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Matti Narkia

The Bioavailability of Vitamin D from Fortified Cheeses and Supplements Is Equivalent i... - 0 views

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    The bioavailability of vitamin D from fortified cheeses and supplements is equivalent in adults.
    Wagner D, Sidhom G, Whiting SJ, Rousseau D, Vieth R.
    J Nutr. 2008 Jul;138(7):1365-71.
    PMID: 18567762

    Compared with baseline, serum parathyroid hormone decreased with both fortification (P = 0.003) and supplementation (P = 0.012). These data demonstrate that vitamin D is equally bioavailable from fortified hard cheeses and supplements, making cheese suitable for vitamin D fortification.
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Hyperlipid: Vitamin D and UV fluctuations (2) - 0 views

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    "I discussed in my last post how Dr Vieth has a model of tissue 1,25(OH)2D synthesis and degradation in which the level of active substance is pretty well independent of blood vitamin D level, provided the level is either rising or stable. I think it is also worth pointing out that he is talking, hypothetically, about tissue 1,25(OH)2D, not plasma level... As we know, almost nothing is known about tissue 1,25(OH)2D control.

    By Vieth's hypothesis tissue 1,25(OH)2D is OK so long as there is at least SOME vitamin D present in plasma and the level dose not vary too much. Obviously there is a level below which you can have as much of the enzyme for converting vitamin D to the active form as you like, if there is no vitamin D in your blood you can't make any 1,25(OH)2D in your tissues, or in your kidneys for export to your blood to control calcium levels. At the lower extremes we have rickets and osteomalacia. These are clear cut, unarguable markers of vitamin D deficiency, in the absence of confounding factors (there are a few)."
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A Prospective Nested Case-Control Study of Vitamin D Status and Pancreatic Cancer Risk ... - 0 views

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    A prospective nested case-control study of vitamin D status and pancreatic cancer risk in male smokers.
    Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Vieth R, Azad A, Pietinen P, Taylor PR, Virtamo J, Albanes D.
    Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 15;66(20):10213-9.
    PMID: 17047087

    Higher vitamin D concentrations were associated with a 3-fold increased risk for pancreatic cancer (highest versus lowest quintile, >65.5 versus <32.0 nmol/L: OR, 2.92; 95% CI, 1.56-5.48, Ptrend = 0.001) that remained after excluding cases diagnosed early during follow-up. Contrary to expectations, subjects with higher prediagnostic vitamin D status had an increased pancreatic cancer risk compared with those with lower status. Our findings need to be replicated in other populations and caution is warranted in their interpretation and implication. Our results are intriguing and may provide clues that further the understanding of the etiology of this highly fatal cancer.

    In conclusion, contrary to expectation, subjects with higher 25(OH)D concentrations were at greater risk for pancreatic cancer compared with those with lower concentrations in our prospective study with long-term follow-up. Caution is warranted in the interpretation and implication of our findings, however, as vitamin D inadequacy is an important public health problem and adequate status is desirable to prevent bone and other diseases (5). Our results, however, are intriguing and may provide clues that further the understanding of the etiology of this highly fatal cancer.
Matti Narkia

How to Optimize Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Cancer, Based on Cellular Adaptati... - 0 views

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    How to optimize vitamin D supplementation to prevent cancer, based on cellular adaptation and hydroxylase enzymology.
    Vieth R.
    Anticancer Res. 2009 Sep;29(9):3675-84. Review.
    PMID: 19667164
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Hyperlipid: Vitamin D and UV fluctuations - 0 views

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    "Under year round UV exposure conditions (low latitudes, broken line, "High UV") there is no association between 25(OH)D and either prostate or pancreatic cancer. At high latitudes (Solid line, "Low UV") there is a positive association between blood levels of 25(OH)D and these cancers. The average year round levels of 25(OH)D actually tend to be higher in northern latitudes, higher than those where there is year-round solar UVB.

    Vieth explains that we know almost nothing about the enzymes controlling tissue 1,25(OH)2D levels and much of his discussion is extrapolated from renal enzyme activity."
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Why governments are selling Vitamin D short - FT.com / Reportage - - 0 views

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    "So why is Dr Vieth so frustrated? You might think he'd have cause for celebration. But for him and other vitamin D researchers around the world, the good news comes with a bitter aftertaste. They believe they can prove vitamin D could help millions live longer and be healthier and yet they have not been able to convince their own governments.

