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Athlete's Edge: Faster, Quicker, Stronger with Vitamin D Paperback – 2011
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Dr. Cannell, founder of Vitamin D Council, has based his unique book "Athlete's Edge: Faster, Quicker, Stronger with Vitamin D" on very recent scientific discoveries and went on to uncover even more. The book overall is a backgrounder for those who wish to learn about vitamin D and its profound but overlooked health benefits. Learn about what is the right test to measure vitamin D levels, why so many of us are vitamin D deficient and its link to associated diseases, forms of vitamin D to take, sun scare and skin cancer as well as toxicity concerns. It doesn't stop here. Dr. Cannell explains how the sunshine vitamin helps to improve muscle tone, muscle strength, balance, reaction time and physical endurance, a recent discovery in western medicine. Read this book and find out how vitamin D works in organs used in athletics, link to athletic injuries, seasonality of physical fitness, what kind of evidence exists in the scientific literature, and which countries knew what and when. If you compete athletically, don’t recommend this book to your opponents. "We know books change lives, this one for the better. Vitamin D is one of the best kept secrets of some Olympic coaches." Bill Sardi
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This is a general reference book about Vitamin D3, including only a small part on athlete's edge.
If Dr Cannell would change the title to a more general title, he would have a much wider audience.
This book is to be read with "Power of Vitamin D" from Dr Zaidi, also a great book about Vitamin D3.
I have never been more effective as a health professional in my 30+ years of practice than since I incorporated the importance of vitamin D into my approach. This book puts much of the existing knowledge into a tight, concise, and well explained package that can help any coach (or athlete) to reach for a higher level of performance and health. Many elite coaches strive to find a way to give their athlete a few percent better performance: this book bestows far, far more improvement than "just a few percent" and it can make a difference in just a very short time! It has become one of my favorite gifts to other coaches and the feedback I get is most rewarding. Thank you, Dr. Cannell!
Vitamin D issues nicely covered for the weekend athlete, the professional athlete, the Olympic athlete, and the senior citizen - basically anyone who moves
What I learned from the Athlete's Edge
The body prioritizes the use of vitamin D - first deal with Ca/Magnesium balance pg 27
To grow the brain cells a nerve-growth factor gene is turned on - by the use of Vitamin D pg 36
After getting a suntan the maximum of amount of vitamin D generated by the skin drops by half
Enzymes are turned on to break down activated vitamin D in the tissues so the tissue levels don't build up - pg 41
Skin sensitive to the sun may be much less sensitive after the body already had vitamin D - pg 43
Dr. Heaney found that healthy young men use 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily - pg 58
In all cases it took decades for doctors to change their attitudes: pg 74
Even outdoor athletes can lack vitamin D: Use of sun block and a desire to practice during cooler portions of the day
Vitamin D blocks the inflammation which results from sports `overreaching' pg 107
Vitamin D might be consumed by lots of exercise pg 109 presented as a hypothesis
Muscle trainability vs month graph - peaking in Sept, the highest vitamin D month pg 120
Elderly `exercise' studies all showed best performance by those with 50 ng vitamin D pg 135
worse if lower OR higher levels
Germans and Russians has been using UV for Olympics for decades pg 163
Finally, in 1945 UV improvement got to the US - endurance up 19% with UV pg 171
1999 paper about Olympics in German:benefits in reduced lactic acid build-up, lower pulse rate, etc, pg 177
UV produces endorphins in the skin in addition to vitamin D pg 222
Tanning has been established as causing an addiction - is this a bad thing? Pg 223
Sensitive skins should try stocking up on vitamin D for a month before tanning pg 228
Tanning bed bulbs of older type (not high pressure) have much more vitamin D producing UVB than the newer high pressure bulbs pg 234
Note: many countries restrict how much UVB, and thus vitamin D a tanning bed can produce CLICK HERE for a file
UVA actually destroys vitamin D in the skin pg 234 vs UVB generates it
(VitaminDWiki had been suspecting this, still looking for good documentation)
This would indicate problems with sunscreens, getting sun via windows (house, truck) etc.
Many mammals generate vitamin D on their fur - just happens that we get most of the fur from sheep pg 235
Vitamin D can cause or highlight a Magnesium deficiency pg 247
Mg is used by enzymes that metabolize vitamin D ==> muscle cramps
Made me wonder about Vitamin D ==> lower Mg ==> heart muscle problem
Blacks need more Magnesium than whites pg 247 (news to me)
Cholecalciferol does not circulate in the blood until 25(OH0D test level is > 40 ng pg 262
Do not recall seeing this - VERY IMPORTANT if true - cannot find any reference in the book
After presenting vitamin D information to your doctor, be ready for hostility- pg 66
Modern medicine is a for-profit business. Drug companies and doctors will not make a profit if you you use them less. Pg 68
However, HMOs stand to make a profit from vitamin D (added by VitaminDWiki)
Uses a Q&A format: lists 14 diseases
Answer: all 14 are associated with vitamin D AND are common among blacks
Toxic level reached in a few days if have much more of a substance: pg 279; water 10X (80 vs 8 glasses/day); Vitamin D 1000X
"Worrying about vitamin D toxicity is like worrying about drowning when you are dying of thirst" pg 283
Other reviews of this book as well as vitamin D for sports are at vitamindwiki