Cancer is an opportunistic disease. It uses the opportunity that it recognizes in a toxically burdened, nutritionally and emotionally deficient body to overrun your normal defense system.
Cancer, which seems like such an overwhelming and complicated disease, truly has the potential to be vastly simplified when you break it down to its most basic issues: deficiency and toxicity.
Figure out the reasons behind the deficiency and clean up the toxic burden, and your body is enabled to carry on the healing processes of which it is intrinsically capable. This actually applies to virtually all disease, both physical and emotional.
More and more research supports the optimization of our Vitamin D levels as an extremely important step in the quest for a cancer free, long, healthy life. In fact, a recent study in The American Journal of Cardiology found that Vitamin D deficiency (serum levels below 30 ng/ml or 75 nmol/L) was a strong independent predictor of all causes of death.
More than 70% of the people in the study were below the status of 30 ng/ml required for “sufficiency”, but many clinicians believe that the number forsufficiency should be closer to 50 ng/ml, putting about 95% of the people in a state of deficiency.
Vitamin D3, cholecalciferol, is what our bodies produce when our skin is exposed to the sun or UV-B light. Everyone should know their Vitamin D status, simply ask your doctor to run a 25(OH)D test (not a 1,25(OH)D test) the next time you get your blood drawn.
It’s as important as knowing your address or phone number, and it’s virtually guaranteed that you are not at optimal levels. But since Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, which your body will store, it’s important to check your baseline, and also a good way to gauge, over time, how much sun and supplementation is required to get you and keep you sufficient.
The importance of becoming sufficient in regards to your Vit D levels cannot be overstated when it comes to cancer, but the incredible benefits extend much further.
Having optimized Vit D levels enables our immune system to function correctly, both in it’s ability to ward off disease and to effectively modulate itself so as not to create autoimmune conditions.
Vit D has been shown to clear the brain of the plaques found in Alzheimer’s disease, shrink uterine fibroids, and prevent cavities in your teeth. Is there nothing this sunshine jewel cannot conquer?
From Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology: “Some nontraditional roles ascribed to vitamin D include anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating effects. These effects have led to possible implications in the pathophysiology of immune-mediated diseases including multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In addition, vitamin D insufficiency has been linked to higher rates of cancers including colon, prostate and breast cancers.”
According to the Grassroots Health Vitamin D Action Project, certain levels of Vitamin D equate to being optimal for different situations:
deficient < 50 ng/ml optimal 50-70 ng/ml to address cancer, disease and calcium absorption 70-100 ng/ml pregnancy outcomes 120 ng/ml Most adults will require between 1,000-5,000 IU per day to maintain sufficiency, and up to 8,000 IU per day to get sufficient, in addition to the sun and what little is derived from foods. What about toxicity? Not a problem indicates the study, which found no toxicity with up to 10,000 IU per day and up to 200 ng/ml serum levels. Take advantage of the energy of the sun by getting as much Vitamin D as possible by going outside, without sunscreen, for 10-15 minutes, or until you notice a faint pink tinge to your skin. Of course, adjust for the fairness of your skin according to what you know your limits may be, but you need to expose your arms, at least, and NO sunscreen or the magic will not happen! Our human ancestors did not have sunscreen and their bodies were capable of handling daily sun exposure; farmers have been out in the sun for years without massive waves of death and skin cancer. Our issue is that we do not consume the proper nutrition to support the health and protection of our skin, such as the antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, and another source of ultraprotection, astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a super-antioxidant found in krill and other sea creatures that consume a microalgae rich diet of this incredible super fat-soluble carotenoid. Supplementing with 4 mg of high quality astaxanthin can be extremely protective against sun damage and supportive of your overall immune function and is definitely high on the list of things to add to your regimen for optimal health. It’s also the perfect compliment in your quest for optimal Vitamin D from sunshine! Create a body your soul wants to live in! Cynthia Henrich supports people diagnosed with early stage cancer who are motivated to create