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About the Author

Dr. Eric Madrid completed his undergraduate work at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he earned his BS degree in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. In 2002, he graduated from The Ohio State University School of Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) degree. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and practices at Rancho Family Medical Group & Rancho Wellness Center, Temecula, Calif. Dr. Madrid and his wife, Whanda, have been married since 1998 and have 3 children. Dr. Madrid served 2 years as Chair Person for his local Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. He believes prevention is the best way to eliminate cancer and other diseases. Lifestyle and nutrition play a huge role in accomplishing this. Dr. Madrid also conducts product research and development for eHealthSupplies.com, an internet health portal and also volunteers with Haiti Endowment Fund (haitiendowmentfund.org)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439229465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439229460
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rich Blumenthal on October 25, 2009
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Everyone knows that preventing a disease is infinitely better than waiting for its onset and then treating it. With that in mind, we should all be focused on the notion of optimal health. If you were lucky enough to live in Temecula, CA and have Eric Madrid, MD as your family physician, you would already be guided toward that rare state of health. Fortunately, the rest of us can read "Vitamin D Prescription: The Healing Power of the Sun & How It Can Save Your Life."

Looking at a half dozen books on vitamin D, there are three things that stand out most clearly about this one. The first is that most books and articles make bland warnings about being careful not to overdose or be deficient. Without knowing the numbers you have no way to determine what is too much or too little. This is poor journalism. In stark contrast, Eric Madrid provides dozens of thumbnail conclusions of medical studies that state health benefits of specific vitamin D levels based on standard blood tests.

For example, please read this excerpt from page 96: "In 2008 Edward Giovannuucci, MD, ScD (Harvard School of Public Health) published in the Archives of Internal Medicine a study which showed that people with vitamin D levels less than 15 ng/ml (37 nmol/l) were over 2 times more likely to have a heart attack when compared to those with vitamin D levels above 30 ng/ml (75 nmol/l)." When you realize that most people have a blood level between 10 and 20 ng/ml, this is shocking in its simplicity and ramifications. If you are anywhere near the norm, the message is clear: You need more vitamin D. However, without clearly stated blood levels, the information is close to useless.
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For me, approaching any medical information book is intimidating. But in an attempt to revamp my health and lifestyle, this book was a great beginning to the awareness that all of us should learn to grasp.

It was a quick to-the-point read that didn't leave me overwhelmed with information; but with the ability to comprehend and apply. Dr. Madrid kept it interesting by sharing many different real-life stories and situations that we can all relate to. I know I have a lot of family members that have had skin health issues and who were afraid of the sun. Dr. Madrid challenged conventional wisdom that the sun is the enemy. Our avoidance of the sun may actually be causing more harm than good.

I now know my options to prevent and protect my health--an option my parent's generation never really had available.
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"Spending time in the sun is not good for me"
"I'm lactose intolerant so I avoid milk products"
"I feel 30 years older than I am"
"I just don't feel like I used to"

In "Vitamin D Prescription", Dr. Madrid provides the research behind why Vitamin D is so necessary for good health-- and why many of us are currently not getting enough of it.

I am lucky to have been a patient of Dr. Madrid as he was putting together the evidence for this book. After being tested to find out my Vitamin D level was 8ng/ml, he put me on a good course of Vitamin D supplement. I can say that my symptoms have improved immeasurably, but more importantly, I feel more protected against the myriad of diseases that Vitamin D deficiency can cause.

I believe that you will find that this book is easily readable and full of practical advice. As well, the solution to getting back on track with your Vitamin D is simple and inexpensive.

Share it with your friends! Everyone needs to know this information!
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Good but incomplete info. There is a brief mention of vitamin K but doesn't go into detail regarding the different types of vit. K, that is K1, K2-4, and K2-7. This is an egregious omission as K1 acts on blood clotting but does nothing in respect to bone health nor in the body's ability to used calcium where it is needed and helps to remove it where it shouldn't be (such as in plaque build-up in arteries). Also prevents large amounts of D3 ingestion (up to 50,000/day) from becoming toxic. Otherwise, lots of information regarding vit. D3 deficiency.
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As a long-time medical/scientific editor, what I found most impressive about this book is that it speaks with ease to both the lay person and the medical practitioner. That is, Dr. Madrid cites clinical research, which gives the work credence for other physicians. At the same time, his comfortable writing style and various stories make the data easily accessible for anyone wishing to learn more and improve his/her health. And the information he brings makes evident the vital importance of vitamin D in maintaining health. He has done us all a great service in writing this book!!
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Sunlight! The book gives lot of explanation which is missing in mainstream media. It is written by a real doctor with MD credentials, and I am glad he wrote it. Very handy reference book and dispels lot of myth. Bottomline is we are all Vitamin D starved and it is easy to get. The benefits are tremendous. It cures so many ailments which are common these days. As the author says, Vitamin D can be easily obtained by sunlight or through supplements. He describes the supplements, how to go about testing your levels, benefits, risks of not having enough D etc. Thoroughly recommend the book.
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