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Is low vitamin D linked to military suicide?

Posted on: January 10, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


Dr John Umhau, of the National Institutes of Health has teamed up with military specialists from the Uniformed Services University of Health to produce a landmark study on suicide among active duty military service members. If you remember, I introduced Dr Umhau to vitamin D back in 2005, when I asked him to be a co-author on my first influenza paper. At the time, John was interested mostly in fish oil.

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4 Responses to Is low vitamin D linked to military suicide?

  1. [email protected]

    Here is a link to the full text of the study along with links to other studies on depression, mental illness, suicide and low levels of vitamin D http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=3608

  2. [email protected]

    Has everyone forgotten the 25 per cent increase in testosterone levels that resulted from

    taking 3.1k ius of vitamin D after one year. This test was headed by Dr Stephen Pilz, at

    the U of Graz, Austria. Testosterone is well known to generate good feelilngs about

    oneself. Perhaps low levels of D could be causing low testosterone, and bring on


  3. jack

    Without supplementation, I believe it is easy to understand why military personnel would be vitamin d deficient. They spend most of their time covered up head to toe.

    In my opinion a 2 cents vitamin d soft-gel/day could prevent much suffering among our military personnel; and enormously reduce health costs among the general public. But who wants to reduce health costs???

  4. Rita and Misty

    @Jack…let’s also remember the tremendous stress our military personnel face…

    Consider that Vitamin D absorption can be blocked by stress, and that constant stress will deplete the body’s Vitamin D supply….


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