Ethical Leadership and…Vitamin D Deficiency
March 21, 2012 1 Comment
Author’s Note: This article is not meant to take the place of medical advice. Consult your provider about your individual situation.
Why is Vitamin D3 Important?
In my research I found that vitamin D3 deficiency is being studied as a possible missing link in the research about a number of diverse health problems including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Autism, Cardiovascular Disease, Asthma, Dementia, Depression and Cancer. It is as a factor in our DNA being able to naturally repair itself (see the details in the articles and links below).
How Much Does it Help Us?
A Mayo Clinic Health Newsletter in September 2009 declared that vitamin D “appears to boost health from head to toe.” Vitamin D: Many Benefits, Optimal Dose Uncertain MayoClinic.org.
The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University mentions a form of vitamin D as an “immune system modulator.” Vitamin D, Micronutrient Information Center, LPI.OregonState.edu.
The University of California UC San Diego News Center reports that researchers from UC San Diego School of Medicine and Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha have found out more about how much vitamin D we need to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases:
“We found that daily intakes of vitamin D by adults in the range of 4000-8000 IU are needed to maintain blood levels of vitamin D metabolites in the range needed to reduce by about half the risk of several diseases – breast cancer, colon cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes,” said Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. “I was surprised to find that the intakes required to maintain vitamin D status for disease prevention were so high – much higher than the minimal intake of vitamin D of 400 IU/day that was needed to defeat rickets in the 20th century.”
Higher Vitamin D Intake Needed to Reduce Cancer Risk UC San Diego
A 2011 BBC Health News article by Doctor Joseph M. Reed of Southhampton General Hospital in the UK explains how the problem affects his patients: “Alarmingly, our figures suggest that up to 40% of children presenting to the orthopaedic outpatient service in Southampton have vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency. But with a little knowledge, these conditions are avoidable.” Children Are at Risk of Getting Rickets, Says Doctor BBC News Health
What is Our Ethical Responsibility?
This important health information needs to be shared. I was personally diagnosed with a severe case of vitamin D3 deficiency, and learned the importance of taking a supplement the hard way. If we want to feel better, prevent disease and reduce health care costs as a society, then we must be proactive in sharing the kind of information that can help us achieve our goals. If a deficiency of vitamin D is implicated in many varied health problems, and is crucial for healing, and helps repair the body and helps prevent illness and is so affordable, then:
- It should be part of standard patient education in every type of medical practice when patients come in for treatment or well checkups.
- It should be discussed and recommended to patients before starting a course of treatment for any illness.
- It should be a subject that all health and wellness practitioners follow closely.
Articles About Vitamin D Deficiency and Disease
There are co-factors that need to be present in order to maximize the absorption of the D3 you’re taking - Vitamin D Cofactors, VitaminDCouncil.org.
The most effective type of D3 is naturally derived. Read more about that here: Vitamin D: The Most Natural Form Easily Absorbed By the Body is D3 cholecalciferol.
Vitamin D Dosing Mayo Clinic (includes list of diseases that D3 may prevent or improve)
Vitamin D Medline Plus, National Institute of Health (Includes list of diseases that D3 may prevent or improve)
Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health
Vitamin D and DNA Repair Dr. John Cannell, VitaminDCouncil.org
Vitamin D Supplementation VitaminDCouncil.org
Vitamin D: The Unknown Treasure to Health and Well-Being Morgan Brady, WomanforAction.org
Could Lack of Vitamin D be behind Sids Cases? BBC Today (Report includes that 40% of British population is deficient)
Oral Vitamin D May Help Prevent Some Skin Infections UC San Diego News Center
Aspects in Autism Dr. John Cannell, VitaminDCouncil.org
Experts Review Vitamin D Advice BBC Today
Disease Prevention Chart VitaminDRevolution.com
Vitamin D: The Sunshine Hormone Mattapan Community Health Center, American Public Health Association, Public Health Action Campaign — Approved Resolution on October 28, 2008 “Call for Education and Research into Vitamin D Deficiency/Insufficiency”
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