From the Author
This advice didn't satisfy Evelyn. "There has to be a better answer," she said to one of her coworkers, who happened to be my patient and had been on the same dreadful road herself until she consulted me. She told Evelyn that her body aches, pains and chronic fatigue had vanished after she finally got the right diagnosis and treatment. Evelyn immediately made an appointment to see me.
"You're my last hope, Doc," Evelyn said during her visit. I could sense utter frustration in her voice. I tested her vitamin D level which turned out to be very low. With proper treatment of vitamin D deficiency, Evelyn was relieved of her symptoms in just three months.
I see patients like Evelyn every day in my practice. What amazes me is that physicians run numerous expensive and complicated tests, but don't think to order the one simple test that could clinch the diagnosis. Sad!
Here's the plain truth. Most physicians don't have adequate knowledge about vitamin D deficiency and its serious consequences. What little they do know about vitamin D deficiency is based on outdated and inaccurate data.
My own journey to "enlightenment about vitamin D" started about ten years ago. I vividly remember the day at a medical conference in the Boston area when an old professor gave an amazing talk about vitamin D deficiency. Not only are humans affected, he brilliantly explained, but even animals can develop vitamin D deficiency and its awful complications. For example, in nature, iguanas spend most of the day sun bathing. In captivity however, they can develop severe deficiency of vitamin D and consequently, their back bones melt away.
This lecture definitely left a mark on me. Like most other doctors, I was taught that vitamin D deficiency occurs primarily in older folks, people living in cold, northern areas and patients on kidney dialysis. However, the professor made it very clear that it is quite prevalent in young active people, as well.
On my flight home, I kept thinking about it. I wondered, "What about people living in warm, sunny places like my hometown in southern California? Are they low in vitamin D?" I was taught that people living in sunny places like California and Florida don't develop vitamin D deficiency. Like a true scientist, I wanted to figure it out myself.
I decided to start checking vitamin D levels in my patients. Was I in for a big surprise! Almost 90% of my patients were low in vitamin D. Most of my patients are active people. They are often involved in all sorts of outdoor activities over the weekends. They are proactive in taking care of their health. They take multivitamins, calcium and vitamin D. They are not elderly shut-ins or kidney dialysis patients. And they live in weather charmed, sunny Southern California.
I started to give my vitamin D deficient patients a dose of vitamin D higher than the recommended dose, while closely monitoring them for vitamin D toxicity. I checked their vitamin D level periodically and adjusted the dose of vitamin D accordingly. I was surprised to find that most people required about five to ten times the recommended dose to achieve a good level of vitamin D.
With proper replacement of vitamin D, I started seeing some amazing results in my patients. Body aches and pains simply disappeared. People who were tired all the time and didn't want to do much made a U-turn. Now they had plenty of energy to participate in their favorite activities. Women with osteoporosis did very well. Their bone density got better and fractures were rare. Diabetics achieved excellent control of their blood sugars. Diabetics are at particularly high risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer, but in my patients, these medical catastrophes were rare occurrences. Patients with thyroid disease felt much better.
I'm not attributing all these great results simply to vitamin D replacement because I have developed my own effective strategies in treating diabetes and thyroid diseases. However, proper vitamin D replacement has been a significant factor in achieving these great results.
In the last few years, many researchers have done excellent work in the field of vitamin D and their findings are in line with my own clinical experience. The relationship of vitamin D deficiency to bone pains, osteoporosis, immune disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and cancer is well established now. There is also strong evidence to support that vitamin D deficiency may play a significant role in the development of diabetes.
Over the last ten years, my patients have benefited from my strategy of diagnosing and treating vitamin D deficiency. It's time to spread this important knowledge. That's why I decided to write this book.
From the Back Cover
In "Power of Vitamin D" you will learn:
Why we are facing a true Epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency.
The crucial role Vitamin D may play in the Prevention as well as Treatment of various Cancers.
How Vitamin D may help Prevent Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Hypertension and Kidney Disease.
How Vitamin D may Prevent as well as Treat Muscle Aches, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Bone Pains and Osteoporosis.
The vital role of Vitamin D in the normal functioning of the Immune System.
How Vitamin D may Prevent as well as Treat the Common Cold, Tuberculosis, Asthma, Thyroid Diseases, M.S., Lupus and Arthritis.
The essential role of Vitamin D during Pregnancy for Mothers and Babies.
Doctors frequently miss the Diagnosis of Vitamin D deficiency because they often order the wrong test.
The right test to Diagnose Vitamin D deficiency.
The best way to Prevent and Treat Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D Toxicity and how to Prevent it.
Not just theoretical knowledge, but detailed, practical information from actual Case Studies.