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5.0 out of 5 stars a great little book, 12 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Vitamin D Revolution (Paperback)
[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 zinc 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.

Also worth reading: "Primal Panacea" by Thomas E. Levy which explains that vitamin C is just as important for bones and very important for heart disease. In addition, vitamin C is uniquely suited to kill pathogens, neutralize toxins and supercharge the immune system.]

Of the books on vitamin D I've now read, this is a good one.

Of the other books, "Vitamin D Prescription" by Eric Madrid is also good but harder to find and more expensive. "The Vitamin D Cure" by James Dowd is not basic, comprehensive or practical. Then there is "Vitamin D" by Michael Merrill which was too brief and simply inadequate. At the other extreme is the comprehensive but somewhat technical "Sunshine and Vitamin D" by Frank Murray - mainly brief compilations of hundreds of studies but no practical guidelines, so not really suitable for the layman who wants to experiment with high-dose vitamin D.

[P.S. Of the books out in the first half of 2010, "Vitamin D" by Rona and "Power of Vitamin D" by Zaidi are both brief but quite good and the one that is now my favourite pick is "The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem" by Holick. It is a practical and easy read. At 300 pages I also found it thorough. I liked that it straightforwardly explained that sunshine, when it shines strongly enough, is always better than supplementing with Vitamin D.]

Khalsa is both a clinical professor of medicine and a naturopathic doctor. His sincerity and genuine desire to help you shine out. This book is much more simply and clearly set out than most of the others mentioned, and includes the differences between the three forms of vitamin D (D3 is the important one), the pros and cons of getting vitamin D from sunshine or tanning beds, which vitamin D test you/your doctor should use (and why), and several careful pages on dosage. The aim was to help you to help yourself, whereas other books are keen for you to consult a doctor. I felt immediately able to apply the information from this book.

It's also worth noting that over a decade ago several books were already lauding the much-overlooked benefits of sunshine, the best way to get vitamin D, although the further away from the equator, the less effective. Anyone living above the 35th parallel (England runs from the 50th upwards) is highly likely to have a sunshine/vit D deficiency that can also lead to many common symptoms. (Those who react badly to Vitamin D and/or sunshine may have a rare disease called sarcoidosis.)

According to this book, vitamin D can cure 17 types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, bone density issues, arthritis, flu, muscle pain, fatigue, chronic pain, seasonal (and other) depression and various autoimmune disorders. Perhaps it's just my cynicism from decades of reading endless books singing the praises of so-called miracles such as DMSO, MMS, DHEA, vitamin C, magnesium, iodine, omega 3 EFAs, breathwork, oxygen therapy, hydrogen peroxide, water, thyroid hormone, adrenal hormone, liver cleanses, detoxes, fasts, exercise, neutralising electromagnetic stress, juicing, mangosteen, noni juice, superfoods, organic foods, wholefoods, celiac diets, dairy-free diets, veggie diets, protein diets, carb diets, food combining, acid-alkaline balancing diets, Glycaemic Index diets, high fibre diets, raw food diets, candida/fungus elimination, parasite cleansing - oh dear, the list of my gullibility seems endless.

Yes, I've tried all of these; yes, thoroughly and sometimes repeating them in various combinations and on each occasion with enthusiasm and bright-eyed hope but I saw no measurable benefits. "Trick and Treat" by Groves explains in detail just why my efforts were doomed. Nowadays, when I read about health wonders, I wonder how many claims of success are made up or at least tweaked - and I wonder what proportion of actual patients were successful in any way, much less miraculously so, as is always claimed by books touting miraculous benefits.

Further part of the P.S.: Few of the authors, including this one, seem to be aware that many with chronic health problems may need to take the activated form of vitamin D called calcitriol. I was startled to learn - from the Holick book which I read months later - that about a third of the population has kidney disease (which never gets diagnosed until too late), about the same number who are obese (hello... anyone making a connection here?) and that their bodies may not be able to produce enough activated vitamin D.

Based on my personal experience of taking 10,000iu daily of vitamin D3 for 6 months (but Rona's book mentions Norm Shealy, a physician who has taken 50,000iu per day for 18 months), I'm not convinced that vitamin D supplementation is a panacea, as so many of the books are claiming - and I am not convinced that all these authors got the unanimously fantastic results they allege. I believe that vitamin D supplementation at 5,000ius daily is beneficial but too many such books have a way of sounding a little overzealous, attributing every malady to whatever deficiency they're tackling and proposing it as the magic solution across the board. Further, not one of these books on vitamin D explains that vitamin D cannot work without magnesium, and that anyone with a chronic health issue is magnesium deficient, as explained in "Treatment Essentials" by Dr Mark Sircus.

LATER NOTES: I eventually was diagnosed, by a metabolic specialist, with severe adrenal dysfunction and serious low thyroid issues. The thyroid issue had been getting worse for 2 decades, whilst "standard" medicine denied I had either, repeatedly assuring me all their tests "proved" this. Turns out you have an 80% likelihoode of one or both, if you have a chronic health issue. - thyroiduk[dot]org[dot]uk offers a list of the very few thyroid sympathetic doctors in this country.

It's also worth knowing about "The Calcium Lie II" an intriguing book plausibly claiming to explain the root cause of most illnesses and which shows how taking calcium with vitamin D is actually dangerous and that the increased cancer and medical problems related to "vitamin" D hormone deficiency are more likely related to D hormone suppression from intracellular calcium excess thus leading to adrenal suppression with a resulting increase in illnesses.
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2011 15:55:01 GMT
Alan Smithee says:
Nice to get this stuff off your chest . Even though it took practically a novel

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2011 13:13:39 GMT
D&D says:
Indeed, and I've noted your own massive 6 reviews, mainly receiving negative votes. Envy is so ugly.

Posted on 17 Jul 2011 09:36:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jul 2011 09:37:18 BDT
Bookaholic says:
yes, thanks for the information. I agree with you, many illnesses/diseases are caused by lack of nutrition in the western world and too much of foods with poor quality nutrition. Foods are messed around with, are not fresh in the supermarkets etc etc., so deplete in nutrients, and lots of foods have chemicals in too, not much if any research done into how that affects the take up of vitamins/minerals, such as Vitamin D in the body.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 03:48:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2011 03:52:03 GMT

Your spot on.

Posted on 19 Dec 2012 11:29:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Dec 2012 11:30:57 GMT
Petra says:
Its good to see someone taking the time to do a review. There are so many books out there with hopeful titles and for me it is the reviews that help me make my choices. I was tested for vit D3 deficiency and had level of 35 (not sure of the units now) the docotr told me to take 50,000 (iu not sure of units again) but its not on NHS (UK) prescription so I bought it in liquid form £25. I measured drops to get 50,000 per day. some weeks later I was tested again and my level was in the recommended zone at 270. I have to say I never noticed any change in my health but guess it s a good result.
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