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Doctors Don’t Even Act On What They Know.

October 1st, 2009 No comments

Just back from my docs. Showed her the research on All Asian Pregnant Women in the UK needing D3 supplementation. She said she knew about it. I asked if she supplemented her patients. “No”, she replied.

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.


Vitamin D3: “It’s Not Just for Flu .. It’s For Life”. All Pregnant Asian Women In UK And Their Children Could Benefit From D3 Supplements.

September 27th, 2009 No comments

UPDATE: Due to the traffic generated by the articles I have written about Vitamin D3 I have launched a dedicated site 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 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 in the treatment group and the absence of side effects, vitamin D supplements should be given to all pregnant Asian women in the United Kingdom.

From the British Medical Journal.

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 infants in the control group, however, had low plasma concentrations of 25-OHD and calcium and raised plasma alkaline phosphatase (bone isoenzyme) activity. Five of these infants developed symptomatic hypocalcaemia. Almost twice as many infants in the control group were small for gestational age (29% v 15%), but there were no significant differences between the two groups of infants in antropometric measurements. Infants in the control group, however, had larger fontanelles, suggesting impaired ossification of the 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”.

More on D3 here.

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