In 2006, I went to PubMed, the government clearing house for medical publications, and just entered vitamin D in the search engine and limited the search to that year. There were over 2,100 papers. I just did this for 2008 and there were over 2,300 papers. If you limit it to the last ten years it comes up with over 17,000 papers. The published recent work on vitamin D is voluminous.
The Vitamin D Council has provided a wonderful list of diseases that have been associated with vitamin D deficiency on their research page. You go there, pick the disease and it sends you to PubMed right to the abstract of the article. If you do not have a subscription to the particular journal you can purchase the article from the publisher online.
In reading this list, it makes me wonder why there are so many diseases and so much research and yet the medical profession is not treating with vitamin D. There are so many diseases that are a result of or have a component related to D deficiency, you would think the news organizations would be all over this, but I digress.
If you are a doctor or a researcher and you are trying to just get a feel for the research that is out there then Dr. John Cannell has organized the research by disease. It is a starting place as there are still many diseases that he has not listed. For example, I had degenerative disc disease that is really a form of osteoarthritis. This disease caused severe chronic pain, muscle wasting in my legs, central sleep apnea, memory loss from brain shrinkage with the pain, and other symptoms from oxygen deprivation from the sleep apnea. If we took sleep apnea we find that it is not in the list because no one has done any research on it and vitamin D even though it has an obesity and stenosis vector which both can be tied directly to vitamin D deficiency. There is a lot of work that is left to be done and a lot of miss-education of doctors, researchers, and the public in general that needs to be corrected.
Another disease that is not listed is psoriasis and I know that it can be treated with vitamin D according to Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University. Dr. John Cannell has done a great job and we are grateful for his work, but the tentacles of vitamin D reach far and long in the course of human health and disease.
If you do not find the disease that you have interest with, then just go to PubMed and search on the disease itself and components of vitamin D. Also I am sure that if you can identify research and that has not been listed then the Vitamin D Council would be interested. Send that along to them.
Let’s just make a copy of the list without comment to see how long it is:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
Ethnicity and Vitamin D
Gaucher’s and Fabry’s Disease
Vitamin D and Genetics
HIV and AIDS
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Innate and Adaptive Immunity
Muscular Weakness and Falls
Pregnancy and Lactation
Sickle Cell Disease
Toxin and Radiation Exposure
Vitamin D Deficiency
Other items of interest for Vitamin D with links to the research:
Commentaries and Editorials
Veterinary and Animal Studies
Well, I hope that you find this useful and that you do not think that just because your disease of interest is not in this list that it does not have a vitamin D vector. This seccosteroid is the most important steroid of the human body – Vitamin D3.
There is a lot of pain and death listed above. Shine the light on this research!!! – Pandemic Survivor