Vitamin D is an 'inexpensive solution' to heart drugs find scientists as they reveal the sunshine supplement can repair and prevent the damage caused by diabetes and high blood pressure Stimulates the production of nitric acid, which helps to regulate blood flow Also prevents blood clots and lowers 'internal stress' in the cardio-system Vitamin D may be able to repair damaged cells elsewhere, such as in the brain Heart disease is defined as any disorder affecting the organ or blood vessels Is the leading cause of death in adults in the US; resulting in one in four fatalities
By Alexandra Thompson Health Reporter For Mailonline
PUBLISHED: 08:05 EST, 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 EST, 31 January 2018
Vitamin D is an 'inexpensive solution' to drugs as scientists discover the sunshine supplement repairs and prevents damage to the heart caused by diabetes and high blood pressure.
The sunshine supplement stimulates the production of nitric acid, which is involved in regulating blood flow and preventing the formation of blood clots, according to the first study of its kind.
It also reduces 'internal stress' in the cardiovascular system, which could avoid heart-related incidents, the research adds.
Study author Dr Tadeusz Malinski from Ohio University, said: 'There are not many, if any, known systems which can be used to restore cardiovascular cells which are already damaged, and vitamin D can do it.
'This is a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system. We don't have to develop a new drug. We already have it.'
Heart disease, which is any disorder affecting the organ or blood vessels, is the leading cause of death in adults in the US, resulting in one in four fatalities.
How the research was carried out
The researchers analyzed heart cells taken from a group of Caucasian and African Americans.
They used special sensors to track the impact of vitamin D in these cells.
'This is a very inexpensive solution'
Dr Malinski said: 'Generally, vitamin D is associated with the bones. However, in recent years, in clinical settings people recognize that many patients who have a heart attack will have a deficiency.
'It doesn't mean the deficiency caused the heart attack, but it increased the risk.
'There are not many, if any, known systems which can be used to restore cardiovascular cells which are already damaged, and vitamin D can do it.
This is a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system. We don't have to develop a new drug. We already have it.'
The researchers believe vitamin D may also be able to repair damage to other types of cells, such as those found in the brain after a stroke.
The findings were published in the journal Nanomedicine.
Tanning and HealthJust a week after the slanderous media report came out comparing tanning beds/UV light to mustard gas, MSN has just released a headline report in The Washington Post, promoting Vitamin D and encourages kids to get more sun!
Health benefits from Sunlight and Ultra-Violet Light
Low levels may be putting a generation at risk for heart disease, diabetesBy Rob Stein – Washington Post- msnbc.com
(Aug 3, 2009)
WASHINGTON – Millions of U.S. children have disturbingly low Vitamin D levels, possibly increasing their risk for bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, according to two new studies that provide the first national assessment of the crucial nutrient in young Americans.
About 9 percent of those ages 1 through 21 – about 7.6 million children, adolescents and young adults – have Vitamin D levels so low they could be considered deficient, while an additional 61 percent – 50.8 million – have higher levels, but still low enough to be insufficient, according to the analysis of federal data being released Monday.
“It’s astounding,” said Michal L. Melamed of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who helped conduct one of the studies published online by the journal Pediatrics. “At first, we couldn’t believe the numbers. I think it’s very worrisome.”
Low Vitamin D levels are especially common among girls, adolescents and people with darker skin, according to the analysis of a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 children. For example, 59 percent of African American teenage girls were Vitamin D deficient, Melamed’s study found.
The researchers and others blamed the low levels on a combination of factors, including children spending more time watching television and playing video games instead of going outside, covering up and using sunscreen when they do go outdoors , and drinking more soda and other beverages instead of consuming milk and other foods fortified with Vitamin D.
“This appears to be another result of our unhealthy lifestyles, including a sedentary society that doesn’t go out in the sun much,” Melamed said.
The analysis and an accompanying federal study also found an association between low Vitamin D levels and increased risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and a condition that increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes, known as the metabolic syndrome.
