Vitamin D On the Web News
Best Vitamin D News Articles
A sampling of informative articles and different perspectives on vitamin D and UVB exposure.
Before It's News - United States
- 2010.01.27 What Vitamin D Means to Your Technology Profits The scientific consensus that has held sway for four decades regarding both exposure to the sun and vitamin D has collapsed. What has emerged in place of the old settled science is the knowledge that most people in America are seriously vitamin D deficient or insufficient. The same is true for Canada and Europe, and the implications are staggering.
Cortlandt Forum - United States
- 2010.03.08 What lies behind the vitamin D revolution? Powered by its pervasive influence on myriad physiological processes, vitamin D is staking its claim as "Nutrient of the Decade." We now recognize that vitamin D transcends the definition of a mere vitamin: It is actually a prohormone...
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- 2007.03.08 "Guardian of the genome" protein found to underlie skin tanning A protein known as the "master watchman of the genome" for its ability to guard against cancer-causing DNA damage has been found to provide an entirely different level of cancer protection: By prompting the skin to tan in response to ultraviolet light from the sun, it deters the development of melanoma skin cancer, the fastest-increasing form of cancer in the world.
- 2009.04.16 Show Me the Light Heliotherapy (sunlight therapy) has a long tradition in Eastern health philosophy. It also has its place in Western healing arts. However, in the past few years heliophobia concerning skin cancer and skin aging has been the stronger trend in the West...
- 2009.01.10 Vitamin D: Research appears to support greater daily intake From cancer to stroke to autoimmune diseases, research is piling up on vitamin D's potential effects.
- 2009.11.23 Multiple health concerns surface as winter, vitamin D deficiences arrive Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency is a world-wide, public health problem in both developed and developing nations...Nearly one billion people world-wide are deficient.
- 2009.08.18 Key feature of immune system survived in humans, other primates for 60 million years A new study has concluded that one key part of the immune system, the ability of vitamin D to regulate anti-bactericidal proteins, is so important that is has been conserved through almost 60 million years of evolution and is shared only by primates, including humans — but no other known animal species. The fact that this vitamin-D mediated immune response has been retained through millions of years of evolutionary selection, and is still found in species ranging from squirrel monkeys to baboons and humans, suggests that it must be critical to their survival, researchers say.
Financial Times - United Kingdom
- 2009.10.23 Why governments are selling Vitamin D short Reinhold Vieth is frustrated. A thin, bald professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Patho-biology, Vieth is among the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of vitamin D...So why is Dr Vieth so frustrated? You might think he'd have cause for celebration. But for him and other vitamin D researchers around the world, the good news comes with a bitter aftertaste. They believe they can prove vitamin D could help millions live longer and be healthier and yet they have not been able to convince their own governments.
Food Consumer - Lisle, IL, USA
- 2009.11.26 Want to live longer? Try Vitamin D Writing in the journal Clinical Endocrinology, scientists from the Netherlands, Austria, and the U.S. report that low blood levels of the sunshine vitamin are associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality, and mortality from heart disease, in the elderly.
- 2009.10.11 Swine flu deaths: What you need to know Risk of swine flu deaths may be the ultimate concern for most people in the H1N1 flu pandemic. Getting well informed of this risk can help people decide what preventative measure they need to take to reduce the risk. The U.S. government has had its own assessment and decided that people would be better off taking H1N1 flu vaccine. However, each individual should make their own decision to best protect themselves. For that effort, it is important to understand the risk of death from H1N1 flu.
- 2009.07.20 Does vitamin D explain the link between vaccines, toxic metals and the development of Autism? "Vitamin D's role in increasing glutathione levels may explain the link between mercury and other heavy metals, oxidative stress, and autism..."
Globe and Mail - Canada
- 2007.04.28 Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light Those trying to brand contaminants as the key factor behind cancer in the West are "looking for a bogeyman that doesn't exist," argues Reinhold Vieth, professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and one of the world's top vitamin D experts. Instead, he says, the critical factor "is more likely a lack of vitamin D."
Health Zone - Canada
- 2010.03.05 Breast cancer survivor credits vitamin D for recovery Rhonda Abrams sees the sun in a new light. For years she was afraid of it...By hiding from the sun, she deprived herself of an important vitamin she now credits as being pivotal in her recovery from cancer: The sunshine vitamin, D.
Heart Scan Blog - Dr. William Davis
- 2009.01.23 Why an RDA for vitamin D? Now the FNB, in light of new data, wants to set new AI's, or even RDA's, for vitamin D for the U.S. This is an impossible—impossible—task. There is no way a broad policy can be crafted that serves everyone. It is impossible to state that all men or women, categorized by age, require X units vitamin D. This is pure folly and it is misleading.
- 2009.01.16 Dangerous mis-information on vitamin D ...This is the same non-information that was the advice originally offered by the Food and Nutrition Board based on a best guesstimate due to lack of data. It is clear from newer data that doses required for full restoration of vitamin D are in the thousands of units.
