Vitamin D

Definition of Vitamin D:

A fat-soluble vitamin essential to one's health.  Regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood by improving their absorption and utilization.  Necessary for normal growth and formation of bones and teeth.  For Vitamin D only, 1mcg translates to 40 IU.

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Boron a treatment
“...Its effect may be to activate the hydroxylation of both cholecalciferol (Vitamin D) and estradiol...”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Vitamin D
“According to researchers, women who have mutations in their vitamin D receptor gene are nearly twice as likely to develop breast cancer as are women who do not have the mutation...”
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Calcium Requirement

...the condition
“...Metabolites of Vitamin D are important in this, increasing reabsorption of calcium by bones...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for absorption of calcium from the gut...”

Cancer, General

...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
“...He says that a lack of sun can reduce levels of vitamin D, which may increase the risk of cancer...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
“Evidence of vitamin D's protective effect against cancer is compelling...”

Change In Clothing Habits a treatment
“...Research suggests that solar exposure triggers the body's synthesis of Vitamin D, vital for (among other things) calcium absorption and a strong immune system...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...relationship to Vitamin D Requirement
“Some doctors automatically test the vitamin D status of anyone who comes to them with "fibromyalgia", since fibromyalgia is easily misdiagnosed and vitamin D deficiency is easily cured.”

Colon Cancer

...recommendation Milk/Dairy Products
“A long-term high consumption of milk, but not calcium, vitamin D or fermented milk, was associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer in a study of 9,959 men and women aged 15 years or older without history of cancer at baseline who were followed for 24...”
...recommendation Multiple Vitamin Supplement
“...Breaking down the various nutrients, it is thought that perhaps it was the increased calcium and vitamin D intake from supplements that was responsible for the reduced risk.  Note that dairy products were NOT found to be protective.”


...the condition
“...Short stature, weakness due to multifactorial anemia (iron, folate and occasional vitamin B12 deficiency), bone pain and spontaneous fractures from vitamin D and calcium malabsorption, bruising and bleeding related to vitamin K deficiency, gas and bloating due to carbohydrate malabsorption, and edema from albumin and protein loss are typical...”

Fish Oils a treatment
“...Without sun, their bodies couldn't make vitamin D, and they developed rickets...”

Fluoride Toxicity

...recommendation Calcium
“It has been observed that the ingestion of calcium, vitamin C or vitamin D, individually, is effective in protection from fluoride toxicity to a certain extent...”


...recommendation Surgery
“...Some 1-5% develop chronic low calcium levels, which may require treatment with calcium and/or vitamin D.  The complication rate is slightly higher for hyperplasia than it is for adenoma since more extensive surgery is needed.”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...recommendation Vitamin D
Vitamin D can inhibit the inflammatory mediators that develop in the intestinal wall after a gastrointestinal infection, and helps ease the symptoms of IBS...”

Kidney Disease

...the condition
“...Water Conservation; The kidneys make renin and erythropoietin, and convert vitamin D into its useful form...”

Kidney Stones (Urolithiasis)

...the condition
“...These include calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin D.  Most kidney stones contain crystals of multiple types...”
...our question about Vitamin D supplementation
“Excessive intake of vitamin D may give rise to excess calcium in the urine.”

Laxative/Enema Overuse

...the condition
“...Regular use of some laxatives (Correctol, Ex-Lax, Feen-a-Mint) may interfere with your body's absorption of vitamin D and calcium; this can weaken the bones.”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Some calcium-magnesium combinations are formulated with hydrochloric acid and vitamin D to aid mineral absorption...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Supplemental vitamin D or calcium reduces magnesium uptake...”

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...recommendation Vitamin D
“Administration of activated vitamin D (1,25 dihydroxycholecalciferol) may be beneficial in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma...”

