On March 1, people all over the sub-continent of India celebrate the onset of spring by joyfully sprinkling colours of all hues  …and embracing each other in the sheer bonhomie of ‘fellow humanity’. A few days earlier , the Chinese New Year similarly heralded new beginnings. In  the western hemisphere, each day brings us closer to a thawing of the snows …and getting back to sunny days.

While natural sunlight is literally as old as ‘life on our home planet’ … we are re-discovering the amazing benefits of this ‘miracle food’ in the last decade.

From 2005 onwards Vitamin D has been attracting a lot of medical attention ( see feature on Dr.Michael Hollick below). However, in the most recent 90 days … the flurry of articles on Vitamin D3 caught my attention. See 10 articles featured below.

It would seem the list of benefits of this nutrient is getting increasingly longer…regular intake of Vitamin D  can help prevent:

  • over 60% of all Cancers
  • Rickets
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease ( especially important for people taking statin drugs …see featured article below)
  • Diabetes  ( improves insulin resistance and favourably affect Type 2 diabetes)
  • Hypertension
  • depression caused by SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and chronic pains / aches
  • deficiencies caused when taking Anti-Epileptic drugs
  • Common Cold and Influenza
  • for patients with chronic kidney dieseases
  • Autism
  • Inflammation  (anything ending in ‘itis’ …eg. arthritis, iritis, thyroiditis, pancreatitis)
  • Autoimmune Diseases  like  multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other similar indications
  • Melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer
  • Obesity

In this blog, I wanted to share all the recent articles that have caught my attention…hopefully you will find these useful and make your own choice on how you would want to ensure your ‘daily dose’ of this  critical ‘sunshine vitamin’ during the winter months when exposure to sun light goes down dramatically…and perhaps you will re-consider before using a ‘sun-block’ cream the next time.

To your health !

Jaspal

Featured recent news articles on “Vitamin D” selected by Jaspal

Article # 1

http://www.vitamindhealth.org/

Vitamin D is Called the Sunshine Vitamin for Good Reason

Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD

Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics

Director of the General Clinical Research Center

Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory

Director, Biologic Effects of Light Research Center

Boston University Medical Center

The Vitamin D Solution — Dr. Holick’s New Book

Posted by admin on February 2, 2010

Dr. Holick’s new book The Vitamin D Solution is now available for pre-order!  The book will be coming out on 4/1/2010.  

 Article # 2

 Vitamin D: The D stands for ‘Do it!’

The sunshine vitamin outshines the others, especially in winter months

Evra Taylor Levy and Eddy Lang, Canwest News Service  Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=2612845#ixzz0gppYCqix

Quote: “Unfortunately, when subjected to rigorous scrutiny, most vitamins, when provided as supplements, are a disappointment. Although vitamins in a regular diet are indeed essential, the benefits of taking more has nearly always resulted in dashed hopes; the one exception to this appears to be vitamin D. Well established as being effective in cancer prevention and cancer survival, this edition of HealthWatch looks at vitamin D and fall prevention in elderly nursing home residents.” Unquote.

 Article # 3

When to pop your vitamin D? Any time, on its own or with food

It makes no difference how often you pop the pills, or whether you down them with food, experts says Martin Mittelstaedt

Environment Reporter — Globe and Mail Update Published on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 5:26PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 6:17PM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/when-to-pop-your-vitamin-d-any-time-on-its-own-or-with-food/article1431507/

Quote “ “….nutrition experts say vitamin D is a forgiving vitamin, and many different approaches work equally well.

People can pop a lot at once, even a week’s worth at a single sitting, with no adverse effects. And unlike the other fat-soluble vitamins, A, E and K, the sunshine vitamin is absorbed well without food, so it can be taken any time.”Unquote

Article # 4

Do Statin Drugs Cause Vitamin D Deficiency?

Friday, January 08, 2010 by: E. Huff, staff writer

http://www.naturalnews.com/027897_statin_drugs_vitamin_D.html

Quote: 1/8/2010 – (NaturalNews) Many in the medical profession are beginning to recognize that people who take cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are becoming vitamin D-deficient. Cholesterol is required by the body to synthesize vitamin D and statin drugs are responsible..” Unquote.

