How silly is this? Very – I live in a borough where the largest section of the population, and her patients, are Asian. Also discovered the local hospital Newham General will not do 25 (OHD) serum tests. My Doc’s view: “They assume it isn’t needed”. The opposite is true.
If Newham supplemented – or encouraged self-supplementation – for all members of the Black and Asian communities with appropriate Vitamin D3 supplements (probably 2,00UI/day) the reduction of health costs and improvements in health outcomes would be immense.
50% or greater cut in cancer, diabetes, etc. Just for 14p a day. But no .. “they assume it isn’t needed” even though they know about the research that shows it is.
Newham also has the highest rate of Tuberculosis in the world, apparantly, beating third world countries hands down. I have not researched for links with TB and D3 but given the other proven anti-viral properties such as protecting people from Swine Flu I would be surprised if there is no positive correlation.
Ah … but then the docs wouldn’t get kickbacks from the Pharma industry with all their fantabulously expensive cures. … when all we need is a little sunlight or cheap pill.
UPDATE: Due to the traffic generated by the articles I have written about Vitamin D3 I have launched a dedicated site www.D3swineflu.com which concentrates on the immune effects of supplementation. That is the best place to look for further information as for the time being I will concentrate my writings on this subject there.
A new site www.D3forhealth.com will be launched as soon as I have time to bring together the research regarding D3 and other health aspects.
Because of the benefits to mothers and infants inthe treatment group and the absence of side effects, vitaminD supplements should be given to all pregnant Asian women inthe United Kingdom.
And it is not just Asian mothers. Black mothers, white mothers .. in fact most mothers and infants will benefit from D3 supplementation as there is a chronic and endemic shortage of Vitamin D3 blood Serum levels in a large part of the Brtish Population ~ 70%. Scottish mothers in wintertime are at particular risk from shortage due to lattitude.
You can have your serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD) concentrations measured by a simple blood test your GP can order and supplement you diet to bring levels up to normal.
For the mothers in the trial linked in the above reference lack of D3 outcomes included:
Mothers and infantsin the control group, however, had low plasma concentrationsof 25-OHD and calcium and raised plasma alkaline phosphatase(bone isoenzyme) activity. Five of these infants developed symptomatichypocalcaemia. Almost twice as many infants in the control groupwere small for gestational age (29% v 15%), but there were nosignificant differences between the two groups of infants inantropometric measurements. Infants in the control group, however,had larger fontanelles, suggesting impaired ossification ofthe skull.
In short, the growing infants of these mothers did not have enough available calcium to grow bones properly in some cases. This is because of D3 shortage over calcium shortage – D3 is essential for calcium to be absorbed and delivered where needed.
Consult your GP if intending to supplement, have your D serum levels measured and then you will know for sure if you can benefit from supplementation.
The doctor is likely to offer a low dosage supplement of 1,000UI. If you are Asian or Black find out what blood serum levels are normal in your country of origin and dose up to that .. not the sun starved British “normal”.
prompted me to convey our recent experience with an H1N1 outbreak at Central Wisconsin Center (CWC). Unfortunately, the state epidemiologist was not interested in studying it further so I pass it on to you since I think it is noteworthy.
CWC is a long-term care facility for people with developmental disabilities, home for approx. 275 people with approx. 800 staff. Serum 25-OHD has been monitored in virtually all residents for several years and patients supplemented with vitamin D.
In June, 2009, at the time of the well-publicized Wisconsin spike in H1N1 cases, two residents developed influenza-like illness (ILI) and had positive tests for H1N1: one was a long-term resident; the other, a child, was transferred to us with what was later proven to be H1N1.
On the other hand, 60 staff members developed ILI or were documented to have H1N1: of 17 tested for ILI, eight were positive. An additional 43 staff members called in sick with ILI. (Approx. 11-12 staff developed ILI after working on the unit where the child was given care, several of whom had positive H1N1 tests.)
So, it is rather remarkable that only two residents of 275 developed ILI, one of which did not develop it here, while 103 of 800 staff members had ILI. It appears that the spread of H1N1 was not from staff-to-resident but from resident-to-staff (most obvious in the imported case) and between staff, implying that staff were susceptible and our residents protected.
Norris Glick, MD
Central Wisconsin Center
Analysis from Dr Cannell:
Dear Dr. Glick:
This is the first hard data that I am aware of concerning H1N1 and vitamin D. It appears vitamin D is incredibly protective against H1N1. Dr. Carlos Carmago at Mass General ran the numbers in an email to me. Even if one excludes 43 staff members who called in sick with influenza, 0.73% of residents were affected, as compared to 7.5% of staff. This 10-fold difference was statistically significant (P<0.001). That is, the chance that this was a chance occurrence is one less than one in a thousand.
you will see that children with neurological impairments, like the patients at your hospital, have accounted for 2/3 of the childhood deaths for H1N1 so far in the USA. That is, the CDC knows, because they reported it, that patients with neurological impairments are more likely to die from H1N1.
