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
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