change in their lives to leave the demon they’ve faced in the dust. Cancer is a lifestyle, deficiency, emotional dis-ease that can create enormous and positive change in one’s life, when approached as a puzzle that you solve to reach your full health potential. Cynthia Henrich, Holistic Health Insider, is the little black dress of optimal health; providing simple, timeless, elegant, solutions to a life challenge that can seem overwhelming. Cynthia was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer ten years ago, after being misdiagnosed for two years in the mainstream. Cynthia and her husband had two beautiful boys, 4 and 2, at the time of diagnosis, and her dreams came true when she learned she was having a little girl almost two years after her diagnosis. And thus commenced a hold-on-tight, roller-coaster-adventure, everything-is-possible life of bliss helping others to do the same. http://youtu.be/eDO9A6sN7JU Institute of Medicine Vitamin D Rebuttal (Part 1 of 5) http://www.mercola.com/ - Internationally renowned natural health physician and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. John Cannell discuss the Institute of Medicine's recent findings regarding Vitamin D. (Part 1 of 5)
Big Pharma Declares War on Natural Vitamin D Supplementation – Launches Blatant Mis-Information Campaign So They Can Patent Synthetic Vitamin D Drug
It is getting nasty out there. This week a hit piece on Vitamin D was launched by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Hiding behind a government sponsored (and funded) team, a panel of doctors circulated their “review” of “1000″ Vitamin D studies with conclusions that were completely contrary to scientific evidence of Vitamin D.
One of the panelists, Glenville Jones, PhD, was widely quoted in the media as saying that most people “probably don’t have vitamin D deficiency” and “We think there has been an exaggeration of the public’s interest in vitamin D deficiency”. It turns out that Dr. Jones is a scientific advisor for Cytochroma, Inc., the pharmaceutical company that is developing a patentable synthetic version of Vitamin D. Clearly this is a conflict of interest that was never mentioned in their report.
But conflict of interst is just one of many problems with the IOM report.
The panel consulted with 15 world class experts of Vitamin D and decided to suppress their input. The Vitamin D Council states, “Many of these consultants are either famous Vitamin D researchers, like Professor Robert Heaney at Creighton University or, as in the case of Prof. Walter Willet of Harvard, the single best known nutritionist in the world.”
Aside from hidden agendas, the panel simply refused to consider most of the studies that are out there on Vitamin D purely because most research reports are not reported through randomized controlled trials(RCT). Therefore, virtually all the research that we have reading about the last few years was completely ignored by the panel. How convenient.
For example, the IOM claimed they reviewed a “1000″ studies. Actually, the report only cites 4 (yes FOUR) studies on cancer. Yes, cancer, one of the hottest areas of vitamin D research. Four. What’s worse, is that of the four studies reviewed, none of them used vitamin D doses greater than 1000 IU’s per day, which is way below therapeutic levels. Is it any wonder they concluded that vitamin D does nothing for cancer?
The panel also tripled their recommendations for daily vitamin D supplementation from 200 IU’s per day all the way up to a whopping 600 IU’s per day. This is in line with their conclusion that vitamin D is only useful to prevent rickets. Sure, you won’t get rickets at these doses, but it does nothing to help with the myriad of inflammatory diseases like of heart disease and cancers which may be preventable at much higher doses of vitamin D. The Vitamin D Council has long recommended a daily dose of 5000 IU’s per day.
Their choice of a “safe” upper limit of 4000 IU’s per day is interesting in that they chose to be silent on the majority of studies they reviewed showing doses of 25,000 to 40,000 IU’s per day were safe.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA is circulating a petition to Congress to review the biased report by a government based and funded organization (OIM). Anyone can sign the petition. Just click here.
The conclusion of all this is that most people are still very deficient in vitamin D (just ask the Mayo Clinic) and that vitamin D supplementation is probably one of the most effective means of decreasing your chances of heart disease, cancers and a host of inflammatory long term conditions that confront our modern living conditions.
I am still taking my daily dose of 5000 IU’s. The government panel can stick it where the sun don’t shine. (In that case, they should be taking a ton of vitamn D.)
Andrew Jones, M.D.
Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas
Children of the Sun – Billy Thorpe