Nutritional Deficiency

...the condition
“...Rickets usually occurs due to vitamin D deficiency but may also be caused by insufficient calcium intake...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and regulates bone resorption...”
...our question about Lifetime sun exposure
“A lack of natural vitamin D (obtained through exposure to sunlight) increases the risk of getting osteoporosis later in life.”
...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
“Habits to curtail include heavy smoking, excess alcohol consumption, and limited sunshine exposure or vitamin D intake.”
...recommendation Magnesium
“You can reverse bone loss and regain bone mass with calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin K...”
...recommendation Calcium
“...Intake of supplemental calcium (1000mg per day or more) and vitamin D was associated with reduced tooth loss (due to bone loss) over a five year period in a study of 145 healthy subjects aged 65 years and older who completed a 3-year trial of the effect of...”
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Ovarian Cancer

...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
Vitamin D metabolite receptors are found on endocrine and reproductive organs and are known to play a role in inhibiting a number of cancer cell lines...”

Phosphorus a treatment
“...Phosphorus helps filter out waste in the kidneys balance and use other vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D, iodine, magnesium, and zinc...”

Plant-Based Nutrition a treatment
“...Following a vegan diet has been made easier in recent years since vegetarian products fortified with calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 are available in most food stores: vegetarian hot dogs, burgers, fortified soy and rice milks, vegetarian deli slices, and other meat analogs are readily available...”

Poor Bone Health

...the condition
“...This modeling-remodeling process is regulated by factors such as nutritional status, sex hormone status, parathyroid hormone levels, and vitamin D status.  Perhaps the most critical life stages for ensuring bone health are childhood through young adulthood...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
“Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is vital to good bone health.”

Poor Prostate Health

...the condition
“...SUPPLEMENTS: Dietary supplements that contain lycopene, standardized saw palmetto extract, selenium, vitamin D, zinc and copper aid in the maintenance of the gland...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...the condition
“...Calcium & Vitamin D for Bones...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
“The Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago studied five vitamin D-deficient infants; at least two cases were caused by low vitamin D levels during pregnancy...”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation Vitamin D
“In patients with advanced hormone refractory prostate cancer with bone metastases, 2000 IU of vitamin D with 500mg of calcium per day for three months was found to reduce bone pain, increase muscle strength, and improve the quality of life...”
...recommendation Calcium
“See the link between Prostate Cancer and Vitamin D.”


...the condition
“...function, improving liver function, improving bowel ecology, alcohol avoidance, fish oil and omega 3 supplementation, fasting, vegetarianism, food allergy elimination diets, sunshine exposure and vitamin D use, a high fiber diet, and stress reduction...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been recognized for many years to improve some of the important abnormalities present in psoriatic skin by slowing the growth of skin cells and improving immune system function...”

Sunlight Exposure a treatment
“While it is wise to avoid burning or excess tanning from solar or indoor ultraviolet radiation, it should be realized that solar UVB radiation (290-315nm wavelength) is the primary source of vitamin D for most people...”

Tendency To Sunburn Easily

...the condition
“...Sun helps the skin produce vitamin D and heightens its absorption...”

Vegan Diet Consequences

...the condition
“...Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is found in oily fish, eggs and dairy products...”

Vitamin D a treatment
Vitamin D is fat-soluble vitamin requiring bile for absorption, and occurs naturally in animal foods such as salmon, herring, sardines, egg yolks, cod liver oil and dairy products...”

Vitamin D Requirement

...the condition
“Deficiency of vitamin D can over a period of months cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults – a skeletal demineralization especially in the spine, pelvis, and lower extremities...”
...our question about your age
“With aging there is a reduced capacity to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight and a reduction in the kidney's ability to convert vitamin D to its biologically active form.”
...relationship to Colon Cancer
“British Medical Journal, January 2010: Those with a higher level of vitamin D in their blood are less likely to develop bowel cancer than those with low levels...”
...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
“People should aim to get 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to direct sunlight each day when the weather allows, without sunscreen, to allow adequate synthesis of vitamin D.  Most people achieve this simply by going about their daily activities...”
...recommendation Vitamin D
“Rickets heals promptly with 4,000 IU of oral vitamin D per day administered for approximately one month...”

Weight Loss a treatment
“...The reduction in vitamin D and calcium absorption can cause osteoporosis and other bone disease...”
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