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How cola cuts vitamin D levels
Oct 16, 2014

London - Can drinking cola lead to a lack of vitamin D? That’s the suggestion from scientists at Laval University, in Canada, who asked more than 700 women about their intake of sugary drinks, including cola and sweet fruit juice.

Blood samples showed that women who drank cola three times a week had 12 percent less vitamin D than women who never drank it. Other fizzy soft drinks and fruit drinks didn’t appear to have an effect.

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A bone breaks every 3.6 minutes! Aussies need calcium + vitamin D + exercise for healthy bones
Oct 16, 2014

New research was released today by the Australian Self Medication Industry showing that complementary medicines contribute to health outcomes and save the health system, government and taxpayer.

Osteoporosis CEO, Gail Morgan, said today “Complementary medicines such as calcium supplements and Vitamin D are important for people suffering with osteoporosis and low bone density.

Over 1.2 million Australians suffer daily with osteoporosis and over 6 million Australians have poor bone health.  Shockingly, less than half of all Australian adults get their daily recommended intake of calcium.  Calcium is essential for bone strength."

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Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?
Oct 15, 2014

Study finds women with higher levels needed less medication

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study.

Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.

The new study included 93 pregnant women whose vitamin D levels were checked before childbirth and who received an epidural for pain during labor. The researchers measured how much pain medication each of the women required during delivery.

Women with lower vitamin D levels required more pain medication than those with higher vitamin D levels, according to the study scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in New Orleans.

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Vitamin D deficiency more common among children with ADHD
Oct 14, 2014

SAN DIEGO ── School-aged children and adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder were more likely to have vitamin D deficiency compared with controls, according to study findings presented at the 2014 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

Madeeha M. Kamal, MBCHB, FAAP, FRCP, of the Hamad Medical Corporation conducted a case-control study of 1,331 children aged 18 years or younger with ADHD, as well as 1,331 healthy controls to determine the association between vitamin D deficiency and ADHD.

“One of the parents of my patients said, ‘my daughter behaves better when she is on vitamin D,’ so I thought it would be a good idea to do the study,” Kamal told Infectious Diseases in Children.

Participants were divided into four categories for vitamin D levels: severe vitamin D deficiency ([25-(OH)D] less than 10 ng/mL); moderate deficiency ([25-(OH)D] 10-19 ng/mL); mild deficiency ([25-(OH)D] 20-29 ng/mL); and normal/optimal level ([25-(OH)D] 30-80 ng/mL

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A Little Drop of Sunshine: Six Reasons You Need to Know Your Vitamin D Levels
Oct 14, 2014

The first day of autumn greeted Portland this year with rain. Right on cue. The disappearance of sunshine is a phenomenon both welcomed and feared by most in the Pacific NW, as we somehow crave the cocoon of the clouds while at the same time fearing that it will mean that the sun will never, ever, ever return. Along with the sun disappears our ability to soak up that sweet nectar, Vitamin D.

 Vitamin D is produced in your body by a series of reactions that happen after UVB rays are absorbed by your skin. Once in your bloodstream, this vitamin goes to work. Vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption, and according to the NIH website, “your muscles need it to move, [...] your nerves need it to carry messages between the brain and every body part, and the immune system needs [it] to fight off invading bacteria and viruses.” 

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Vitamin D and autism reviewed
Oct 14, 2014

At present, for at least a subgroup of ASD [autism spectrum disorder] individuals, an imbalance in VD [vitamin D] metabolism probably exists and may be associated with the condition”. That was one of the conclusions reached in a new review of the peer-reviewed research literature undertaken by Pioggia and colleagues* based at the National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Clinical Physiology in Messina, Italy.

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Events  
World Vitamin D Day
Nov 02, 2014        

Look for details coming soon!

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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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