Supplement with Vitamin D NOW!

Several weeks ago, the local paper printed a story by the Associated Press that was entitled “Vitamin D deficiency widely overestimated, experts warn patients.”  This story was carried by most major news’ outlets at a time when supplementation for vitamin D is necessary in the northern latitudes.  The article was based on a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by four scientists that were on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) food and nutrition board for vitamin D and calcium.  The IOM reported in 2010 that you only needed 600 to 800 IU per day of vitamin D from all sources whether you were a ten-pound baby or a three-hundred-pound adult.  What the NJEM paper and the news article fail to mention is that there was a statistical error found in the study and confirmed by several universities.  The real value should have been reported at over 7,000 IU per day of vitamin D3. Follow link to read about the error.

One of the researchers, JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, is doing a study given 26,000 patients 2,000 IU per day.  She hopes to compare the study against statistics from the general population. The problem for Manson is that her study is extremely flawed because now most of the population knows that you need more than the 2,000 IU per day.  She wants to slow down the supplementation of the general population to validate her study.  The news article emphasizes “there’s an epidemic of needless testing and too many people taking too many pills for a deficiency that very few people truly have.”  If that is truly the case, then why is she doing the study at a higher level of supplementation?

It is amazing that the medical industry has been trying to keep the general population deficient of the vital hormone, vitamin D3, for a very long time.  The problem goes back to the 1940s when the US sued seventeen multinational corporations for conspiracy of price manipulation and not putting an adequate amount of vitamin D in over-the-counter supplements.  Why?  The original reason for this criminal act was about making money from discoveries that may not have been patentable. The withholding of the information has gone on so long now that the economy is at risk if everyone gets enough vitamin D to be healthy. Government action has now fallen in step with the medical industry because of the economy. Why has it been two years since the error was found and the public has not been notified?  How would an adequate amount of vitamin D affect the economy?  One medical practice gave their patients enough supplements to make the general population replete in critical nutrients.  Office visits went from four per patient per year to one visit per patient per year. Think how the patients’ health most have improved—think of the dollar loss to the medical practice.

So, what to believe?  People with light colored skin typically will make in twenty minutes, about 20,000 IU of vitamin D3, with mid-day sun exposure in the summertime with sixty percent of the skin exposed. People with dark skin may take 3 to 6 times longer.  Who are you going to believe, nature or the medical industry?  In the winter our immune systems become depressed because of reduction in the amount of vitamin D3 made from sun exposure. Colds and the flu increase and more people die from chronic disease. Let the researchers play their games while you protect your health with adequate vitamins and minerals.  It is time to have empathy for the health of the population based on science.

This winter you should supplement per twenty-five pounds of body weight per day with approximately: deficient-vits-and-mins

  • 1000 IU of vitamin D3
  • 100 mg of magnesium (not magnesium oxide as you do not absorb it)
  • 500 mg vitamin C
  • 5 mg zinc

If you weigh 175 pounds, the amount of supplementation of these nutrients in which we are deficient would be 7,000 IU of vitamin D3, 700 mg of magnesium, 3,500 mg of vitamin C, and 35 mg of zinc.  This of course is not the whole story of nutritional deficiency, but it would be a great start to get you through the winter.  –Pandemic Survivor

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Fish Swimming in a School – The Vitamin D Revolution

What do fish swimming in a school and the vitamin D revolution have in common? Through signaling a direction (quorum sensing), the school swims together as one group.  It is very difficult for one fish to cause a change in direction of the school.  So imagine a school made up of the medical industry, medical insurance industry, and government all swimming together. To be more accurate, fish swimming together for social reasons are defined as shoaling.  The social reason that the stated institutions swim together is about the health of the medical economy and not about the health of the population.  From Wikipedia, “The oddity effect posits that any shoal member that stands out in appearance will be preferentially targeted by predators. This may explain why fish prefer to shoal with individuals that resemble themselves. The oddity effect would thus tend to homogenize shoals.” Schools are usually fish of the same species while shoals are made up of fish with similar goals. I will simply use schools for this discussion.

Fish Schoolr2

Does the invisible hand act as a predator to the oddity effect?

