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Thought this might be of interest to some...
Add vitamin D to Scotland's food
International experts are calling for food in Scotland to be fortified with vitamin D, in an attempt to cut the large numbers of people who develop multiple sclerosis at sunshine-deprived northern latitudes.
MS levels in Scotland are some of the highest in the world, and many believe vitamin D deficiency, caused by lack of sunlight and poor weather which keeps people indoors, is partly to blame. For half the year, nobody living in Scotland gets enough UVB rays from the sun on their skin to make adequate amounts of vitamin D and many do not eat enough of the foods, such as oily fish, that contain it.
Professor George Ebers of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at Oxford University believes the evidence is now good enough to justify dosing the entire population with vitamin D. This month his team published evidence of a genetic link between a rare inability of the body to make vitamin D and MS.
It is a piece of strong scientific evidence to back up theories based on the high numbers of people with MS in sun-deprived locations – there are 10,000 with the disease in Scotland – and very low numbers in countries with year-round sunshine.
"Now the question is, can we finally persuade the public health authorities that they should supplement the population?" said Ebers.
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That is interesting. I should probably start taking it again!
Interesting idea, but I don't think that the intake of the vitamin should be up to anyone but the individual. If people were made more aware about how Vitamin D can help prevent MS and improve mood throughout the darkest parts of the years etc, and supplements were available in a wide variety of locations (couldn't tell you if they are now), then people could take their health into their own hands, as they should be doing. I don't like the idea of some organization adding even more crap to food to try and control the populous.
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It's like flouride in the water. Flouride does nada for your teeth, and may harm your thyroid function.
While vitamin D hysteria is interesting and probably valid, the government needs to educate, not just blindly supplement the food source.
The big problems is that they will probably use the synthetic D2 to supplement, (which has to be converted to the active D3 in the body) like they do in the US because it is cheap. D2 is not converted well to D3 by everyone, plus it tends to cause spikes followed by significant drops in your circulating D3. Better to just let people test their D3 levels and supplement up to the healthy range.
For what it's worth, I tell literally anybody that will listen to supplement D, especially if they complain about being sick or even just "feeling down" about other things. Vit D is also the only supp I have been successful in getting my family to take, along with fish oil. Sickness in the house has gone down considerably.
I'd say, if you're not in a sunny location year-round (where presumably you soak up the rays as close to naked as you can for a decent amount of time) you're probably deficient in D.