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Vitamin D

On March 20, 2014 Jayson P. wrote:

Hi Mark,

I have been doing a lot of your recommendations :-). I have a question, I have very week bones by the look of things, as I sneezed a couple of days ago and fractured my ribs. Do you have any bone strengthening tips ? I am 42 this year and to young to be breaking bones from sneezing.

Cheers

MARK’S REPLY:

 Solariums / Sun Beds: Rather than a danger could they actually ‘improve’ your health or even ‘save’ your life?

How the UV & Vitamin D benefits of sun beds can outweigh the dangers & why they should ‘NOT’ be banned

Based on both common sense, ancient wisdom and the latest modern science, the ‘intelligent’ use of ‘properly designed’ solariums or sunbeds may NOT only be entirely safe, but could potentially avoid many thousands of cases of serious illness and even deaths throughout the world each year. This might even apply to you or someone close to you. It applies most particularly during the winter months, where vitamin D producing sunshine is rare, or where individuals cannot access sufficient natural UVB radiation.

February 25, 2014 Jennifer Z wrote:

Hi Mark,

I saw you speak at the Nurses Health and Wellbeing conference last year, have read your book and have made many lifestyle changes which in turn have had a huge positive effect on my life…..so thank-you!!!

Just wanting to have your opinion about something.

I have always had a keen interest in health and well-being and a strong belief in eating whole REAL food and have absolutely loved reading your book. I’ve ditched the diet coke, shop more on the supermarket periphery now, adding more herbs and spices, eat light at night, exercise regularly and feel fantastic.

Anyway, what I was wanting to know was your thoughts on supplements? I know I’ve read in your book that if our bodies are receiving all vitamins from REAL food we wouldn’t require supps, which I agree with wholeheartedly.

My sister has recently become involved in a program called ‘X’ (actual name removed but basically a multi-level marketing nutritional company – Mark), and I am worried that she is being ‘ripped off’ and ‘brainwashed’ as some of the information I’ve seen from them seems inaccurate. They claim their products are all ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ but the way I see it, they are processed, packaged supplements imported from America and come with a pretty high price tag.

Admittedly, my brother-in-law has lost 20kg on this program, which includes cleanses, shakes and other products and had not exercised much. But, he has also changed his diet. My question is, if he continued on his changed diet and lifestyle changes and removed these supplements, would he get the same result? At the end of the day it’s a MLM program.

Sorry for my rant but I feel very strongly about companies giving out misguided information to make money. Am I being too critical or is there a place for these companies in our lives?

Hope you are well.

A new study just out, adds even more weight to be the importance of people ensuring they have adequate vitamin D levels. As you know, I have been writing about this for over five years – Sunlight & Vitamin D Health – and this is another example.

The study showed that women who were vitamin D deficient had children who were more likely to have ‘significant’ problems relating to speech skills and language. They are much more likely to have difficulty gaining complex language skills and their overall speech development is impaired. I’ll say it again. If you haven’t had your vitamin D levels tested recently, please go and get a blood test ASAP. And, ensure your doing everything you can to most naturally optimise these levels.

Did you know that getting some sun at the exact time most experts tell you NOT to – in the ‘middle of the day’ – may in fact be absolutely critical for your health!

With some great media coverage and work by groups such as the Australian Cancer Council over the last few years, most of us are now aware of the widespread problems associated with vitamin D deficiency. These include most common cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune diseases such as asthma and multiple sclerosis, depression and many others.

However, what most people STILL don’t realise is that the commonly heard advice to get our sun exposure in either the early morning or late afternoon may greatly compromise our health.