Article # 5

More Evidence Supports the Importance of Vitamin D in Heart Disease Prevention

Thursday, December 24, 2009 by: Marek Doyle, citizen journalist

http://www.naturalnews.com/027795_vitamin_D_heart_disease.html

 Article # 6

Nutrition victory: Cancer doctors begin prescribing vitamin D as part of cancer therapy

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 by: E. Huff, staff writer

http://www.naturalnews.com/027637_cancer_vitamin_D.html

Article # 7

Vitamin D prevents diabetes, improves insulin sensitivity, say multiple studies

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

http://www.naturalnews.com/027626_vitamin_D_diabetes.html

 Article # 8

http://www.alive.com/search_result3.php?q=Vitamin+D&sa.x=8&sa.y=10

http://www.alive.com/quiz2.php

Test Your Knowledge of Vitamins and Minerals

The August issue of alive magazine focuses on the A-Z of supplements. Find out if you know which foods provide you with the most nutrients and where you might be missing out.

 Article # 9

 

Vitamin D -A Physician Separates Truth From Hype

September 2007

By Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., M.Sc.

http://www.vitalitymagazine.com/vitamin_d_-a_physician_separates_truth_from_hype

Quote” “This cancer preventive property of vitamin D was no big news to world experts and researchers who have been touting the numerous benefits of the vitamin for well over a decade.  The medical profession and its various antiquated societies are, unfortunately, far behind in applying scientific data to clinical health concerns. It’s a nice gesture on their part to recommend 1100 IU of vitamin D a day to prevent cancer, but it’s far from enough. Current research indicates that the figure for cancer prevention should be closer to 10,000 IU daily.

Vitamin D is really not a vitamin but a steroid hormone precursor that plays a major role in many diseases. It is created under the skin by ultraviolet light and is found in few foods commonly consumed by most Canadians. Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency (sub-optimal levels) plays a role in causing seventeen types of cancer (especially breast, prostate and colon) as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, depression (especially seasonal affective disorder), chronic pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease. 

Sun-phobia, a condition imposed on the population by sun-paranoid dermatologists, along with sunscreens and spending too much time indoors have all contributed to the vitamin D insufficiency problem. In fact, one of the worst offenders in creating vitamin D deficiency is the use of commercial sun blocks. And studies now indicate that while these may prevent sunburns, they do virtually nothing to prevent skin cancer.” Unquote

Article # 10

Fluffy, meet tofu

Growing number of vegan humans mean more veggie-only pets, too

DELLA HASSELLE, Columbia News Service, National Post  Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010

According to the Vegan Society, veganism is defined as a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing or other purposes. Properly planned vegan diets are healthful and have been found to satisfy people’s nutritional needs. Poorly planned vegan diets, however, can be low in calcium, iodine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D and must be supplemented with these nutrients. Vegans are estimated to be between 0.2 and 1.3 percent of the population.
Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=2612895#ixzz0gpq3XAFi

Article # 11

 Doctors start to include vitamin D in fight against cancer

With new studies showing the sun vitamin may slow come cancers, some physicians are eager to add it to treatment programs

Martin Mittelstaedt Environment Reporter

From Friday’s Globe and Mail Published on Thursday, Nov. 05, 2009 6:12PM EST Last updated on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 2:27AM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/doctors-start-to-include-vitamin-d-in-fight-against-cancer/article1352956/

 Quote “ In recent years, vitamin D has emerged as one of the most intriguing areas of cancer research. There have been numerous epidemiological studies finding that people with less of the nutrient circulating in their blood are at an elevated risk of developing cancer compared with those who have higher levels. The list of cancers for which this trend has been observed now numbers 18 and includes some of the most common such as colon cancer and breast cancer. Other research has found that those diagnosed with cancer in summer and fall – when blood levels of the vitamin are at seasonal highs because of sun exposure – have longer survival times than people whose cancers are detected in winter and spring.

Current Health Canada dietary recommendations for vitamin D range from 200 to 600 international units a day, depending on age, and were designed to promote bone health and not the far larger amounts being explored for therapeutic possibilities in cancer treatments.

Dr. O’Connor says some breast-cancer patients have such low stores of the nutrient that they need to embark on a crash course of taking up to 50,000 IU a week for several months to bring up their levels. Other patients whose starting levels aren’t so poor take a few thousand IU a day. She also monitors blood levels to make sure people don’t get too much” Unquote

Background reading:

Search query on ‘Vitamin D’ on the ‘Health Canada’ site:

http://recherche-search.gc.ca/s_r?t3mpl1t34d=1&s5t34d=health&l7c1l3=eng&S_08D4T.1ct57n=search&S_08D4T.s3rv5c3=basic&S_m5m3typ3.sp3c5f53r=INDEX&S_m5m3typ3.t3xt6p3r1t7r=OR&S_m5m3typ3.v1l93=html%2Fxhtml&S_F8LLT2XT=Vitamin+D&S_S20RCH.l1ng91g3=eng&submit=Search

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