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The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem Hardcover – April 1, 2010

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“Following Dr. Holick's advice about vitamin D is possibly the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and save yourself from many chronic diseases, including cancer.”—David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., author of international bestsellers The Instinct to Heal and Anticancer: A New Way of Life

“Dr. Michael Holick has been a hero of mine for many years. How thrilling to have his ground-breaking research on vitamin D in one easily accessible book. This information can save your life. Really."—Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Dr. Holick shows us why if you do one thing for your health beside eating well and exercising it MUST be getting more vitamin D through sun or supplements. Vitamin D deficiency affecting 200 million Americans is not just important for building strong bones but is absolutely needed to prevent and treat our chronic disease epidemic including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, obesity, and autoimmune disease. The Vitamin D Solution, written by the world’s leading authority on vitamin D will surprise and delight you.”—Mark Hyman, MD, leading authority on nutrition and health and four time New York Times best-selling author including The UltraMind Solution and winner of the Linus Pauling Award.

“Dr. Michael Holick's The Vitamin D Solution is an essential guide for women and men of all ages. As the leading vitamin D researcher in the country, Dr. Holick provides clear, practical, and scientifically based advice to help you improve your vitamin D nutrition and overall health.”—Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., associate professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University and the author of the bestselling "Strong Women" book series

“I'm very pleased with the information presented in Dr. Holick's The Vitamin D Solution…[he] provides an understandable, well-written, and highly informative presentation about this unique vitamin, its history, its very important functions, problems with deficiency, and the steps to rebuild Vitamin D levels.”—Diane Kress, R.D. CDE, author of The Metabolism Miracle

About the Author

Michael F. Holick, ph.d., M.D., is the director of the General Clinical Research Unit and professor of medicine, physiology, and biophysics at Boston University Medical Center. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, Time, Newsweek, Men’s Health, and Scientific American. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My criticism of Dr. Holick's first book on Vitamin D was that he neglected to provide dosage guidelines. His new book contains Vitamin D dosage guidelines--and lots of them!

Holick has dosage advice for pregnant mothers, children, and adults. He talks about how much he advises his patients to take when they are very low, and how much to take when they have got their levels up to healthy levels. He even says how much he personally takes.

Dr. Holick discusses the different ways Vitamin D can be absorbed -- sun, supplements, food, and Vitamin D lamps.

He also explains how common health problems (obesity); skin color (dark); location (north); season (winter); age (elderly); gut health (poor); drugs (prednisone); and rare diseases interfere with Vitamin D absorption. It is surprising to read he recommends obese people take 2-3 times the Vitamin D of non-obese people. Does the Government do that? No. Why? He does the research and it doesn't.

Holick believes the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D is far too low; it's based on poor outdated research from 50 years ago. Government employees and average doctors are extremely ignorant about Vitamin D, unfortunately. Fortunately, however, they do blood tests for their patients, and then they're converted.

You may not know that the effectiveness of the sun for Vitamin D depends on where it hits your body and how much of your skin is exposed to the sun. Your face is the least effective part at absorbing the sun for Vitamin D; so all those walks in the spring, fall, or winter you might take aren't as valuable as you might think. (I'm thinking of getting a new Vitamin D lamp that Holick has tested.
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Learning about vitamin D from Michael Holick is like learning the art of magic from Harry Houdini. Greatly reducing the likelihood chronic degenerative disease such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (and many more) is easier than you think once you know the secret. Although no supplement, diet, exercise, or lifestyle change can completely eliminate risk, The Vitamin D Solution will give you incredibly powerful, life-altering information that's as easy as getting some sensible sun exposure or popping a safe, inexpensive pill.

Michael Holick, the world's leading expert on vitamin D, is your guide on this journey of discovery. His pioneering efforts in that field go back to his days as a graduate student when he synthesized the active form of vitamin D, finding it to have extraordinarily powerful therapeutic effects. His contributions as both a scientist and practitioner have made profound advances in every aspect of vitamin D research. Dr. Holick has been a tireless researcher, advocate, author, educator, and legendary lecturer for over 30 years. He stands as the most prolific author of articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals including the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine.

I have a few predictions. The latter 2/3 of the 20th century will become known as the dark ages, when they demonized the sun, a situation that led to untold suffering and literally millions of largely preventable deaths. Dr. Holick will emerge as a central figure ushering in a new age where sunlight and vitamin D (along with other well-known lifestyle changes) eradicate millions of needless cases of chronic disease.
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It's no secret that despite all the modern technological advances in pharmaceutical medications and other disease treatments that are available out there on the market today, our society is still dealing with some of the most debilitating and devastating chronic health conditions we've ever seen in the history of the human race. This oxymoronic position has to leave people scratching their heads wondering what in the world is going on. How can we be so far ahead of the human race that existed just a half century ago and yet now we're falling so far behind that generation in terms of living a healthy lifestyle? There are a lot of theories about this floating around out there (including the notion that today's society is consuming far too much sugar and carbohydrates to be healthy), but Dr. Michael Holick thinks he's identified the common culprit that has made us fatter and sicker than ever before-Vitamin D! Yes, everybody and their momma is talking about Vitamin D these days and it's finally getting the recognition is deserves. But as the world's leading expert on Vitamin D studying it for over three decades, Dr. Holick has been on the cutting-edge of promoting the health improvements that people can experience by raising their Vitamin D3 levels for many years and now he's sharing all of his vast knowledge about it with us in his book The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem.

Although it's referred to as a "vitamin," the reality is Vitamin D isn't a vitamin at all. It's actually a hormone that directly impacts so many areas of the body that it just makes sense to get your D3 levels up. Upwards of 200 million Americans are walking around with a severe Vitamin D deficiency and don't even know it.
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