Taken together, the studies provide new evidence that low Vitamin D levels may be putting a generation of children at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes, two of the nation’s biggest health problems that are also increased by the childhood obesity epidemic.
“These are very important studies,” said Richard S. Rivlin, a past president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition who was not involved in the research. “They show the number of people who have high rates of Vitamin D deficiency is really very frightening.” Other researchers urged caution.
“The bottom line is that these numbers are interesting,” said Frank R. Greer of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, who served on a panel that recently doubled the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for daily Vitamin D intake. “But I’m not ready to make a great hue and cry until we have more data. I think we should use them for further research to determine their significance.”
The findings come as the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine is reviewing the federal government’s official guidelines for recommended daily intake of Vitamin D. A public hearing is scheduled as part of that process at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington on Tuesday.
Bowlegs — The most well-known health problem associated with Vitamin D deficiency is rickets, which can cause bowlegs and other bone malformations. Milk was fortified with Vitamin D in the 1930s to eliminate the disorder. But during the 1990s, doctors in several cities reported unusual numbers of cases, primarily in babies being breast-fed and mostly among African American children. A number of studies began to indicate that deficiencies might be common among adults – small studies found the same among children – and that deficiencies may be associated with a host of health problems. But the new studies are the first to examine the issue nationwide in young people.
Those who had low Vitamin D levels were more likely to have lower levels=20 of a hormone associated with healthy bones, higher blood pressure levels and lower levels of “good” cholesterol, which helps protect against heart disease, Melamed and her colleagues found.
In the second study, Jared P. Reis of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute analyze d data from about 3,500 adolescents from surveys conducted between 2001 and 2004, and found that compared with those with higher Vitamin D levels, those with the lowest levels had more than double the risk of having high blood pressure and blood sugar and about four times the risk for the metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms that increases the risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Some longtime proponents of the health benefits of Vitamin D seized on the findings to urge parents to ask doctors to test their children’s Vitamin D levels, consider increasing supplementation or make sure children spend more time outdoors to boost their levels.
“The sun has been demonized for years and as a result, people have avoided any direct exposure to sunlight,” said Michael F. Holick of the Boston University School of Medicine. “I think that’s the wrong message.”
But others said they worried that encouraging children to spend more time in the sun could lead to more skin cancer, which is already the leading type of cancer.
As many of you may already have heard, there has been a recent bashing of tanning beds in the media as of late due to a new WHO classification. We would like to clarify much of the misleading hype and put things into perspective.“…International cancer experts have moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas…”
It’s absolutely preposterous to make the comparison between sun beds and hazardous chemicals such as arsenic and mustard gas. The sun itself has been included in the top risk category since 1992, so it is no surprise that tanning beds that emit the same UV light would be included in this category. The WHO (World Health Organization) expects the world population to be naive enough to believe that the single most important source of human life (the sun) is as deadly as poisonous gas.“…A new analysis of about 20 studies concludes the risk of skin cancer jumps by 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before age 30…”
The study’s authors admit they did not adjust for outside sun exposure or sun sensitivity due to skin type. Even if the information is accurate, let’s examine the 75% risk increase and what it means with this example – Your relative risk of getting a fatal form or skin cancer is 0.12%. If that number increases by 75%, then your relative risk is still only 0.21%. So scare tactics are used to make you believe that 75% of tanners will develop skin cancer. From the above example you can see THIS SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE.
Also, most of the studies referenced above were conducted in the UK where a much greater percentage of the tanning population were skin type I. Skin type I burns very easily and very quickly and does not tan. Uvasun believes that those with skin type I should not be exposed to UVR. When skin type I was factored out of these studies, there is no evidence of an increased risk to skin cancer.
