Friday, November 01 2013
Promotion of flu vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today yet, Dr. Damien Downing, a doctor and medical consultant has publicly stated that governments "do like" epidemics as a chance to impose their will. The London based doctor has been advising patients to increase their vitamin D intake rather than get the flu vaccine. If you have an infection, the truth is you need more vitamin D. In other words, vitamin D acts as a natural antibiotic. It works against every type of microbe (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites). There are many different types of flu and you may not be receiving the appropriate vaccine for the specific strain of virus in any particular year.
Vitamin D is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight. Vitamin D has profound effects on the innate immune system, enabling the body to produce several proteins which trigger cell activity and disable viruses. The amount of vitamin D in most food and nearly all multivitamins is literally inconsequential. The correct daily dose of vitamin D for adults is approximately 5,000 IU/day.
Vitamin D deficiency is common during the winter months, especially in countries far north of the equator. Vitamin D acts as an immune system modulator, preventing excessive production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing white cell activity. Vitamin D also stimulates the production of potent anti-microbial peptides in other white blood cells and in cells lining the respiratory tract, protecting the lungs from infection.
An optimal Vitamin D level is critically important in minimising your cancer risk. A study of menopausal women showed that maintaining Vitamin D levels can cut overall cancer risk by 77%! Breast cancer has been described as a “Vitamin D deficiency syndrome” by Grassroots Health founder Carole Baggerly. She believes 90% of ordinary breast cancer is related to Vitamin D deficiency.
In addition to being a strong cancer preventative, Vitamin D is crucial for pregnant women and their babies, lowering risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, and C-section; 80% of pregnant women have inadequate vitamin D levels, Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphorous, and deficiency can cause softening of bones and poor teeth formation. Vitamin D deficiency is also strongly linked to depression, however that's a whole other newsletter!
The most important factor is having your Vitamin D level tested every 3 months for optimum health. People vary widely in their response to ultraviolet exposure or receive very little in the first place! 20 minutes in the sun, lotion free, is great!