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Plenty of sunshine could help against asthma, Israeli study shows
Sep 03, 2014

Asthmatics with Vitamin D deficiency 25 percent more likely to have had recent flare-ups, research finds.

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Vitamin D deficiency worsens outcomes with B-cell lymphoma
Aug 28, 2014

HealthDay)—Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) contributes to worse outcomes in elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with rituximab, according to a study published online Aug. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Jörg Thomas Bittenbring, M.D., from Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes in Germany, and colleagues examined the impact and mechanisms of VDD in patients with DLBCL. Chemoluminescent immunoassays were used to evaluate 359 pretreatment 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 serum levels from the RICOVER-60 study (Six Versus Eight Cycles of Biweekly CHOP-14 With or Without Rituximab) and 63 from the RICOVER-noRTh study (an amendment to the RICOVER-60 study).

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Closer To Treatment For Deadly Disease Tuberculosis: Scientists Discover Biomarker
Aug 22, 2014

Scientists have found a key protein that can protect people from the highly contagious and life-threatening lung disease tuberculosis, leading medicine closer to finding new treatment strategies, which may be in the form of a vitamin D supplement. Researchers from Harvard University School of Public Health and the University of Michigan School of Medicine published their findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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Healthy Vitamin D Levels May Help You Fight Cancer
Aug 20, 2014

Study finds link to better outcomes for cancer patients

Doctors have long suspected that healthy vitamin D levels may help combat cancer. Now, a new study finds that people with higher levels of vitamin D who are diagnosed with cancer tend to have better survival rates — especially those diagnosed with breast cancer, colon cancer or lymphoma. They also typically remain in remission longer than patients who are vitamin D-deficient.

Researchers found links between healthy vitamin D levels and better outcomes for certain types of cancer, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lymphoma. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism published the study in the spring. 

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Dietary vitamin D prevents inflammation-driven colon cancer
Aug 19, 2014

Diet and lifestyle choices influence the risk for and, possibly, the prognosis of colon cancer.  Colon cancer often arises from colonic inflammation; the risk of colon cancer is particularly increased in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Epidemiological studies have revealed a link between adequate serum vitamin D levels and a decreased risk of colon cancer as well as a decreased risk of IBD. A new study published in Cancer Research provides insight into the nature of this association and reveals a potential mechanism for this protection. The results of this study indicate that vitamin D reduces inflammation and subsequent colon cancer in a mouse model of IBD-associated colon cancer. The study was led by graduate student Dr. Stacy Meeker in conjunction with Dr. William Grady in the Clinical Research Division and Dr. Lillian Maggio-Price in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington.

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Low Vitamin D Levels May Increase Risk of Death, Serious Complications After Noncardiac Surgery
Aug 18, 2014

People with low vitamin D levels have an increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, according to a recent study.

"Vitamin D concentrations were associated with a composite of in-hospital death, serious infections, and serious cardiovascular events," researchers said in the study.

For the study, researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes of nearly 3,500 patients who underwent operations other than heart surgery between 2005 and 2011. Only patients who had available data on vitamin D levels around the time of surgery -- from three months before to one month afterward -- were included in the study.

Nearly 20 percent of the study participants had vitamin D deficiency.

"Higher vitamin D concentrations were associated with decreased odds of in-hospital mortality/morbidity," the researchers write.

For each 5 ng/mL increase in 25-hydroxyvitamin D level, the combined risk of death, cardiovascular events, or serious infections decreased by 7 percent.

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Events  
World Vitamin D Day
Nov 02, 2014        

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Books  

Susan Rex Ryan
Defend Your Life

Defend Your Life has three main sections. The first addresses the fundamentals of vitamin D3 and its awesome benefits as well as minimal risk. The second highlights select diseases and conditions about which vitamin D3 may offer protection. The third includes the author's personal vitamin D3 story, including her theory about adequate vitamin D3 levels and how you can 'Defend Your Life'.

Reading this book will help you understand how adequate amounts of vitamin D3 are essential to enhancing your quality of life.


Ian Wishart
Vitamin D: Is This the Miracle Vitamin?