Additionally, of the 23 studies (some dating back to the 1980’s) 5 were excluded for unusable data, 6 had results that suggested tanning beds actually REDUCE the risk of cancer, and 16 had results within the margin of error.“…Experts also found that all types of ultraviolet radiation caused worrying mutations in mice, proof the radiation is carcinogenic. Previously, only one type of ultraviolet radiation was thought to be lethal…”
This simply is not true, there have only been “casual” correlations between UVR and skin cancer. This is the same as saying we should avoid water altogether because every single fatal drowning has included water.
Additionally, the skin type of a lab mouse is significantly different than that of a human with skin type II-VI. At UVASUN, we believe that moderation is key and skin type I should not be exposed to UVR. Also, there is no reference to the amount or intensity of UVR that the mice were exposed to, this seems to be an intentional omission.“…The new classification means tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others…”
The “others” that are included in this category are red wine, beer, and fish. This is another intentional omission considering the WHO has also conducted studies that conclude red wine in moderation is good for hearth health and fish in moderation can help lower bad cholesterol. Is it not absurd to say “a glass of merlot is as lethal as mustard gas”?
The key word here is moderation. Moderate UVR directly stimulates the production of Vitamin D which is necessary for our health and has been shown to fight many forms of internal cancer. Therefore it is also absurd to conclude that “moderate exposure to UV is as lethal as arsenic”.“…But as use of tanning beds has increased among people under 30, doctors have seen a parallel rise in the numbers of young people with skin cancer. In Britain, melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, is now the leading cancer diagnosed in women in their 20s. Normally, skin cancer rates are highest in people over 75…”
Since 1974 the number of dermatologists offices has nearly doubled from 5,700 to 10,700 by 2006 in the US. This is four times greater than the increase in US population during that same time period. Undoubtedly, many more Americans are visiting dermatologists and the screening of skin cancer has greatly improved thus leading to more detections.
An interesting correlation to this data is the increased usage of sunscreens. During this same time period, the sunscreen industry grew from just a few million dollars in revenue per year to $35 billion. So using the same logic can’t we then say that there is a definite correlation between the increased use of sunscreen and the increase in skin cancer detections?
We appreciate you taking the time to read our responses. Now get in here for your Vitamin D! Hope to see you soon.
~ The Staff of UVASUN
Top Cancer Doctor Says
You SHOULD Have a Sunbed Session
Professor Tim Oliver – January 24th, 2009
The message from doctors has long been unequivocal – there is no such thing as a safe suntan because sun exposure causes skin cancer. However, despite being a cancer expert myself, I have just spent the past four weeks on holiday in South Africa, where I made sure I got out into the sun every day. Current medical advice is to cover up in the sun, but I believe the health benefits of exposure to its UVA and UVB rays greatly outweigh the disadvantages, even if that means using a sunbed during winter months. This is because the body converts sunshine into Vitamin D, a substance that helps build a healthy immune system and strong bones, and may even fight off depression and cancer.
Vitamin D is known to play a vital role in metabolism of calcium, which is needed for strong bones. And last week a new study revealed it may help stave off Alzheimer’s Disease. Research on English adults aged 65 and over showed that as their Vitamin D levels decreased, mental impairment increased. Deficiency can also cause osteomalacia – a weakening of the bones that may cause rheumatism or chronic backache – and children can develop rickets, a condition in which the bones do not develop properly.
Research has shown that without it we are more prone to everyday infections such as colds and flu, and also more worrying ones, such as tuberculosis (TB). But perhaps more surprisingly, there is also evidence that Vitamin D could protect us from cancer. Recent studies have found those countries with the most annual sunshine have the fewest cases of colon, prostate and breast cancer (although exactly what role Vitamin D plays isn’t totally clear in these instances). In one case, sunshine exposure was linked to a 40 per cent reduced risk of prostate cancer. And research published in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 reported a possible reduction of breast cancer in women who took Vitamin D tablets.
