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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Reduction of cancer mortality by 75% - Study

In a new study, researchers at the Moores Cancer Center and Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, UC San Diego used a complex computer prediction model to determine that intake of vitamin D3 and calcium would prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the US and Canada. The researchers model also predicted that 75% of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium.

Gary comments:
In their Summer 2009 newsletter, the NZ Cancer Society stated that "There is no recommendation to change our existing sun protection messages". They also used the usual "get out of jail" catch-all statement: "Researchers believe that more research is required ...." Yeah right!

To my astonishment they also wrote: "Some are unsure if lack of vitamin D leads to poor health or whether poor health causes lack of vitamin D"! Duuh!

Vitamin D - Cheap as a supplement and not able to be patented. If it can not be patented it appears there is no interest from mainstream medicine or patient advocacy organisations like the Cancer Society.

Some doctors refuse outright to test for vitamin D levels. Some even deny the existence of a blood test for vitamin D. So far, in three years of reviewing vitamin D blood tests, not a single person has reported optimum vitamin D levels. This tells me that the Cancer Society's sun protection guidelines are misleading and may even be contributing to cancer risk.

Is it more important to protect sunscreen sales while encouraging donations of $$$$ in search of the "CURE" than to save lives through cheap and practical measures like boosting population levels of vitamin D?

A response by the Cancer Society to this article is invited.
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Wayne said...

doctors know best,
when someone comes to them wanting to try something the Dr hasnt thought of, the Dr looks down their nose at it more often than not. How could a laymen possibly be more knowledgeable than someone in the middle of the forest of trees of medical knowledge?
possibly because they spend too long reading about and going to conferences about pharmaceuticals, as them some basic questions like the RDA for vitamin D and how much sun exposure at what time of day is required to get it, you don't get vitamin D from early to mid morning or mid to late afternoon sun exposure, it comes around the middle of the day, if they can't tell you that off the top of their head it tells you where their head it at.

Wayne said...

be careful of calcium supplements
calcium carbonate is virtually sueless, calcium citrate is a lot better but the citric acid in it can over load your cell power houses the mitochondria

dicalcium malate is one of the best forms if you can find it, probably not in NZ

Calcium Hydroxyapatite Microcrystalline is the best absorbed form of calcium, its basically dessicated freeze dried calf bone, proven to boost bone density.