Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"Thank God my kids are healthy!" Part 2

“It is projected that raising the minimum year-around serum 25(OH)D level to 40 to 60 ng/mL (100–150 nmol/L) would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three fourths of deaths from these diseases in the United States and Canada, based on observational studies combined with a randomized trial. Such intakes also are expected to reduce case-fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half. There are no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3, or from a population serum 25(OH)D level of 40 to 60 ng/mL. The time has arrived for nationally coordinated action to substantially increase intake of vitamin D and calcium.” Annals of Epidemiology, Volume 19, Issue 7 July 2009 pages 468-483
In years past, the normal recommended range for vitamin D3 was 25-30 ng/ml. Now researchers are advising 50-70 ng/ml for healthy individuals, and 70-100 ng/ml for people with health issues. Levels over 100 are considered potentially toxic. According to the recommended dosage for Vitamin D3 supplementation is:
Age                                                  Dosage
Below 5                                            35 units per pound per day
Age 5-10                                          2500 units
Adults                                              5000 units
Pregnant women                             5000 units
WARNING!!! There is no way to know if the above recommendations are correct unless you test your blood!! Ideally your blood level of 25 OH D should be 60ng/ml.
How many lives could be saved? How many families lives would not be shattered? Had I known this a year ago, would Nick not have gotten sick?
So what about the recent news article from Food and Nutrition Board advising caution in supplementing vitamin D3 and calcium to 600 i.u. a day regardless of age? If you look at the money trail, big Pharma is seeing the potential of this supplement and is quietly preparing a synthetic version of their own. In an article in , some experts have estimated that we could save 4.4 trillion (yes with a t) in health care costs over 10 years! Now do you understand why the Institute of Food and Nutrition’s board (FNB) made this recommendation in light of the fact that one of the Ph.Ds on the panel is an advisor for the same pharmaceutical company developing this drug?
Unfortunately this situation with Nick has provided us with the wake-up call we needed to look beyond the “one-size fits all” medicine, big profits for the drug companies regardless of the side effects they cause, that have been forced on the American public at the expense of its families. It is time for all of us to stand up, take responsibility of our own health, and become more educated about what we put in our bodies. Join me in telling big corporations to “Stop making us sick!!”

Next blog: Excitotoxins!

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