Beyond Pink: Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

By |2014-10-13T12:53:49+00:00October 13th, 2014|Breast Cancer, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency|

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 [...]

How Vitamin D Saved the Day

By |2014-10-02T16:39:38+00:00October 2nd, 2014|Diet, Vitamin D, Vitamin D Deficiency|

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 [...]

Meeting Jane Fonda: Libraries, Teen Health, and Vitamin D3

By |2014-07-05T07:08:26+00:00July 5th, 2014|Healthy Children, Vitamin D|

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 [...]

Our Pets Need Vitamin D, Too!

By |2014-05-07T17:16:31+00:00May 7th, 2014|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?)

The Coincidence of Autism and Vitamin D Deficiency

By |2014-04-14T11:47:22+00:00April 14th, 2014|Autism, Healthy Children, Vitamin D|

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 [...]

An Effort to Standardize Vitamin D Measurements

By |2014-01-31T17:50:54+00:00January 31st, 2014|Vitamin D|

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 [...]

Food for Thought: Lessons Learned from China

By |2014-01-21T15:00:47+00:00January 21st, 2014|Diet, Vitamin D|

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 [...]

Vitamin D: Plant a Seed for Stronger Children

By |2014-01-12T21:45:29+00:00January 12th, 2014|Diet, Healthy Children, Vitamin D|

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 [...]