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The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problems [Paperback]

Andrew Weil , Michael F. Holick
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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; 1 edition (22 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452296889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452296886
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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141 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorough & practical 8 April 2010
[2012 WARNING: None of the books on the benefits of Vitamin D3 warned about the need to also take vitamin K2! I have to wonder how all these self-claimed vitamin D3 experts, who also claimed so many successes, were ignorant that vitamin A (it seems most of us are deficient in this vitamin too), vitamin D3 and vitamin K (in the form of K2) must come together in balanced proportions. If you take calcium and vitamin D but are deficient in vitamin K, you may be increasing the risk of a heart attack.

Vitamin K is essential not only for preventing potentially deadly blood clots but also for bone building (including delaying tooth decay) and maintenance. Perhaps most important - K has powerful anti-cancer effects. It is known to be helpful for cardiovascular disease, varicose veins, brain health problems, including dementia and even prevents infectious diseases such as pneumonia. Some claim that most people need daily vitamin D3 of at least 2000 IU with 3000 IU of vitamin A and 100mcg of vitamin K2. The synergy between them is vital as there is evidence that the safety of high dose vitamin D is dependent on vitamin K, and that vitamin D toxicity (although very rare with the D3 form) is actually caused by vitamin K2 deficiency.]

Of the 8 books on vitamin D I've now read, this is now my favourite pick. It's practical and he has a way with words: "vitamin D deficiency is our most common health challenge globally", "vitamin D is in a class by itself; its far-reaching effects on the body are aligned with how hormones act to influence metabolic pathways, cellular functions, and the expression of myriad genes", "in some respected medical circles, sunlight is being described as a 'wonder drug'".
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars um...Scary stuff 28 Mar 2011
By Floray
Um...scary book, very scary. I went out and bought a Vitamin D supplement before I was even 1/3 of the way through it. Very easily readable and grabs you like a suspense novel. Part one, the effects of Vitamin D deficiency, gets you wondering 'am I deficient?' so you read on...Part Two, how to tell if you are deficient gets you thinking (unless you work on a chain gang or live in a loincloth in the tropics)'OMG I'm deficient what do I do about it?'...part three is what to do about it. The author repeats the most important information several times throughout the book so you really, really do 'get it'
I only give 4 stars though for one reason - there are several pages of references in the back, always a good thing, but when in the text Dr Holick says 'studies have found that...' he doesn't give a connection at that point to the original reference, so if, like me, you want to read the whole study it's impossible to find the one he is referring to.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I chose this one 27 Feb 2011
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This book was first published in April 2010.

Dr Michael F. Holick is a world class scientist and has been researching vitamin D since the early `70s. If you search about on the net you can easily find a summary of his professional life and videos of him talking about vitamin D. Amazon does not permit me to give a URL.

It seems that anyone living as far north as the UK is likely to have sub-optimal vitamin D levels, even Caucasians but especially people with dark skin. Obese people need extra vitamin D.

Dr. Holick tells us a little about the evolutionary history of sunshine-derived vitamin D on this planet. He discusses the part vitamin D plays in preventing or treating various illnesses. He advocates sensible sun exposure and gives a table showing exactly what that means for all skin types and colours, at all times of the year and at all latitudes. He gives clear and useful information about skin cancer. He gives guidance on oral supplementation and on the use of sunlamps. He gives guidance on reading the results of blood tests for vitamin D. There is a reasonably good index.

THE BENEFITS OF VITAMIN D according to Holick.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great informative book by top expert 14 Sep 2010
Dr Holick has been working in the field of vitamin D for over three decades, and the expertise really comes through in this informative book. I bought the title for an article I was writing on vitamin D, and barely needed to refer to any other expert opinion, as the studies etc. were so comprehensive. It will also doubtless become a regular reference on my nutrition degree course.

Great, well structured and very easy to understand, with plenty of technical details thrown in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book to read 19 May 2013
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Educational, interesting and if everything that it talks about is true, this book is a gem. It makes sense to me that the lack of Vit D can cause autoimmune problems and I am glad I read it. I had my vitamin D levels low I live en England and there isn't much sun over here most of the year. I started taking high doses of vitamin D and my aches and pain are virtually gone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent informative book! Must read...
I never realised how important to health Vit D is and found this book very interesting and informative. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dani lee
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is ....GREAT!
I believed, I new something about D3. Now I know - I new nothing! We (in the family) made D3 tests - few man insufficient, my mom critical deficient. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Evgeni Radev
3.0 out of 5 stars Good analysis
Don't take vitamin d supplements without having your blood levels of vitamin d checked first. It's toxic in overdose so proceed with caution
Published 3 months ago by dr f e g gattoni
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
I have passed this book on for family and friends to read. I always knew the sun was good for you.
Published 10 months ago by Ness
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book.
This is a goldmine on vitamin D, written by an expert who has researched this vitamin for many years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mark Rogers
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date!
The author is way behind. It's difficult to see how a supposed expert could fail to include the crucial relationship between all aspects of vitamin D and its close connection with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Wyllie
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
Why do we get so complicated about medical and health issues when basic Vitamin D can resolves a good number of issues. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gwendy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunshine is best source 4 Vit D
Reading this book, understanding this book and acting on what you have read, will enable a lot of people to use what we have before us (Sunlight) in a more positive way. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for most people
I was lucky to have a doctor who tested me for Vitamin D deficiency - and I was (severely deficient I mean) so I bought this book to tell me more and what to do about it. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by chazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to read
Having been diagnosed with Osteoporosis I then found out the cause of this was a lack of Vit D - so I was advised to read this book. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Black bamboo
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