In winter our thoughts turn to vitamin D

True facts: Winter = dark Sunshine = vitamin D Therefore Winter ≠ vitamin D. Strictly speaking, “vitamin” D is not a vitamin at all.  It can be manufactured by your body when specific UVB rays (290 to 315 nanometers) of sunlight hit your skin.  Those rays cause a biochemical reaction that transforms a molecule in skin […]

New evidence for a vitamin D-autism link

Association does not equal causation. It’s always a good idea to remember that handy phrase when reading screamy nutrition-related headlines.  Such as the one today: Autism Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy If you get your nutrition information from headlines, you’d easily conclude that taking vitamin D while pregnant will prevent autism.  And possibly that giving […]

Vitamin D and heart failure

Headline nutrition misleads again Here are some mass media headlines for articles on a new vitamin D study: from the BBC: Vitamin D Heals Damaged Hearts from US News: Vitamin D-3 May Improve Heart Function from UPI: Vitamin D boosts heart function in study from The Conversation: Want a healthier heart? A daily dose of vitamin […]

Vitamin D: the never-ending saga Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:26 — 2.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSVitamin D is in the news again.  Is it ever not in the news these days?  This time it’s an opinion piece written by Dr. Tod Cooperman, MD, who founded ConsumerLab.  His main point: vitamin D has been promoted […]

Vitamin D linked to MS again

..but is it ’cause-and-effect’? Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a poorly understood disease of the central nervous system.  The immune system attacks  and damages nerves.  Over time, nerve signaling deteriorates, causing a multitude of symptoms, ranging from fatigue to vision problems to seizures.  People can lose control of muscles and body functions, but the severity and […]

5 ways summer is good for weight loss Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:34 — 2.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe weather is getting warmer.  Summer is coming.  If you dread the thought of putting on a bathing suit or pair of running shorts, you may be making plans for a desperate crash diet.  While crash diets are never […]

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