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Old 01-07-2008, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vitamin D supplementation

My uncle takes a large amount of vitamin D supplements. He's over 50, white, but I see absolutely no need for him to do so. He even suggested that I needed to take supplements. Here I am, pale and living in Florida of all places, and I need a supplement? That's ludicrous. Are my kidneys shutting down, am I Indian/African living in the British Isles, do I have rickets? This is just another example of the hysteria and misunderstanding caused by medical disinformation propagated to the general public.

I can't wait to see how many people here have fallen prey into that and will attack me with "you're not a doctor," "what do you know," etc. Never mind my extensive knowledge and intelligence, or easily passing USMLE Step 3 material... NPR vegan spokespersons know far more.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe he saw this study:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/vitamin-d.html

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In September 2007, an analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials involving people over the age of 50 found that people who took at least 500 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily had a seven per cent lower risk of death compared with those given a placebo.

Lead researcher Dr. Philippe Autier said it was not clear how the supplements lowered risks of mortality, but he suggested that Vitamin D may block cancer cell proliferation or improve blood vessel and immune system functions. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, reviewed research involving 57,311 participants.

The new findings are part of a growing body of research regarding vitamin D's benefits. In June 2007, the Canadian Cancer Society said that based on current research adults should consider increasing their daily dosage of vitamin D. The society said Canadians should now consume 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily during the fall and winter months, in consultation with a health-care provider.
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Old 01-07-2008, 09:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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So you want us to discuss why you're wrong about an opinion and attack you? Sorry, but it doesn't work that way.

PM me when you have something that can actually be discussed so that I can reopen this thread.
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