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The Calcium and Vitamin D Controversy        
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Calcium and Vitamin D Controversy
To Supplement or Not to Supplement:
What's with the USPSTF report?
Vitamin D - What is the upper limit
Long Term Calcium Intake
Vitamin D3 & Prostate Cancer
Vitamin D prevents risk of fractures
Vitamin D reduces major medical risks in the elderly
Vitamin D influences immune health
Great New Book
News About Me
Web Site News
Does the Flu Vaccine Work?
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March. 14, 2013   

Recent news has cast doubt on the recommendation for both men and women to supplement with high levels of calcium to prevent osteoporosis.  Unfortunately, there are many sides to this issue, the first and most important of which is that calcium is poorly absorbed without a sufficient level of Vitamin D, and low vitamin D levels have also been linked to the development of various cancers.

So, today's newsletter addresses this subject with a variety of reports that hopefully, will clear up much of the confusion. 

Also, I want to inform everyone of many changes I am making to my practice and website. Recently, I have researched and added many new products to the website.

Secondly, I have partnered with  DirectLabs -- a leader in direct access laboratory testing. They offer a wide variety of important health and wellness blood chemistry tests online at extremely discounted prices. This is an important issue for those of you whose medical insurance does not cover testing or who do not have insurance.

Finally, I have partnered with PayPal to include no interest financing for 6 months on my website thru "Bill Me Later" on purchases over $99.00.   

See the blocks at the bottom of this newsletter for more news about me, changes to the website, and other interesting items.

Enjoy! ........... Jim  

The Calcium and Vitamin D Controversy: What's it all About - by James Occhiogrosso

The media has been full of news about the dangers of vitamin D and Calcium supplementation since the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a report that supplemental vitamin D and calcium does not prevent fractures. A subsequent study made more headlines about calcium supplementation causing increased mortality.  So where does the truth lie??? ........ 


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To Supplement or Not to Supplement: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations on Calcium and Vitamin D

In this article in the Feb 2013 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plunges headlong into ongoing debates about whether healthy adults who show no signs of vitamin D deficiency or osteoporosis should be advised to take combined supplements of calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone fractures and if so, at what level


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What's with the USPSTF report? 

AThe USPSTF is a panel of physicians and epidemiologists appointed by the US Department of Health and Human Services. They publish recommendations for a variety of different things after evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, screening and other clinical practices. When their recent evaluation and recommendation hit headlines last week that vitamin D and calcium cannot prevent fractures, this was actually the same report that hit headlines around June/July 2012. 
Vitamin D - What is the upper limit and NOAEL and are they justified?

The No Observed Adverse Effects Level (NOAEL) for Vitamin D is 10,000 IU per day. The daily dos recommended by the Vitamin D Council's is 5,000 IU/day.  Sounds like a lot doesn't it? But, levels of Vitamin D in the blood were not excessive ......

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Long Term Calcium Intake and Rates of All Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality

In this study of women in the Swedish mammography cohort, a high calcium intake (>1400 mg/day) was associated with an increased rate of mortality, including death from cardiovascular disease. For most women with lower intakes we observed only modest differences in risk. Mortality was not increased between 600 and 1400 mg/day of total calcium intake, the most customary levels of intake in this setting.  


Vitamin D3 Supplementation at 4000 IU Per Day for One Year Results in a Decrease of Positive Cores at Repeat Biopsy in Subjects with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer under Active Surveillance.

While the media "fear-mongering" experts continue to expound on the dangers of too much Vitamin E, the science seems to tell an entirely different story. The conclusion of this controlled study was --  "Patients with low-risk prostate cancer under active surveillance may benefit from vitamin D3 supplementation at 4000 IU/day."  


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Meta-analysis: Vitamin D prevents risk of fractures

In July of 2012, the press was full of stories covering the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) draft recommendation that low-dose vitamin D (400 IU or less) does not help prevent fractures. The headline writers covering the USPSTF statement about low dose vitamin D and fractures wrote something to the tune of, "Vitamin D doesn't help" or something even more misleading.    


 Vitamin D reduces major medical risks in the elderly if taken in high doses.
Most NaturalNews readers know some of the health values of vitamin D3, which go well beyond the accepted bone health quality. But how much is enough and how little is not enough is a controversial subject. Adding to the confusion is concern of about excessive vitamin D3 intake to produce of vitamin D toxicity, which, according to extensive research is so rare, it's almost non-existent. 

Do vitamin D levels influence genes for immune health?
Blood levels of vitamin D may affect the expression of genes linked to immune health and inflammation, Norwegian scientists report for the first time. This study confirms what I've been telling my clients for several years -- "Vitamin D is a big-time immune system booster"

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Great New Book!

What forces and interests direct the U.S. FDA? Why is this out-of-control agency working so hard to take dietary supplements out of our hands? Read James J. Gormley's "Health at Gunpoint: The FDA's Silent War Against Health Freedom" and find out! A groundbreaking book that exposes the silent war being waged by the FDA against all Americans. Gormley's "Health at Gunpoint" sheds light on what is happening and also explains what you can do about it. Find and pre-order "Health at Gunpoint" on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.

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News About Me

As you all know, I do some free-lance editing and writing for Natural Awakenings Magazine. It is a national magazine devoted to Natural Health. Click on the link below to check out the magazine. My latest article about Cholesterol and Triglycerides is on pages 20-21.

Web Site Changes and News

We now have access to laboratory blood tests through Labcorp. I have recently partnered with DirectLabs -- a leader in direct access laboratory testing. This allows me to offer a wide variety of important health and wellness blood chemistry tests at extremely discounted prices. Results are confidential and available online. Blood is drawn at a local LabCorp drawing station thru a direct requisition sent to you via email.

Blood tests can be ordered from the left side menu (or this link) "Lab. Blood Tests"  under the "Products" tab on my site.  This page replaces the PSA blood spot test I was previously offering, providing both total and Free PSA tests. Many other common  tests are listed, but you can browse the DirectLabs site for additional ones. 

If you order your tests from this site or thru me me directly, I will handle the paperwork and help you review and understand your results via phone or email at no extra cost.  

I recently added several new products to my website. Many of them are on a new  page which you can reach with this "Special Supplements" link.  The new items range from food products like Coconut Oil and Ultra Greens, to special power herbals like Oregano Oil (a strong antiviral) and Stevia (a natural sweetener). 

Finally, this week we added no interest financing for 6 months on my website thru PayPal and "Bill Me Later." This gives you six months to pay for all purchases over $99.00 at no additional cost.  You'll have the options to choose "Bill Me Later" when you reach the PayPal Checkout Cart.  


Not Sure the Flu Vaccine Works? Some vaccine manufacturers seem to agree!
The CDC lists seven vaccines for 2012-2013 flu season. Of those, three of the vaccines acknowledge in their package insert that "There have been no controlled clinical studies demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination."  The peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet found that only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, 1.2% caught the flu. This means our big national vaccine drive will keep a whopping 1.5 people out of 100 from catching the flu.



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