The Sunshine Drug – D3

From Mrs. Cog's Corner

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It is a well established fact that we get Vitamin D from exposure to sunshine. What is less known is that most Americans and much of the world's population are "D-ficient", leaving ourselves at risk for a myriad of health threats.

There are many benefits to ample levels of Vitamin D including giving the body the ability to absorb calcium thus building bone strength, preventing upper respiratory infections (colds), preventing cardiovascular disease and being effective at battling MS, Chrohn's, pain, depression and a many other conditions. Further, Vitamin D3 is recommended for young athletes to prevent muscular-skeletal injury, aid in muscle building and to reduce inflammation.

Vitamin D levels are measured in our bodies by a complicated sounding term: Serum 25 HydroxyVitaminD or 25HydroxyD for short. It has been proven that ordinary over-the-counter Vitamin D supplements (which are D2) are much less efficient at raising your 25 HydroxyD levels than Vitamin D3. Your body must convert regular Vitamin D from supplements or foods containing it to the chemical that is D3. When we are exposed to sunshine's (UVB) rays, our skin starts a reaction which causes our bodies to naturally produce D3

Sunshine is therefore the easiest and most natural source of Vitamin D3. The amount of sunshine needed to amply fortify one with enough Vitamin D3 not to need a supplement varies depending upon your age, skin tone, and geographical location to receive the sun rays. Recent studies have concluded that far more lives are lost to a lack of exposure to the sun (Vitamin D3) than too much.  As to confronting our programming that exposure to the sun is bad because it causes skin cancer, it is important to note that most fatal melanomas occur on body parts with the least exposure to sunshine and occupational exposure to the sun decreases the rate of melanomas.

For those times of the year when one does not get much sunshine (over the wintertime) it is recommended by proponents of Vitamin D3 that one takes a D3 supplement. Vitamin D3 supplements have been shown to significantly effect the symptoms and recovery time of respiratory infections (colds) and can sufficiently boost 25 HydroxyD levels to achieve maximum benefit. The outcry by established Western medicine which not only denies the benefits of supplementing this way, but has called for a stop to all future clinical studies of Vitamin D because they are a waste of time and money speaks volumes to me.

Despite the proclamation by the American Cancer Society that people should not take supplements to prevent cancer, there are recent clinical studies that would argue otherwise. One study shows 4,000 IU to 8,000 IU maintained daily cut the risk in half or more for several cancers, type 1 diabetes and MS. This recent study states 9,600 IU daily (in order to maintain the magic target of 40 ng/ml) was safe and furthermore that amounts up to 40,000 IU could be taken daily with no risk of toxicity.

As the debate over Vitamin D rages, it is important to note that while many sources in mainstream medicine claim supplementing Vitamin D is not beneficial to your health, other studies show just the opposite having been documented repeatedly as shown both above and below. In the end, it is vital you do your own research.

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Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart disease with lower levels of vitamin D being associated with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Mother Nature got it right. Sensible sun exposure is important for maintaining an adequate vitamin D status. Once formed in the skin vitamin D can exit into the circulation to carry out its physiologic functions on calcium and bone metabolism. Some vitamin D however remains in the skin and is activated to interact with its vitamin D receptor to control cell proliferation using a variety of strategies including interacting with long non-coding RNAs to reduce risk of photocarcinogenesis.

Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections, as well as chronic inflammation. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. This is one of the explanations for why it can be so effective against colds and influenza.

Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.

Vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor for heart disease with lower levels of vitamin D being associated with a higher presence and severity of coronary artery disease, according to research to be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session.

Case-control studies and laboratory tests have consistently demonstrated that vitamin D plays an important role in the prevention of breast cancer. Vitamin D supplementation is a much needed, low cost, effective, and safe intervention strategy for breast cancer prevention that should be implemented. It has been shown that vitamin D levels are lower in ovarian cancer patients.

