Archive: January 2014
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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 […]