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    Extra Vitamin D and Calcium Arenít Needed, Report Says

    From the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/he...n.html?_r=1&hp

    Thoughts?

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    I think they're correct that Ca supps aren't needed....if vitamin D supps are taken.

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    I heard this on NPR this morning - was definitely wondering what the Primal community's reaction would be since I know several people take D supplements in amounts several times higher than the upper limit posited by the people who held the panel. Here's a link to the NPR article which has a "listen to the story" link.
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    i love all the talk about getting d from sunlight. i live in ohio & work 9-6. the sun doesn't come up until eight, & goes down at five. someone want to explain to me where i can get sunlight from september through april?

    ugh. i upped my d to 8000 a day, & i've never felt better. my SAD has yet to show its ugly face this year, & for that i'm grateful.
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    My reaction...there's a grain of truth in this article, but the rest of it is ludicrous.

    The grain of truth: just because levels of 80+ ng/ml can be achieved solely from sunlight by lifeguards in Florida doesn't mean that it's an optimal situation that should be replicated by all of us. It's frankly unpleasant to sit out in the hot sun all day, and I'm sure Grok sat in the shade whenever he could. Science has yet to show that 50-80 ng/ml is better than 30-50. (The Vitamin D council says otherwise, but I'm not convinced by their evidence.) Science has, however, shown that 30-50 is better than 20-30, which is where most people are without supplementation or with the standard 400 IU of supplementation.

    The rest of the committee's report strikes me as a conservative reaction by the establishment. You can tell it's a knee-jerk reaction because their reasoning is dumb: "Oh, no one's getting rickets, so everything's really fine. Anyway, we don't have much research on what the optimal blood levels are, so no one should supplement at all until we know for sure if higher blood levels are better--which we're not going to bother finding out because no one's getting rickets, so everything's really fine."

    I think micromanaging your exact blood levels is counter-productive anyway because there's probably a very wide range for health. If you clearly don't get enough sunlight, and I think we all know whether we do, it's obvious that you need a supplement. Choose the dose based on your lifestyle, your weight, your personal symptoms, and your tolerance for "risking" a higher dose than the establishment thinks you need. Most of us are on this path because we fit the last category. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by labbygail View Post
    The rest of the committee's report strikes me as a conservative reaction by the establishment. You can tell it's a knee-jerk reaction because their reasoning is dumb: "Oh, no one's getting rickets, so everything's really fine. Anyway, we don't have much research on what the optimal blood levels are, so no one should supplement at all until we know for sure if higher blood levels are better--which we're not going to bother finding out because no one's getting rickets, so everything's really fine."
    Superb summary. Also I wonder if there's some attempt to make large doses unpopular, preparatory to making them illegal.

    I think I'm in a cynical mood.

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    You beat me to this! That was delivered this morning to my inbox via the AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants). This report makes me sad because it's what's wrong with medicine in general.

    What about the the 4000 IU upper limit?

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    "Oh, no one's getting rickets, so everything's really fine."
    Except that they are, and it's really not:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...g-rickets.html

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    Primal Blueprint Expert Certification
    There are only 2 experts that I trust on the subject of Vitamin D.

    1) Cardiologist Dr. Davis:
    * 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU D3 Gelcaps Daily to achieve correct blood level in most people
    -Proper 25(OH)D Blood Level is 60-70 ng/ml Toxicity overdose > 120-130 ng/ml
    http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/se...el/vitamin%20D

    2) Vitamin D Council
    * D Council: Vitamin D Test Kit & Dosage= 1,000 IU per 25 lbs of body weight
    D Council: Optimal 25(OH)D Blood level is between50–80 ng/ml
    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/healt...eficient.shtml

    * Mark Explains Vitamin D
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/vitam...ion-and-doses/

    Vitamin D is ESSENTIAL to stay healthy:
    D Council: What diseases are associated with vitamin D deficiency?
    ============================================
    * Osteoporosis * heart disease,
    * hypertension, * autoimmune diseases,
    * certain cancers, * depression,
    * chronic fatigue, * chronic pain comprises
    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vdds.shtml
    Additional Diseases/conditions associated with vitamin D Deficiency
    * malformed, brittle bones, bone fractures and osteoporosis, stooped posture
    * Rickets, Multiple Sclerosis, Type 2 diabetes, Arthritus
    * Increased risk of cancers
    * bone pain, muscle cramps, tingling, weakness, loss of height.
    * Cardiovascular Disease
    * high blood pressure (hypertension)
    http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/v/vita...ency/intro.htm

    The wife & I take 2-5,000 IU Gelltabs daily.

    How much is overdose??
    * D Council: Toxicicity overdose > 40,000 IU Daily
    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/vitaminDToxicity.shtml
    http://www.easy-immune-health.com/Ov...Vitamin-D.html

    Grizz

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