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Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light

globeandmail.com: Vitamin D casts cancer prevention in new light

For decades, researchers have puzzled over why rich northern countries have cancer rates many times higher than those in developing countries — and many have laid the blame on dangerous pollutants spewed out by industry.
But research into vitamin D is suggesting both a plausible answer to this medical puzzle and a heretical notion: that cancers and other disorders in rich countries aren’t caused mainly by pollutants but by a vitamin deficiency known to be less acute or even non-existent in poor nations.
Those trying to brand contaminants as the key factor behind cancer in the West are “looking for a bogeyman that doesn’t exist,” argues Reinhold Vieth, professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and one of the world’s top vitamin D experts. Instead, he says, the critical factor “is more likely a lack of vitamin D.”
What’s more, researchers are linking low vitamin D status to a host of other serious ailments, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, influenza, osteoporosis and bone fractures among the elderly….
Referring to Linus Pauling, the famous U.S. advocate of vitamin C use as a cure for many illnesses, he said: “Basically, Linus Pauling was right, but he was off by one letter.”

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  1. May 2nd, 2007 at 15:01 | #1

    …and on that note, I should go out and wander around a bit in the sunshine.

  2. May 2nd, 2007 at 19:22 | #2

    the link to osteo and bone fractures in the elderly is more becuase you need some D to absorb calcium (ever wonder why the calcium vitamins you’re swallowing are calcium plus D??). I’m not entirely sure if it’s a deficiency of D, or if you have to take it at the same time as the calcium to get the benefits of the calcium… (stand in the sun and drink your milk!)


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