In this compelling new book,award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author Ian Wishart brings together the most up to date science on vitamin D and how it could well save your life. Cancer? Up to a 77% reduction in risk of developing it if you take this vitamin. Heart disease? The same kind of reduction. Did you know that autism, mental illness and multiple sclerosis all appear to be caused by a lack of vitamin D during pregnancy?

The lives of every single person, including you, will be affected by the information in this book. With more than 300 scientific trials and studies cited, this book is a reference guide not just for the general reader but for medical professionals alike.


John J. Cannell, MD
Athlete's Edge - Faster, Quicker, Stronger with vitamin D

John Cannell, founder and executive director of the Vitamin D Council, provides a new perspective on the vitamin D story revealing a long-held secret once known only to Eastern European athletic trainers.

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, improves muscle tone, muscle strength, balance, reaction time and physical endurance, as well as immunity and general health. In addition, ideal levels of vitamin D help protect you from a staggering array of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, autism and even influenza.


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PRESS RELEASES
 
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS

Higher Vitamin D Does Not Raise the Risk for Kidney Stones

The Vitamin D Society wants to make the public aware of a recent study which reported that high levels of vitamin D had a lower risk of kidney stones.

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) November 29, 2013

The Vitamin D Society wants to make the public aware of a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, which reported that study participants with the highest vitamin D blood serum levels actually had a lower incidence of kidney stones(1). These results show that higher vitamin D intake cannot be a substantial cause of kidney stones because as participants vitamin D levels increased, kidney stone cases actually decreased. The study was sponsored by GrassrootsHealth (GRH), a nonprofit public health research organization, and was led by Dr. Cedric Garland, professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California San Diego. The research team used data collected from 2,012 participants enrolled in GrassrootsHealth’s D*action study. This study is the first of its kind to include participants with a wide range of 25(OH)D blood serum levels, especially on the higher end of the spectrum between 100 nmol/L and 250 nmol/L, and is therefore a more rigorous test of the suggested association with kidney stones than previous studies.

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Vitamin D Levels Start Plunging in November

November is Vitamin D Awareness Month and the Vitamin D Society is urging all Canadians to check their vitamin D blood levels to ensure that they are not deficient. Canadians will no longer be able to make vitamin D from sunlight (UVB Light).

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) November 22, 2013

November is Vitamin D Awareness month. A time of the year when your body’s vitamin D level starts to decrease dramatically as the reserves of vitamin D built up through summer sunshine rapidly deplete. November is the start of vitamin D winter in the northern hemisphere. In Canada the sun is low in the sky and the UVB rays that produce vitamin D in your skin do not reach the earth. People retreat indoors to bear the long, cold, low light Canadian winter. The Vitamin D Society is urging all Canadians to check their vitamin D levels through a 25(OH)D blood serum test, get their test score and ensure that they are at the optimal levels of 100-150 nmol/L as recommended by over 40 of the top vitamin D scientific researchers at GrassrootsHealth(1). If you are unable to test your vitamin D levels, Dr. Robert Heaney MD, Creighton University, recommends that you ensure your vitamin D intake is approximately 35IU per pound of body weight per day (75 IU per Kg/day). 

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Vitamin D Day November 2nd Help Stop Vitamin D Deficiency

November is the start of the season when most Canadians become vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight. The Vitamin D Society is asking all Canadians to assess their vitamin D levels on Vitamin D Day November 2nd and to take action to prevent vitamin D deficiency.

Woodstock, ON (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

The Vitamin D Society is asking all Canadians to join us to celebrate Vitamin D Day on November 2nd and to assess their personal vitamin D blood levels and to take action to prevent a possible vitamin D deficiency. “Canadians should check their vitamin D level through a 25(OH)D blood serum test (ask for your test score) and ensure they are between the optimal levels of 100 – 150 nmol/L as recommended by over 40 of the top Vitamin D researchers at GrassrootsHealth(1)” stated Perry Holman, executive director of the Vitamin D Society

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Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Clinical Biochemist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor - University of Toronto, Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.


Click to View Carole Baggerly

"Director, GrassrootsHealth, a Public Health Promotion Organization
leading D*action, the world's largest ongoing vitamin D intervention
project.
www.grassrootshealth.net"

 


Click to View Dr. John Cannell M.D.

Executive Director‚ The Vitamin D Council
San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

www.vitamindcouncil.com


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