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Govt Punts on Vit D | Wise to Choose Organic

From eNewsletter 7/12/2021

DID YOU KNOW that the US Preventive Services Task Force recently concluded there was "not enough evidence of benefit" for Americans to get their vitamin D levels tested? This is a devastating recommendation because it means insurance companies, who choose to cover testing based upon the USPSTF recommendations, won't have to routinely reimburse for vitamin D testing. This will especially affect lower income groups, who are often the most vitamin D deficient. We've posted hundreds of examples of the importance of vitamin D level and supplementing if deficient. Here are just two examples published last week. In the July issue of Nutrients, researchers discovered a 5000 IU daily oral vitamin D3 supplement for just 2 weeks reduces the time to recovery for cough and taste/smell sensory loss among patients with sub-optimal vitamin D status and mild to moderate COVID-19 infection. The authors recommend the use of 5000 IU vitamin D3 as an adjuvant therapy for COVID-19 patients. In the July issue of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers found that low vitamin D level in pregnant women is an important risk factor for decreased lung function in early childhood, which can lead to higher risk of asthma and respiratory infections.

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WISE CHOICE TO CHOOSE ORGANIC

Steve and Bonnie: Of all the benefits for choosing organic foods over conventional, there can be nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of our children.


A new study from Environmental Pollution found a connection between organic foods and how well children perform on tests which challenge their problem-solving skills and memory.

“Healthy diets, including organic diets, are richer than fast food diets in nutrients necessary for the brain, such as fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, which together may enhance cognitive function in childhood,” the authors concluded.

The study of nearly 1,300 children between six and 11 years-old examined 87 different environmental factors these children were exposed to while in their mother’s womb. It also looked at another 122 factors they encountered during childhood. These included everything from air pollution, to noise, to various lifestyle conditions.


Results showed the greatest positive influence on fluid intelligence (or problem-solving skills) and working memory appears to be consuming an organic diet. Other factors noticeably influencing childhood intelligence include fast food consumption, crowdedness in the family home, indoor air pollution, and tobacco smoke.


Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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