Vitamin-D the hormone
Vitamine D how did we miss it?
Vitamin D is something worth learning about. Because an estimated 75 percent of the people in the United States don’t get enough of it, don’t make enough of it, and suffer because of it. Diseases related to low levels of Vitamin D besides rickets are at least 17 varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and many more. Vitamin D is more than just a vitamin though it is also a hormone that regulates and estimated 2000 different genes in the body. These genes are related to the function of the immune system as well as a host of other things not fully understood yet. Vitamin-D is also a factor in the cell to cell communication. It is part of the building blocks for the connections and adhesion between cell walls. It is closely associated with calcium and
There are literally thousands of doctors now on board to help people by prescribing high levels of Vitamin D up to 50,000 IU per day. That level is for very sick people only that are extremely low. The Canadian goverment has recommended 1000 IU a day. United States has finally gotten up to 400 IU per day. Really the most sensible doctors are calling for a balance based on testing which can be done by any local doctor or with the help of an joining a study group through http://www.grassrootshealth.net/press. They do charge a fee but it is less than a doctors visit. At the time of this writing January 7 2010 about $40.00 every six months. The best information I have seem seems to be based at about 1000 IU/fifty pounds of body weight.
There are a number of large chains that carry Vitamin D fairly inexpensively with relatively good quality. Places such as Walmart, BiMart, Walgreens and most health food stores and pharmacies. Some people can even get their insurance to pay for it. Recommended forms are gel caps or liquid. There are even chewable for kids though my six year old takes his gel cap which is very small with ease. It can easily be ordered online. I have seen cautions though not to take it with your regular multivitamin or any other form of Vitamin A. I have gone to staggering my vitamins so that I take my D in the morning with my Vitamin C and Flax Oil supplementation. Then I take my multivitamin with my B complex in the evening. I don’t take any prescription meds so am not concerned about reactions. Because I am doing it as preventative medicine not to cure problems already going I take 2000 IU a day and try to get out in the sun fairly regularly. We will not see much for the next three months.
Should you wish to have your body produce it naturally you can purchase a UV lamp and use it. I would suggest that way of doing it with caution. I like the lamps with auto shutoffs and timers best. I have put together a list of some online companies that sell them http://www.sperti.com/, these guys seem to manufacture them and a dozen others sell them as well. This is summer tan who also sell Sperti lamps. They offer the options of timers and do the replacement bulbs as well. http://summertan.com/osc/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=51&osCsid=c20b8c7433c4c407550f68eedfe266b7. What is even better is Sperti is a made in America company.
There are other things to consider when it comes to Vitamin D for people with Diabetes there is some research granted it be in mice that says it is possible to make the effects of Diabetes decrease if levels are brought up to norms. Those with other cancer and other diseases that have been sent home to die also have some really fantastic stories about what it has done for their lives. People that have come from the brink back to pretty functional lives. Prevention is best but it you can’t have prevention the vitamin D cure is not a bad way to go. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I have provide a bit of my research here to help you see what the doctors are saying if you are a visual person. If not there is plenty of research available on PUB Med.gov.
Vitamin D many stories
Getting vitamin D-3 or D-2 naturally seems to be a tough thing though there is talk of mushroom growers exposing their mushrooms to UV to produce very high levels of it. There are the lamps we talked about above. According to Dr. Marcola you should move to places like Hawaii. His video on Vitamin D can be watched here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF8Q7fYxA-s&NR=1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogOj4u6fN5Q&feature=PlayList&p=7E196C5EE511CC98&index=19
It is not the most practicle solution for most of us. Below I have listed a number of doctors that helped me learn about Vitamin D. I have provided the links here for anyone interested in hearing more.
Dr. Joe Prendergast qualifications http://radioforyourhealth.com/?p=135
Dr. John Cannal Steroid hormone that is in a class by itself. More cancer, flu, and autism where there is less sunshine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeg-5NDyJ84&feature=related
Dr. Dowd book The Vitamin D cure
Gabreilla Steller interview which is fascinating but really slowly moving long but pretty good information.
Dr. Liz Lipski PHD CCN