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Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention

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11/01/2012 - Howdy Folks! Well thank you for the feedback on the recent article on vitamin D. I thought it was great that most of my patients were taking it but I was amazed that they weren't taking enough. Most individuals were taking maybe 400 IU. In my article I mentioned you have to take at least 2000 IU to be effective but the response was that people felt that was too much. Yet, if you take your shirt off and expose yourself to the sun for 20 minutes, that's 20,000 IU. So there's nothing to be concerned about unless a you have a condition that warrants medical overview of vitamin D intake. But this is uncommon. Remember if you use the supplement, make sure it is D3 (the more effective form), not D2.

Now if you want to learn about some additional benefits from vitamin D, get a load of this: In the Annals of Epidemiology, July 2009, Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention: Global Perspective, the following was highlighted.

1) Higher serum levels of vitamin D3 are associated with substantially lower incidence rates of colon, breast, ovarian, renal, pancreatic, aggressive prostate and other cancers.

2) Raising the minimum year round serum vitamin D (D3) to 2000 IU would prevent approximately 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer each year, and three-fourths of the deaths from these disease in the US and Canada. This would also reduce fatality rates of patients who have breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer by half.

3) "There is no unreasonable risks from intake of 2000 IU per day of vitamin D3."

4) Vitamin D3 serum level of 40 to 60 mg/ml (this would be achieved with 2000 IU daily supplementation) would prevent three fourths of deaths from breast and colorectal cancer in the US and Canada.

5) Technical info: Preventing the spread of cancerous cells is dependent upon intercellular adherence. Intercellular adherence is requires extra cellular calcium ions. Low calcium levels thus allows the spread of cancer cells. Be cautious about jacking up calcium supplementation before vitamin D please.

6) The "National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine recommended adequate intake [of vitamin D3] should be revised upward to at least 2000 to 4000 IU/day. Adoption of the new adequate intake [vitamin D3] would substantially reduced the incidence of cancer, and there are no consistently established adverse effects of vitamin D3 intake in the range of 4000 IU/day that would be sufficient to justify a lower adequate intake of vitamin D3.

7) "Populations living at or higher than 30 degree latitude in either the northern or southern hemisphere, or who have a mainly indoor lifestyle, should be considered at high risk breast, colon, ovarian, and many other types of cancer as a result of highly prevalent vitamin D deficiency."

Ok, getting the idea? Now there is some more information I want to include but I am not going to do it in this article do to size of content. I do want to say that taking vitamin D is relatively inexpensive and it has been called "antibiotic vitamin". But combine this with other important essential supplementation and a good diet and we can hopefully strengthen your immune system which will also decrease your risk for colds and flu.

Gotta go. Happy Thanksgiving!

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