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Power of Vitamin D: A Vitamin D Book That Contains The Most Scientific, Useful And Practical Information About Vitamin D - Hormone D [Kindle Edition]

Sarfraz Zaidi MD
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Recent ground breaking research clearly demonstrates a wide range of incredible health benefits Vitamin D may provide, yet most people continue to be low in Vitamin D---despite the vitamins they take, the food they eat, the milk they drink or the sun exposure they get.

In "Power of Vitamin D", you will learn:
• Why we are facing a true Pandemic of Vitamin D deficiency.
• The crucial role Vitamin D may play in the Prevention as well as Treatment of various Cancers.
• How Vitamin D may help Prevent Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension and Kidney Disease.
• How Vitamin D may Prevent as well as Treat Muscle Aches, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Bone Pains and Osteoporosis.
• The vital role that Vitamin D plays to help you fight off Colds, Flu and other infections by boosting up your Immune System.
• How Vitamin D may Prevent as well as Treat Autoimmune diseases such as Asthma, Lupus, Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Thyroid Diseases.
• How Vitamin D may Prevent as well as Treat Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Alzheimer's dementia, Parkinson's disease, and other neurologic diseases
• The essential role of Vitamin D during Pregnancy for Mothers and Babies.
• Doctor often miss the Diagnosis of Vitamin D deficiency because they order the wrong test.
• The right test to Diagnose Vitamin D deficiency
• The best way to Prevent and Treat Vitamin D deficiency.
• What is Vitamin D Toxicity and how to Prevent it.

From the Author

Vitamin D is not actually a vitamin. It is a Hormone. Its deficiency, therefore, is a true disease. Vitamin D, after its synthesis in the skin, enters the blood circulation and then exerts its effects on every organ system in the body. Deficiency of Hormone D, consequently affects every organ and is responsible for so many diseases.

Most people are low in Vitamin D. Why? Because of our life-style, sun phobia, outdated recommended dose of vitamin D supplements and misconceptions about vitamin D.

For many years, I have been checking vitamin D levels in my patients. I was surprised to find that most people were low in Vitamin D - even in sunny southern California.

After years of research, I developed my own strategy to treat Vitamin D deficiency which has worked very well for my patients.I have made the following discoveries in my patients: Chronic pains simply disappeared, fatigue resolved, diabetes and blood pressure got better, arthritis improved, psoriasis resolved, M.S. improved, asthma went in remission, infrequent colds and Flu, infrequent cancer, dramatic improvement in prognosis in patients with diagnosed cancer, heart disease a rare occurrence, depression changed into zest for life, osteoporosis improved, thyroid diseases got better and dental health improved. Most people are amazed how much energy they have.

In order to spread this great information around the globe, I wrote this book.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Every Person in our World!! July 20 2012
By A.K.
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I just completed the reading of the updated Kindle version of this awesome book ... over 2 days! Having heard winds of the importance of more Vitamin D, but knowing that it was also a fat-soluable vitamin, which the body will store when it has too much, I was skeptical about these recommendations I was hearing from elsewhere in regards to high dosages of Vitamin D. However, this book has addressed ALL of my concerns, and in a VERY readable format ... and now I see and understand the 'why' it is so much more important than I (and so many others) originally thought! I highly recommend this book for everyone. Increased vitamin D is necessary even in child-bearing mothers, in childhood and teenage years, ... and all the way up ... not just for the elderly. It is even more important for people living in Canada and other northern areas because we don't get a lot of sun ... and we too frequently wear sunscreens outside when we do go out ... and this inhibits Vitamin D from being formed in our own bodies. I plan to get a number of copies of this book to share with my family and other close friends. It is worth every penny and may save you from a lot of pain, heartache, etc., down the road.
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By Kathy W
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THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS YOU WILL EVER READ!

Do I have your attention now? GOOD! Read on . . .

This is a book I believe everyone should read. Even if you are one of the few with good vitamin D levels, you likely have friends or relatives who are low. This is a book with very detailed info on Vitamin D and all I can say is "WOW!"

