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RCT: Vitamin D supplementation and TB in Mongolian children

Posted on: September 21, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD

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Tuberculosis (TB) is the second most common cause of death from infectious disease in the world, after deaths due to HIV. About a third of the world is infected by tuberculosis as detected by a TB skin test. Globally, new infections occur at a rate of one per second. In the past, cod liver oil and sunshine were mainstays of treatment.

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2 Responses to RCT: Vitamin D supplementation and TB in Mongolian children

  1. hlahore@gmail.com

    Vitamin D and TB has gotten a lot of good attention in recent months.

    Here are a few of the titles at VitaminDWiki

    Children with TB vaccinations became 6X more likely to have vitamin D gt than 30 ng – Jan 2012

    Probability of getting TB reduced 60 percent with just 800 IU of vitamin D – RCT Aug 2012

    Patients having both Diabetes and TB treated by vitamin D – June 2012

    Vitamin D and the Lung – professional book 2012

    79 percent of TB in East London less 20 ng vitamin D – April 2012

    TB worst in March, lowest vitamin D – CDC April 2012

    Review of infectious diseases vitamin D trials – Feb 2012

    Lung and Vitamin D – Special Issue Dec 2011

    – – all that and more at: http://is.gd/TBVITD

  2. jsawadsk

    Since learning about the many different benefits of Vitamin D, and the many indications from early 20th century TB “sanatoria” about the benefits of sunlight – I have often thought about the 19th century practice of sending British and North European people with TB (who could afford it) to Italy in hope of a cure. (Probably the most famous Britisher who attempted this was John Keats, who was not wealthy and whose TB was probably too far advanced to be helped by the time his friends raised enough funds to send him to Rome in the last stages of his illness.) I don’t think the doctors who recommended this intervention knew what the operative healing variable in Italy was. I believe some postulated that it was the drier air there that helped. As far as I know, there was usually no recommendation for patients to spend any extended time in the sun. It is heartbreaking to think about Keats, who died at 25, as well as all the other wonderful people we may have lost because of ignorance about such a simple remedy (which may have been available even in Britain in summer).

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