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Vitamin D and risk of infection after gastric bypass surgery

Posted on: December 16, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


If you have to go into the hospital, you have better than a 10% chance of getting an infection from the hospital environment. Hospital-acquired infections (HAI) are a major source of death, causing about 100,000 potentially avoidable deaths per year. Excess annual health care expenditures attributable to HAIs range up to $45 billion, and the average hospital length of stay is prolonged by as much as 9 days in patients who develop such infections.

So far, the medical industrial complex has taken two roads in trying to combat HAIs. One is antibiotics, which have been relatively effective to date, and the other is trying to get rid of the pathogenic bacteria in the hospital, which has not been successful.

So far, few have thought of trying to strengthen the immune system so the body can fight infections better.

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1 Response to Vitamin D and risk of infection after gastric bypass surgery

  1. Ron Carmichael

    Just as a blood level of perhaps 10 ng/ml is adequate to prevent rickets in the majority of children, it appears that a level of around 30 ng/ml is sufficient to improve elements of the immune system (cathelicidin, t-cells, interferon, macrophage motility) sufficiently to make a statistically significant reduction in HAI for this patient population. But staying the course at 30, rather than achieving the more natural level of ~50 ng/ml, is to ignore the other organ systems that may be the justification for the body’s ability to generate that level of 50 ngml when given adequate sun exposure. IOW, 30 is still not optimal for humans, just as the older assumption of 10ng/ml being the desired level was incorrect.

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