60% Cancer Drop From Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D - the new Vitamin C?

60% Cancer Drop From Vitamin D Supplements

A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-per-cent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn't take it, a drop so large — twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking — it almost looks like a typographical error.

One of the researchers who made the discovery, professor of medicine Robert Heaney of Creighton University in Nebraska, says vitamin D deficiency is showing up in so many illnesses besides cancer that nearly all disease figures in Canada and the U.S. will need to be re-evaluated. "We don't really know what the status of chronic disease is in the North American population," he said, "until we normalize vitamin D status."

'By Easter, 90 per cent of the population are seriously depleted in the amount of vitamin D they have in their bodies,' says author of the study Dr Elina Hypponnen, of the Institute of Child Health in London.

As we get older and our skin ages it becomes less efficient at using light to catalyze the synthesis of vitamin D. So part of the rise in incidence of vitamin D with age is probably caused by worsening vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D might do what Linus Pauling claimed vitamin C could do: reduce the incidence of infections.

The malign consequences have been revealed by in a study from the United States which shows that boosting vitamin D may be the most effective way of warding off infections that cause winter colds.

The authors, from Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, New York, who publish their findings in the journal Epidemiology and Infection, say vitamin D stimulates "innate immunity" by activating peptides in the body that attack bacteria, fungi and viruses.

"Vitamin D supplementation, particularly with higher doses, may protect against the typical winter cold and flu ... Since there is an epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency in the US, the public health impact of this observation could be great," they write.

Vitamin D deficiency is also linked to a higher incidence of auto-immune diseases. For example, multiple sclerosis occurs at higher rates in the more northern regions of North America where people get less sun in the winter due to both cold and shorter days.

The current max recommended limit of 2000 IU per day might be too low.

A recent review of the science reported that the tolerable upper intake level for oral vitamin D3 should be increased five-fold, from the current tolerable upper intake level (UL) in Europe and the US of 2000 International Units (IU), equivalent to 50 micrograms per day, to 10,000 IU (250 micrograms per day).

Comments

This is an excellent presentation on Vitamin D3. It has within it the most up to date data in a condensed form that I have seen in some time.

Hats off to you for having the courage to mention vitamin D3 in relation to preventing seasonal influenzas. This is a very important datum for the simple reason that pandemic influenzas, like the dreaded H5N1 influenza virus, are simply another “seasonal influenza” which has not yet run within the human population. All of our pandemics have been “seasonal,” following the usual pattern as to when they appear and when they die out.

The difference with Type-A avian influenza viruses s that they most adversely affect those between the ages of two and forty-two. This is due to the fact that the immune systems of those from the age of two to forty-two are the most powerful within the population as a whole and it is that very powerful immune system in a vitamin D3 deficient body that tears the body up. To illustrate the point, in the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, half of all pregnant women died of it. First, they were not getting enough D3 “for two,” and second, their immune systems were quite “beefed up.”

Vitamin D3 is the body’s defense against the runaway immune system response we know as a “cytokine storm.” It is actually the immune response to the virus, in the form of a cytokine storm (chemicals designed to destroy foreign pathogens) that results in fatalities in this age group in a pandemic. The unmodulated response of the immune system ends up destroying any tissues of the body that have been infected with the virus.

So, to summarize: Only people who are deficient in vitamin D3 catch the flu and; Only those who are deficient will experience the over-response of a runaway immune system that is fatal. Vitamin D3 doesn’t make the immune system stronger, it makes it better in that it gives the immune system the ability to differentiate between a pathogen and the tissues of the body and so not attach the tissues of the body as in any autoimmune response.

I thank you for being there and doing a fine job.

Dennis H. Clarke
Clearwater Florida, USA
This is an excellent presentation on Vitamin D3. It has within it the most up to date data in a condensed form that I have seen in some time.

Hats off to you for having the courage to mention vitamin D3 in relation to preventing seasonal influenzas. This is a very important datum for the simple reason that pandemic influenzas, like the dreaded H5N1 influenza virus, are simply another “seasonal influenza” which has not yet run within the human population. All of our pandemics have been “seasonal,” following the usual pattern as to when they appear and when they die out.

The difference with Type-A avian influenza viruses s that they most adversely affect those between the ages of two and forty-two. This is due to the fact that the immune systems of those from the age of two to forty-two are the most powerful within the population as a whole and it is that very powerful immune system in a vitamin D3 deficient body that tears the body up. To illustrate the point, in the so-called Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, half of all pregnant women died of it. First, they were not getting enough D3 “for two,” and second, their immune systems were quite “beefed up.”

Vitamin D3 is the body’s defense against the runaway immune system response we know as a “cytokine storm.” It is actually the immune response to the virus, in the form of a cytokine storm (chemicals designed to destroy foreign pathogens) that results in fatalities in this age group in a pandemic. The unmodulated response of the immune system ends up destroying any tissues of the body that have been infected with the virus.

So, to summarize: Only people who are deficient in vitamin D3 catch the flu and; Only those who are deficient will experience the over-response of a runaway immune system that is fatal. Vitamin D3 doesn’t make the immune system stronger, it makes it better in that it gives the immune system the ability to differentiate between a pathogen and the tissues of the body and so not attach the tissues of the body as in any autoimmune response.

I thank you for being there and doing a fine job.

Dennis H. Clarke
Clearwater Florida, USA
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