Vitamin D reduces URIs, colds, and autoimmune diseases like diabetes, MS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis

sunshine3Most adults get 2-4 colds a year, and children can get even more. It’s not just the common cold that is affected by your vitamin D status.  The citation below shows the value of Vitamin D in preventing the common cold upper respiratory infection. 

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Since immune cells have vitamin D receptors (VDRs), one has to think that there may be a benefit from sun exposure.  There is mounting evidence that sun exposure (increased vitamin D) is an effective preventive measure against autoimmune diseases.  The connection between multiple sclerosis (MS) and sun exposure is well documented.  You are 5 times more likely to get MS if you live in North America than if you live in the tropics. This horrible disease affects brain and spinal cord with eventual sclerosis (scarring) causing muscle coordination problems, weakness, and vision issues.  This affects about 400,000 people in the US and over 2.5 million worldwide.  It seems that early sun exposure may be the key.  Mom’s, get in the sun and take enough vitamin D when you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.  We also should not fear the sun and get our kids outside, like children were supposed to be.

Vitamin D seems to be protective.

Swedish study on MS an Vitamin D

MS linked to low levels of Vitamin D

Rheumatoid arthritis is another autoimmune disease that can progress from fatigue and joint pain, morning stiffness and inflammation to joint destruction, heart failure, and more. Again, there seems to be this connection between the development and progression of this disorder and having low levels of Vitamin D. 

Vitamin D in rheumatoid arthritis

This news should be blasted form every mountain top.  Every newspaper and TV show should be educating the public on the tremendous benefits of sunlight and vitamin D.  Do you ever wonder why that isn’t happening?  Might it be because there is no money to be made by recommending that you get a few minutes of sunshine or take a very inexpensive supplement called Vitamin D?

Well, it’s time to take back your health and that of your family and of generations to come.  Get your kids and yourself outdoors, take vitamin D and check your levels to be sure you are at optimum levels.

 Vitamin D and the immune system: new perspectives on an old theme

 

Dr. Paul

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