The problem is that I cannot get anyone in authority at the CDC or the NIH to listen. I need readers to email or call their senators and congresspersons in Washington.
Ask your senator or congressperson to contact the CDC and NIH to complain about CDC and NIH inaction on Vitamin D and H1N1. Also, ask your senators and representative to demand congressional hearings on Vitamin D and H1N1, before it is too late. Here is the link below, just click it and follow instructions to contact your own representatives.
Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg is a politician and a specialist in lungs, hygiene and environmental medicine. He is the chairman of the health committee in the German parliament and European Council.
Lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg has said that there are many risks associated with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus.
He has grave reservations about the firm Novartis who are developing the vaccine and testing it in Germany. The vaccination is injected “with a very hot needle”, Wodarg said.
The nutrient solution for the vaccine consists of cancerous cells from animals and “we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction”. But more importantly, some people fear that the risk of cancer could be increased by injecting the cells.
The vaccine – as Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, has pointed out – can also cause worse side effects than the actual swine flu virus.
Wodarg also described people’s fear of the pandemic as an “orchestration”: “It is great business for the pharmaceutical industry,” he told the ‘Neuen Presse’.*
Swine flu is not very different from normal flu. “On the contrary if you look at the number of cases it is nothing compared to a normal flu outbreak,” he added.
2 – 5,000 U.I Vitamin D3 per day depending on factors such as size, diet, sun exposure, lattitude, etc. will provide better protection to you against the flu of all varieties than antivirals or vaccine laced with mercury preservative. Washing your hands and face is also important when you come in from the outside.
Dr. Cannell: Thanks for your update about the hospital in Wisconsin. I have had similar anecdotal evidence from my medical practice here in Georgia. We are one of the 5 states with widespread H1N1 outbreaks.
I share an office with another family physician. I aggressively measure and replete vitamin D. He does not. He is seeing one to 10 cases per week of influenza-like illness.
In my practice— I have had zero cases. My patients are universally on 2000–5000 IU to maintain serum levels 50–80 ng/ml. Ellie Campbell, DO Campbell Family Medicine 3925 Johns Creek Court Ste A Suwannee GA 30024
Yes it’s true Vitamin D3 taken in doses of 2 -4 thousand U.I / day for an adult will help in all the above. If you don’t live on a beach at the equator you can probably benefit from supplementing your diet with 2,000 U.I of cheap Vitamin D3 pills a day. (50 Ug) – A note – add Omega 3 supplement when taking D3 as the two work together.
In the summer we get more sun and more “Vitamin” D3 (actually it is a steroidal hormone). D3 turns genes on and off throughout the body in multiple systems. We suffer a chronic and endemic shortage in western societies as lifestyle has reduced sun exposure to a bare minimum. In the winter few get enough sun for the job of producing D3. Supplementing is essential for good health. Cancer rates are affected by up to 50% as D3 turns off the rogue genes – in fact the genes may never have been rogue – D3 shortage could be the trigger for most cancers.
Seasonal Affective Disorder or “S.A.D” is due to D3 shortage as winter sun does not provide enough UVb rays to produce healthy immune system responses and our mammalian bodies go into hibernation dragging our minds down.In depression generally there is a link to low D3 and this may be a cycle as depressed persons can stay inside avoiding company, movement and light. A D3 supplement may be more effective, is definitely less toxic and will act more reliably than Prozac or the other anti depression drugs pedalled to us.
T cell production is regulated by D3 as is all cell growth. In addition D3 is the essential precursor to antimicrobial peptides – natural antibiotics produced in the body which attack viruses, bacteria and fungal infections.
So the immune response is critically dependent on D3 curing and preventing influenza (flu – including “Swine Flu”) and colds. These are just as commonly in the environment in the summer yet we have the ability to resist – as our D3 levels are more natural (higher).So in winter especially take D3.
D3 is more important than calcium for women at risk of osteoporosis. As these women are also at an age when many cancers appear they could see the greatest benefits from D3 supplementation. But don’t be put off by that. Your kids need some too in all likelihood – and the standard medical test will not indicate weather that is true or not.
Ask your doctor first if you are worried but their science is wrong, based on measuring Vitamin D starved Northern populations. Canada recommends ALL it’s citizens to take Vitamin D3 supplement 1,000 U.I /day. After watching this you won’t question why:
You won’t get flu or “swine flu” if you take this in all likelihood. If you do up the dose to 5,000 U.I /day and it will kill it in 2 – 3 days maximum.
Some of this is now old news BUT NO ONE KNOWS IT ! Why do the British medical establishment stick at an RDA of 400 U.I when Canada is at 1,000 and researchers leading the field say 2 – 4,000 U.I.
I am telling everyone I know to take 2,000 U.I a day or more if they are large. For anyone pale skinned, depressed, diabetic, lethargic or allergic changed symptomology may be evident within a month to six weeks as the immune and other dependent systems re-regulate themselves – if not sooner.