechanism by which this fat loss phenomenon operates.
The research findings on vitamin D, by the way, get even better...
Activator for the immune system
Recent research carried out at the University of Copenhagen has revealed that vitamin D activates the immune system by "arming" T cells to fight off infections.
This new research, led by Professor Carsten Geisler from the Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Copenhagen, found that without vitamin D, the immune system's T cells remain dormant, offering little or no protection against invading microorganisms and viruses. But with vitamin D in the bloodstream, T cells become "armed" and begin seeking out invaders that are then destroyed and carried out of the body.
Vitamin D, in other words, acts a bit like the ignition key to your car: The car won't run unless you turn the key and ignite the engine. Likewise, your immune system won't function unless it is biochemically activated with vitamin D. If you're facing the winter flu season in a state of vitamin D deficiency, your immune system is essentially defenseless against seasonal flu. That's why all the people who get sick are the ones who live indoors, work indoors and exist in a chronic state of vitamin D deficiency.
That's also why virtually all the people who died from H1N1 were chronically deficient in vitamin D. They had virtually no immune system protection at all and were thus easy targets for the swine flu.
These findings about vitamin D "arming" the immune system were published in Nature Immunology. Commenting on the findings, the researchers said, "Scientists have known for a long time that vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and the vitamin has also been implicated in diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis, but what we didn't realize is how crucial vitamin D is for actually activating the immune system -- which we know now." (UK Telegraph, source below).
It seems the CDC and WHO remain utterly ignorant about this research or they would have been recommending vitamin D to fight the recent H1N1 pandemic rather than vaccine shots. Vitamin D would have been a far more effective (and less costly) defense against the pandemic than vaccine shots, especially given that even vaccines don't work unless there is an immune response, and that immune response requires the presence of vitamin D!
And while vaccine shots have undesirable side effects such as causing severe neurological damage in a small number of vaccine recipients, vitamin D's only significant "side effect" is that it prevents 77% of all cancers, too. (http://www.naturalnews.com/021892.html)
The common denominator for disease
What's becoming increasingly clear from all the new research is that vitamin D deficiency may be the common denominator behind our most devastating modern degenerative diseases. Kidney failure patients are almost universally deficient in vitamin D and diabetes patients are usually in the same category. People suffering from cancer almost always demonstrate severe vitamin D deficiency, as do people with osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.
In fact, vitamin D deficiency may be the root cause behind so many degenerative diseases that correcting this deficiency across the population could very well devastate the for-profit "sick care industry" that dominates western medicine today.
Teach the population about vitamin D, in other words, and the cancer industry would suffer devastating losses in profits (vitamin D prevents 4 out of 5 of all cancers).
This is perhaps why so many of the businesses and non-profits that depend on cancer (and other diseases) for their authority and power are actively fighting against vitamin D awareness. The National Cancer Institute, for example, which is one of the wealthiest non-profits in the world, actively runs full-page ads that attempt to scare people away from sunlight, thereby causing them to remain in a state of vitamin D deficiency.
This state of deficiency coincidentally serves the power interests of the NCI by making sure that people remain riddled with cancer even though a free cure (sunshine) is readily available.
The FDA, similarly, doesn't want people to learn the truth about vitamin D because informed consumers would inevitably take more vitamin D supplements and thereby prevent all sorts of diseases that the pharmaceutical industry is counting on for its monopoly profits. Every patient that takes vitamin D is one less patient paying money for cancer drugs, diabetes drugs or heart disease drugs.
Other cancer industry non-profits, likewise, don't want people to learn the truth about vitamin D. They'd rather just keep selling ridiculous pink-ribbon consumer products that claim to raise money for some highly fictitious "search for the cure" -- a search that was obsolete even before it began because sunshine has been curing and preventing cancer for as long as human beings have walked the planet.
Our ancestors didn't have to "run for the cure" or "walk for the cure" through some silly fundraising fiction; they merely walked in the sun and they were cured of cancer by the mere act of being exposed to sunlight. Walking outside is, all by itself, the "cure" for cancer that the industry claims to need billions more dollars to try to find through additional research.
They want you to remain ignorant!
