About Vitamin D
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2012/09/15
In “Evidence-based medicine? Wishful thinking”(2012/08/25) I recommended the book Prescribing Sunshine: Why vitamin D should be flying off the shelves, by M.Aziz, which was then available only on Kindle ($2.99). It is now available also in paperback at amazon.com: CreateSpace (Amazon.com), 2012, 250 pp., $7.99; ISBN-10: 1478396075, ISBN-13: 978-1478396079
To repeat from my previous post:
Some time ago, official guidelines for the recommended intake of vitamin D were increased considerably, but Aziz suggests that even more would be beneficial. His book is well worth reading for its cornucopia of citations from the medical-science literature, some of them revealing connections previously unknown to me, for example between vitamin D and immunity, and telomeres, and cholesterol, and HIV/AIDS; as well as the fact that vitamin D is a steroid and hormone-like. And the fact that under sunlight we manufacture vitamin D in the skin from . . . cholesterol! By lowering cholesterol, we may even be accentuating deficiency of vitamin D. . . .