Lack of Vitamin D Causes Cancer?
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
deaths as those who live in the South. They explained that very few Americans meet
their needs for vitamin D from the food, so we have to meet our needs for vitamin D
from sunlight. Sunlight is less intense in the northern latitudes, and people in the
colder climates often do not go out in the winter; therefore, they often suffer from
lack of vitamin D.
Forty-two percent of African American women have low blood levels of vitamin D,
compared to only 4.2 percent in Caucasians. That means that African Americans are
ten times more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency than Caucasians. Lack of
vitamin D interferes with immunity and a person's ability to kill germs and cancer
cells. Every day, the human body makes millions of cancer cells. Your immunity then
filters out these cells and prevents them from growing. When immunity is impaired,
the cancer cells can grow to form solid cancers, such as cancer of the breast,
prostate or colon.
All men will develop prostate cancer if they live long enough, but the average
Caucasian develops prostate cancer after age 85, while the average African American
develops it many years earlier. People of color require far more ultraviolet light to
make vitamin D than those who have lighter skins. Lack of vitamin D damages
immunity to cause cancers, diabetes and infections.
My advice is for you to think about your vitamin D status. A person with light skin can
get enough vitamin D from a few minutes spent in sunlight each day, but the darker
your skin, the more sun exposure you need to meet your daily requirements. During
the winter months in northern latitudes, even light-skinned people will have difficulty
meeting their needs from sunlight. You can get vitamin D from vitamin supplements,
fish oils, fish or fortified cereals. (Fortified milk is not a good source because calcium
uses up vitamin D.) If you are not sure if you are getting enough vitamin D from food
or sunlight, go to your doctor and request a blood test for vitamin D. If your blood
level of vitamin D is below 15 micrograms/liter, you should take 400 international
units or 5 micrograms of vitamin D each day. I am convinced that you will be
protecting yourself from cancer and infections. Women will also be protecting their
future babies from infections and possibly birth defects. Don't wait for the medical
community to agree on this.
About The Author
Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a radio talk show host for 25 years and practicing physician
for more than 40 years; he is board certified in four specialties, including sports
medicine. Read or listen to hundreds of his fitness and health reports at
Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Cedric
Garland and his brother, Frank,
proposed that many cases of cancer
were caused by lack of vitamin D.
The medical community treated these
respected epidemiologists as if they
were nuts. Vitamin D was discovered
in 1922 as the vitamin that prevents
and treats rickets, a disease that
causes children and adults to have
such weak bones that they bend.
The Garland brothers showed that
people who live in the northern parts
of the United States have more than
three times as many colon cancer
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