Vitamin D insufficiency was common in adults with ID living in nursing homes. Both oral and intramuscular administrations of vitamin D3 improved vitamin D status without adverse effects. Based on this study, vitamin D supplementation with per oral 800 IU/day is recommended to all adults with ID living in nursing homes.

The health benefits of UVB seem to outweigh the adverse effects. The risks can be minimized by avoiding sunburn.

The active form of vitamin D essentially shuts down cancer cells by several mechanisms which inhibit proteins involved in metastases. Now Chinese researchers have found breast and colorectalcancer patients with higher levels of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis may have better chances of survival and remain in remission longer those who are deficient, according to a scientific review.

10 thoughts on “The Sunshine Drug – D3”

  1. Great posting, Mrs Cog

    I was very recently reviewing my awareness inventory about supplements, now that I am a few months into my vegetarian meme and vitamin D was one of my blinking amber lights. Thanx for the D 3 refinement. Other flashing yellows are B 12 (taken weekly @1 – 2,000mg as it is stored in the liver; or daily @ 1 – 100 mg 2x/day) and ground up flax seed (2 Tsp/day) to up the Omega 3 count trying to meet an optimum 4 to 1 balance in relation to Omega 6 ( from organic olive or canola oils). I got this and more info from a video link to a Vegan M.D.’s hour + presentation, and another thing that I got from it is that a little meat is not such a bad thing taken in overview. . If you can stand this guy’s quirkiness;

    Tiger hug,


    1. @Glynn

      Watching now. Thank you! I am planning on doing a write up on the easy and natural sources of Omega 3s and 6s and how it is thought we should balance them to obtain what we need for wellness. :-)

    2. Hey Glynn –
      Good regiment. You might want to re-think the canola oil though. More info coming out about it’s toxicity especially when heated. Peace!

  2. If you haven’t been tested for Vitamin D levels, it is good to do so you know what work you need to do to get your levels optimized. I was taking about 5,000-10,000 IUs/day during the winter when I was tested and came in at 67 ng/ML.

    More on testing from Dr. Mercola’s site:

    Is it any wonder then that no matter what disease or condition is investigated, vitamin D appears to play a crucial role? This is why I am so excited about the D*Action Project by GrassrootsHealth. It is showing how you can take action today on known science with a consensus of experts without waiting for institutional lethargy. It has shown how by combining the science of measurement (of vitamin D levels) with the personal choice of taking action and, the value of education about individual measures that one can truly be in charge of their own health.

    From Grassroots Health
    The Total, per our Scientists’ Call to Action, should be between 40-60 ng/ml for best overall health. If you are in that range, keep up the good work! If not, a couple of things to keep in mind:

    Vitamin D sources are primarily sun and, for most people, supplements. If you choose to supplement, for example, at a starting value of 10 ng/ml, the mean increment that would be expected to be produced by an additional 1,000 IU/d is 11ng/ml, whereas at 30 ng/ml it is 8 ng/ml, and at 50 ng/ml, only 5 ng/ml. Above a starting value of 90 ng/ml, the response is nearly flat at about 1.6 ng/ml. Data from the GrassrootsHealth Study, “Vitamin D Supplement Doses and Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in the Range Associated with Cancer Prevention”, ANTICANCER RESEARCH 31: 617-622 (2011), Garland et al.

    The latest Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, 2010, indicates 10,000 IU/day is considered the NOAEL (no observed adverse effect level). 4000 IU/day can be considered a safe upper intake level for adults
    aged 19 and older. The observed toxicity levels started at 200 ng/ml per J. Hathcock, Am J. Clin Nutr. 2007;85:6-18.

    1. We are in an apartment here in China that gets no direct sunlight. I have been feeling run down for months. Had vitamin D level checked and result was 13 ng/ml. No wonder! Been taking 10,000/day for 4 weeks and I’m feeling much better.

  3. Vitamin D is a must…sunshine is best, but a supplement is better than nothing…
    Grounding is a very good thing…barefoot, on the dirt or in the water…check it out

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