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Drawing on the latest research—the easiest method to lose weight, stop pain, and prevent disease

"The Vitamin D Cure is a revolutionary way to think about health and disease. It offers hope for millions of people who suffer from pain, low energy, obesity, or depression."—Daniel Amen, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age

"By following the individualized program outlined in The Vitamin D Cure, the risk for numerous chronic diseases can be greatly reduced."—Loren Cordain, Ph.D., bestselling author of The Paleo Diet, The Paleo Diet Cookbook, and The Paleo Answer

Vitamin D is a truly miraculous natural substance—clinically proven to heal pain, prevent disease, and improve your mood. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a wide variety of health problems. Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body can help heal a remarkable number of diseases and ailments, including arthritis, high blood pressure, back and muscle pain, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. A dose of daily sunshine doesn't give you enough to get better. How can you increase your vitamin D levels safely and efficiently?

Leading researcher and rheumatologist Dr. James Dowd shows you how to incorporate more vitamin D into your daily life. The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition offers a simple and practical five???-step program that can prevent or alleviate many health troubles in just a few weeks. Incorporating the latest diet, supplement, and lifestyle advice and including all-new recipes and meal plans, Dr. Dowd's revolutionary program helps you harness the power of the sunshine vitamin to transform your life. Whether you struggle with arthritis or chronic pain from an old injury or simply want to lose weight and get back to your best self, The Vitamin D Cure, Revised Edition can be your key to a healthier, happier, more vibrant you.

About the Author

JAMES E. DOWD, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University and the founder and director of both the Arthritis Institute of Michigan and the Michigan Arthritis Research Center. DIANE STAFFORD has published more than twelve books, including Migraines For Dummies and No More Panic Attacks.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118171071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118171073
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Berkeley, California to a first generation American Chinese mother and multi-generation American Irish-Swedish father. I grew up in very sunny, hot, and humid, Houston, Texas. After a challenging education at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, I attended Texas A&M University. I was accepted to The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas after three years of undergraduate study. Summers in Houston were spent in research programs at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

My first adult experience of cold and dark weather was a combined adult and pediatric residency program at the State University of New York in Buffalo. As a third year resident I contracted viral meningitis and was hospitalized for a week in the late spring. Looking back I think perhaps this may have been vitamin D deficiency related. I recovered from this to become chief resident in internal medicine at Erie County Medical Center in my final year in Buffalo.

I was determined to return to the sunny south after four years in Buffalo. I accepted a fellowship in combined adult and pediatric rheumatology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. There I received a Physician Scientist Development Award from the American College of Rheumatology to do research on superantigens. Bench research however did not satisfy me as much as patient care.

As love would have it I followed a woman to Michigan and began my private practice. It was in Michigan that I stumbled over several patients with severe vitamin D deficiency and began linking their symptoms to my own. Fatigue, joint pain, muscle cramps, poor sleep, neck pain, and weight gain all developed about three to five years after I had moved from Texas to Michigan. Perhaps 80 percent of my patients reported these same symptoms. Could vitamin D deficiency be that common? What other symptoms or diseases was it linked to?

I furiously read the scientific literature on vitamin D, diet, and exercise. I began to understand how vitamin D, our diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices affected biochemistry, physiology, development of disease, and even expression of our genome, which fascinated me beyond anything I had learned in previous medical training.

The Vitamin D Cure is the practical manifestation of my newly discovered passion for medicine. It looks at our health through the lens of vitamin D deficiency. It answers basic questions about how and why we became deficient. What symptoms and diseases is it tied to? And, most importantly what choices we can make to change the course of our health. The stories in the book are actual patients from my busy practice.

Your story is just as powerful, and your can offer it through a review here on Amazon or share it with us at www.thevitamindcure.com where you will also find a monthly blog with updated news, recipes, and other success stories. I hope The Vitamin D Cure changes your life as much as it has changed mine.

