vitamin d3
Truth Seekers It's All In The SUN.

Are you deficient in Vitamin D3?
Vitamin D3 deficiency can result in Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, & Neuro-degenerative disease including Alzheimer’s Disease, and Cancer, especially breast, prostate,
and colon cancers.     

Think about this for a second. In a 7 day period how much time do you really spend in the sun?
In most cases it's just minutes per week. 
The most common reasons for Vitamin D3 deficiency
in the United States relates to lack of exposure to SUNLIGHT.   

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Unfortunate Fact Of Our Current Times
Doctors mask symptoms, they don't cure anything. If you take a pain killer for a headache, you still have a headache, you just can't feel it anymore because the drug you took masked the symptom.

The question is, why do you have a headache?  Every body ailment is a symptom, you have to find out why you have the symptom, what is causing it?  Taking a drug does not fix anything. It just makes your symptoms go away. The problem is still there. Body ailments are caused by a
deficiency in something your body needs. The ailment is a signal something is wrong.

Something To Keep In Mind
The last thing the pharmaceutical industry wants is a bunch of
healthy people around. How are they going to make
any money?

The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars a year
lobbying to get natural remedies taken off the market.
If pharmaceutical prescription drugs are so wonderful why
would they care?

Who is the real drug dealer?
Truth About Pharmaceutical Industry 
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70 Percent Of Americans On Prescription Drugs
Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions. Mayo Clinic researchers report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans. Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications.

About Vitamin D
It’s the middle of February and most of us are spending more time indoors and getting less daily sun exposure. When we
don’t get enough sun, or supplement right, it's very easy to
become deficient in this essential nutrient.

When that happens, our health suffers.There’s a lot of
research out there talking about the importance of vitamin D,
and it can be very confusing.

Here's an overview of the sections they’ve covered:
- What is vitamin D?
- Where do I get it?
- How do I find out my vitamin D levels?
- How do I optimize my levels?

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that is closer to a hormone, like cortisol or testosterone. This is important to note because it means vitamin D has a deeper functionality than a simple vitamin compound. There are tons of studies showing the importance of vitamin D. Here are some of the findings.

Optimized vitamin D levels have been linked to:
- Improved mood and mental cognition
- Increased production of antimicrobials that reduce gut infections and skin pathogens
- Reduction of inflammatory responses
- Reduction of risk of osteoporosis by helping with assimilation and absorption of calcium
- Reduced rates of most cancers
- Lowered rates of diabetes
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
- Decreased risk of winter flu
- Decreased levels of depression and seasonal affective disorder

Where do I get my vitamin D?
You can get vitamin D from three places: sun, food and supplements. Let’s start with sun.

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” and for good reason. Vitamin D3 or  “cholecalciferol” is produced photochemically when cholesterol in the skin is exposed to sunlight.We spent most of our history as homo sapiens around the equator soaking up all the vitamin D we needed from the sun. Even when some of our ancestors traveled north, they increased their ability to absorb vitamin D by developing fair skin with less melanin.Just twenty minutes of direct sunlight on bare skin can produce more than 10,000 IU of vitamin D. IU stands for International Units, a way to measure the impact and amount of certain vitamins and drugs.

Small amounts of vitamin D are available from food. It’s found in eggs and oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines. One egg contains around 20 IU while a can of sardines in oil contains 250 IU. The highest food source of vitamin D3 is found in cod liver oil. One tablespoon can provide up to 1360 IU.Overall, the amount of vitamin D in food alone is not enough to resolve deficiencies or maintain daily levels.

Foods have been supplemented with Vitamin D, but this has not resulted in an overall increase in Vitamin D levels. This is likely because food and supplement manufacturers rely on an inexpensive form of synthetic Vitamin D called “ergocalciferol”- a form of Vitamin D2.                 

Eat foods high in Vitamin D3 including Cod liver oil, fortified milk, salmon, mackerel, & sardines, egg yolks, beef liver. If you take Vitamin D supplements make sure it is Vitamin D3 and not D2. Take Vitamin D3 supplements with food.

When we don’t get enough direct sun exposure, we don’t produce enough vitamin D. Instead of sunlight being converted to cholecalciferol, we can supplement it directly.There are two common types of supplemental vitamin D, D2 and D3. Vitamin D2 supplements are called ergocalciferol and are grown from mushrooms. Vitamin D3 supplements are made by exposing a certain type of cholesterol to ultraviolet light, and then purifying it. The cholesterol is produced from lanolin, a naturally-derived grease found in sheep wool.We recommend supplemental vitamin D3 because it is more effective than D2.

How do I find out my vitamin D levels?
Blood work can reveal your current levels of vitamin D.
You can find out your vitamin D levels in two simple ways:
1) Ask your doctor to test for it
2) Use a service like to order the test

Doctors run a test that looks for 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D or 25(0H)D for short.
It’s both the name of the test and what they’re looking for.

Here’s why:
Your liver converts the D3 from supplements or the sun into 25-hydroxy-vitamin-D, a more active form of vitamin D, and then circulates it throughout the body. Cells maintain a baseline of 25(0H)D, so this becomes a reliable indicator of your vitamin D level. Your level will be given in ng/ml or nanograms per milliliter. Most doctors recommend lower levels of vitamin D. This is often because they are basing their recommendations on antiquated research. It's recommend that you aim to get your ng/ml above 50, preferably between 50 and 60.

