Update: Alright, first effort was way too unecessarily ranty, detracting from the message. All fixed.
Part 1 seems to have been well received with comments, many FB likes and whatnot. Still, even still, I have a year’s worth of saved Vitamin D links to go, so let’s do it again. It may go to a part 3, part 4, or whatever it takes.
Whatever. It. Takes.
I suppose what people like about this sort of deal is that it makes it easy to forward to friends, family, co-workers and even long lost friends…those whom you love or like a lot—but you just really love them and can’t help yourself, dontcha?—and you can say with some authority: “see what I’ve been telling you?” So, I’m happy to be the the filter for you, for the most important links…because, if you just Google, you’ll have to sort through 63 million results at this point (I remember when it was merely a tiny 350,000).
James Larsen looks into a recently published study in the American Journal of Cardiology that pulled data on serum D and CRP from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) historical national survey. Their findings have raised the question in several large media outlets, does increased D increase cardiovascular disease risk?
This is a funny one, perfectly suited to you sciency nerds out there. As just a hack social curmudgeon nerd, here’s the gist I get: Vitamin D clearly lowers the CRP (a generalized inflammation marker, heavily associated with heart disease) amongst those with low (deficient) Vitamin D levels, but for people with higher and higher levels, it becomes more and more unclear how it changes CRP levels. Obvious conclusion for conventional wisdom? “Increased vitamin D levels may raise CVD risk.”
I could quote Dr. Mike Eades here, but I won’t (some of you know what I mean).
…Rated R: the above segment is intended for mature [sciency] audiences only.
Dr Cannell, quoting from a paper by Dr. Sunil Wimalawansa, MD:
The incidence of vitamin D deficiency is rising worldwide, yet for the vast majority of patients, the condition remains undiagnosed and untreated. …Vitamin D deficiency remains one of the most undiagnosed and untreated medical conditions in the world.
…Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the USA, but the leading cause of disability. High blood pressure is the single most important modifiable medical risk factor, but inflammation (as measured by CRP) and diabetes are major medical risk factors as well. Blacks are twice as likely as Whites to suffer a stroke, even after scientists account for all the socioeconomic and medical risk factors. Why do so many more Blacks die from strokes as Whites?
I’ll offer a suggestion. Blacks and brown skins were never “meant,” i.e., evolved to live above 20deg North, or lower than 20deg South latitude (thereabouts). None of us were meant to spend our sunlit days indoors in florescent lighted cubicles, which is exacerbated for blacks & browns living at extreme N/S latitudes. That’s just the animal.
So supplementation is probably called for.
Decent video by John Cannell. You don’t have anything better to do, so take 15 minutes. Or, go spend 20+10 with your favorite sitcom on DVR. Speed through the commercials and you’re almost at parity.
One must never forget that many doctors get into the business originally for non-business reasons often enough (and old money, trust accounts and such have been a benefit to society at large in that regard). A few have been well enough situated in life that they can go against other, competing monied interests. Chalk it up to societal evolution. Hand wringers: ignore; everything will not be fixed in your lifetime.
…But go ahead and keep your old folks indoors. Keep ’em wrapped up in swaddling clothes. Be ignorantly “protective.”
On February 2nd, researchers at the University of Alabama announced that sunlight is inversely associated with stroke: the more sunlight the fewer strokes. The authors also commented on the poor wisdom of avoiding all sunlight; that is, they implied the dermatologists have done us harm.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t vitamin D associated with calcium absorption and making it go to the right places (bones) rather than the wrong places (soft tissue)? And isn’t stroke essentially arterial calcification in old age that pertains to blood supply to the brain, not the heart—which is called, a heart attack? I’m just a social curmudgeon nerd, so you tell me, science brainiacs.
Can you connect dots? Children can. Can you? Can medical doctors, information gate-keepers?
ATLANTA—Two years ago, Grady Hospital trauma surgeon, Dr. L. Ray Matthews, encouraged 11 family members and friends in his home state of Mississippi to get a blood test to determine how much of the vitamin D hormone their bodies were producing. The results, Matthews said, were alarming: All had low levels ranging from 7 to 31 nanograms per milliliter (a range considered normal is 40 to 70 nanograms per milliliter).
Matthews suggested the 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 blood test because he suspected many of the health problems they were experiencing—fatigue, arthritis and other chronic pains, just to name a few—might be linked to vitamin D deficiency. To boost their hormone levels, Matthews, who is licensed to practice in Georgia and Mississippi, prescribed them a daily regimen of 2,000-5,000 vitamin D supplement units. The regimen, he said, had remarkable results as demonstrated by all of those in the group including his mother, whose equilibrium improved dramatically.
Wot? Well, he got excellent results for his loved ones, just as I’ve done since I began promoting it—as a social-curmudgeon-hack—since 2007.
Sometimes important papers slip by me. When I started the Vitamin D Council almost 10 years ago, it used to be that I could read abstracts of all the vitamin D papers, everyone one of them, and obtain and read full copies of the important papers. Now I am lucky to read abstracts of all the important ones. I am not complaining; this is the inevitable progress as measured by the enormous number of vitamin D papers flooding the literature.
Hypertesive = high blood pressure.
Oh, go figure. Lock them up, put them in beds, cover them up, turn on the Game Show Channel and wait for them to die so they won’t inconvenience Saturday trips to Wal-Mart to get more stuff, because the landfill is HUNGRY!
“In view of our findings and the existing literature of adverse effects of vitamin D deficiency, there exists now an urgent need for effective strategies to improve vitamin D status in older institutionalized patients.”
These are not my words, but I would add a more urgent need exists for non-institutionalized people, especially young people.
The quote above are the words of Dr. Sefan Pitz and nine colleagues from Austria and Germany who studied 95 nursing homes in Austria, obtaining vitamin D levels on 961 participants. Their average age was 83 and their average vitamin D level was a remarkable 7 ng/ml, although 7% had levels above 20 ng/ml. They drew the blood in 2002, so the authors could go back through the charts and see who later died and compare that to their 2002 vitamin D levels.
Now you can weep…because I’m done.