Why governments are selling Vitamin D short

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With all of the remarkable health benefits of sunlight and vitamin D, why haven’t governments and federal health organizations been supporting the sunlight vitamin? Studies keep piling up that prove vitamin D’s amazing health benefits in nearly every area of human health. An still vitamin D receives little or no media attention. Why is this?

In this in-depth article by Sam Apple, we learn the reason why governments are unlikely to support a vitamin gotten from the sun. Could it be greed for money? Inability to regulate and control something as natural as sunlight? Is it lack of research or funding? Or perhaps upsetting the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry?  Learn how deep the rabbit hole goes in this article by Sam Apple.

Why governments are selling Vitamin D short

By Sam Apple
Published: October 23 2009 16:56 | Last updated: October 23 2009 16:56

Reinhold Vieth is frustrated. A thin, bald professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Patho-biology, Vieth is among the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of vitamin D. He began studying it as a graduate student in 1974 and hasn’t changed his focus since. “I stick with vitamin D and follow it where it goes,” he says.

In recent years, vitamin D has been going to some exciting places. Reports of new and promising studies seem to emerge almost weekly. A 2007 analysis of vitamin D studies found that individuals with higher vitamin D levels are significantly – as much as 50 per cent – less likely to develop colorectal cancer. Another 2007 study found that women who took 1,100 International Units (IU) of vitamin D per day together with a calcium supplement reduced their overall cancer risk by 60 per cent. And the excitement is not only about cancer prevention. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, depression and rheumatoid arthritis, among other diseases. Perhaps not surprisingly, in light of the other studies, one recent review of the health records of more than 13,000 Americans found that individuals with the lowest vitamin D levels were 26 per cent more likely, in an eight-year period, to die than those with the highest levels.

So why is Dr Vieth so frustrated? You might think he’d have cause for celebration. But for him and other vitamin D researchers around the world, the good news comes with a bitter aftertaste. They believe they can prove vitamin D could help millions live longer and be healthier and yet they have not been able to convince their own governments.

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