 

I once asked a scientist in the Vitamin D revolution how change in the medical industry could be brought about to improve the health of the world’s population.  His answer was simple, “It will take leadership.” Leadership is one of those words that is hard to define in social groups.  We often mistake management for leadership.  This brings to mind a business consultant’s description of the difference in leadership versus management.  A group was asked to build a road across an island to the other side.  The bush clearers did their job extremely well.  The road builders followed in a coordinated manner. The guards spent their time keeping the predatory alligators away.  At some point the manager climbed a tree and told the group what a great job they were doing and that they were about half way across the island.  The leader climbed up a tree next to the manager and looked about.  “Wrong island,” he stated simply.

This is the state of the present medical industry.  The medical professionals are doing a great job with allopathic medicine.  This island is the wrong island.  Gradually we are approaching an island of holistic health, but no leader in government has stepped up to take on the responsibility of making the course change happen.  The fear is that the health of the population would decimate the medical economy and could even cause a worldwide recession.  The school of allopathic medicine for economic reasons has been the dominant school since the intervention of funding for this purpose that started in the early 20th Century. The reason the US is the leader in allopathic medicine is for the economy which commands more than eighteen percent of GDP.  That is, groups not working together in a great conspiracy of keeping a sick population that uses large amounts of money for everyone involved, but action as a group for economic purposes for each institution.

At some point the realization must come that the economy would be better with a healthy population.  If holistic instead of allopathic medicine is practiced, the population would be able to produce more than a population that is ill.  Dollars spent on healthcare could be directed to more beneficial efforts for the population like building the infrastructure. This of course would take a great deal of training as the jobs lost in the medical industry in the US could exceed eight million.

Our leaders in government are focused on elections and the money needed to stay in power.  Their empathy for the illness of the population is amoral. This is defined as evil in M. Scott Peck’s book “People of the Lie.”  When an institution acts for the purpose of maintaining the institution instead of concern for the individuals that it serves, the institution’s acts are evil.

It has now been sixteen months since the IOM’s error in the average amount of vitamin D required for bone health.  The IOM (renamed the National Academy of Medicine–most likely for fear of liability, since it is not a government agency it can be sued) stated that individuals only need 600 IU of vitamin D3 per day.  The error was discovered by the University of Alberta and later confirmed by UCSD and Creighton University.  The correct amount should have been over 7,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.  The number of deaths because of this error since 2010 is in the millions.  Victims of the medical economy have suffered pain and died simply to maintain the medical economy.  Governments and the medical industry continue to ignore the science.

In a recent article, I wrote about pain in the population.  This great amount of pain is being treated as a symptom with pain meds. The cause is a lack of nutrients.  This lack of nutrients and the associated diseases could be treated using holistic medicine.  That is “food has caused our illness, it is food that will heal us.”  Dr. P. R. Raghavan.  I take a significantly larger amount of vitamins and minerals than is recommended by our institutions.  Through this higher intake, I have recovered from degenerative disc disease, severe sleep apnea, high blood pressure, three decades of pain, and a heart that was failing.  Doctors were telling me I didn’t know what I was talking about.  This included the eleven members of the medical profession in my own family.  After my cartilage healed and my metabolic processes reached homeostasis, I was free of pain and happy.

Presently, the school of allopathic-medicine fishes are swimming in the strong currents of the Niagara River.  As a group, we are headed toward the falls.  As leaders try to announce to the group of the danger, they are picked off one-by-one.  If the group tries to change direction, the strong currents of the economy works against their efforts.  Will we plunge down the falls into the abyss, or will we be strong enough to overcome the strong currents of the economy.  Truly, a strong leader is needed.  One of position and power that can overcome the “quorum sensing” of the economy and who can avoid the oddity effect.  Swimming against the currant and pointing to holistic healing –Pandemic Survivor

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Does intelligence displace morality?

My Heart Aches — Vitamin D vs. Measles Vaccine

There has been one death from measles since 2003, but how many deaths have there been because of poor nutrition since 2003 or just vitamin D deficiency alone? Relax, kick back, and consider the possibilities as you read.

Life Balance

My heart aches as I think of the thousands that are dying premature deaths. Preventable death, our medical profession says, is worth the money. In fact, many of the life-saving drugs have been only able to extend life by a few months, weeks, and even days, but has the death rate really decreased from chronic disease? Dying people are asked to make the decision. The decision usually is about spending the money in trade for a few days of “quality” life. What if the question was not about the money, but only if you have the proper nutrition. When offering a dying friend or relative nutrition, you get treated by the medical profession as if you are about to perform a criminal act. Your response to this onslaught is that your cared-for-loved one was just thirsty and you wanted to give them a class of water.