    In the US and Canada, official vitamin D policy is set by the Institute of Medicine. And in the opinion of Vieth, the current recommendations - 200 International Units per day for people under 50, 400 for people aged 51-70, and 600 for those 71 and older - are outrageously low. Bruce Hollis, professor of paediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, calls 400 IU a day "a joke". That's because the best research suggests that to achieve the higher vitamin D blood levels associated with disease prevention, most adults in the US would need to take 1,000-2,000 IU a day: five to 10 times more than the current official recommendation for adult

    In 1999, Reinhold Vieth (pictured right) published a review of vitamin D research in response to the IOM conclusions. In it, he argued that there was no evidence that amounts lower than 20,000 IU a day could be toxic. "Throughout my preparation of this review, I was amazed at the lack of evidence supporting statements about the toxicity of moderate doses of vitamin D," Vieth wrote.

    Studies have since shown 10,000 IU a day of vitamin D to be safe. While any substance will become toxic in excess, vitamin D researchers today accept that the current vitamin D recommendations could be more than quadrupled with no fear of toxicity.!
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Vitamin D association with estradiol and progesterone in young women - Cancer Causes Co... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D association with estradiol and progesterone in young women.
    Knight JA, Wong J, Blackmore KM, Raboud JM, Vieth R.
    Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19916051

    Conclusions Higher levels of vitamin D may reduce progesterone and estradiol, providing a potential mechanism for reduction in breast cancer risk from increased vitamin D exposure in young women
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Safety of vitamin D3 in adults with multiple sclerosis -- Kimball et al. 86 (3): 645 --... - 0 views

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    Safety of vitamin D3 in adults with multiple sclerosis.
    Kimball SM, Ursell MR, O'Connor P, Vieth R.
    Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Sep;86(3):645-51.
    PMID: 17823429

    Conclusions: Patients' serum 25(OH)D concentrations reached twice the top of the physiologic range without eliciting hypercalcemia or hypercalciuria. The data support the feasibility of pharmacologic doses of vitamin D3 for clinical research, and they provide objective evidence that vitamin D intake beyond the current upper limit is safe by a large margin.
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DIRECT-MS - 0 views

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    "In 1995 my son received the devastating diagnosis of MS. Having been a research scientist for 30 years, I decided to plunge into the scientific literature for MS to determine the most likely factors which cause MS and to use this information to develop an effective therapy for my son.

    Notably, many people are having great success in halting or greatly slowing MS with nutritional strategies; many Testimonials are available. I am most pleased to report that my son remains in excellent health with no MS symptoms.

    I discovered abundant scientific evidence that indicates that various nutritional factors potentially play major roles in the onset and progression of MS. Strangely, this information was not being made available to persons with MS by doctors nor by established MS charities."
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Vitamin D and MS: Vieth - 0 views

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    Professor Departments of Nutritional Sciences, Laboratory Medicine, and Pathobiology, Bone and Mineral Laboratory, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5S 3E2
    Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Matti Narkia

Vitamin D and MS - 0 views

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    "This website is about Vitamin D and MS

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system (CNS), with an uncertain cause. Colleen Hayes and Donald Achaeson have suggested that insufficient sunlight exposure and chronic viral infections might be unrelated environmental risk factors for MS. These risk factors may act synergistically to enable the pathogenic autoimmune response.

    The prevalence of MS is highest where environmental supplies of vitamin D are lowest. Sunshine enables the production of vitamin D3 (VD3) in the skin. Epidemiological studies have shown that higher vitamin D blood levels are associated with lower risk, less relapses and a slower progression of multiple sclerosis. Higher vitamin D levels can be achieved in part by increased oral intake of VD3.

    Optimal health requires serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D levels higher than 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L) P Lips, 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) P Heaney or at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) R Vieth. "
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Vitamin D association with estradiol and progesterone in young women. - [Cancer Causes ... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D association with estradiol and progesterone in young women.
    Knight JA, Wong J, Blackmore KM, Raboud JM, Vieth R.
    Cancer Causes Control. 2009 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 19916051

    CONCLUSIONS: Higher levels of vitamin D may reduce progesterone and estradiol, providing a potential mechanism for reduction in breast cancer risk from increased vitamin D exposure in young women.
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Questions about vitamin D - The Globe and Mail - 0 views

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    "This is not one of our usual hour-long live discussions. Rather, this is an online question-and-answer session. Your questions and Dr. Vieth's answers will appear at the bottom of this page after 1 p.m. EDT today."
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GrassrootsHealth | Vitamin D Action - Vitamin D Scientists' Call to Action Statement - 0 views

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    "We are aware of substantial scientific evidence supporting the role of vitamin D in prevention of cancer. It has been reasonably established that adequate serum vitamin D metabolite levels are associated with substantially lower incidence rates of several types of cancer, including those of the breast, colon, and ovary, and other sites.

