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This book could be life changing or even life saving
on June 6, 2010
I've been reading about Vitamin D for the last several years, ever since that big study came out showing it to be helpful in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and several other conditions. The problem was trying to find good, solid information when much of what we read on the internet is from media sources which are often inaccurate or they all seem to have different ideas on how much is necessary or how much could be toxic. This book is written by Sarfraz Aaidi, MD, FACP, FACE who is an endocrinologist and leading expert on Vitamin D. He's an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicinte at UCLA as well as the Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in southern California. So we're talking about an expert here. He takes the whole subject of Vitamin D and puts in into one easy to read book in simple layman's terms and it's so interesting that you'll probably read it in a few hours. The information could change your life or relieve many chronic symptoms that you probably never thought were related to a vitamin D deficiency.
Did you think that because you may live in a sunny climate or that because you take a daily multi-vitamin that shows 400 IU's of Vitamin D as the "recommended daily requirement" that you are getting enough of the Vitamin? Or that because you drink Vitamin D fortified milk that you are getting enough? Did you know that you'd have to drink more than 20 glasses of milk a day to actually get the amount you need? Dr. Sarfraz tells us that almost all of his patients test low for Vitamin D, even those living in sunny California. The reasons? Sunscreens, fear of being out in the sun, air pollution, spending the sunniest part of the day indoors at work as well as several other factors.
He also lists several chronic conditions that you probably never guessed could be eliminated or at least reduced by an adequate amount of Vitamin D. How much to take? That depends on a lot of factors which he talks about in his book. There are several common medications that can deplete Vitamin D in the body and people absorb it at different rates. Dr. Sarfraz tests his patients at 3 month intervals and he tells you which simple blood test you need to accurately show your current levels. (Not all tests are equal.) He then gives suggested starting dosage levels, depending on what level you currently test at. He also talks about toxicity from Vitamin D (very rare) and how to avoid it.
I've been reading every article I could get my hands on about Vitamin D for years, and there were still so many things covered in this book that I didn't know about. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in and easy (and inexpensive) way to improve their health. It's a book that I'll be ordering for a few friends, especially those who are cancer survivors. Two thumbs up for this excellent book!