From eNewsletter 7/17/2019
DID YOU KNOW that many pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the EU, Brazil and China, are still widely used in the US?
According to a study in Environmental Health, in the last couple of decades, nearly all pesticide cancellations in the US have been done voluntarily by the pesticide industry.
Without a change in the US Environmental Protection Agency's current reliance on voluntary mechanisms for cancellations, the US will likely continue to lag behind its peers in banning harmful pesticides.
VITAMIN D STUDIES SUPPORT OPTIMAL LEVELS VS SUPPLEMENTS
Steve & Bonnie: Conventional medicine doesn't get it when it comes to assessing vitamin D.
Instead of focusing research on the benefits of optimal vitamin D levels, most of the focus is on how vitamin D supplements treat disease. It should not surprise anyone that the results have been a disappointment.
Of course, vitamin D supplements help bring levels up when they are low, but trying to study vitamin D supplements alone to treat disease is misguided.
The most beneficial research has always focused on how having optimal vitamin prevents disease. Here are some of the most recent studies.
-British Journal of Nutrition, 2018Vitamin D intake is associated with serum 25(OH)D levels, and adequate serum 25(OH)D levels may contribute to the preservation of pulmonary function in children with cystic fibrosis.
-Clinical Nutrition, 2019 Positive changes in serum vitamin D level and metabolic profile following high dose supplementation with vitamin D were associated with CYP2R1 polymorphism (a gene we screen for in Pure genomics).
-Headache, 2018 A higher level of serum vitamin D (between 50 and 100) is associated with 80-83% lower odds of migraine headache than those with levels below 20.
-Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2019 The average vitamin D level was 19.76% lower in a child population with cancer compared with the average of the control group, and found a correlation between the lower vitamin D levels in children with cancer and adverse prognosis. Researchers suggest that supplying vitamin D is reasonable in pediatric patients with cancer.
-Nutrients, 2019 Vitamin D has biological effects well beyond the skeleton. While it is important to maintain adequate 25(OH)D levels for optimal bone health, this may have benefits in a variety of different organ systems.
-Nutrients, 2018 Findings suggest that lower serum 25(OH)D status may be associated with greater fat mass and impaired glucose metabolism, independent of BMI and other risk factors for diabetes.
-Hypertension, 2019 Compared to children who were born with adequate vitamin D levels: -Children born with low levels of vitamin D had an approximately 60% higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18; -Children who had persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Next time you see a sensationalist media account that depict vitamin D supplements as useless, please consider the source and how the study was performed.
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