The idea that Vitamin D is essential for good health is not new; nor is the connection to sunlight. In Britain just after the turn of the 19th Century, children in cities had less exposure to sunlight and became crippled by rickets. It was also discovered that TB – which was commonplace – could be treated with cod liver oil, another good source of Vitamin D, and sunlamps – early versions of sunbeds that provide artificial UV light similar to sunlight. But in more recent years, antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases such as TB are emerging, proving that medicine may no longer be enough.
Combine the anti-sun skin cancer message and the trend for young people to play indoors on computer games rather than running around outside and there is the potential for a health crisis. In 2009 we are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the Vitamin D we need to stay healthy. Dietary sources of Vitamin D include oily fish, liver, eggs and fortified foods such as cereals, margarine and powdered milk. There are supplements, such as cod liver oil, but it’s almost impossible to get sufficient Vitamin D from diet alone. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of Vitamin D-fortified milk each day just to get the minimum levels.
There are several pills available in low doses (the European Recommended Daily Allowance is 5mcg). But, despite being a doctor, I am not a great fan of pill-taking, especially as there is controversy over what is a ‘safe’ level of the vitamin. In the early Fifties, use of Vitamin D supplements in food caused infants to die of heart and kidney failure. But, by contrast, it is impossible to overdose through sunlight exposure. The skin automatically switches to manufacturing pigment (resulting in a tan) when it has made enough Vitamin D. Sunshine really is the best source. This doesn’t mean you should throw yourself at a beach once a year and let yourself burn. The skin cancer message is right. Melanomas – tumours on the skin – are found on people who have burnt in the sun, particularly when young.
Best estimates from a recent World Health Organisation report are that, on a sunny day, a fair-skinned person will achieve maximum Vitamin D production from exposing face and forearms to midday sunlight for five to ten minutes, up to three times a week. Short exposure gives the benefit and long exposure causes harm. Of course, in this country, sun can be hard to come by, especially during the winter. It’s during these times that many of us may benefit from the UV lamps used in sunbeds. Because the whole body is usually exposed, a single five to ten-minute session once every six weeks should be sufficient.
Those with darker skin may need up to eight times as much exposure as someone of a Caucasian background because their skin is more resistant to UV rays. The danger with sunbeds comes if they are used by children. The risk of melanoma increases for those who start using sunbeds under the age of 18. But a recent study of European melanoma rates found that in Sweden – where sunbed use is strictly regulated and tanning salons are supervised, preventing children from using them and protecting adults from over-exposure - there was less melanoma in sunbed users than in non-users. I doubt GPs will ever prescribe a short sunbed course to someone with a Vitamin D deficiency, but I don’t think there would be any harm if they did. Every little helps.
Tanning, whether by sunlight or sunbed, may cause pre-mature aging of the skin and skin cancer. Exposure to UV-B, whether by sunlight or by sunbed, produces Vitamin D in the body. However, mild exposure to UV-B is sufficient. Tanning is not required to generate Vitamin D. Vitamin D levels in the body may be maintained or increased by oral supplements without tanning. Increased Vitamin D levels have been associated in some studies with a reduced risk of such conditions as breast, colon, prostate and ovarian cancers, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. These associations have not been proven conclusively. Further information on Vitamin D and human health is available at Pubmed.com, the site of the United States National Institutes of Health.
Protect Your Breasts With Vitamin DChristiane Northrup, MD - The Huffington Post
Posted: August 21, 2009 06:42 PM
There's a paradigm shift going on in medicine as new research reveals a far greater role for vitamin D. Vitamin D is not just for kids -- or the prevention of rickets. Optimal levels of Vitamin D (40-80 ng/ml) enhance the creation and functioning of healthy cells throughout the body. In addition to protecting the bones and boosting the immune system, studies show that Vitamin D helps prevent certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate, and colorectal.Exciting new research shows that in the U.S. alone, thousands of new cases of breast cancer could be prevented every year if more women had optimal levels of vitamin D.
