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A large percentage of the population would benefit from higher levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D plays an essential role in the prevention of some 20 common cancers, the prevention of bone problems, modulation of neuromuscular and immune function, reduction of inflammation, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes. Vitamin D also seems to improve infertility, weight control and memory.

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Person of D’Note: Michael Holick

When it comes to vitamin D, Dr. Michael Holick is a name you should become familiar with. Not only is he an American endocrinologist who specializes in vitamin D, he’s a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics as well as the Director of the General Clinical Research Unit, Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center. His PhD is in biochemistry and he also completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin. In short, he’s a powerhouse and a crucial vitamin D advocate.

Part of his work has included helping to set global recommendations for sunshine exposure as an important source of vitamin D. When it comes to raising awareness about the worldwide vitamin D deficiency pandemic, Dr. Holick doesn’t pull any punches. He’s making himself heard in the medical community, and especially among pediatrician, which is an important focus for the future health of our most precious resource – our children.

Dr. Holick also has clout as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and membership in both the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Association of Physicians. Stack on top of all that the fact that he’s won numerous awards, authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, written more than 200 review articles, and several books such as The UV Advantage and The Vitamin D Solution and it’s clear that we have a real powerhouse of an ally for vitamin D research and opinion.

In a recent presentation to the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) titled The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Good Health (see below) he noted that the Institute for Medicine (IOM), recently increased the recommended daily allowance for vitamin D by three times, from 200IU to 600IU, and also that the upper limit that can be safely taken is now 4,000IU as opposed to the previous 2,000IU. No other nutrient has undergone that kind of overnight revision. But those recommendations were developed within a context of thinking most people were sufficient, which we know increasingly is not the case. He even goes as far to say that ignoring all the association or correlational studies because they didn’t involved randomized clinical trials is one of the biggest mistakes we can make in modern medicine today. Stay tuned to Vitamin D Explained for more stories about the important contributions Dr. Holick is making to a greater understanding of vitamin D.

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