The Wall Street Journal has an interesting study on Vitamin D and Coronavirus Disparities.
Researchers last week released the first data supporting this link. They found that the nations with the highest mortality rates—Italy, Spain and France—also had the lowest average vitamin D levels among countries affected by the pandemic.
Vitamin D is produced by a reaction in the skin to the ultraviolet rays in sunlight. Many Americans are low in vitamin D, but those with darker skin are at a particular disadvantage because melanin inhibits the vitamin’s production.
In 2018 a longitudinal study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital looked at whether vitamin D supplementation had any health benefits, specifically in regard to heart disease and cancer. The overall conclusion was that it didn’t, for most people. Yet buried in the results was one that should have made headlines: Vitamin D supplementation in African-Americans reduced cancer risk 23%. How? Cancer cells develop regularly in most animals, including humans, as the result of toxic injuries or glitches in DNA replication, but a healthy immune system destroys them. There is evidence that low vitamin D levels make the immune system go blind.
Dozens of studies confirm that deficiency is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which disproportionately afflicts African-Americans.
During the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic, the Camp Brooks Open Air Hospital in Massachusetts, had the unique distinction of being an outdoor recovery unit. The mortality rate for patients there fell from 40% to 13% when they were moved outside.
Perhaps its not warmer temperatures that matter, but rather exposure to sunlight.
Mish a Supplements Guinea Pig
I have been taking vitamin D supplements daily for years. I wrote about it in 2013: Cancer Free: I Beat Prostate Cancer; Mish the Guinea Pig
This is not medical advice, but I believe a cocktail of things cured prostate cancer. I took a mix of things that worked in a University of Wisconsin study.
Vitamin D was not one of them, but I added that after a test by my doctor showed I had a deficiency. My doctor wanted me to have injections, I asked, "why not just pills?" He replied "studies show that is not effective." I said "Let's try it and see."
The results came in. I had too much vitamin D so I had to lower my dosage.
Vitamin D is toxic in excess levels so don't just go out and start taking massive doses of this stuff.
By the way, and again this is not medical advice, but several readers reported similar levels of success with Prostate cancer following the regimen above.
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Mike "Mish" Shedlock