Vitamin D Pregnancy Scandal

“Today’s newsletter is about a major crime occurring right under our noses, every day.

It’s the mainstream medical world’s refusal to acknowledge the vital role that Vitamin D3 plays in pregnancy and the future life of a child.

This report, from Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council, analyzes this “crime” of giant proportions and leaves but one intelligent solution – make sure you and your family on are high, daily intake of Vitamin D3.

Please read every word of today’s newsletter, someone you know should also read it.”

Reprinted with permission from the Vitamin D Newsletter, January 2011

Dear Dr Cannell:

Thank You for solving what has been a mystery to me for 45 years. I am an orthopedic radiographer (RT(R). I am very involved with Dexa scans and Vitamin D.

Until your recent letter I thought that my son just had poor bones when he was an infant. His x-rays in our office looked like it could be a battered child. Thank God I knew better and was believed. He was then sent to physical therapy to help with balance and coordination, where on the first day fell and broke both wrists. The endocrinologists and orthopedists could find no reason for his soft bones.

That was 38 years ago.

He turned out to be a fine young man and a RN. His life was tragically cut short at the age of 30 but I wish he could read your letter and know that it was not his fault or mine that he had so many fractures. Not until I started doing Dexa scans did I have my 25 OH Vitamin D level checked, it was 9 ng/ml.

Thank you for your dedication to the understanding of Vitamin D. At our orthopedic practice, we are still showing about a 70% vitamin D deficiency on new patients. Some of or family practice and primary care gate keepers are finally seeing the light as it used to be about 85%.

Paul Simpson

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Pregnancy, Alzheimer's and Vitamin D-3

John Cannell, MD - Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council

I happened to turn on the radio Sunday morning and I instantly recognized the voice. Being interviewed was John Cannell, MD, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, the foremost authority on vitamin D worldwide.

He was participating in a talk show interview with Katherine Albrecht, sharing amazing statistics, facts and insights into vitamin D deficiency. For example, did you know that 99+% of all pregnant women in America are deficient in vitamin D?

Do you know someone who is pregnant and about to have a child? Or at the other end of the life spectrum, do you know someone showing the initial signs of Alzheimer’s?

There’s a common link to both these totally diverse conditions: Vitamin D-3!

Vitamin D-3 is absolutely critical to a fetus’ development during pregnancy, and also lowers pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection. According to a new research study by the Medical University of South Carolina, women who take 4,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily in their second and third trimesters had one-half the incidence of pregnancy-related complications compared to women who took 400 IU of vitamin D every day, says neonatologist and study co-researcher Carol L. Wagner.

Vitamin D-3 also is beneficial for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s, playing a role of helping to clear amyloid beta proteins which form the plaques that lead to Alzheimer’s.

For years you’ve heard me talk excitedly about about Curcumin, the ultra-powerful antioxidant compound from the Turmeric root, and how it shows promise in breaking down these plaques, well just last week scientists at UCLA and UC Riverside published their research findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showing that combining Vitamin D and Curcumin for Alzheimer’s patients, may work better than either compound alone.

“We hope that vitamin D3 and curcumin, both naturally occurring nutrients, may offer new preventive and treatment possibilities for Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Milan Fiala, study author and a researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

The team discovered that curcuminoids enhanced the surface binding of amyloid beta to macrophages and that vitamin D strongly stimulated the uptake and absorption of amyloid beta in macrophages in a majority of patients.

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"Back from the dead with Vitamin D-3"

Today’s story comes from the desk of Dr. John Cannell, the world’s leading Vitamin D authority and head of the prestigious Vitamin D Council.

If ever you needed verification of the miraculous, life-giving powers of Vitamin D, here it is in black and white. Please share this article with everyone you know, it could very well save someone’s life.

Dear Dr. Cannell:
“My 71 year old mother is in the hospital diagnosed with Pseudomonas pneumonia. Because she also has COPD¬† (chronic pulmonary lung failure), along with years of Prednisone use, her doctors have given her only a 5% chance of survival.

The hospital is against patients taking any supplements without doctors orders (they kind of have a don’t ask/don’t tell policy on supplements), but they have prescribed her Vitamin C and Zinc. But they failed to prescribe any Vitamin D.

Under my insistence, six months ago my mother had her vitamin D levels tested and found out she was critically low. So she has been taking 5,000 IU a day since then.

But after finding out she had Pseudomonas, unknown to her doctors, I have been giving my mother 30,000 IU of vitamin D for the last 5 days (based on the studies I saw about Pneumonia and Vitamin D).
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Autism Nightmare Overcome by Miraculous Vitamin D

Today’s story comes from the desk of Dr. John Cannell, MD, Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, a non-profit group dedicated to educating the public and professionals about¬†Vitamin D Deficiency.

John Cannell, MD - Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council
John Cannell, MD - Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council

It shows the dramatic healing capacity of Vitamin D-3 on one of the most baffling epidemics of modern time – childhood Autism.

Note: The mother’s letter below has been edited for brevity. You can read the full account on the Vitamin D Council’s newsletter archives, titled, Another Autism Case Report.

Reprinted with permission.

Dear Dr. Cannell:

At age 2.5 years, between December 2007 and January 2008, my son experienced a fairly dramatic onset of symptoms that led to his diagnosis of autism.

We took our son to see a number of specialists during the winter of 2008 including a neurologist (who diagnosed him with Asperger Syndrome), a psychologist (who diagnosed with autism), and a second psychologist who specialized in the treatment of autism (who diagnosed him with Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not-Otherwise-Specified). All three diagnoses are on the autism spectrum. He also began seeing an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, a behavioral specialist, and a DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) doctor for dietary interventions.

We saw a dramatic improvement by April/May of that year. Nearly all the symptoms on the list above had resolved. We assumed the improvements were due to diet but he started to go into the sun around that time. Our son slept well and spent many peaceful, happy and anxiety-free months during the spring and summer after turning three.
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