Archive: 2014
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During the month of October, the color pink adorns almost every publicly-viewed surface imaginable from newspapers to football towels. Yes, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yet, after 30 years of honoring annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month and billions of dollars poured into conventional research, breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the world. Let’s go beyond pink when thinking about breast cancer awareness. How about preventing breast cancer by reducing its risk with vitamin D? And how about increasing survival rates by treating breast cancer with safe, inexpensive, and non-invasive vitamin D supplementation? By attaining and […]

Monkeys in Sri Lanka tested my vitamin D bone strength!

Our knowledge of vitamin D’s beneficial role in health has greatly expanded over the past couple decades. Thanks to lots of credible scientific research, we have learned about vitamin D’s expanded link to a wide array of medical conditions, ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases. Burgeoning studies supporting vitamin D’s amazing health advantages have tended to overshadow one of the most basic benefits of vitamin D: healthy bones. Vitamin D partners with minerals and vitamin K2 to ensure that our bones receive adequate calcium to maintain their strength. Before I explain the easy steps to bolster your bone strength, I […]

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The mere mention of “Jane Fonda” evokes a potpourri of perceptions including legendary actress, fitness guru, political activist, feminist, and author. Having recently met Jane Fonda, I noted a couple additional characterizations that surprised me: library geek and advocate of adolescent health. I also discovered that she was unfamiliar with vitamin D3’s beneficial role in teen health. Jane Fonda loves libraries. On a recent Saturday morning in Las Vegas, she endeared herself to hundreds of enthusiastic attendees at the American Library Association Annual Conference. A featured speaker at the 2014 event, Fonda emphatically admitted, “All my life I’ve taken refuge […]

Pets Also Need Vitamin D

The importance of vitamin D to our health cannot be understated. Vitamin D is not only essential to our bone and dental health but to our overall well-being. Adequate vitamin D in our bodies protects us from a wide range of medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, infections, and rickets.

For many of us, our pets are family members, and their health is important. But how often have we thought of essential vitamins for our pets? For example, do our precious pets need vitamin D? Absolutely. In fact, all land vertebrates (animals with a backbone) require vitamin D for their health. Without adequate vitamin D, pets may suffer from a variety of serious medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, infections, and rickets. (Do you see a pattern?)

Six Palms 2014

The month of April coincidentally brings us Autism Awareness Month and the beginning of “vitamin D” season. You may ask, “Coincidentally? How are autism and vitamin D related?” The answer may surprise you. Autism on the Rise Over the past couple decades, an alarming number of children—in the United States and other industrialized countries—have been diagnosed with autism, a group of complex brain disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that an astounding 1 in 68 American children has an autism spectrum disorder (1). (The March 28, 2014 CDC report is based on 2010 data when […]

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People interested in improving their health often ask, “How much vitamin D should I take?” A common response is “Get your blood tested, and supplement according to the results.” The suggestion is logical. However, many folks do not know that the global medical community has yet to agree to standardization of vitamin D testing. In other words, test results can vary from laboratory to laboratory due to different testing equipment and protocols. Furthermore, the optimal reference range for vitamin D levels continues to be a subject of debate. As a passionate vitamin D advocate, I attended the 2013 Vitamin D […]

A recent Associated Press article by Asif Shahzad grabbed my attention. Women in Pakistan not only suffer the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia, but the majority is completely ignorant of the disease! Breast cancer is the leading cancer killer among adult Pakistani females, according to World Health Organization official Shahzad Aalam. About 40,000 women succumb to the breast cancer each year. Aalam stated that the disease is rampant. Numerous challenges contribute to the disturbing rate of breast cancer incidences in a developing country such as Pakistan. Cultural Taboos Taboos in a conservative, Islamic culture significantly hinder the awareness […]

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It seemed only fitting that I found myself, a health and vitamin D advocate, meandering through a “medicine market” during a mesmerizing visit to the People’s Republic of China. Tucked along a highway outside the ancient walled city of Xi’an, several structures housed a maze of stalls replete with raw medicinal goods that supply local hospitals, clinics, and health care practices. As I sauntered along a narrow muddy path through the market, I was dazzled, yet humbled, by the sight of large sacks of unidentified herbs, jars of dried sea horses, flattened lizards on a stick, and elixirs promising to […]

Family Strolling in the Sun

Do you want your baby to grow stronger? New research from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom suggests that young children are likely to develop stronger muscles when their mums enjoyed a higher level of vitamin D during pregnancy. The connection between vitamin D levels and muscle strength has been well-established by the scientific community. However, the Southampton study, published in the January 2014 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, marks the first time that the relationship between maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy and the muscle development and strength in offspring was examined. Led […]