VITAMIN D: FACTS & STATISTICS
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VITAMIN D: FACTS & STATISTICS

 

Vitamin D is extraordinarily beneficial for health, and by far, the best source is sunlight. Efforts to avoid sunlight by always covering up and lathering on sunscreen will increase the likelihood of a wide-spectrum of health disorders down the road. If sunlight is limited, you may need some sort of vitamin-D supplementation (e.g., good old-fashioned cod liver oil). As discussed elsewhere, vitamin D is an especially important for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Daniel Chong, a naturopathic physician in Oregon (http://naturalmedicineconsultations.com) recently summarized some of Vitamin-Dís facts and statistics:

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Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer; and deficiencies have also related to diabetes and obesity.

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Vitamin D is normally produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.

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The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don't generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.

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It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet.

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You would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into your diet.  And, the form of vitamin D commonly found in fortified milk is Vitamin D2 while the ideal form for supplementation is vitamin D3.

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The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.

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People with dark-skin pigmentation may need 20-30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. This may be why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men.

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Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.

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Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin- D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system.

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Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95% or more. This is how sunscreen products actually cause disease - by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.

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It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.

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If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin-D deficiency right now.

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Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used.  Therefore, having kidney disease or liver problems can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D.

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The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products.

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Obesity impairs vitamin-D use in the body, meaning obese people need even more vitamin D.

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Chronic vitamin-D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches, and pains.

Diseases and conditions proven to be associated vitamin-D deficiency:

bulletOsteoporosis,
bulletCancer, including prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer,
bulletDepression and schizophrenia,
bulletPsoriasis,
bulletMay exacerbate type-2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.

Vitamin-D-deficiency statistics:

bullet32% of doctors and medical school students are vitamin-D deficient.
bullet40% of the U.S. population is vitamin-D deficient.
bullet42% of African American women of childbearing age are vitamin-D deficient.
bullet48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin-D deficient.
bulletUp to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin-D deficient.
bullet76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin-D deficient, causing widespread vitamin-D deficiencies in their unborn children.
bulletUp to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin-D deficient.

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