Vitamin D…the sunshine nutrient. What if we don’t get enough?

Our government seems to be recommending a long list of harmful animal foods so that we can all get enough Vitamin D

J. Morris Hicks, the "big picture guy" getting his Vitamin D naturally from sunlight and taking a supplement in the New England winter

In the USA Today on Thursday of this week, there was an article based on a recent government report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The thrust of the article was that one-third of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.

This is a classic example of how our extended “system” of health care, government, big pharma and food companies work together to keep the public confused and continue to reinforce our “need” for animal foods in our diet. From the article by Mary Brody Marcus on March 31:

Numerous health problems have been linked to low vitamin D levels, including bone fractures, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and certain cardiovascular outcomes, cancers and autoimmune conditions, Evatt says….Foods rich in vitamin D include fortified orange juice, cereals and milk, as well as salmon and eggs, says Holly Clegg, author of the Trim & Terrific cookbook series. Also, exposure to sunlight triggers the body’s production of vitamin D, Evatt says.

While Dr. Campbell and all of our “common ground” MD experts would tell you that our primary source of Vitamin D should be from the sun, this article implies that we should be getting most of our D from our food. The article mentioned sunlight only once — shown above in the quotes.

Here is our National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.) recommending lots of harmful animal products so that we can get enough Vitamin D

Take a look at this chart from the article that came from the NIH Office of Dietary Nutrition. Every single item on the list came from an animal; and has cholesterol, fat and animal protein — all of which are associated with heart disease and all forms of cancer.

So how is a consumer supposed to know what to do? In The China Study, Dr. Colin Campbell had some simple advice about Vitamin D. First of all, he never recommended any animal foods as a good source of any nutrient. For D, since most of us in the North don’t get much sunlight in the winter, he said that a daily supplement might be your best bet.

So now we have a former president of the United States (Clinton) following Dr. Campbell’s, Esseltyn’s and Ornish’s advice and avoiding all animal foods (except for a rare piece of fish), yet our NIH is telling us that animal foods are a good source for D. But, at what expense? Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, stroke? Herein lies the root of our health care dilemma in this country — confusion, conflict of interest and lack of financial incentive within our health care “system” for us to be healthy. Do you think that our health insurance companies really want us to be healthy? Think again — and see recent post on this topic.

Here’s how we get our Vitamin D in New England

This just in! More great, well-documented, information on Vitamin D just arrived in my Dr. John McDougall Newsletter yesterday. Take a look at his article that basically suggests that there’s a lot of disease mongering going on out there — and all this Vitamin D hoopla is part of it.

Could it be that animal food lobbies are driving this kind of “free” publicity in the press? At the expense of our own health? Click here for the USA Today article.

No matter what is driving this kind of confusing information; the answer for consumers is to educate themselves (like Bill Clinton did) and learn how to take charge of their own health. Then, as a key part of this grassroots movement, tell all of your friends and family what you have learned.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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