A dark side of vitamin D research has recently come to my attention. While established vitamin D experts were writing and researching only the calcitropic (calcium) effect of vitamin D in the 1980s and 1990s, another scientist was writing and researching about the non-calcitropic (heart, lung, brain, pancreas, stomach, muscle, immune, etc.) effects of vitamin D.
However, the academic vitamin D powers that existed in the 1980s and 1990s would not let this scientist publish his results in mainstream journals, nor let him give talks at mainstream meetings.
Professor Walter Stumpf of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has recently detailed his experiences, without giving names of the vitamin D scientists who obstructed him, in an editorial not yet online, but with a wonderful name:
Stumpf WE. Vitamin D and the scientific calcium dogma: understanding the ‘Panacea’ of the sun. Eur J Clin Nutr. (2012) 1-2
Is it a panacea? In the paper, he reports that vitamin D is a:
“There is no evidence to distinguish between classical and non-classical vitamin D target tissue and actions,” that is, vitamin D works the same in all its genomic (gene control) functions.
“Vitamin D is exceptional because of its extensive multiple actions, it high tolerance and its prophylactic and therapeutic potentials. Vitamin D’s wide-ranging life-sustaining effects set it apart from other steroids, as well as other compounds and drugs. Vitamin D is as fundamental as the sun, the closest thing we have to a ‘panacea.’”