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I am 64 years old and was healthy and active until I got a low Vitamin D level in January. I was very ill, severe burning muscle pains, joint pain , constant brain fog, and no matter how much I slept woke up like I had severe jet lag. I lost a lot of weight fast since I lost my appetite, my stomach developed acid reflux and I was so weak that even going out to feed the birds exhausted me. My doc said to take 5000 IU of Vitamin D and that was all he thought I needed. I searched the net and ordered the "Vitamin D Cure". I read the examples of the people this doctor helped and they had similar symptoms from low vitamin D levels. I read the book and implemented the suggestions right away. I even did the exercises at first with my eyes shut because I was just so tired. It took over a month to see myself start to improve, a little at a time. Two months later I was getting back to my usual self, a miracle since when I was so ill I thought my condition was never going to get better and I would be house bound for the rest of my life. I call this book my "bible" and recently my son had a lab test for Vitamin D and his was well below normal. His symptoms of tiredness, muscle pains, weakness and headaches are better after just a few weeks changing his life with the suggestions from the "Vitamin D" cure. Who knew that a low Vitamin D level could wreck your health? My husband said when my Vitamin D level was so low that it "messed" up my body chemistry because I had symptoms all over my body that made no sense and I did get some extensive testing that showed I had nothing else wrong with me. If you are facing a new diagnosis of some horrible muscle and joint diseases check your Vitamin D levels first. Today 4 months later with the suggestions from this book on how to supplement your Vitamin D and get it to absorb my levels are in the 40's and I am returning to full health, a true miracle to me!
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The Vitamin D Cure was originally released in 2009. The authors released an updated and revised version in 2012. The Vitamin D Cure was written by James Dowd, M.D., and Diane Stafford. Dr. Dowd is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University. He is also the founder and director of the Arthritis Institute of Michigan where he met the patients described in the book.

On the cover, the book promises to help you lose weight, feel great, stay younger longer, reduce pain and prevent disease--a tall order for a vitamin D supplement. But this excellent book provides an approach to health that emphasizes the need for proper nutrients, proper diet and regular exercise. The authors show that adjusting your diet, making sure you are getting the proper amounts of vitamins and adding some exercise to your routine really can make you feel better and decrease your chances of contracting many debilitating diseases from arthritis to cancer to depression.

The Vitamin D Cure is elegant in its simplicity, but not necessarily easy. Dr. Dowd describes how he happened upon the importance of vitamin D to good health almost by accident when he moved from Texas, where there's lots of sunshine, to Michigan, where there's not as much. After successfully raising his own vitamin D level, he began to routinely test patients in his practice at the Arthritis Institute of Michigan for vitamin D levels and found many of them had very low levels. He has scientifically gathered data on many patients and found that they felt better with vitamin D supplements and diet changes.

As most of us probably realize, diet has a significant effect on our health. The authors prescribe a diet that is a 3:1 ratio of fresh produce to lean meat.
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I've upped my uptake of D3 according to the suggestions in this book and I do seem to have a better sense of well being--I'm not so cranky and I do feel I have more energy. It did take a few weeks of consistently taking vitamin D in supplement form and eating salmon twice a week among other D enriched foods. I first came across Dr. Dowd on youtube and I'm glad I bought this book.
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This book is Awesome!! It is my go to book I have followed all the steps in this book and have found that I am feeling better with more energy and loosing weight which is a feat in itself when you have low thyroid disease. This book helped me understand all the things that were going on with me and the reasons why, I feel I am on the road to a more energetic and healthier life!
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I bought this book because this information is essentional in my practice as a Nutritionist. This book is easy to read and understand. It is current and packed full of facts and clinical studies to back up the importance of this essential vitamin (really a hormone). I have highlighted parts I feel very important so I can find them quickly. I have written in the margains and made notes. A lady at church asked me what book I'm reading and I said, "The Vitamin D Cure", she looked at me funny as that is not what she was expecting since she belongs to a (fiction) book club. At least she now knows I really am serious about my practice and providing information to keep my clients healthy. We really need to understand the importance of this vitamin and be sure we are getting enough of it. It is called "PREVENTION". Thank you Dr. Dowd and Diane Stafford for writing this book.
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