Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D. Considering that vitamin D is a proven buffer against cancer, viral infections and other diseases, most of the population is dangerously deficient.
Unless you live in the far north and want to eat seal and whale blubber, very few foods naturally contain significant levels of vitamin D. These include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring, mushrooms exposed to sunlight or that are sun-dried and, of course, as every school kid knows, cod liver oil!
Sadly, statistics tell us that active vitamin D levels begin to decline from teens onwards and, on average, everyone older than 20 years falls below the minimum recommended blood levels (40 ng/ml).
Vitamin D works in the expression of over 800 pro-health genes. It also works to alleviate low mood (depression), fatigue and cognitive impairment; the latter is something none of us can afford to happen as we get older.
Vitamin D has been christened by some the “antibiotic vitamin”.
Yet, I repeat: almost everyone is deficient. It’s something we cannot allow! You are at risk.
Vitamin D and COVID.
One of the few proven factors to fight COVID-19 infections, along with vitamin C and molecular hydrogen, is vitamin D3 (not D2).
In one study, published Apr 26th, 2020, the majority of the COVID-19 cases with insufficient or deficient Vitamin D status died.1
Yet CNN—which evil empire we know is on the side of Big Pharma, and out to “get Trump” by any means, fair or foul—has published treacherous and dangerously misleading remarks, such as taking vitamin D supplements “can hurt a lot,” as “too much vitamin D can lead to a toxic buildup of calcium in your blood, causing confusion, disorientation and problems with heart rhythm, as well as bone pain, kidney damage and painful kidney stones.”
CNN does not specify what “too much” vitamin D actually is and omits any advice on necessary supplementation. Instead, the article quotes people searching for ridiculous levels of up to 60,000 IU daily. It’s an old trick, to discredit someone: take what they are saying and blow it up to absurdity… and then scoff!
In fact the whole piece is nonsensical. So-called vitamin D toxicity is actually a vitamin K2 deficiency (see below).
The main reporter was one Sandee LaMotte — a medical producer and writer for CNN and executive producer of video at pharma-biased WebMD. She obviously doesn’t care much for science and not at all about whether people die or not, so long as she gets her thirty pieces of silver.2
The fact is, COVID-19 remains a pressing problem in the world and will continually surface as more than 30 different mutations of the disease strain, severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), were detected from the latest study in China (meaning that vaccines WILL NOT and CANNOT work, when a virus mutates so much, so fast).3
Measurement Of Vitamin D Status
How will you know whether you are deficient? The only sure-fire method to know your exact status is to have a blood test. You can arrange with your doctor to have your 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D levels measured (25(OH)D).
25(OH)D is the main form of vitamin D circulating in the blood and the best indicator of vitamin D deficiency or excess in patients, providing there is no renal disease.
1,25(OH)2D is the most metabolically active form of vitamin D and often measured; however, serum 1,25(OH)2D does not reflect vitamin D reserves, and measurement of 1,25(OH)2D is not useful for monitoring the vitamin D status of patients.
If the test is ordered by a physician, health care insurance will normally cover this test. However, you can arrange this test for yourself, online. Do not waste your money of tests for 1,25(OH)2D.
The Endocrine Society recommends regular vitamin D screening for individuals at risk for deficiency (which is almost anyone, except outdoor workers with pale skin, working in a sunny environment).
You want to have a blood level of AT LEAST 40 ng. per ml (European blood results are usually reported as nanomoles per L. You want a level of AT LEAST 100 nmol/L).
The ideal range would be: 40 – 60 ng/ml (100 - 150 nmol/L)
I think it’s perfectly safe to skip the blood test, if resources are limited. Just assume you are deficient. If you don’t spend 2 hours a day, semi-dressed in the sunshine (plenty of bare skin), or supplement with at least 2,000 IU daily, you almost certainly will be.
You need to correct this. Some day a real pandemic will come along and you need to be protected. In fact I have a paper that calls vitamin D shortage a “pandemic”!4
Vitamin D Does Not Work Alone
There’s a catch which is seldom referred to: supplementing with vitamin D alone risks hardening your arteries. We all know about vitamin D, calcium and bones. Historically, as people lived in smoky cities and got little direct sunshine, there was a lot of rickets, due to very low vitamin D levels.
