The more I read on the topic, the more I’m seeing how much of the conventional wisdom about “vitamin D” simply doesn’t match up with the research done on the topic.
Currently, the government is being urged by Vitamin D producers to increase RDAs for Vitamin D. Most milk and even milk substitute like almond milk has Vitamin D added. So it’s worth taking a new look at the substance.
Trevor Marshall is the leading proponent of a new view of Vitamin D. His model leads to a radical rethinking of the cause of many previously incurable diseases, how to better diagnose them, and most importantly, how to treat them.
The two articles below do a good job of getting people started, but for a quick, non-technical summary read this blog post.
The short version of the story is this; Our body converts cholesterol into a chemical called 1,25D3 through a series of steps like this;
Cholesterol + (sunlight or other processes)-> Vitamin D3 -> 25D3 -> 1,25D3
So Vitamin D is produced from cholesterol via several processes. The most commonly known involves cholesterol plus sunlight. However people can produce more than enough vitamin D without sunlight.
People with low levels of 25D3 are more likely to have a variety of problems. They’re at greater risk for osteoporosis, cancer, a whole host of diseases including fibromyalgia, sarcoidosis, lyme disease and much more.
“Ah” said health researchers “These people are low on Vitamin D! We can fix their problems with more Vitamin D! How simple.”
So they gave people large levels of vitamin D. 5 year cancer prognoses improved. Blood calcium levels increased. Success seemed near at hand. But it wasn’t to be so.
To date, there is no evidence that Vitamin D plus calcium actually increases bone mineral density better than calcium alone. Vitamin D increases blood levels of calcium. But more calcium in our blood isn’t a good thing since it can lead to calcification of various soft tissues.
Also, increased Vitamin D given over a long period of time seems to do more harm than good. It is immunosuppressive. In fact, immunosuppressants like prednisone are regularly prescribed to people fighting cancer in order to improve their short term success. Of course, anyone with cancer who survives 5 years is typically considered to have been ‘successfully treated’ That fact favors short term benefits while ignoring long-term reductions in lifespan.
Incidentally, one of the problems with people who take whatever herb makes them ‘feel better’ without examining long-term studies is that immunosuppressants can reduce the symptoms of certain diseases while a person actually gets sicker.
So why do people with low levels of 25D3 have so many problems?
The Vitamin D receptor is a lynchpin of the human immune system. In order to survive in the human body, pathogens block the vitamin D receptor using chemicals like capenine. Slow growing, cell wall deficient pathogens are notoriously difficult to culture, which has allowed these dangerous pathogens to fly under the radar of many doctors and researchers for quite some time.
“Standard culturing techniques are inherently biased as they examine only the 1% of all microorganisms which are able to grow fairly rapidly in pure culture.”
It is the disregulated Vitamin D receptor, and not a lack of Vitamin D, which causes low levels of 25D3. People with low levels of 25D3 typically have abnormally high levels of 1, 25D3. High levels of 1,25D3 are good proof that a person’s problem has nothing to do with too little Vitamin D3 and everything to do with their Vitamin D3 receptor being turned off by a pathogenic bacteria. Unforutnately, 1, 25D3 is not usually tested for.