“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”–Arthur Schopenhauer.
This nineteenth century German philosopher had it right. I believe that we are still in the ridicule stage and that the violent opposition stage will be played out in the courts as awareness becomes more public about the negative impact of vitamin D deficiency. The politicians will allow the court cases because of the masses of people that start become aware of their own disease and the dying and suffering of their friends and family from vitamin D deficiency.
I apologize for not writing more because I had become bitter and downcast. This has not been a more pleasant side of my recovery. Even though I have been through the trials and hard times of serious disease I am now grateful for how it has strengthen my faith and now better understand my responsibility to you to bring you education and understanding. I do praise the spirit of hope, love, and acceptance. I have been trying to write about the emotional recovery side of the disease and it has brought back a lot of ‘emotional’ pain.
So how are doctors reacting to the publicity about vitamin D and its impact on general health. It is a very ‘mixed’ bag. Many have recognized the research and are starting to treat their patients with testing and supplementation of vitamin D. Others are just sure that their patients are all ‘idiots’ after the fashion of the TV character Dr. House. The attitude is, “I have been trained and know much better than you ever will and this stuff in the press is just ‘junk science’.”
I have really been alarmed as we have moved into ‘vitamin D winter’ in the northern latitudes and there has not been a large national discussion about the benefits of vitamin D and its affect on the immune system in particular with the seasonal outbreaks of the flu. See what Dr. John Cannell has to say at the Vitamin D Council. Vitamin D and the Flu. Here you can plainly see an example of a doctor that has reacted and one in the same family practice that has not in Georgia.
Also please read Dr. Cannell’s May newsletter about the flu and vitamin D: I know that I have repeated this many times but it breaks my heart to think about the needless death of children and pregnant women.
I will relay this story of a pregnant woman that I know that is a medical professional. She has been one of the few that has not had flu like symptoms in the large hospital where she works and she has been taking enough vitamin D to be replete.
During one of her regular visits to her doctor, she decided that she should have her vitamin D level tested. She was chastised by her physician for falling into the ‘trap of something not in the medical guideline’. Remember now we are talking about two doctors talking to each other and the person in responsible charge for the health of her patient tells the other doctor that she just does not know what she is talking about. My friend had read the many research papers on vitamin D in particular those by Dr. Bruce Hollis of the Medical University of South Carolina. This is a professor of pediatrics and has done extensive research on pregnant women and vitamin D. Here is some of his work at Google Scholar: Also she is familiar with this newsletter from the Vitamin D Council on pregnancy and gestation. She decided not to engage and just left the office visit steaming mad. She has decided to have another doctor order her vitamin D test.
So here we have two doctors that just results in ridicule of current research. How is this suppose to work with just plain everyday folk that put their trust in the medical profession. You know it makes me think of two things. First consider how long we struggled with the understanding of tobacco and how it affected health. It was ridicule and then finally submission under the weight of government court battles with that industry. With vitamin D there have been large cohort studies and many more epidemiological studies. With tobacco to my knowledge there have not been cohort studies and just a few epidemiological studies. The government acted because of the rich reward that they saw in tax and penalty income from the tobacco companies. Also here there was a substance being put into our bodies and not just the withholding of knowledge by our professionals on research that dates to early part of the twentieth century. If we had been a vitamin D replete population I wonder how the tobacco trials would have played out.
Second it is like an episode of House being played out in real life. I am sure that we will never see an episode of House where the patient is found to have vitamin D deficiency and that is the cause of the failure of their immune systems and endocrine system. Modern medicine has been practiced on a population deficient in vitamin D and this includes all testing, research, and practice guidelines. If this ever plays out on House then we will know as a society that we have overcome this certain tragedy. Also the government will definitely be slow to act because as some researchers have stated that a vitamin-D-replete population would cause a reduction of twenty five to fifty percent of our medical economy. What would happen to all that tax income and how would we pay for all of the older folks that did not die when ‘they were suppose to’.
Hold onto your chairs folks because if this change starts to play out in the courts then it will be just like the tobacco trials except there will many more people affected as in everyone. Just think you can tune into the TV every night and watch your favorite news channel as the court battles are engaged. I am sure the lawyers are just licking their chops, but they are also slow to act because there have not been any trials of significance where a substance was withheld that caused the death and suffering of millions.
More likely the large institutions will control the media and it will be bloggers and face to face conversations with friends that result in a replete population over many decades. However, medical professionals that I know say that this is now moving through the systems faster than any change they have seen previously.
With great hope I look forward to that stage of great health for everyone when we begin to accept the truth of sunshine and vitamin D as being ‘self-evident’.
We are in ‘vitamin D winter’ in the northern hemisphere so take care to be sure that you are replete. Follow the instructions on the home page of the Vitamin D Council.
– Be sure to supplement!!! – Pandemic Survivor