November is Vitamin D Month at Optimum Function in Portland!
For those of you who caught my last video update a couple of days ago, I talked briefly about vitamin D and how important it is to have adequate levels. I also mentioned that, to figure out your levels, we can do a blood test in my Portland, Oregon chiropractic, nutrition functional medicine and hypnosis clinic, Optimum Function.
The test is inexpensive, in fact, for a limited time, I am offering it for $49! This includes my interpretation, report and recommendations if any. My optimal ranges for vitamin D are 60-100ng/dl, levels below 35ng/dl or so are usually considered deficient but levels above 60ng/dl seem to be best for overall health.
Here are some vitamin D facts:
- Most (probably all) cells in the body can synthesize Vitamin D
- 20% to 80% of Americans may be vitamin D deficient
- Vitamin D deficient patients can absorb only 1/3rd as much calcium as those with adequate levels
- Adequate Vitamin D may prevent cancer (prostate, colon, breast); the process of conversion from inactive to active Vitamin D is a growth regulating process in cells.
- SPF 8 blocks body vitamin D production by 97.5%
- SPF 15 blocks body vitamin D production by 99.5%
Vitamin D Research:
RELATED DISEASES – “The role of vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of many common and serious disease processes including some common cancers, type 1 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis… Vitamin D deficiency is often mistaken or misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia… It is reasonable to perform annual Vitamin D testing to monitor for deficiency. Holick, MF, Vitamin D: importance in prevention of cancers, type 1 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Mar;79(3):362-71.
MAYO CLINIC STUDY – 150 Patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain for 4 consecutive months were virtually all found to be vitamin D deficient (< or = 20 ng/ml) level and many were severely deficient. They concluded that: All patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain are at high risk for the consequences of unrecognized vitamin D deficiency, including those considered at low risk for such deficiency. Vitamin D testing for such individuals should be standard practice. Plotnikoff GA, Quigley LM, Mayo Clinic Proc. 2003 Dec; 78(12):1463-70 Prevalence of severe hypovitaminosis D in patients with persistent, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain.
LOW BACK PAIN – A study of 360 patients (where 90% were Saudi Arabian women where most women are veiled) experiencing low back pain with no obvious cause for 6 months found 83% of the patients had abnormally low vitamin D levels. Spine. 2003 Jan 15;28(2):177-9. Vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in Saudi Arabia
Here’s a list of condition associated with inadequate levels of Vitamin D from sunlightd.org
Every body needs sunlight and vitamin D. Deficiency or insufficiency has been associated with:
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Autoimmune disorders
- Cancers of the colon, breast, skin and prostate
- Diabetes, Type 1 and 2
- Gluten intolerance
- Heart disease
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Learning disorders
- Lectin intolerance
- Misaligned teeth and cavities
- Seasonal affective disorder
- Metabolic Syndrome/Syndrome X
- and more…
So….. Vitamin D is not just important for bone health; get yours tested today!Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health