It remains true, of course, as it always was, that vitamin D will mobilize calcium. Some of it will end up in your arteries. The walls become thickened and that is a bad idea!
To counter this effect you need to supplement with vitamin K2 (and you should be taking magnesium, anyway). K2 is an expensive micronutrient but very essential. It will literally block the calcium deposits in your arteries and will leech out the calcium if it’s already there. So—money well spent.
But it goes deeper: vitamin K2 actually aids the absorption of vitamin D. In fact you need more than TWICE the amount if vitamin D to achieve healthy blood levels, if you don’t also take K2. In fact vitamin D can rapidly become toxic, even at reasonable doses, if you don’t concomitantly take K2.
Not many vendors are telling you that, I’ll bet!
Another point: if you supplement with K2 and magnesium (400 – 500 mg) you can manage on far lower doses and get the same effect.
Here’s to bones of iron and arteries of soft velvet!
To Your Good Health,
Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby
1. Patterns of COVID-19 Mortality and Vitamin D: An Indonesian Study. Apr 26th, 2020
4. Rev Endocr Metab Disord. DOI 10.1007/s11154-017-9424-1
Myth no 1: You can’t escape creaky, achy joints
It turns out that not exercising is one of the main mistakes that make painful joints inevitable. Researchers at Monash University School in Australia observed 176 women aged 40 to 67 with no clinical osteoarthritis or history of significant knee injury.
The women all had magnetic resonance imaging on their dominant knee to assess tibial cartilage volume and defects. The participants also completed a questionnaire to determine exercise habits. Researchers found that those who exercised at least once every two weeks for 20 minutes or more had more healthy cartilage in their knees. THIS STUDY SUGGESTS THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE ARE LESS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ARTHRITIS.
Myth no 2: Muscles will wither
There is a bit of truth here, as it’s normal to experience loss of muscle mass (a condition called Sarcopenia) after age 40. This is largely because aging muscle becomes populated with malfunctioning mitochondria, the little powerhouses found in all cells. When mitochondria tank, muscle cells waste away and fat cells set up housekeeping.
But this doesn’t have to be everyone’s fate! An important study published in Public Library Science offers hope. Canadian researchers biopsied muscle from active and sedentary adults between 53 and 75 years old. It turned out the couch potatoes’ muscles had few robust mitochondria. In contrast, active adults’ muscles featured almost as many thriving mitochondria as you’d find in much younger adults.
And here’s the good news: the study found JUST ABOUT ANY EXERCISE CAN IMPROVE AND EVEN REVERSE THE SIGNS OF AGEING IN MUSCLES.
Myth no 3: It’s too late to benefit from exercise
Nothing could be further from the truth! In the oft-cited Nurses’ Health Study, researchers surveyed more than 13,500 women on their lifestyle habits. The scientists found that even if you don’t become active until middle age, exercise still greatly improves your odds of ageing without cognitive or physical issues or developing a chronic disease.
In more good news, researchers in the United States and Europe have deduced that just about any kind of activity, at any age, helps preserve telomeres – the caps on the ends of chromosomes in your cells. When these caps become shorter, the cell stops dividing and dies. Exercise can help maintain telomere length, which potentially extends a cell’s life span. Even better, research shows that EVEN MODERATE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAN PROVIDE THIS PROTECTIVE EFFECT.
Myth no 4: Bones are more likely to break with age
Not necessarily! You see, researchers now believe INACTIVITY IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO BONE HEALTH. Indeed, it’s proven that the best type of activity for bone health is weight-bearing exercise, which promotes formation of new bone.
Multiple studies with older men and women who performed weight-bearing exercise, or wore weighted vests, showed increases in bone mineral density, bone strength and bone size. In other studies, researchers found that exercise can also help protect against bone loss in post-menopausal women, including those with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
Now, you don’t have to become a gym rat – merely walking is a weight-bearing exercise! Using exercise bands or carrying light weights while you walk will give you additional benefit.
By now, everybody knows that ditching sugary drinks (even “diet” drinks) and high-carb foods is a good idea to keep your blood sugar under control. But did you know there are actually other factors that may silently be wrecking your efforts?
When you are stressed, your body dumps stress hormones in your blood stream, which release sugar to give you energy to run away from whatever danger you are faced with. Unfortunately, our bodies are still wired to flee from predators such as sabre-tooth tigers and can’t tell the difference between a physical stressor or a mental one.
