See The Difference Vitamin D Makes

An avalanche of research now shows that low vitamin D levels dramatically increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain & many other chronic health challenges.

Do you take vitamin D? An avalanche of research now shows that low vitamin D levels dramatically increase your risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and many other chronic health challenges.

Here are just a few recent medical studies using different amounts of vitamin D.Image

  • People with lupus taking vitamin D had a significant reduction of flare-ups and the need for antibiotics compared to a matched group that took a placebo.
  • People with respiratory illness when treated with vitamin D had fewer respiratory illnesses and had less infections and less visits to the hospital.
  • Older Americans with cognitive issues were found to be low in vitamin D. However, those with sufficient levels of vitamin D tended to be more mentally alert.
  • Patients with sickle-cell disease were administered vitamin D or placebo. Those who received vitamin D experienced less pain.
  • Researchers in Italy gave a onetime high dose of vitamin D for patients in  musculoskeletal pain while on bisphosphonates. In 7 days the pain scores were  reduced.
  • Patients with atopic dermatitis, taking vitamin D daily, showed improvement over those taking a placebo.
  • Researchers in Brazil found that vitamin D increased the healing of chronic leg ulcers over placebo.
  • Patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries were given progesterone every 12 hours for 5 days and vitamin D once a day, for 5 days. The combination of vitamin D and progesterone improved consciousness and decreased mortality over placebos.

Truthfully, vitamin D is more of a steroid than a vitamin. It is essential for DNA repair. One of the major ways vitamin D works is by turning genes on and off. At least 1,000 genes and up to 2,000 genes are waiting for activation. No vitamin D, no activation.

So how much vitamin D do we need? Dr. William Grant shows evidence that sustaining a minimum vitamin D blood level of 30 ng/ml is protective against breast cancer, cognitive decline, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, all cause mortality, osteoarthritis of the hip, physical performance, pregnancy complications and respiratory infections. Numerous authors suggest optimal values of 50-70 ng/ml. Opinions vary on optimal levels yet overwhelmingly everyone agrees that “low levels of vitamin D are associated with exacerbations of almost every disease.”

How widespread is vitamin D deficiency? Life Extension has collected vitamin D blood data on 39,500 people from January 2010 to September 2012. What’s interesting is that the people tested were already taking vitamins on a regular basis. Yet 63.8% of the people tested below 50 ng /ml. In these cases, people are either “not” taking enough vitamin D or they are taking a form of vitamin D that is not being absorbed.

The fact is, we make anywhere from 10,000-20,000 units of vitamin D in 20 minutes in full body sun. But we don’t get 20 minutes of full body sun due to sun screens and northern latitudes. Numerous clinicians report even patients in southern latitudes like Hawaii and southern Florida are deficient. Even countries in the Middle East show severe deficiencies.

Clinically, 2,000 IU is extremely safe and optimal values of 4,000-5,000 are suggested. Biotics Research Corporation makes two vitamin D supplements: Bio-D Mulsion, which contains 400 IU of emulsified vitamin D per drop; and Bio-D Mulsion Forte, which contains 2,000 IU of emulsified vitamin D per drop. Emulsified vitamin D (as D3) by Biotics Research Corporation consistently raises blood levels and is the most cost effective vitamin D on the market.

ImageSo why does the emulsified form work so much better? The emulsified form can be safely and naturally absorbed into the body’s tissues. If you haven’t been using an effective form or if you haven’t supplemented vitamin D, you’re at risk for having a vitamin D deficiency.

The research is clear; your body needs vitamin D to repair genes, reduce inflammation and maintain healthy intestinal barrier function. True wellness means optimizing the factors that repair the body. Dr. Godo knows how to supplement and if necessary test for optimal vitamin D levels. Use the supplements your clinician recommends and never waste money on ineffective forms of vitamin D.

It’s no exaggeration, something as simple as vitamin D really does make a difference. Now that you know the facts, talk to Dr. Godo or your clinician.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC (Purchase your vitamin D from Biotics)


The “Silent” Cause Of Chronic Pain

Over the counter pain medication still dominates as the #1 selling class of drugs.  If you add into that figure the number of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, we are talking about a lot of people experiencing pain and inflammation. Maybe that’s you or someone close to you. Dealing with chronic pain is like a puzzle; and the pieces have to be systematically examined until the major one is discovered.

One piece is the need for essential fatty acids. Another piece is the epidemic deficiency of vitamin D.  (As a side note:  I just found out that the standard blood test for vitamin D is the number one test ordered by physicians in the United States.)

Another piece to this puzzle most clinicians are less likely to be sensitive to is silent  infections.  According  to the journal “Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases,” a 1991 article disclosed that 70% of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis’s are carriers of “silent infection.”  Bacteria, yeast/fungi, amebas, protozoa, and other “parasites” are an unknown cause of neuromusculoskeletal inflammation. Incidentally, when we talk about parasites we’re not just talking about worms.

Also dysbiosis is the condition of having microbial imbalances on or within the body. Dysbiosis is most prominent in the digestive tract or on the skin but can also occur on any exposed surface or mucous membrane such as the vagina, lungs, nose, mouth, genitourinary tract, sinuses, ears, nails, or eyes.

So as we piece together the puzzle, ultimately we are seeing GI dysregulation. And whether it is from allergens like gluten or dairy or the immunological battle between white blood cells and the infectious agents, the GI tract becomes compromised. Toxins in the form of antibodies, endotoxins, or even metabolic byproducts are released into the blood- stream and new levels of inflammation are mounted to combat the invaders.

One of my favorite authors, Dr. Alex Vasquez has written a great paper on this subject. He makes a significant point.  I want you to hear this loud and clear: microorganisms can cause disease, specifically pain and inflammation, even when they are not causing obvious infection.”  Dr. Vasquez lists 14 different mechanisms articulating why these organisms, we’ll call them “the bugs”, can cause serious biochemical/ immunological patterns that end in inflammation and or serious pain.

The organisms may not be pathogenic in origin but their presence causes distinct changes in physiology.  The body adapts or compensates to its surrounding and as it does, often times, healthy tissue is damaged.  This is one of the mechanisms for leaky gut and inflammation.

Also, Dr. Vasquez describes something called NF-kappaB.  It’s like an amplifier that can turn pain and inflammation up or down. “NF-kappaB activation is a major factor in the production of proinflammatory messengers and in the induction of proinflammatory enzymes.

The link between dysbiosis and systemic inflammation becomes clear: gastro- intestinal bacterial overgrowth leads to excess production and absorption of toxins. This initiates immune dysfunction and a systemic proinflammatory response. This means reducing bacterial overgrowth or reducing the “bugs” can help cure otherwise  “incurable disease.”  The beauty is that we don’t have to use harmful agents with side effects.

So what do we do with all this information? Clinicians who understand dysbiosis and the mechanisms involved look for ways to integrate this information when treating patients with gas, bloating, alternating constipation/diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome,  fibromyalgia,  chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, severe allergies, arthritis, and autoimmunity.  In fact the more unusual the case, the more we need to focus on the gut.

Medical labs have tests that can evaluate digestion, identify, and even culture the bugs to see what may be present.  This is where your Dr. Godo can help. He can order the tests or he may get you started with a detox program to reduce the overgrowth of “organisms.”

Many people are surprised at how well their body responds. Thousands of people see a major reduction in pain and inflammation without the side effects of drugs. You don’t have to live with pain. Make an appointment with Dr. Godo and see how you respond.  The point is that you can do something about pain and inflammation.

Dr. Jason Godo

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