November 17, 2016

Vitamin D part 2 of 2

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

Last week, we talked about vitamin D and its effects on your health.  This week we will explore the effects vitamin D has on cancer and other illnesses.

We know from scientific research that UVB from the sun is not constant wherever you are located.  It is influenced negatively by your latitude, the further north above 30° you are, the less there is available.  The time of year is a huge factor.  In the continental US there is virtually none available from the sun between September and April.  Clouds, pollution and altitude all decrease UVB availability.

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, hypothesizes that influenza (flu) is merely a symptom of D deficiency.  A study of 19,000 Americans, by Dr. Adit Ginde, finds that “our study supports an important role for vitamin D in the prevention of common respiratory infections such as colds and flu.  Individuals with common lung diseases, such as emphysema or asthma, may be particularly susceptible to respiratory infections from vitamin D deficiency.”

Knowing this information, why do you think we have a “flu season”, as named by vaccine manufacturers?  That’s right, less sun, no supplementation, and low blood levels allow your body to be susceptible to those diseases.  Keep your levels up and decrease your chances of these respiratory infections, simple.  No need for worthless flu shots and pneumonia shots!  By the way, researchers have found that if you take 50,000 IU (yes 50,000) of vitamin D per day for 3 days, at the first signs of a cold, you can expect to get over the cold much more quickly!  It works.

Now, every summer you are scolded by the cancer societies to use your sunscreen and stay out of the sun to avoid the dreaded melanoma and other skin cancers.  Always remember, our Creator didn’t make a foolish system.  Dermatologists will frighten you about the sun, but we are designed to use it for our good health.  As long as you avoid constantly burning your skin, the sun is good for you.

Research from Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, shows most sunscreens do prevent simple skin cancers that are easily taken care of, but do NOT protect against the deadly melanomas.

Based on the evidence, researchers concluded that sun burn likely does not cause melanoma.  Sunburn is a sign of excessive sun exposure that can cause melanoma in genetically susceptible people, due to their skin type (fair).  Sunscreen, in those people, may actually increase their cancer risk by causing them to spend excessive time in the sun.  That’s not what they tell you, is it?

Vitamin D protects against cancer in several ways.  One is by increasing the self-destruction of mutated cells, reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells.  Another is by reducing the growth of new blood vessels from preexisting ones, called angiogenesis. Vitamin D inhibits this step that causes dormant tumors to transition to cancerous tumors.

Studies show that 600,000 deaths from colorectal cancer and breast cancer could be avoided worldwide by simply increasing vitamin D levels, and that’s just 2 types of cancer.  The Canadian Cancer Society has taken these studies to heart, (unlike in the US where the cancer societies are simply fingers of the drug companies and big business).  They have begun touting vitamin D as a cancer preventive therapy.  Drug companies can’t make money on actual preventive therapies such as this, so simple cancer prevention is never touted by them.  In fact, they are behind the studies trying to prove that you don’t need vitamins, and they don’t cure anything.  Go figure!

Remember, your health is easier to maintain, then to get back once it’s lost.