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Vitamin D myths, facts and statistics (diabetes diet depression calcium multiple sclerosis)
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Vitamin D myths, facts and statistics
Fif**** facts you probably never knew about vitamin D and sunlight
(Compiled by Mike Adams, based on an interview with Dr. Michael Holick,
author, The UV Advantage)
Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to
ultraviolet radiation: natural sunlight.
The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your
skin) cannot penetrate glass.
It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your
diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D
in your own body.
A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified
milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.
The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to
the sun in order to generate vitamin D.
People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much
exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount
of vitamin D.
Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in
your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb
calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.
Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes
months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild
the body's vitamin D stores.
Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate
vitamin D by 95%.
It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from
sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what
If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may very well be
suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.
Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before
it can be used.
Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's
ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually
needs sunlight exposure because it would mean lower sales of sunscreen
Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in
your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription
Diseases and conditions cause by vitamin D deficiency:
Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly
impairs calcium absorption.
Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian
cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.
"Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin
production in the pancreas.
Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people
need twice as much vitamin D.
Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
Vitamin D deficiency causes schizophrenia.
Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance
initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.
Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia
because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is
reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight
2-3 times each week.
Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have
an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty
Shocking Vitamin D deficiency statistics:
32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient.
40% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in
48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient.
Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient.
76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing
widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which
predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and
schizophrenia later in life.
Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient.