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The Vitamin D Cure Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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It may sound too good to be true, but it's actually solid medicine based on real science: groundbreaking new research has traced the source of a wide array of disorders that afflict up to 200 million Americans to a single common factor-vitamin D deficiency. Increasing the amount of vitamin D in your body can cure or help treat a remarkable number of ailmentsfrom obesity to arthritis, from high blood pressure to back pain, from diabetes to muscle cramps. If you suffer from these or many other chronic health problems, you may wonder whether you are getting enough vitamin D and what to do about it.
In The Vitamin D Cure, leading rheumatologist and researcher Dr. James Dowd reveals the causes of vitamin D deficiency and explains why North Americans are particularly vulnerable to it. He then offers a simple, easy-to-follow five-step program that can eliminate or alleviate a host of seemingly incurable conditions, such as arthritis, in as little as six weeks. Better yet, by staying on the program, you can enjoy robust health and improved fitness for the rest of your life.
Citing numerous scientific studies, a wealth of clinical data, and case stories from his practice, Dr. Dowd shows how lifestyle and diet have combined to reduce the vitamin D intake of most of us who live north of the equator. Eating the wrong foods, not getting enough exercise, and spending too much time indoors have produced a major health crisis.
The good news is that you can greatly improve your health with the five easy steps in this life-changing guide. You'll learn how to:
Find out how much vitamin D you need
Sun and supplement your way to great D levels
Calculate your acid excess and tweak your diet
Cover your bases with total supplementation
Add a little exercise to the mix
More than you ever realized, the future of your health is in your hands. You can harness the power of the "sunshine vitamin" to transform your life, end your pain, and return to active, vigorous well-being now and for decades to come. Read The Vitamin D Cure and start lettingthe sun shine on your health and your life.
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Advance praise for The Vitamin D Cure
"The Vitamin D Cure is a revolutionary way to think about health and disease. My daughter suffered from a severe vitamin D deficiency and correcting it made a positive difference in her life. This book is practical and easy to read, and it offers hope for millions of people who suffer from pain, low energy, obesity, or depression."
Daniel Amen, M.D., Director, Amen Clinics, Inc., and author of Making a Good Brain Great and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"For decades nutritional scientists assumed that recommended intakes of vitamin D prevented bone disease but offered few other health benefits. In this skillfully written book,Dr. Dowd expertly explains how vitamin D is actually a hormone whose insufficiency represents one of the most widespread health problems in the United States. By following the individualized program of supplementation and sun exposure outlined in this book, the risk for numerous chronic diseases can be reduced."
Loren Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet
"This is a timely and unique book that highlights the importance of vitamin D in the prevention and control of many common conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Recent clinical studies have documented the fact that most people are vitamin D deficient and that taking vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of dying from all diseases. Dr. Dowd's five-step plan provides insight into the wonders of the forgotten vitamin and offers a practical and user-friendly game plan to place us on the road to heart health and a longer life."
Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Nuclear Cardiology at the New York University School of Medicine, coauthor of the Heart Smart Guide for Black Women and Latinas
"Vitamin D is truly a miracle vitaminit is fundamentally important to health and fighting many different diseases. And yet most people don't come close to obtaining optimal amounts. In this book, Dr. James Dowd explains everything you need to know about vitamin D and how it can improve your health."
Jack Challem, author of Stop Prediabetes Now, The Inflammation Syndrome, and The Food-Mood Solution
"It is rare these days to have clear and understandable explanations of medical science. Fortunately, Dr. Dowd has the knowledge and has taken the time to provide some excellent insights into the health advantages available to everyone through natural environmental resources like vitamin D. The writers of this book are to be highly commended and thanked."
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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In the world of vitamin D there are laboratory researchers, epidemiologists, cell biologists, academicians, those who approach it from the dietary/nutritional angle, medical writers, and enthusiasts of alternative medicine. They all bring valuable insight into the fold, and I am sincerely grateful for the wisdom and contributions of all of them. But without question the most valuable information comes from clinicians with years of hands-on experience with real live patients presenting various sets of symptoms. Dr. Dowd's experience as a rheumatologist who has been treating patients with vitamin D for over 20 years gives him great insight.
Reading the book you will be introduced to case studies of actual patients where you can see their initial condition and track their progress. He uses a 5-point rating where a patients subjectively assess bodily functioning, level of pain, fatigue, perception of overall health, and quality of sleep. Looking at these along with standard test results gives him and the reader a snapshot of overall health and a handy way to track progress. He places his patients on a regimen consisting of 5 components, what he calls his 5-step plan:
Find out how much vitamin D you need
Use sunlight and take supplements to reach optimal levels
Alter your diet to reduce acid excess
Take other mineral supplements
Begin an appropriate exercise program
To me one the most useful part of the book appears on page 49 - a chart that relates your weight, starting vitamin D blood level, desired level, and daily dosage to bring you to the desired level. Warning: The chart is a little tricky to decipher but once you figure it out, it gives you absolutely critical information not found elsewhere. Once you know your current blood level and you learn how to decipher this chart, you will never be buffaloed by one-size-fits-all recommendations from well-meaning but misguided sources.
A chart appearing on page 34 shows typical seasonal variations of vitamin D blood levels. My only gripe with it is that what is stated as "normal" should be labeled "optimal". Normal (i.e., the most common) is the same as deficient for well over half the population, but I understand where the author is going with that.
The Q&A in the back has some great practical information. There are hundreds of academic references listed but they are not numbered so you can't tell where specific information came from. However, this is a minor drawback.
Overall, I am giving The Vitamin D Cure a solid 5 stars because it loaded with important information on a subject that everyone would be well-advised learn. It is easy to read, authoritative, the case studies give you good insight, and the advice on vitamin D and everything else is sound.
Like all things promoting health practices, the advice in this book seems overwhelming at first. Following every suggestion in the Vitamin D Cure will take a major commitment, but the good news is boosting your blood level of vitamin D to 50 nanograms per milliliter is easy, inexpensive (under 10 cents a day), has virtually no risk, and will provide some protection against the onset of chronic degenerative diseases that kill millions. The more of Dr. Dowd's 5-step plan you follow, the greater the protection. But even if you do nothing else, medical research strongly suggests that supplementing with vitamin D will give you a major step toward optimal health and a long, vibrant, disease-free life.
Star Trek's Mr. Spock is known to wish upon guests that they live long and prosper. An idle wish is not nearly as good as LEARNING to live long and prosper. Reading The Vitamin D Cure is a good way to start. After reading this highly recommended book, I hope you choose to expand your knowledge of vitamin D still further by reading: Sunshine and Vitamin D by Frank Murray, Vitamin D: Is It the Fountain of Youth? by Paul Stitt, The Healing Sun by Dr. Richard Hobday, The UV Advantage by Dr. Michael Holick, Solar Power for Optimal Health by Dr. Marc Sorenson, and Light: Medicine of the Future by Dr. Jacob Liberman.