Vitamin D is the most important vitamin a grandparent can take! AND it is the most important vitamin that grandparents can make sure their grandchildren are taking.

Why is vitamin D so important for all of us over the age of 50? The answer is simple. Vitamin D deficiency in adults is associated with a higher incidence of 17 types of cancer including breast, prostate, colon and lung. Men with vitamin D deficiency had an over 200% higher risk of a heart attack than men with a normal vitamin D. Over 50% of older women who are taking a biphosphonate drug for osteoporosis have a vitamin D deficiency. If they just fixed their vitamin D deficiency they would no longer need the pharmaceutical drug, as they would be able to absorb the calcium they are taking or eating in their diet.

Vitamin D is so powerful because it is not actually a vitamin at all! Vitamin D in fact is a special type of hormone that interfaces with our genes. It is estimated that their over 200 genes that vitamin D directly affects. When there is sufficient vitamin D, it shuts off the bad genes that can turn on cancer and it turns on genes that can support our health.

Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly associated with a higher incidence of winter flu as well.

Vitamin D is known to be Mother Nature’s strongest anti-inflammatory. Back pain can disappear just by optimizing your vitamin D level!

We do not get vitamin D from the food, but rather from the sun. Everybody thinks milk and orange juice provide vitamin D, but milk and orange juice have almost no vitamin D in them. It used to be added by the milk and orange juice manufacturers but that is no longer even done.

To avoid skin cancer, all of us are wearing sunblock when we go outdoors. The sunblock also blocks the frequencies of ultraviolet light that the skin needs to make vitamin D. This is what has led to the profound amount of vitamin D deficiency that we see in the world.

Why doesn’t everybody know this and why don’t most doctors test for it? Mostly because physicians are so busy keeping up with the latest information on drugs, doing their insurance paperwork, and the computer documentation that is required, that they just don’t pay attention to what is simply called a “vitamin”.

But once we recognize that vitamin D is really a hormone that has so many effects on our body, we realize that we must pay attention to this as a way to keep ourselves healthy, and avoid chronic disease.


Soram Khalsa MD*Soram Khalsa,M.D. is Board certified in Internal Medicine. He is a clinical instructor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, an associate physician in the Division of Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and a founding member of both the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. In his private medical practice, Dr. Soram (as his patients call him) integrates phytotherapeutics, environmental medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy with traditional Internal Medicine. And, he is the author of The Vitamin D Revolution and a DVD by the same name.

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