Vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduces cancer risk.

Osteoporosis Research Center, Creighton University, Omaha. This randomized trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00352170.

RESULTS: When analyzed by intention to treat, cancer incidence was lower in those receiving  Calcium +Vitamin D than in the placebo control subjects.  When analysis was confined to cancers diagnosed after the first 12 months, RR for the Calcium +Vitamin D group fell  but did not change significantly for the Calcium-only group. In multiple logistic regression models, both treatment and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations were significant, independent predictors of cancer risk.

CONCLUSIONS: Improving calcium and vitamin D nutritional status substantially reduces all-cancer risk in postmenopausal women.

All cancer.

I guess they only question left is: Won’t somebody think of the Pharmaceutical Companies?!  How are they supposed to survive if you can cut your cancer risk by getting some sun and eating a few strawberries or sardines?

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Vitamin D deficiencies linked to various types of pain.

A number of studies suggest that a lack of Vitamin D leads to bone, muscle and joint paint in a wide variety of populations across the globe. Luckily the pain is easily resolvable as sunshine is the best source of D. And unlike D that is ingested, you cannot overdose on D produced by sun exposure. Sunshine is free (so far) and widely available.

The standard suggestions for sun exposure are based on skin color, season and time of day:

Between 10 am and 2 pm

Fair skin 10 to 15 minutes 2 or 3 times a week  in the summer and slightly longer in the winter.  The darkest skin needs at least an hour 2 or 3 times a week, so those of African descent are most at risk for D deficiency.

Always remember Sun BURN causes cancer, not sun exposure.

Enjoy.