We have reached a breaking point in our understanding of life versus what is important for the greater good. Science and technology have moved along. Unfortunately, greed has remained the same in our culture forever. Knowledge of how to save life has been hidden and manipulated for the greater good as determined by our institutions. The population is believed to be too stupid to understand the importance of maintaining an active economy, and a manipulated economy, which has put us in debt for trillions of dollars, almost to the point of failure like Greece. Greed shows up in crafty ways to hide the theft from the people of both life and money.

We don’t want it to be about the money and increase the amount of insurance that we have. We want the security of knowing that whatever disease is stalking us, we have the means to provide the best available. Hidden from us is what is the best available for health and wealth of the individual. Healthcare is always about an expensive new drug, or because it is no longer readily available, even an expensive old drug; always trying to manipulate supply and demand to get the highest margins available. I had a relative that was dying from cancer and it was obvious that he only had a few days or hours at best. He had already started the death rattle as my Dad used to say. The doctor’s response was to offer him a drug that was used regularly in the 1960s, but now was not readily available. The cost of the drug was $50,000 per day. You just can’t make this stuff up. The doctor knew my relative had means and was willing to offer him an imagined time of a few weeks or days of quality life. My relative’s response to this was, “Holy Moly!” Even on his deathbed, he knew he was being scammed.

It is time to take back both our health and financial resources. We have gone too long with the understanding the security of health insurance is more important than our understanding of nutrition. Now it may be hard for you to hold two seemingly unlike things in balance. How can we balance medical/medical insurance industrial complex with nutrition? The interesting thing is our institutions have done that for you because of their belief that you are too stupid to understand. As kept cows, you keep repeating, “Thank you master.” The master treats you with great care while at the same time reaching into your pocket and taking your wallet. Yes, I have just described a mugging. The medical complex gets about half of every dollar you spend on health care and the health insurance complex gets about half. This way, they become equal partners in crime so that one does not rat out the other. Don’t get me wrong. I think we have the best emergency medical system in the world and I’m very grateful for that. If not, I wouldn’t be alive from a ruptured appendix, hypoxia from sleep apnea (which I’ve cured with supplements), two back surgeries to keep me from being paralyzed (I avoided several more with supplements), multiple infections, and two heat strokes.

We recently had the first death from measles in the US since 2003. Think about all of the press you have read about forced measles vaccines and people’s rights to refuse the vaccine. Hold this in opposition to the very inexpensive supplementation of vitamin D. The IOM said 600 IU/d was all that you need in 2010. In November 2014, it was found, when using the same data as the IOM, that they had made a statistical error. The correct amount should have been over 7,000 IU/d as confirmed by three universities. Epidemiologists have said that all we need to stop 37,000 premature deaths in Canada per year is a 25(OH)D level above 40 ng/ml (about 3,000 more IU/d than the present intake from all sources [estimated from grassrootshealth.net chart]) . If we generalize the Canadian deaths for the US population, it is about 400, 000 premature deaths per year for North America.

Where is the press on this issue? How many premature deaths have there been since November 2014 when the error was found? How many premature deaths have there been since 2010 when the error was made? How would all of this affect the health economy since 2010 (generalizing for North America from the above referenced paper, about $150 billion per year or about $750 billion in reduced cost minus the cost of supplementation and two million premature deaths)? Was it really an error? What about the combination of vitamins and minerals? How far off is the recommendation for all supplements and the combination of supplements? My heart aches for those who don’t understand nutrition. My heart aches for the doctors (I really feel for the doctors who are swimming along comfortably as in a school of fish.) who were taught that vitamins and minerals will not cure, prevent, treat, or diagnose disease (On how many supplement bottles have you seen that statement?). Moreover, the US press doesn’t think there is a story here as they worry about one death from measles in the US since 2003 and whether you have been vaccinated.