A study conducted by Cedric Garland and other prominent vitamin D researchers determined that women with vitamin D levels above 52 ng/ml have half the risk of developing breast cancer as those with 13 ng/ml! Garland (et al) estimates that 58,000 new cases of breast cancer in the U.S. could be prevented per year by raising vitamin D levels to 52 ng/ml. Imagine what the global impact could be!
A simple blood test is all that's needed to find out your vitamin D level. Five years ago, a range of 20-100 ng/ml was considered normal. Just recently, this range was raised to 32-100 ng/ml. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider what your actual vitamin D level is. Too often women are told that their levels are normal, which is not the same as optimal.
If you're deficient, the best way to boost your vitamin D quickly is to supplement with vitamin D-3. Initially, you may need to take 5,000 IUs per day. After establishing a healthy level, I recommend supplementing with1,000-2,000 IUs per day--it's hard to get all you need from food. Some healthy fish provides 300-700 IUs, but milk only provides 100 IUs per glass.
You may be surprised to learn that the sun is actually the best source of vitamin D. The sun's UVB rays enable our bodies to manufacture vitamin D in the fat layer under the skin, as long as we don't use sunscreen. The body can make enough vitamin D from sun exposure to last the entire year! And it will never create toxic levels, regardless of how long you expose your skin. Although we are taught to fear the sun, sunbathing in moderation -- exposing but never burning the skin -- is good for us. This may explain why the incidence of breast cancer is higher in northern latitudes than at the equator.
I encourage every woman to check her vitamin D level regularly and keep it in the optimal range. This is easily done by supplementing with about 2,000 IUs of vitamin D-3 per day and getting regular, safe sun exposure. (You can even visit a tanning salon that offers UVB tanning rays.) Your breasts and your entire body will benefit. This is preventive medicine at its finest.
Twenty reasons why vitamin D is better than a swine flu vaccine
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Editor of NaturalNews.com
(NaturalNews) The news is out: Vitamin D is better than the swine flu vaccine at halting H1N1 infections. In fact, without vitamin D, chances are that a vaccine won't generate much of an immune response in the first place.
That's because vitamin D is essential for healthy, active immune function. That's just one of the reasons smart people are choosing vitamin D instead of the swine flu vaccine. Here are nineteen more reasons:
#1 Vitamin D activates your immune system to respond toany viral exposure (not just one virus).
#2 Vitamin D naturally belongs in your body.
#3 Vitamin D has been functioning as medicine in the human body since the beginning of the human species.
#4 Vitamin D is available right now and there's no shortage of it.
#5 Vitamin D won't cause your brain to swell and put you into a coma.
#6 Vitamin D doesn't require an injection with a scary needle.
#7 Vitamin D is found naturally in many foods such as sardines or salmon.
#8 Vitamin D has a perfect safety record. No one ever died from consuming it.
#9 Vitamin D is affordable. You can even get it for free (from sunlight).
#10 Vitamin D doesn't contain viral fragments from diseased animals (like vaccines often do).
#11 Vitamin D doesn't contain thimerosal or other chemical preservatives.
#12 Vitamin D doesn't need a warning sheet describing possible side effects.
#13 Vitamin D doesn't hurt your arm when you take it.
#14 Vitamin D also improves sugar metabolism, bone density and healthy moods.
#15 Vitamin D is safe for the environment.
#16 Vitamin D doesn't contain squalene or other inflammatory adjuvant chemicals.
#17 Vitamin D works on everyone and is safe for everyone, including infants and children.
#18 Vitamin D is made in nature, not a laboratory.
#19 Vitamin D is found naturally in breast milk.
#20 You can walk, and chew gum, and generate vitamin D from sunshine all at the same time!
Skip the vaccine. Get more Vitamin D!
And here's a little limerick I wrote about the swine flu vaccine that you might enjoy:
The swine flu vaccine was a hoax
All the "science" turned out to be jokes
One quick vaccination
Caused genetic mutation
Turning friendly young girls into blokes