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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