If you are concerned about this issue, do what I have done – contact your congressional representative. Here is a link to help you find your representative or http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. Visiting in person is better than a written letter or an email if you would like to take the time. After all, the purpose of the House is to hear the voice of the people. Below is my constituent request. Feel free to print a copy and its links to take to your representative. – Pandemic Survivor

Constituent Request to Representative Mark Walker:
The Department of HHS needs to be investigated by Congress for not quickly responding to the finding that the RDA for vitamin D, as established by the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine as of July 1), was off by a factor of more than 10. This tragic error may have resulted in as much as hundreds of thousands premature deaths per year and has added a significant burden to the health economy.

  1. J. Veugelers, PhD, Health Canada and the University of Alberta, first reported this error in a published peer reviewed journal paper in November 2014. It was confirmed in a published paper by UCSD and Creighton University in February 2015. To my knowledge, the IOM or HHS or its agencies have taken no action. More details: Dr. Robert Heaney http://blogs.creighton.edu/heaney/2015/02/13/the-iom-miscalculated-its-rda-for-vitamin-d/

The vitamin D market has been manipulated for the profit of the health industry since the 1930s (see attached article for details – Vitamin D for Profits – 1923 to 1946). Fear of the sun has caused a huge decline in health in the US. It is now time to take action to stop the immorality of sustaining and growing the largest segment of the economy from the illness of individuals (see attached Advocacy Letter from Allan Markin ).

Resources
The Vitamin D Council – Dr. John Cannell – www.vitamindcouncil.org
SUNARC: Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center. Website of vitamin D expert Dr. William Grant  www.sunarc.org
GrassrootsHealth – Carrole Baggerly, Founder, Presentations by over fifty researchers and doctors. http://www.grassrootshealth.net/
University California Riverside – About Vitamin D http://vitamind.ucr.edu/about.html
Vitamin D Wiki – research on vitamin D compiled by Henry Lahore http://www.VitaminDWiki.com

Too Much Vitamin D3?

The amount of vitamin D from all sources has long been at issue. The amount required for health as well as to treat disease has plagued us since the 1920s. Yes, that is right; for about 100 years now, we have been struggling on the amount of vitamin D that is needed for health. The main struggle was the toxicity discovered when vitamin D­­2 ­entered the picture. Large amounts were given to test subjects, as high as a 1,000,000 IU per day. This sounds like a lot, but is actually only 25 mg. Twenty-five milligrams is a small amount when comparing to other things that we consume (like aspirin at 325 mg). However, when comparing to steroids in the body, it is a huge amount. So why is it that we can’t seem to balance the benefit with the risk of supplementing or spending time in the sun? It is about the money involved in the largest segment of the US economy – healthcare.

It is amazing to me how many people still think that the normal amount of D3 that you make in the summer sun is too much. With most of your skin exposed, you will typically make about 10,000 IU (only 0.25 mg or 250 micrograms) of vitamin D3 in about twenty minutes in the mid-day summer sun. Of course this varies with skin type, body size, and the lack of production of cholesterol in the skin (if you are taking statins, you may be seriously affecting your health). We owe this misinformation directly to our medical industry. The last blow to health for our God-given source of natural vitamin D3 can be attributed to a mathematical error by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). They only got it wrong by more than a factor of ten. They stated that 600 IU per day was adequate intake for a ten pound baby as well as a three hundred pound man. Two different groups have now published papers saying that to get the population to a healthy level (20 ng/ml as described by the IOM) should be more like an average of 7,000 to 8,000 IU per day of vitamin D3 from all sources.

We typically get about 2,000 to 4,000 IU equivalent per day of vitamin D3 from the sun, natural diets, and food fortification. This means to achieve a level above 20 ng/ml of 25(OH)D, you would have to supplement (on average) with about 4,000 IU of D3. Again, this depends on body weight and personal absorption of supplemented vitamin D3. But the bad news is that the IOM stated they were only concerned about bone health which they believed that 20 ng/ml was adequate because this prevents rickets. So, what about heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and a host of autoimmune diseases? Most doctors and scientist now believe that a healthy level of 25(OH)D is 50 to 70 ng/ml.

  • Bone Health to prevent rickets – Above 20 ng/ml.
  • Healthy level to prevent disease – 50 to 70 ng/ml.
  • To treat disease – 70 to 90 ng/ml.
  • Above the normal range is exceeding 100 ng/ml.
  • Toxicity starts at about 200 ng/ml – that is a huge safety factor! Typically you would have to supplement with 50,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day for months without missing a day to reach this level.