- 2007.08.08 Vitamin D2 belongs in the garbage The prescription form of vitamin D is nonsense. There's hardly any effect on blood levels of vitamin D3 at all. The body's conversion of this non-human form of D is extremely inefficient and therefore virtually useless.
- 2007.06.22 Prescription Vitamin D With vitamin D in particular, the prescription form is vastly inferior to the over-the-counter preparation. This is because the prescription form is ergocalciferol, or vitamin D2, not the effective human form, vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol.
Huffington Post - United States
- 2010.06.22 Vitamin D Health: Why You Shouldn't Shun the Sun For hundreds of thousands of years, man has lived with the sun: Our ancestors were outdoors far more often than indoors. We developed a dependence on sunshine for health and life, so the idea that sunlight is dangerous does not make sense.
- 2010.05.22 Vitamin D: Why You Are Probably NOT Getting Enough and How That Makes You Sick What vitamin may we need in amounts up to 25 times higher than the government recommends for us to be healthy?
Independent, The - United Kingdom
- 2010.07.05 Public advice on suntanning may mean vitamin deficiency risk ...The wording of the draft document is being seen by come commentators as a tacit admission by Cancer Research UK that it had got it wrong in the past about telling people to avoid the midday sun, to apply sunscreen and to stay in the shade in order to avoid exposure to the cancer-causing rays of the sun.
- 2007.04.30 Sunshine vitamin brightens your day Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world. That's probably because it's free: Your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits. On the contrary, a huge anti-sun campaign is used to promote sunscreen agents. This robs many people of the many health benefits of sunlight and vitamin D.
Jeffrey Dach MD
- 2007.06.10 Vitamin D Deficiency, the Ignored Epidemic of the Developed World What if I told you I discovered a Bio-Tech company with a new drug that could reduce the number of cancer deaths in the US by 43,000 annually, reduce colon cancer by 50%, and breast and ovarian cancer by 30%?...
Lew Rockwell - Burlingame, CA, USA
- 2009.10.07 Most Americans Dying From Flu-Related Illness Are Likely To Exhibit Nutritional Deficiencies While the mortality rate for the now prevalent late-2009 season novel H1N1 flu strain is far lower than seasonal-flu death rates in prior years, needless death is always regrettable. According to published medical reports, most Americans dying of flu-related illness need to be immediately tested for nutritional deficiencies upon hospitalization or physician examination as they are likely to exhibit shortages of vitamins and trace minerals.
- 2008.10.03 Avoid Flu Shots, Take Vitamin D Instead Vitamin D levels in the blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. Unable to be protected by the body's own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides) that this gene-expresser engineers, a person with a low vitamin D blood level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections (e.g., respiratory syncytial virus).
- 2008.06.09 Millions of American Men at Undue Risk for a Heart Attack If a study of 18,225 American men (health professionals) age 40–75 years is reflective of the entire population of middle-aged males, three-quarters of adult males in the U.S. face a doubling of their risk for a heart attack due to low vitamin D levels. A vitamin D deficiency is far more predictive of a future heart attack than cholesterol, says a report due to be published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday, June 9, 2008.
- 2007.09.10 Vitamin D in a New Light There are thirteen vitamins humans need for growth and development and to maintain good health. The human body cannot make these essential bio-molecules. They must be supplied in the diet or by bacteria in the intestine, except for vitamin D. Skin makes vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun. A light-skinned person will synthesize 20,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D in 20 minutes sunbathing on a Caribbean beach.
- 2007.04.30 Dropping 'D' Bomb On Cancer Because there are so many factors involved in cancer, it has been difficult to identify vitamin D as the sole factor responsible for lower rates of cancer in certain geographical areas. That is, till now.
- 2007.02.20 Just One Pill Away Cutting cancer rates by 30–50%, heart disease by up to 70%, may be too much of a shock now that health care is an industry that relies upon volumes of patients to treat...Medical centers depend upon large numbers of patients to treat to pay off mortgages for building projects. Medical device and drug companies must churn high numbers not only to remain profitable, but to prop up their stock prices on Wall Street...It appears health authorities have misdirected the public.
Life Extension Foundation
- 2010.01 Startling Findings About Vitamin D Levels in Life [email protected] Members No other nutrient, drug, or hormone has gained more scientific credibility than vitamin D. Insufficient vitamin D is linked to virtually every age-related disorder including cancer, vascular disease, and chronic inflammation. Adults (and children) with higher vitamin D levels contract substantially fewer cold, flu, and other viral infections.
- 2009.04 The Link Between Autism and Low Levels of Vitamin D An epidemic of autism appears to be underway in the United States. According to several respected leaders in child and adult nutrition from across the United States, the current meteoric rise in autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may well be a direct consequence of significant vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women and their infants. And evidence points to vitamin D deficiency as the cause of other debilitating brain conditions as well. This insidious deficiency is readily remedied—yet tragically often missed.
- 2009.01 Millions of needless deaths Back in 2007, I urged the federal government to declare a national emergency. My rationale was that millions of Americans were going to needlessly die if the epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency was not immediately corrected. My article was based on irrefutable scientific evidence documenting how vast numbers of lives could be spared if everyone took at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 each day.
