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Vitamin D and cognitive dissonance

Posted on: December 25, 2017   by  John Cannell, MD


“All progress requires change; those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

Cognitive dissonance is the psychological stress experienced by an individual who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas or values. It occurs when we are confronted with new information that contradicts what we believe. People usually reject what is new to them and stick to older beliefs. Thus, Max Plank’s maxim, “Science progresses one funeral at a time.”

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2 Responses to Vitamin D and cognitive dissonance

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    Perhaps the internet will substantially decrease the time for adoption of new concepts which actually work – such as Vitamin D

    I see various peoples around the world improving their health without waiting for doctors consent.

    Australia increased Vitamin D intake by 20X over a decade and decreased osteoporosis visits by 36%.

    4 times fewer with vitamin D deficiency in just 4 years ( Connecticut) – March 2016

    Parkinson’s patients – 41 percent now supplement with Vitamin D – Nov 2017

    There are >30 studies showing actual increase in Vitamin D of entire populations D – almost none of which are a result of doctor recommendations.

    Dr. Google, social media, and perhaps 1000 X increased communications due to the internet is really changing health, retails sales, and decreasing the importance of brands and advertising

  2. [email protected]

    You are right. The established medical community is biased against supplements including vitamin D. It is needed as a supplement to raise D levels to necessary levels (over 45 ng/ml). I am having more success referring to its activated hormone, calcitriol. Health professionals are paying more attention to this approach than vitamin D. I have been trying to get vitamin D research started at Oakland University, my alma mater. Student depression has become a major national concern for Universities. Oakland has a Health Science Dept and a new Medical School and is in a good position to do this research. I am presently working with 2 professors who are interested and OU’s new President was a Pediatric Endocrinologist. I really believe vitamin D research needs to be reframed as calcitriol research for the medical community. Vitamin D can be used for the public.

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