TAKE VITAMIN D3 DAILY!
At the beginning of this New Year it became obvious THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUE that I could discuss for 2016 is optimizing vitamin D3. Yes, D3 if FAR MORE IMPORTANT than getting a few extra pounds off, or lowering your cholesterol or even exercising more! Making this change will be FAR
BETTER, FAR EASIER AND FAR LESS EXPENSIVE than other resolutions!
What is Vitamin D3 and Why is it So Important?
Vitamin D3 is the most active form of D. This vitamin has been known for a long time to aid in the absorption and utilization of calcium, vital to bone mineralization, providing strength and integrity to the skeleton — the structural framework of the body.
What is New and Revolutionary about D3?
Literally this is the best discovery in the field of medicine during my 40 years in the medical field. About 60 years ago scientists began to study why some people got more cancer than others. They became focused on something that was obvious– that the sun’s rays actually caused skin cancers of various types—including often lethal melanomas. So our culture did a 180 degree turn and became photophobic in regard to the sun’s rays. (Tanning had been the “healthy” thing to do before that. Vitamin D was known as the Sunshine Vitamin!) What transpired during the next two generations was an emphasis on sun avoidance or sun protection.
This resulted in nearly our entire population becoming deficient (or at least borderline low) in D3. This is a fact today, unless one is actively taking D3 regularly or spending significant amounts of time outside with most of the clothes off. This on top of the fact that “normal” blood levels of D3 are clearly sub-optimal for the most important benefits—cancer prevention, depression prevention, chronic pain prevention, etc, etc.
Where does this leave us now? More, much more internal cancers than ever before. So scientists started studying why—What is causing this large increase of all types of cancers? Could a LACK of Vitamin D3 be associated with this CANCER EPIDEMIC? YES!! That is what 100’s of scientific studies over the past 20 years are pointing to. From population studies showing Northerners get more internal cancers than Southerners, to occupational studies that show office workers get more internal cancers than outdoor workers. NOW IT’S BECOMING OBVIOUS THAT THE SUN’S RAYS ACTUALLY HAVE MORE BENEFITS THAN LIABILITIES!
What is the Bottom Line/Action Point Regarding Vitamin D3? We should take OPTIMUM D3 DAILY. You can’t get that much from a multivitamin or from milk. Most of us can’t or shouldn’t get that much from the sun—due to burning or skin cancer risk. So, if we get D3 from a daily supplement, this is the safest and simplest way to go.
How Much Should We Take Daily?
I like to start adults (over 90 lbs) on 2,000 units of D3 daily. For people over age 60 and those over 200 lbs, I recommend 4,000 units D3 daily. Oh course everyone taking D3 should get a blood test to check their level after taking it for a few months. This can usually be done at your annual checkup. The optimum/cancer preventative blood level is 50-100 ng/mL. The daily dose should be adjusted until this target blood level is achieved.
Has The Sun Been Fully Vindicated?
It often seems that generations cast a particular object or even a person as either a villain or a hero. The sun’s rays have certainly played both of these roles over the years. I recommend that you get some healthy rays, but “Don’t get burned!” Use Common Sense. Plan outdoor activities for morning and late afternoon or evening. Use broad brimmed hats and other garments to cover up when you have to be out during the peak sun times. Finally, apply high SPF sunscreens to exposed skin areas (30 or higher) and reapply every 2 hours.
My Five Year Experience with Optimum Doses of Vitamin D3
I am convinced clinically that my patients who take sufficient Vitamin D3 consistently over the years are getting fewer and fewer cancers and precancers over time. Many of these patients were escalating their number of new cancers each year, and now are decreasing their numbers dramatically. However, I believe ALL CAN BENEFIT, not just high risk patients. Vitamin D3 is sold in every store in America. If you have $5 in your pocket, stop at any store and GET STARTED!
Who Benefits the Most?
Those who are High Risk for any type of cancer(s). Families that get cancers often, transplant patients, immunosuppressed patients on certain drugs that lower immunity, HIV patients, and anyone who has had a cancer or precancer previously.
Other Products That Can Help
EPIONCE makes two great sunscreens that can help prevent sun burning and prevent photo aging from chronic damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Daily Shield 50 is great for people who need a light moisturizer combined with a powerful sun protection factor. (Remember to reapply if outside very long—especially after lunch.) Daily Shield 30 is for those who need to moisturize more, and not as much heavy sun protection. (For instance, during the cold weather season.)
Science has proven over time that the sun’s rays can be both a blessing and a curse. Therefore, moderating your exposure is the best policy. Some sunlight is clearly good! Too much is toxic in the short term and can cause cancer and advanced/premature aging in the long term. HOWEVER, TOO LITTLE VITAMIN D3 CAN INCREASE YOUR CANCER RISK FOR ALL ORGANS—breast, colon, lung, prostate, skin, etc, etc.
If you are pediatric age, have kidney problems, are pregnant or nursing, or have glandular problems (endocrine), consult with your doctor prior to optimizing your Vitamin D3 intake. Be aware that most, but not all, practicing doctors follow practices similar to the above. If your doctor does not recommend Vitamin D3, get a second or even a third opinion.