Looking Fit Magazine
- 2008.08 Top 10 Myths About Vitamin D As more studies focus on the health benefits of vitamin D, many questions regarding deficiency and the "sunshine vitamin" are being raised. To help explain vitamin D a bit better, Jared M. Skowron, who specializes in pediatrics and the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders in children, created a list of the top 10 myths regarding vitamin D.
- 2007.08 The Elephant In The Living Room Is Still Being Ignored ...15 minutes of sunlight exposure once or twice a week is not enough to attain and maintain an optimal level (150 nmol/L) of vitamin D year-round.
Medical News Today
- 2006.09.15 Epidemic Influenza and Vitamin D A single, twenty-minute, full body exposure to summer sun will trigger the delivery of 20,000 units of vitamin D into the circulation of most people within 48 hours...Compare that to the 100 units you get from a glass of milk, or the several hundred daily units the U.S. government recommend as "Adequate Intake." It's what we call an "order of magnitude" difference.
New York Times - United States
- 2009.09.23 Phys Ed: Can Vitamin D Improve Your Athletic Performance? When scientists at the Australian Institute of Sport recently decided to check the Vitamin D status of some of that country's elite female gymnasts, their findings were fairly alarming. Of the 18 gymnasts tested, 15 had levels that were "below current recommended guidelines for optimal bone health," the study's authors report. Six of these had Vitamin D levels that would qualify as medically deficient.
- 2008.12.18 Pediatricians Ensuring Vitamin D Deficiency in Children So while the American Academy of Pediatrics has increased its recommendations for vitamin D, the organization essentially chickened out when it came to a meaningful recommendation. By proposing that infants and children receive only 400 IU of vitamin D daily, the Academy has ensured continued, widespread deficiencies.
Phys Org - United States
- 2010.03.07 Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have discovered that Vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin, the killer cells of the immune system — T cells — will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body.
- 2009.06.30 Vitamin D deficiency is widespead and on the increase A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and published in the scientific journal Osteoporosis International, shows that populations across the globe are suffering from the impact of low levels of vitamin D. The problem is widespread and on the increase, with potentially severe repercussions for overall health and fracture rates.
PR Newswire - United States
- 2010.01.18 — press release Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Chronic Pain and Depression Share a Major Pathology Factor For decades, consumers have been the target of a disinformation campaign from conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical industry that created a fear of sunshine.
San Francisco Chronicle - United States
- 2010.01.09 Vitamin D dose myths - 6 fun factoids As the mountain of vitamin D research (showing its importance) grows to Everest heights, you may be wondering about some statements that are thrown around as "truth." Here are some fun vitamin D myths to pass along (by email, twitter or facebook) to friends, family and loved ones, because, when it comes to vitamin D, you want to get your dose (even of information) just right.
- 2009.04 What If Vitamin D Deficiency Is a Cause of Autism? A few researchers are turning their attention to the sunshine vitamin as a culprit, prompted by the experience of immigrants that have moved from their equatorial country to two northern latitude locations.
- Statins and Vitamin D Deficiency In my book, Statin Drugs Side Effects and the Misguided War on Cholesterol, and on this website I have discussed the vital role of cholesterol in the human body. Our most important hormones depend upon adequate reserves of cholesterol for their production and nowhere is this more important than as the precursor substance for the synthesis of Vitamin D, known also as calcitriol.
- 2010.05.16 Is Vitamin D the Answer to Health Care Reform? Health care reform continues to be one of the most pressing issues for a majority of Americans. As politicians move forward with sweeping changes to the current defunct health care system, many people are left with non-existent or poor coverage, and a plan which is far from ideal and not likely to improve any time soon.
Times Online - United Kingdom
- 2010.03.15 Vitamin D better than vaccines at preventing flu, report claims The risk of children suffering from flu can be halved if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found.
To Your Health
- 2009.06 The Sunscreen Dilemma Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburns, but research suggests it might not reduce your risk of developing cancer; in fact, it might actually increase your risk...these sunscreens prevent the skin from making vitamin D from sunlight — and many studies now suggest that vitamin D is protective against cancer.
Tonic - United States
- 2010.01.27 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Vitamin D Frank Lipman, M.D., the founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, shares answers to all your questions about Vitamin D.
- 2007.07.23 Cancer Society's Anti-Sun Ads Decried as Deceptive Studies point to omega-6/omega-3 imbalance as a greater factor in skin cancer deaths; Excessive sun avoidance may raise overall cancer risk.
Wall Street Pit
- 2009.10.22 The Uber Nutrient Worth "Hundreds of Billions" This ranks as one of the most important public health breakthroughs in decades. A trickle of solid peer-reviewed evidence that most people are severely vitamin D deficient has turned into a flood. If the new consensus is correct, and I believe it is, increasing your vitamin D level could, for most people, add years of healthy life. It could also save the U.S. economy hundreds of billions annually...