posted on Jul, 23 2009 @ 08:04 PM
Influenza is a symptom of vitamin D deficiency J. J. Cannell
R. Edgar Hope-Simpson proposed that a 'seasonal stimulus' intimately associated with solar radiation, explained the remarkable seasonality of
Solar radiation triggers robust seasonal vitamin D production in the skin; vitamin D deficiency is common in the winter, and activated vitamin D,
1,25(OH)2D, a steroid hormone, has profound effects on human immunity, it dramatically stimulates the expression of potent anti-microbial peptides.
The 200 known antimicrobial peptides directly and rapidly destroy the cell walls of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including the influenza virus, and
play a key role in keeping the lungs free of infection.
In the last several decades, we have begun to lather on sunblock and consciously avoid sunlight.
The vitamin D steroid hormone system has always had its origins in the skin, vitamin D does not exist in appreciable quantities in normal human diets.
Until quite recently, when dermatologists and governments began warning us about the dangers of sunlight, humans made enormous quantities of vitamin
D where humans have always made it, where naked skin meets the ultraviolet B radiation of sunlight A single, twenty-minute, full body exposure to
summer sun will trigger the delivery of 20,000 units. We just cannot get adequate amounts of vitamin D from our diet. If we don't expose ourselves to
ultraviolet light, we must get vitamin D from dietary supplements.
Today, most humans only make about a thousand units of vitamin D a day from sun exposure.
The inescapable conclusion is that vitamin D levels in modern humans are not just low - they are aberrantly low.
George Bernard Shaw was right when he said, ¡°the characteristic microbe of a disease might be a symptom instead of a cause.¡±
Physiological doses of vitamin D (5,000 units a day) may prevent colds and the flu, and that physicians might find pharmacological doses of vitamin
D (2,000 units per kilogram of body weight per day for three days) useful in treating some of the one million people who die in the world every year
J. J. Cannell
[edit on 23-7-2009 by meaguire]