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Vitamin A Toxicity

Carole from New York writes:

Medical papers should be open access, not pay-per-view

Dr. Cannell: I am angry that you sent the paper written by sixteen prominent nutrition experts warning about the dangers of cod liver oil and vitamin A without providing a way for me to read the entire paper for free. Medical papers should be open access, not pay-per-view.

Dr. Cannell replies:

What you mean is, why didn't the Vitamin D Council pay to publish in an open access journal so you would not have to pay to read it? Because we don't have enough money in our account, that's why.

We published a paper on influenza in an open access journal earlier this year but it cost the Vitamin D Council $1,800.00! Open access is not free; someone pays, if not you, then we do. However, it's nice to be able to read the entire paper for free—the goal many of us have for all scientific papers.

Open access is not free; someone pays, if not you, then we do. However, it's nice to be able to read the entire paper for free—the goal many of us have for all scientific papers.

Our second influenza paper is free and is relevant to the coming cold and flu season. It has an unbelievable quote from a 1919 Public Health Service physician who was trying to prove how influenza was transmitted, using volunteers from the Navy. Remember, 300,000 Americans had just died from influenza. Would you volunteer like they did? Why didn't any of the volunteers get sick?

In fact, the Vitamin D Council's second influenza paper is the most downloaded paper in the last 12 months, as well as in the past 30 days, in Virology Journal, although it has only been out only 9 months.

It seems as if someone, somewhere, is rethinking the idea that vaccinating everyone for everything may not be the best approach. The number of vaccines pointing at our children continue to increase, virtually every year.

Others have also written to ask why they can't read the abstract of the vitamin A toxicity paper. Editorials seldom have abstracts. Here is a link to the publisher where you will find the full citation of our paper: Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A Toxicity, Frequent Respiratory Infections, and the Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic—unfortunately, the publisher will charge you $20.00 to view the full paper. However, before you pay, read the excerpts below (in italics).

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