    We have concluded that the vitamin D status of most individuals in North America will need to be greatly improved for substantial reduction in incidence of cancer. Epidemiological studies have shown that higher vitamin D levels are also associated with lower risk of Type I diabetes in children and of multiple sclerosis. Several studies have found that markers of higher vitamin D levels are associated with lower incidence and severity of influenza and several other infectious diseases."
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(VIDEO) Shedding light on the vitamin D deficiency 'crisis' - thebahamasweekly.com - 1 views

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    (VIDEO) Shedding light on the vitamin D deficiency 'crisis'
    By GrassRootsHealth.com
    Oct 11, 2009 - 4:49:39 PM

    San Diego, CA - Can vitamin D prevent 80% of the incidence of breast cancer? What is its affect on colon cancer and other major illnesses? These questions and more will be addressed when some of the most prominent vitamin D researchers in North America participate in the " Diagnosis & Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency" seminar presented by GrassrootsHealth at the University of Toronto on Tuesday, November 3 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    GrassrootsHealth is the founder of D*action, an international public health project whose goal is to solve the vitamin D deficiency epidemic. GrassrootsHealth and D*action work with over 30 scientists, institutions and individuals committed to educate, test, and study vitamin D levels worldwide.

    At the conference, a group of physicians and researchers in the vitamin D field will discuss vitamin D's role in the potential prevention of many diseases, including breast cancer, colon cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, the ultimate reduction in the incidence of infectious diseases and the economic impact of such action
Matti Narkia

How to Optimize Vitamin D Supplementation to Prevent Cancer, Based on Cellular Adaptati... - 0 views

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    How to optimize vitamin D supplementation to prevent cancer, based on cellular adaptation and hydroxylase enzymology.
    Vieth R.
    Anticancer Res. 2009 Sep;29(9):3675-84. Review.
    PMID: 19667164
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Vitamin D From Dietary Intake and Sunlight Exposure and the Risk of Hormone-Receptor-De... - 0 views

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    Vitamin D from dietary intake and sunlight exposure and the risk of hormone-receptor-defined breast cancer.
    Blackmore KM, Lesosky M, Barnett H, Raboud JM, Vieth R, Knight JA.
    Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Oct 15;168(8):915-24. Epub 2008 Aug 27.
    PMID: 18756015
    doi:10.1093/aje/kwn198

    This study suggests that vitamin D is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer regardless of ER/PR status of the tumor. Future studies with a larger number of receptor-negative and mixed tumors are required.
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Estimates of optimal vitamin D status. - Osteoporos Int. 2005 Jul;16(7):713-6. - Spring... - 0 views

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    Estimates of optimal vitamin D status.
    Dawson-Hughes B, Heaney RP, Holick MF, Lips P, Meunier PJ, Vieth R.
    Osteoporos Int. 2005 Jul;16(7):713-6. Epub 2005 Mar 18.
    PMID: 15776217
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Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. - Epidemiol Infect. 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40. (full t... - 0 views

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    Epidemic influenza and vitamin D.
    Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Umhau JC, Holick MF, Grant WB, Madronich S, Garland CF, Giovannucci E.
    Epidemiol Infect. 2006 Dec;134(6):1129-40. Epub 2006 Sep 7. Review.
    PMID: 16959053
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Cod liver oil, vitamin A toxicity, frequent respiratory infections, and the vitamin D d... - 0 views

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    Cod liver oil, vitamin A toxicity, frequent respiratory infections, and the vitamin D deficiency epidemic.
    Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Willett W, Zasloff M, Hathcock JN, White JH, Tanumihardjo SA, Larson-Meyer DE, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Lamberg-Allardt CJ, Lappe JM, Norman AW, Zittermann A, Whiting SJ, Grant WB, Hollis BW, Giovannucci E.
    Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Nov;117(11):864-70. Review.
    PMID: 19102134

    Until we have better information on doses of vitamin D that will reliably provide adequate blood levels of
    25(OH)D without toxicity, treatment of vitamin D deficiency in otherwise healthy children should be individualized
    according to the numerous factors that affect 25(OH)D levels, such as body weight, percent body fat,
    skin melanin, latitude, season of the year, and sun exposure.2 The doses of sunshine or oral vitamin D3 used
    in healthy children should be designed to maintain 25(OH)D levels above 50 ng/mL. As a rule, in the absence
    of significant sun exposure, we believe that most healthy children need about 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily
    per 11 kg (25 lb) of body weight to obtain levels greater than 50 ng/mL. Some will need more, and others less.
    In our opinion, children with chronic illnesses such as autism, diabetes, and/or frequent infections should be
    supplemented with higher doses of sunshine or vitamin D3, doses adequate to maintain their 25(OH)D levels
    in the mid-normal of the reference range (65 ng/mL) - and should be so supplemented year round. Otolaryngologists
    treating children are in a good position to both diagnose and treat vitamin D deficiency.
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