There has been a huge amount of research that says we as a population of sun deprived people are dying of vitamin D deficiency. I am extremely sorry to the family members and survivors that have lived the grief of loss. My personal experience of loss is heart wrenching. As I researched for this article, I not only thought of the grief of the survivors, but also the pain and suffering from preventable disease that is caused by vitamin D deficiency. This is to say nothing of the economic loss of the sufferers and the economic gains of those caring for the suffering.
The Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine, I think they changed their name because of shame) announced that the RDI for vitamin D was only 600 IU/d. Now, three different universities have confirmed a statistical error. The correct amount for the RDI should have been over 7,000 IU/d of vitamin D3. If we look at only the death, what has the result been?
If the epidemiologists are correct, then there are about 350,000 premature deaths from vitamin D deficiency in the US every year or about 1,000 deaths per day. This is like five plane crashes every day with 200 people on each plane. Since the National Academy of Medicine released its findings for vitamin D with the factor-of-over-10 error, there have been 1,697 days. This is from the release date of the information on November 30, 2010 until today, July 24, 2015. There have been 1,697,000 deaths during this period from vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency represents about 14% of total deaths in the US.
US population leading causes of death:
- Number of deaths: 2,596,993
- Death rate: 821.5 deaths per 100,000 population
- Life expectancy: 78.8 years
- Infant Mortality rate: 5.96 deaths per 1,000 live births
Number of deaths for leading causes of death:
- Heart disease: 611,105
- Cancer: 584,881
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
- Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
- Diabetes: 75,578
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
- Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149
Every day that government delays taking action means there are another one thousands deaths. The agony of the pain and suffering from the loss says that it is time for government to take action. Is the money sustaining our economy from the health sector more important than the lives of those who have died? Your government seems to think so. I am extremely sorry for your loss. – Pandemic Survivor.