The inescapable truth of the matter is that modern medicine wants people to remain ignorant about the healing effects of vitamin D. The financial survival of the medical industry absolutely depends on it, so the most influential medical organizations systematically downplay the importance of this vitamin while outright refusing to recommend it to patients.
The NCI doesn't recommend vitamin D, nor does Komen for the Cure. The AHA, AMA, ADA and FDA all refuse to recommend vitamin D, all while strongly promoting synthetic, patented high-profit medications that cure nothing.
There is, in essence, a conspiracy of silence about vitamin D among the sick-care industries that depend on disease to bring them business. And there always will be, of course, because companies are in business to make money, and if you're in business to make money from disease, you generally don't go telling people how to heal themselves for free.
From a purely profit-minded perspective, teaching people about vitamin D makes absolutely no business sense to the sick care industry. It's profits over people (as usual).
You can't keep Vitamin D down
But you can't keep hiding the truth about vitamin D forever: The science is absolutely compelling. It's irrefutable, actually. These nine things about vitamin D are inarguably true:
#1) The vast majority of the western population is deficient in vitamin D.
#2) Vitamin D deficiencies promote cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney disease, depression, obesity and heart disease, among other health problems.
#3) Vitamin D deficiencies can be corrected with vitamin D supplementation or through sensible sunlight exposure.
#4) Sunscreen products block the production of vitamin D in the skin, causing further vitamin D deficiencies across the population of consumers who use such products.
#5) Correcting widespread vitamin D deficiencies would greatly reduce degenerative disease across the population, thereby saving nations literally trillions of dollars in collective sick-care costs over the next decade.
#6) Vitamin D supplements are extremely affordable. Preventing disease through vitamin D supplementation is a low-cost investment in health that pays off a hundred fold (or more) through health care cost savings.
#7) Vitamin D is extremely safe. There are virtually no negative side effects from deficient people taking vitamin D supplements, even at seemingly high doses such as 4000 - 8000 IU per day (more than ten times the current U.S. RDA).
#8) Vitamin D deficiency is caused, in large part, by modern society's indoor lifestyle. People live, work and play indoors under artificial light. This causes severe deficiencies in exposure to natural light (sunlight) through which vitamin D is usually generated.
#9) Vitamin D dramatically reduces susceptibility to infectious disease such as seasonal flu and H1N1. It "activates" the immune system and allows it to function more aggressively in defending against viral invasions.
Better than a vaccine, safer than a drug...
In effect, Vitamin D is a better vaccine than vaccines. It's a better cancer drug than cancer drugs. It's a better osteoporosis drug than osteoporosis drugs. Vitamin D is a better treatment for diabetes than diabetes drugs.
Again and again, vitamin D turns out to be safer, more effective and far more affordable than expensive monopoly-priced medications. Plus, it's obviously innately compatible with the human body since the human body actually manufactures vitamin D when given the opportunity (and exposure to sunlight).
Furthermore, unlike pharmaceuticals, vitamin D is safe for the environment. Flushing excess vitamin D down the drain doesn't contaminate the fish like pharmaceuticals do (http://www.naturalnews.com/025933_p...).
With all these things being true about vitamin D, it all makes you wonder: Why isn't health care reform even talking about this nutrient? If you really want to reform the health of a nation, you have to start by correcting the epidemic of vitamin D deficiency across the population.
When it comes to keeping people healthy, all the drugs in the world can't accomplish what vitamin D can accomplish... simply, affordably and safely.
You can get it for free. No prescription required. No visit to the doctor. You don't even need to buy supplements to get this. Just walk outside, under the sun, and initiate your own healing.
That very idea -- that patients can cure their own cancers by taking a walk in nature -- is the most fearful thing in the world to the cancer and vaccine industries.
Big Pharma is horrified at the idea of people becoming nutritionally literate and realizing that vitamin D, all by itself, eliminates the need for potentially hundreds of different medications and vaccines.
It activates healing, it defends the body against disease, and it's the single greatest threat to the profitability of the sick-care industry that dominates medicine today.
If modern medicine could ban Vitamin D, they would do so in an instant. They may yet pull that off, in fact, through Sen. McCain's attempts to destroy nutritional supplements (http://www.naturalnews.com/028257_S...).
