Vitamin D
The most natural form easily absorbed by the body is D3 cholecalciferol

Vitamin D, fat-soluble, properties vitamin hormone, necessary growth. Calcium absorption protects against muscle weakness involved regulation heartbeat. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that has properties of both a vitamin and a hormone, is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus.  It is necessary for growth, and is especially important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth.  It protects against muscle weakness and is involved in regulation of the heartbeat.  It is also important in the prevention and treatment of breast, colon, ovary, prostate cancers, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and hypocalcemia, enhances immunity, and is necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting.  A lack of vitamin D appears to be a prime factor in the rising incidence of depression along with a lack of mega 3 fatty acids.  Patients with Parkinson"s disease, multiple sclerosis, congestive heart failure, and Alzheimer"s disease have all been found to have significant deficits of vitamin D and 70% of Americans lack vitamin D.     

Massachusetts General Hospital studied a group of 77 healthy patients with an average age of 44 years, 42% were vitamin D deficient and in 11%, the lack was severe.  In this same study, 46% of those people were regularly taking vitamin supplements and were still lacking adequate vitamin D in their blood.  Dr. Reinhold Vieth unraveled this puzzle with his colleges at the University of Toronto have learned that any amount of vitamin D below 800 IU daily was unable to prevent vitamin D deficiency from occurring.  Dr. Vieth recommends 1200 IU and that it be vitamin D3 Cholecalciferol the easiest form to absorb.

All persons suspected of fibromyalgia should have vitamin D blood levels checked.  Some women with fibromyalgia who have similar symptoms have been discovered to have lower than normal bone density, which is very suspicious of osteoporosis.  Dr. Plotnikoff of the University of Minnesota Medical School measured the vitamin D blood levels of 150 patients in a chronic pain clinic.  He discovered that 93% of all patients were vitamin D deficient.  Young women in their childbearing years were found to be at risk for not being diagnosed.  Many of these patients had been having pain for years without ever having vitamin D levels checked.  This suggests that chronic musculoskeletal pain is often caused by undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency.  Of this same group 100% of the Black, Hispanic, East African and American Indian were vitamin D deficient.

In 1990, Dr. David Ruben wrote an article in Reader"s Digest About ultraviolet sunlight blaming 600,000 cases of skin cancer annually on this form of light.  It now appears that blaming the ultraviolet light of the sun for skin cancer was incorrect.  The correct blame has been found to be the synthetic fats found in margarine, salad oils and cooking oils, which are very hard for the body to dispose of.  These fats lead to massive amounts of free radicals, immune injury, high cholesterol, cancer, obesity and arteriosclerosis in persons consuming these abnormal fats. 

Dr. John Ott who has done monumental work in the field of photobiology states "the fear of getting to much ultraviolet light is creating a deficiency of an essential life supporting energy".  His studies have shown that light is a nutrient, similar to all the other nutrients we take in through food and that we need the full spectrum range of natural sunlight.  He found that if the skin is not exposed to solar radiation for long periods, disturbances will occur in the physiological equilibrium of the human system.  The result will be disorders of the nervous system, vitamin D deficiency, weakening of the body"s defenses, depression and an aggravation of chronic diseases.  This state is called malillumination (lack of natural sunlight).  This develops from window glass, windshields, tinted eyeglasses, smog, sun tan lotions and sunscreens.  This problem can be corrected by exposure to sunlight, sun lamps or vitamin D supplements in the form of cholecalciferol. 

Dr. Ott also advises women who are having difficulty conceiving that exposure to sunlight activates the production of estrogen an essential hormone for conception.

Persons with sarcoidosis, granulomatous diseases, lymphoma, cancer and overactive parathyroid glands should not take vitamin D except under physician supervision.

Fish liver oils, fatty saltwater fish, dairy products, and eggs all contain vitamin D.  It is found in butter, cod liver oil, dandelion greens, egg yolks, halibut, liver, mild, oatmeal salmon, sardines, sweet potatoes, tuna, and vegetable oils action of sunlight on the skin.  Herbs that contain vitamin D include alfalfa, horsetail, nettle, and parsley.

Naturopathy For The 21st Century, Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., Whitman Publications, 2000
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis CNC and James Balch M.D., Avery Books, 3rd Edition, 2000
Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, Frances Sizer and Eleanor Whitney, West Publishing, 6th Edition, 1994, vitamin E study rebuttal





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