vitamin D3

  1. Can vitamin D really hurt you?

    Sorting fact from fiction on vitamin D

    The clock is running out on 2011, but it looks like there's still time to squeeze in one last phony vitamin panic.

    In this one, researchers claim high levels of vitamin D will boost your risk of serious heart problems -- despite what their own study REALLY found: that LOW levels of the sunshine vitamin will up your odds of heart failure, high blood pressure, kidney failure, and diabetes.

    Of course, they didn't want to talk about any of that.

    Instead, the presentation at a recent American Heart Association meeting focused on the most freakish conclusion of the entire study: Patients with the highest blood levels of vitamin D -- 100 ng/ml or higher -- had a bump in the risk of atrial fibrillation.

    Why is it freakish? Because I've been called an extremist for recommending blood levels of HALF that -- 50 ng/ml -- and even people who live in the tropics and get constant sun exposure all day long generally hover at around 60 ng/ml.

    In other words, these just aren't optimal or even realistic levels of vitamin D3 -- and I'd bet that very few of the 132,000 participants in the new study actually fell into this category.

    We don't know for sure, because the researchers didn't actually break it down for us.

    We also don't know how many patients fell into the next-highest category, between 80 and 100 ng/ml, but I'd bet this was the next-smallest group -- yet these patients actually had the LOWEST A-fib risk of anyone in the study.

    That means we're supposed to believe that 100 ng/ml will prevent the condition -- but 101 ng/ml will cause it.

    PUH-leaze!

    Ignore the panic and take your vitamin D3. Not only are "high" levels safe, but studies have repeatedly found that the sunshine vitamin will boost everything from your cardiovascular health to your immune system.

    Winter is here, the sun is low -- and you need your D now more than ever.

  2. The vitamin that can beat Crohn's

    Irritable bowels, celiac disease, gluten allergies, nervous stomach -- everyone, and I mean everyone, seems to be either running to the toilet or just coming back.

    One of the worst of these conditions is Crohn's disease, a relentless assault on the gut that can force sufferers to wonder if they're paying for crimes from a previous life.

    Don't lose hope -- because you might be able to get a lighter sentence by turning to the simple and safe vitamin I've been urging you to take all along: vitamin D3.

    Researchers in New York gave 15 Crohn's patients either a small 1,000 IU dose a day or the 10,000 IU per day "megadose" the mainstream claims is "unsafe."

    That's a load of bunk, and the study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual conference proves it: After six months, the Crohn's patients who got that supposedly giant dose were feeling better than ever.

    It's not the first time low D has been linked to Crohn's. Many of the patients who battle the disease suffer from serious deficiencies of the sunshine vitamin -- and the condition itself is practically unknown in the sunniest regions near the equator.

    But let's not get carried away, either -- because D3 alone didn't cure anyone in this small study, and it won't cure anyone out in the real world, either.

    The reality is, most people are unknowingly eating heaps of toxins every single day -- and until you stop poisoning yourself, your stomach simply will not get better.

    I had a complete guide to digestive disorders almost a year ago in the December 2010 issue of the Douglass Report, including the five foods that are making you sick and how to avoid them.

    If you can't seem to win the battle with your own bowels, this could literally change your life -- and you can read it all, right now, by signing up for my newsletter.

  3. Vitamin D boosts pancreas function

    Now, a new study finds that vitamin D might keep that ship afloat just a little longer: Researchers say the sunshine vitamin can help the organ's beta cells keep up with the surging demand for insulin that marks pre-diabetes.
  4. Get your D daily -- not annually

    You wouldn't eat a year's worth of meals in one day (although I've seen people try), so don't attempt to load up on all your vitamins in a single sitting, either.

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