This is where self-care steps in – find some alone-time to do something that relaxes you, whether it’s talking a walk or meditating, but also make sure you take active steps to reduce the sources of stress in your life (toxic relationships are a good example of this).
2. Exposure to WiFi
We often don’t give our WiFi gadgets a second thought but whether we feel the effect of the electrosmog we live in or not, it always has a detrimental effect on the body at a cellular level. Indeed, mobile phones and routers emit microwave radiation that make us feel tired all the time and raise our blood sugar, amongst other effects.
Position your router as far away from your living area, turn it off night, put your mobile phone on airplane mode whenever possible and put as much distance between your phone and your body when it is on.
3. Lack of deep sleep
Lack of sleep blunts your body’s ability to process blood sugar and will make it very difficult for you to lose weight. Take steps to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep by sleeping in a cool, dark room, not exposing your eyes to blue light emitted by phones or tablets one hour before bedtime, trying to go to bed at the same time each day and going easy on the alcohol and coffee in the afternoons.
4. Too little or too much exercise
You probably know that walking or even just moving around can lower your blood sugar and make you more insulin-sensitive. But equally, tough exercise such as heavy weight-lifting and running marathons can cause it to rise. That’s not to say you should avoid these activities, it just means you have to ramp up your exercise intensity more carefully and monitor your blood sugar regularly if you want to take part in these activities.
5. Some medication
Corticosteroids, diuretics, some drugs for high blood pressure and depression can keep your blood sugar high even when your lifestyle and diet are on point. Talk to your doctor if you take any of these.
Even if your diabetes is well under control, any illness or infection can cause your blood glucose to rise. This is because illness is a stress on the body, and is associated with increased levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which counter the effects of insulin.
It makes it harder for your body to control your insulin levels, therefore pushing your blood sugar up. If you smoke, you need to take steps towards quitting.
8. Lack of vitamin D
Vitamin D has many functions in the body, including maintaining calcium levels and phosphorus, blood pressure regulation, immunity and insulin balance. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight per day without sunscreen is recommended to get sufficient levels of vitamin D3. Failing that, you need to either get a UVB lamp, or supplement with vitamin D3.
9. Exposure to environmental pollutants
Heavy metals like mercury (in dental fillings) and aluminium (in vaccines and deodorants) can accumulate in the pituitary gland, disrupting hormone production, one of them being insulin. They also increase your chances of developing degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism and diabetes. Then we have glyphosate in our food, chlorine and fluoride in our drinking water and parabens in our toiletries, which all contribute to disrupting your hormones.
A good start would be to limit your exposure by filtering your drinking water, buying organic food whenever possible and removing anti-bacterial hand-wash from your house.
This is an extract from a newsletter I receive regularly and I am re-posting it here, as I wholeheartedly endorse their advice!
"I’m not against “mainstream medicine”. But I’m against medicine which simply doesn’t work.
This is why I’m NEVER getting flu shots.
Between 2006 and 2010, the Cochrane Collaboration (which looks at dozens of studies to determine what research actually says about a certain drug, nutrient, vaccine, etc.) has proven without a doubt that flu shots are not very effective.
After looking at 36 different studies, they concluded: “Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.” (1)
They also said that there’s no proof whatsoever that the elderly -- who are a huge target group for the flu shot -- are protected by getting vaccinated:
“The available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.”
Ouch. Well, it seems that the most up-to-date scientists and doctors out there know for a fact that vaccination doesn’t work to protect your health against the flu.
So here’s what I do instead to protect myself from the flu, or to heal myself quickly the rare times I ever get sick these days:
The 2nd option is called a “vitamin D protocol”, and should NEVER be used on a regular basis – just when you get sick. (2)
Do not buy 1,000 IU caps to complete the protocol, and try to cram 150 pills in your body every day. Instead, buy some 50,000 IU caps off of Amazon.
Now the question is… will vitamin D really protect you from the flu better than vaccines?
Absolutely. According to a lot of credible studies, that is. One of them performed on children showed that just 1,200 IU per day of vitamin D helped reduce their risk of coming down with the flu by 42%. (3)
This is just one proof that the medical system has a LOT of catching up to do. Their recommendations simply do not match what the real medical breakthroughs are showing us".
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