At 161 pages, it is a relatively small book, but it is packed with information on D, its possible effects on many health conditions, explanations of how the body works in regard to D and certain conditions, and case studies from the Doctor's patient files. This wonderful 2010 book is by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, an Endocrinologist who has monitored Vitamin D and its effects in his patients for the last 10 years in California, where D therapy has made a tremendous difference. Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and he explains why it is one and how it works in the body. This book was written to get this info out to the public because there is a lot of mis-information "out there" about D, as well as a lack of information. (Many of you also know that Western medicine seems to distance itself from herbs and vitamins while pushing pharmaceuticals, many with side effects.)

Note-I am NOT a doctor. And I am not saying anything against doctors. What I am saying is that there may be alternatives that your doctor is not knowledgeable about because he is wedded to pharmaceutical care. The more knowledgeable YOU are, the better you can discuss your condition with him/her and possible options.

From what I've read, the statistics are showing that about 85% of us are probably D deficient, even if we take multivitamins, spend time in the sun, and eat D-fortified foods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book could be life changing or even life saving June 6 2010
By PT Cruiser - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been reading about Vitamin D for the last several years, ever since that big study came out showing it to be helpful in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and several other conditions. The problem was trying to find good, solid information when much of what we read on the internet is from media sources which are often inaccurate or they all seem to have different ideas on how much is necessary or how much could be toxic. This book is written by Sarfraz Aaidi, MD, FACP, FACE who is an endocrinologist and leading expert on Vitamin D. He's an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicinte at UCLA as well as the Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in southern California. So we're talking about an expert here. He takes the whole subject of Vitamin D and puts in into one easy to read book in simple layman's terms and it's so interesting that you'll probably read it in a few hours. The information could change your life or relieve many chronic symptoms that you probably never thought were related to a vitamin D deficiency.

Did you think that because you may live in a sunny climate or that because you take a daily multi-vitamin that shows 400 IU's of Vitamin D as the "recommended daily requirement" that you are getting enough of the Vitamin? Or that because you drink Vitamin D fortified milk that you are getting enough? Did you know that you'd have to drink more than 20 glasses of milk a day to actually get the amount you need? Dr. Sarfraz tells us that almost all of his patients test low for Vitamin D, even those living in sunny California. The reasons? Sunscreens, fear of being out in the sun, air pollution, spending the sunniest part of the day indoors at work as well as several other factors.

He also lists several chronic conditions that you probably never guessed could be eliminated or at least reduced by an adequate amount of Vitamin D. How much to take? That depends on a lot of factors which he talks about in his book. There are several common medications that can deplete Vitamin D in the body and people absorb it at different rates. Dr. Sarfraz tests his patients at 3 month intervals and he tells you which simple blood test you need to accurately show your current levels. (Not all tests are equal.) He then gives suggested starting dosage levels, depending on what level you currently test at. He also talks about toxicity from Vitamin D (very rare) and how to avoid it.

I've been reading every article I could get my hands on about Vitamin D for years, and there were still so many things covered in this book that I didn't know about. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in and easy (and inexpensive) way to improve their health. It's a book that I'll be ordering for a few friends, especially those who are cancer survivors. Two thumbs up for this excellent book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with essential information May 5 2010
By Rich Blumenthal - Published on Amazon.com
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Did you know that if you take a multivitamin containing 100% of the recommended daily level of vitamin D, drink milk, eat fish twice a week, and get a little midday sun, you are almost certain to be deficient in vitamin D? Did you know that many doctors desiring to monitor their patients' vitamin D levels, order the wrong blood test? Did you know that the reference range shown on the test results is wrong? (That is, even if it says you have enough, you are probably deficient.) Did you know that government guidelines on how much vitamin D you need are understated by a huge factor? Did you know that vitamin D has been found in medical studies to help significantly in the prevention and treatment of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and all autoimmune diseases?

Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi is an endocrinologist who has been evaluating and correcting patient's vitamin D deficiencies for ten years and has uncovered misconceptions, misinformation, and medical oversights that are shocking. In testing thousands of patients, Dr. Zaidi found only ONE person, a fair-skinned lifeguard, who had optimal vitamin D without taking megadose supplements. Similarly, he never encountered anyone whose vitamin D blood level was dangerously high. What this means is a major public health crisis comes inadvertently from doctors who warn you about overdosing, but in doing, so they actually cause you to be deficient which puts you at FAR GREATER RISK than an overdose.

