For some time I have been reading a great deal about Vitamin D3, which is not a vitamin it's a hormone but they didn't know that back when it was
named. At this point nearly every form of cancer is correlated with a deficiency and even what is officially considered a deficiency is probably the
wrong number; modern researchers have radically different views than what was had even 10 years ago about the subject--which means it will be at least
another 10+ years before the media and your local doc are likely to have any idea.
This particular story relates to vitamin D3 and influenza and y'all might find it very interesting.
I began taking D3 months ago simply out of curiosity thanks to friends' recommendations. The funny thing was, taking about 10K, within about 7 hours
my entire "sense of well-being" improved radically. As if I had been fundamentally depressed but didn't know it until I wasn't anymore. (It turns
out that is a sign of having been deficient.) Pretty much unless you live on seafood like an old eskimo or are half naked working in the sun in
Argentina you should probably be getting more.
Might I add for anybody who might consider supplementing with Vit. D the following important elements
1 - It MUST be D3 not D2. D2 is a synthetic manmade vitamin which (a) is nearly useless and (b) is toxic at any decent dosage. Do not believe anything
you read that tells you D2 is just as good. D3 has no known toxicity level; the 'clinical' amount used by some progressive docs for cancer patients
is about 50,000 iu per day.
2 - Gelcaps are said to be vastly more effective and absorbed than any other form of D3. It is perishable and usually has a sealife base.
3 - I've taken 5000 iu daily in powder caps I found at proteinpower.com (it is not easy to find this in decent dosages) and I feel that I can observe
a difference in my state of well-being and overall health. Perhaps that difference would be more significant if I used gelcaps, I don't know. I am
not a clinical study so this is subject, however if you are interested in clinical studies and you begin researching Vitamin D3 you will see there are
tons of them and it looks to be the most amazing (and amazingly commonly deficient) substance in the world.
4 - D3 is best absorbed and utilized in the presence of other vitamins and minerals including Vit. A [do not overdose on this!], K2 [eat dark green
veggies for folate], Calcium [take magnesium with that], and I think it's E -- I forget the detail (I take a spectrum of vitamins so I don't worry
about it) but you can look it up I'm sure.
One of the docs most proponent of D3 in practice is a cardiologist named John Briffa who has a blog here:
The 4/29 post appears to address D3 and swine flu which is funny because I wrote all this before checking the URL and seeing that.
CAVEAT: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, no health advice should be taken without your own research into this subject and/or contacting a
licensed medical practitioner.