How do we know that 70 to 90 ng/ml will treat disease? There was a medical practice that decided to take all of their patients to 70 to 90 ng/ml. The office visits went from an average of four per patient per year to one visit per patient per year. Here is the video by Vitamin D Wiki that describes this as well as the need for vitamin D3. Take the time to watch it as it is very informative – “Vitamin D in Five Minutes”

Can you just imagine what that would do to the medical economy in America if all people were at an average of 60 ng/ml (at this level, we should be able to reduce our health insurance and health visits by huge amounts – Oh, sorry, medical-industrial complex)? Can you imagine how healthy everyone would be? The key to being healthy is not how much you take; it is a healthy level of vitamin D3 as 25(OH)D.

Please note that if you are using the typical prescription form of vitamin D as vitamin D2, do not exceed a 25(OH)D level of 50 ng/ml (test for 25(OH)D include a sum of D2 and D3). If you do, then your health will decline. This has been the conundrum since the medical profession declared that vitamin D3 was equal to vitamin D2 in the 1930s. If your doctor prescribes vitamin D2, then request a change to vitamin D3.   Fifty thousand IU capsules are readily available from BioTech Pharmacal. Believe it or not, a 100 count bottle is only $30. This would be a two year supply if you take one per week for an average of 7,140 IU per day.

How much should you supplement? It depends on your time in the sun, how much grass fed meat you eat (sun exposed animals have significantly higher levels of vitamin D as 25(OH)D, particularly in the summer months and lower latitudes – give me Texas and Florida beef), and how much you are getting from fortified food. As a rule of thumb, you may want to start supplementing at about 40 IU/lb. body weight/d. If you weigh 100 lb. then about 4,000 IU per day, 150 lb. about 6,000 IU per day, and 200 lb. about 8,000 IU per day. You can go to Grassroots Health and use their chart to adjust to reach your 25(OH)D goal. Of course this means serum testing. It is a small price to pay for health. I should add that the practice that adjusted their patients to 70-90 ng/ml of 25(OH)D, also suggested their patients get about three grams of vitamin C and about four mg of absorbable magnesium (not magnesium oxide) per pound body weight per day. Here is Krispin’s take on magnesium to help you understand. We are also significantly deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is the positive ion that is responsible for over 300 enzymes in the body. If you do not get enough magnesium, then you can expect diseases states as described by Krispin even with an adequate amount of vitamin D3. Heart arrhythmias with magnesium deficiency are of particular concern.

An adequate amount of all natural vitamins and minerals are necessary for health. It looks like we cannot depend on the IOM to get this right. You will have to explore on your own to determine, what an adequate intake of all vitamins and minerals is. Natural vitamins A, B, C, D, and E are all important. Minerals include: magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfate, iron, and many other minor minerals like boron, chromium, and manganese – and many others. Our health authorities have gotten this wrong on so many levels. The folic acid debacle is an example of a man-made molecule that has now become the standard of supplementation for folate (eat your greens). There is about one third of the population that cannot convert folic acid into a bioactive form.   I personally have to be careful with foods (primarily grains) that are fortified with folic acid to keep my intake below 600 mcg/d. Otherwise, I just feel miserable.

Spend a reasonable amount of time in the sun this summer. The goal is to not get burned. If you start your sunning experience with a small amount of time and then increase, you will allow your skin’s melanin to adequately develop (tanning) so as to shield you from burns. When you have spent a responsible amount of time in the sun then cover yourself with clothing and hats that will stop the UV rays. If that is not possible, then sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will block and reflect the rays (similar to a mirror).

The dangers of standard sunscreens are enormous. They are better than they used to be as now sunscreen has to block both UVA and UVB or state otherwise on the label (before, they typically only blocked UVB which was reradiated in the UVA range). But what happens to the incident energy of both UVB and UVA? It typically is absorbed at other wavelengths that may not be beneficial to health. The greatest danger of sunscreen is to put it on before any sun exposure, thus blocking the formation of vitamin D3. Why is there not a warning label on all sunscreen products stating this hazard? First sun, after an adequate amount of time before burning, then apply sun reflecting products, put on clothing, or get out of the sun.  – Pandemic Survivor