Costco carries 2,000 and 3,000 IU Vit D at a very reasonable price. Reading up on the subject I arrived at taking about 10,000 units two or three times a day. Irregular quantities but at least every night and every morning. No ill effecgs afgter several months and a general improvment.
Also recently diagnosed with low level, half tablet med a day, diabetes. Still learning but am using Nopal (cactus) capsules and have had a drop to normal (under 99) withot h meds and only using the capsules and FRESH (sliced, thorn removed) cactus from a supermarket that has lots of Mexican clients.
Mexican grocery manager, a more serious diabetic, uses the cactus leaves but scrapes the thorns off himself.
He then pops a leaf or two into a blender, with some celery stalks and some parsley and “liquefies” with added water (preferably purified/double filtered/distilled).
The best water can be obtained from a portable distiller unit - about three hours for a gallon (about $150) - several brands on Google. Less expensive units ($99) take about 5-hours to make a gallon.
Anyone interested Freepmail me for the brand I chose and use.
Then lets it breathe (stand), and drink the liquid after removing some of the solid/fibre matter(which is also good for you but less drinkable). He adds a chunk or two of pineapple for taste showing that the Nopal is strong enough to compensate for the sweetness of the pineapple.
Vitamin D3 made a huge difference for me.
The multivitamins have for too little D3 to make a difference. 2000 I.U. minimum a day is what worked for me.
It is the only vitamin I ever taken that made an immediate and substantial change to my health. Unfortunately I went probably 25 years of my life seriously deficient of it. My skin is very light and I can’t take the sun. I don’t tan, just burn. I had odd immune system related health problems I thought I was going to have to live with the rest of my life, and they literally went away after taking D3.
Sounds yummy, but if you ferment the mixture for a week or two, then distill it, I’m sure you’ll come up with something even more delectable.
Costco has Kirkland brand of D3 that is 2000 I.U. (small softgel caps) that is 600 pills for about $12. That’s pretty cheap.
That very idea — that patients can cure their own cancers by taking a walk in nature — is the most fearful thing in the world to the cancer and vaccine industries.
Big Pharma is horrified at the idea of people becoming nutritionally literate and realizing that vitamin D, all by itself, eliminates the need for potentially hundreds of different medications and vaccines.
very well stated.
I became interested in vitamin D deficiency five years ago when I read this article. I posted it on Free Republic at that time.
Before I started taking 'higher' doses of vitamin D, I would have bronchitis at least once and sometimes twice a winter requiring a doctors visit...Now, no bronchitis in at least four years.
Very good health tip FARS...Thanks and Be Well!
Here’s what I’d like to know. Are Vitamin D supplements equivalent to getting it through exposure to the sun, or does the latter have some “natural” benefit?
Thanks for this info Blam.
I don't know. I'm a retired chip-maker and all I know about this stuff is what I read.
I have read that Vitamin D from flax is not an effective vitamin D source though and that D3 is the desired type.
Some studies claim it is as good without the side effects, burns et
Thank you for the ping.
My understanding is that Vitamin D is fat soluble, not water soluble.
Is there any test to determine if you are accumulating too much Vitamin D?
Given the meds and antibiotics you’ve taken you ought to take probiotics as well.
My Dr says I can safely take up to 10,000 per day of D3. I have been taking 5000-7000 per day for about a year and experienced a great improvement in my over all health. Not a cold, flu or other bacterial/viral illness. I also experienced a susceptibility to bronchitis for decades that seems to be history now. Yea!
You start having a yellow glow - even in daylight (smile).
Lots of controversy so hard to pin anything down.
Clearly there are lab tests that indicate/include your body Vitamin D level so that may be the real answer.
MM, don’t know if post 18 would be of interest, or not.
Sometimes, odd things can be helpful.
I think that would convince most people.
That is cheap. I buy this stuff at the chain drug stores when they have their two-fer sales, which is often. I'd probably pay a few bucks more than you.
Even cheaper would be buying the 5,000IU capsules but I have no idea if we get the same benefit from a single large dose as with multiple smaller doses.
I've read that they are often deficient. A reason given is that many tropical areas have long rainy seasons.
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