The book contains interesting case studies. Read about Anna on page 55 who suffered MS which was partially caused by a vitamin D deficiency that no doctor thought to check for 13 years. When Dr. Zaidi reversed the deficiency the patient's condition improved.

Do you know how easy it is to correct a vitamin D deficiency that you probably have? Listen up; this is complicated. Step one is pick up a copy of Power of Vitamin D and read it carefully to get a solid background on the subject. Then go to your doctor and ask for a 25(OH)D blood test, also known as 25-hydroxy vitamin D. (Don't let your doctor talk you into a 1,25(OH)2D blood test. It's the wrong one as explained on page 127 and 128.) Get the results. If it's under 50 ng/mL or 125 nmol/L (and it's highly likely that it is), go to the chart on page 143 to determine your daily dose of vitamin D. Once you know the daily dose, go to a health food store and tell the clerk you'd like to take that dose of vitamin D3. It will probably set you back 10 to 20 cents a day. Take the vitamin D every day with food. In three months go back for another blood test. Keep increasing the dosage until you're over 50 ng/mL but under 100 ng/mL.

How hard was that? If everyone in the US followed these safe, simple steps, the number of deaths due to chronic degenerative disease would drop sharply. The CDC tells us about 1.5 million Americans die each year of chronic disease. The actual number saved if everyone optimized their vitamin D is not knowable exactly but it is certainly in the hundreds of thousands EACH YEAR. The great part is you get to choose which group to be in: Currently you are probably in the larger group that is deficient in vitamin D and twice as likely to die prematurely of horrible degenerative diseases. Or you could join the smaller group with optimized vitamin D; hundreds of medical studies clearly show this group to be largely protected from those diseases. Obviously, there is no silver bullet that can protect you 100% and no one is claiming vitamin D has that power. But if you want to stack the deck in your favor, this is an extremely easy, safe, low-cost approach that requires no major effort or lifestyle change. But you need to know what you're doing and that's where this book comes in.

Power of Vitamin D is a fantastic introduction to this sometimes confusing subject. It is relatively short, very easy to read, fairly comprehensive, and offers clear explanations. Here are some things I like about the book: a list of diseases on the front cover that medical studies have definitively linked to vitamin D deficiency; absolutely clear statements in several places advising what your blood level should be for optimal health; an explanation of the two types of "units" that blood test use, and how to interpret and convert between the two; instructions as to which blood test to get and why; a clear description what it takes to overdose (instead of a bland warning not to take too much); it mentions serious flaws with government guidelines on vitamin D that have been loudly criticized by many longtime vitamin D researchers; and it includes interesting case studies involving real patients.

Because Dr. Zaidi covered these points in such a clear, concise, and convincing manner, I am happy to give Power of Vitamin D the highest rating of 5 stars. Whether you are just beginning the journey or have already read many articles, this book has lots to offer on every page. But don't forget, you're not "done" when you finish reading the book. It only can help you if you follow the steps outlined three paragraphs ago and stated in far greater detail in Chapter 23. If you are part of the 97% that haven't yet optimized your vitamin D level, implementing the suggestions in this book may well change your life for the better.

Note to medical professionals: If you happen to be a medical professional, I GUARANTEE your patients will be far better off if you arm yourself with this knowledge and follow through with further study. And I wouldn't be surprised if your practice flourishes once your patients understand you are protecting them against future serious illness.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS YOU WILL EVER READ! June 19 2010
By Kathy W - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOKS YOU WILL EVER READ!

Do I have your attention now? GOOD! Read on . . .

This is a book I believe everyone should read. Even if you are one of the few with good vitamin D levels, you likely have friends or relatives who are low. This is a book with very detailed info on Vitamin D and all I can say is "WOW!"

At 161 pages, it is a relatively small book, but it is packed with information on D, its possible effects on many health conditions, explanations of how the body works in regard to D and certain conditions, and case studies from the Doctor's patient files. This wonderful 2010 book is by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, an Endocrinologist who has monitored Vitamin D and its effects in his patients for the last 10 years in California, where D therapy has made a tremendous difference. Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and he explains why it is one and how it works in the body. This book was written to get this info out to the public because there is a lot of mis-information "out there" about D, as well as a lack of information. (Many of you also know that Western medicine seems to distance itself from herbs and vitamins while pushing pharmaceuticals, many with side effects.)

