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!