Vitamin D: The Nonsense Supplement?
The supplement industry has been sitting on fairly shaky ground (with regard to its place in the public eye) for the past few years given the scrutiny aimed at whether or not the products themselves actually do anything…that said, they’re still selling – extremely well. That said, is it possible that popular supplements like Vitamin D aren’t really helping, but are instead complicating the health of the consumers? According to recent studies, yes, “after thoroughly examining the results of nearly a quarter-million people from 46 major randomized trials, conclude: ‘Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation with or without calcium does not reduce skeletal or non-skeletal outcomes in unselected community-dwelling individuals by more than 15%.’” Even more disturbing, McDougall makes mention of a significant increase in injury to test subjects having been given supplements of vitamin D (in the form of both pills and injections).
Dr. McDougall’s article goes on to describe the origins of vitamin D supplementation, the idea being that the health community’s original recommendation of vitamin D was caused by the faulty conclusion that various chronic conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes) were caused by a lack of sunlight in specific regions. This, of course, doesn’t take any cultural factors in, such as exercise, time spent outdoors, and most importantly: diet. The result? Take these pills or get these injections to fix the issue instead of changing habbits (such as going outside – there’s no better solution than sunlight). What’s more, specific mention is made of the “rich Western diet (heavy in animals foods and vegetable oils) and common chronic diseases” – the dietary tendencies of westerners are a key factor in better understanding why some of these issues exist as they do, and how scientists of their times came to the presentable answers that became the norm.
“Eating the Western diet causes serious common chronic diseases. In an effort to heal, the body responds with repair processes that include inflammation. One of the responses to this inflammation is the lowering of the serum 25-hydoxyvitamin D in the blood. Thus, low vitamin D in the blood is a result of being ill, not the cause of sickness.” The solutions are pretty straightforward and simple, alas, it’s unfortunate that this information is just now getting around to the general public. The good doctor closes out the article with the following commentary on the current state of the American diet and the science behind our habits in the west:
“Refocused physicians, dietitians, and other healthcare providers will resolve their clients’ health problems by feeding them a starch-based diet. Inflammatory foods will thus be avoided and chronic diseases will be improved or cured. And, as a side benefit, 25-hydroxyvitamin D may naturally rise to numbers considered to be “normal” by meddling medical and pharmaceutical businesses.”
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