Note-I am NOT a doctor. And I am not saying anything against doctors. What I am saying is that there may be alternatives that your doctor is not knowledgeable about because he is wedded to pharmaceutical care. The more knowledgeable YOU are, the better you can discuss your condition with him/her and possible options.

From what I've read, the statistics are showing that about 85% of us are probably D deficient, even if we take multivitamins, spend time in the sun, and eat D-fortified foods. Apparently, D has been researched in great detail in the last 20 years, but few Western doctors really get into the possibility of D deficiency.

The book mentions potential benefits of D regarding a whole mess of conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, fibromyalgia, arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, chronic fatigue, arthritis, M.S., asthma, thyroid problems, dental problems, problems during pregnancy, problems in newborns, and depression, and much more.

This book has so much information that I found fascinating--D absorption is affected by where you live, the darkness of your skin, the amount of fat in your body, the time of year, and many other factors. D even builds up the immune system to fight off diseases and flu. Doctor Zaidi uses his medical knowledge to explain various health conditions and how they work and how D helps. For example, in the CANCER segment, he explains the process of how cancer develops in your body, the link between D deficiency and cancer, and that D can help in both the prevention of and treatment of cancer. He follows with a case study where a 49 year old male with aggressive colon cancer was treated with chemotherapy and vitamin D. Three years later, the patient continues to be cancer free.

The book says that the current reported RDA (recommended daily amount) is way too low at about 200, 400, or 600 IU (per day), depending on your age. It sounds like it averages out that our D intake should be more like 2000 IU, but everything that says "includes 100% of your RDA of Vitamin D" is based on the 200/400/600 old RDA. So, most people get a whole lot less D than they apparently need and doctors don't usually test your D levels. BTW-this book also explains the D testing process, what the numbers should be, the common mistakes when D is tested, and which D test you should have. He also addresses the how much is too much question. (I told you this book will amaze you with info.)

For my own experience, a friend of mine who researches vitamins, minerals and herbs told me to take the 2000 IU Carlson D3 about a year ago and it continues to be part of my daily vitamin routine. Carlson appears to be a respected name and he claimed the D3 is the one that is properly absorbed by the body (as opposed to plain Vitamin D.) Carlson also makes the D3 available in soft gel, and I believe that liquids and gels are absorbed easier by the body than hard pills and powdered capsules. This bottle contains 120 of the 2000 IU, so, at one tablet per day, a bottle will last you about 4 months. (Take whatever brand you want--I'm just telling you which one I take and why.)

As you can see, I am very excited to be able to recommend this book. It is just packed with info! I HIGHLY recommend it for everyone's personal library and I am so very glad this book found me.

I sure hope it finds you too!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Improved Health Feb. 19 2010
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm a patient of Dr. Zaidi's with multiple sclerosis. I have been on many MS drugs, and have seen many MS specialists. But my MS has gradually progressed over the years. The first I ever heard of vitamin D benefits was from Dr. Zaidi. For about the last two years now I've been taking vitamin D and now have had no new lesions, and my old lesions have decreased in size. Thank you Dr. Zaidi!!!! This is a must read book for so many health issues.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital information March 25 2010
By Dolly Z - Published on Amazon.com
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"Power of Vitamin D," is a vital source of information on the affects of Vitamin D (which is really a hormone) in the prevention of several diseases such as cancer, heart disease, thyroid disease and asthma. As a former asthma sufferer myself, I have witnessed the miraculous benefits of using vitamin D to treat my asthma. On page 51, Dr. Zaidi states, " There is a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and asthma...experts in the field of asthma speculate the epidemic of asthma to be linked to the epidemic of vitamin D deficienty as both these epidemics started in the last few decades." (pg. 51 - 51) Upon Vitamin D treatment, my asthma is pretty much non-existent. I no longer suffer from asthma attacks or bronchitis and can't remember the last time I have had an attack of either one. Even if I get a cold now, I increase my does for 2 to 3 days as per my physician's instructions and either the cold never happens or if I do get a cold, it is very mild and gone in a day or so. "Power of Vitamin D," is an easy read full of vital information for anyone looking for a way to find the root to health problems instead of medications to cover them up. I highly recommend this book.
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