How do I optimize my vitamin D levels?
For people living in the northern United States and Canada, it is difficult to get enough sunlight exposure. But even those in the south can still become deficient. Here is how you maintain your vitamin D levels or correct a deficiency:

Sun Exposure
The sun is the cheapest and healthiest way to get your vitamin D. The challenge is making sure you get enough sun exposure to reach optimal vitamin D levels. A lot of people believe that getting 20 to 30 minutes of sun exposure on their face will give them all the vitamin D they need. The research out there shows us this isn’t true.Almost daily full-body exposure without sunscreen is necessary to achieve optimal levels.

Even during the summer, when many of us are frequently wearing swimsuits and sunbathing, we rarely get this type of exposure daily.Some people also think that you can stock up on vitamin D by spending long amounts of time in the sun. This idea also seems not to be true. Studies have shown that after 30 minutes your body reaches equilibrium and any more sun exposure does not increase your absorption of vitamin D3. So in this case, more is not better.On top of that, if you have darker skin the recommendation for sun exposure is 3x more than people with lighter skin (3 x 30 minutes), so it can be even more challenging to reach your optimal levels.The sun is the best source of vitamin D, but as you can see all these factors make supplementation, for at least part of the year, essential.

Taking Supplements
For maintenance: Take 2,000 to 4,000 IU per day depending on the time of year. More in the winter, less in the summer.To correct a deficiency: Take 5,000 to 10,000 IU under a doctor’s supervision. Correcting a deficiency can take 6 to 12 months. That’s why it is important to work with your doctor to monitor your vitamin D levels.Note: If you’re taking high dosages (10,000 IU), have your doctor also check your phosphorous, calcium and parathyroid hormone levels for potential issues.

Increased vitamin D in blood adds years to life and helps prevent colon cancer

(NaturalNews) Just in case you needed more proof that low blood levels of vitamin D represent a significant health concern, researchers publishing in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrate that small increases in the sunshine vitamin can add precious years to your life. For nearly a decade scientific evidence has been mounting to show that the vast majorities of adults (and many children) are grossly deficient in circulating blood levels of vitamin D. Further proof is documented in the PLoS One journal to show the precise cellular mechanism that helps vitamin D dramatically lower the risk of colon cancer. The bottom line is simple: check your vitamin D blood saturation with an inexpensive test and make the necessary adjustments to live a healthier and longer life.

Using epidemiologic studies, Dr. W.B. Grant of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco found that doubling the serum blood concentration of vitamin D could increase average life expectancy by two years. Dr. Grant and his team identified the major diseases that responded to increased levels of vitamin D. They then compared mortality rates to six identified regions around the country, and contrasted serum blood levels of the sunshine vitamin with disease occurrence.

After compiling all the data, the researchers found that conditions and diseases responsive to vitamin D that account for over half of the world's mortality include cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, tuberculosis and respiratory diseases and infections. It was determined that doubling the circulating level of vitamin D would lower the mortality rates of diseases that are sensitive to vitamin D by approximately 20 percent. Dr. Grant concluded: "several ways to raise serum vitamin D include food fortification, supplementation and increased ultraviolet B exposure."

Researchers have known for some time that low vitamin D levels are associated with a significant increase in colon cancer cases, but they have not understood the specific mechanism responsible. Now, scientists have discovered how a lack of vitamin D promotes DNA damage and colon cancer risk. Specifically, low vitamin D status instigates the development and progression of this devastating form of cancer.

Researchers have focused on a protein in intestinal epithelial cells called beta-catechin that normally helps epithelial cells bond together with other cells to form a protective barrier between the contents in your gut and the physical structure of your digestive tract. They found that when vitamin D is lacking, DNA synthesis is disrupted and beta-catechin builds up in cells, dramatically increasing the risk of colon cancer initiation.

There should be no doubt remaining that one of the most critical foundations to vibrant health is maintaining proper vitamin D blood saturation levels. Prevention is worth a pound of cure. So have your family physician run the simple and inexpensive 25 (OH)D blood test (alternatively, mail-in home testing is now a viable option), and be certain your level runs between 50 and 70 ng/mL to add years to your life and dramatically lower colon cancer and chronic disease risk.

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Vitamin D Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
(NaturalNews) The array of undiscovered health benefits afforded by high vitamin D intake is vast thanks to several new studies linking deficiency in this important hormone to diabetes.

One study published in the journal Diabetes Care explains that a simple 25 nanomole per liter (nmol/L), or 10 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), increase in blood levels of vitamin D results in a roughly 24 percent reduction in diabetes risk, while another study similarly reveals a correlation between high blood levels of vitamin D and reduced risk of diabetes.

Dr. Ken Sikaris and his colleague Zhong Lu, both of which are pathologists at Melbourne Pathology in Australia, tested the blood levels of 5,200 participants as part of their research. After accounting for more than ten outside risk factors that may affect outcomes, the duo found that participants with the highest blood levels of vitamin D had a significantly reduced risk of developing type-2 diabetes compared to those with the lowest levels.

"It's hard to underestimate how important this could be," said Dr. Sikaris concerning the findings, inferring that vitamin D is an essential weapon in the fight against diabetes.

In a related study, physician Anastassios Pittas from Tufts University evaluated 2,039 people with high blood sugar levels as part of her three year study, and found that every 12.5 nmol/L (5 ng/mL) increase in vitamin D levels resulted in an eight percent decreased risk of developing diabetes.

Participants with the highest third of vitamin D levels, above 75 nmol/L (30 ng/mL), were also 38 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those in the lowest third, which averaged 32 nmol/L (13 ng/mL).

"There are indications that vitamin D is of importance in glucose metabolism, and that supplementation with vitamin D may increase both insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity," writes a report at in response to this and other vitamin D research.