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Vitamin D: a science journalist and renowned naturopathic doctor

EnFuse Staff

Category: Health & Wellness

To D or not to D.

An article written by Gina Kolata, an American science journalist, on vitamin D was published in the New York Times April, 10, 2017. Her write-up called into question whether vitamin D testing and subsequent supplementation was necessary and more to the point, ill advised.

She quoted Dr. Clifford J. Rosen, an osteoporosis researcher at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, as stating, “vitamin D has become a religion.”

The fairly short write-up calls into question the many health claims that have been circulating the web and social stratosphere about vitamin D and what a deficiency can lead to.  Ms. Kolata is adamant within her piece that the medical establishment and social conscious has been corrupted into believing that we are all deficient and desperately in need of exogenous supplementation.

Referencing a JAMA study published April 5th of this month that posted the following conclusion “Monthly high-dose vitamin D supplementation does not prevent CVD. This result does not support the use of monthly vitamin D supplementation for this purpose. The effects of daily or weekly dosing require further study”, aided in solidifying her position.

A recent response to this article made by Dr. Geo Espinosa, ND sheds light on the topic and calls into question whether a science journalist should be persuading their audience one way or the other when it comes to charged medical topics.

Dr. Espinosa is quick to point out that vitamin D is not a panacea, but also makes clear that it is a very important ‘prohormone’

He is quoted as stating, “Up until two years ago, I worked to maintain my patient’s vitamin D blood levels at about 80 ng/ml. This is what my colleagues were doing and it’s what I had learned at medical conferences. Since then, took a deep dive into the research literature and I changed my tune.

In my practice, I try to keep patient’s blood levels of vitamin D taken between 35ng/ml to 40 ng/ml/ (nmol / l), not much higher. This requires regular testing. There is disagreement I know, but I am basing my opinion on the best science I have come across.”

He strongly encouraged fellow professionals to leave a comment if they disagreed, asked that they explain why, and as all good researchers / doctors do, suggested that this would be the only way we will all learn from one another.” 

You can read Dr. Espinosa’s response along with various dosing strategies here- http://todayspractitioner.com/cancer/why-the-new-york-times-got-it-wrong-about-vitamin-d/

We are all on this health journey together.  As science and medicine evolve, it is important that we work together to uncover and share information that can help us all improve. 

*Note of importance: these write-ups are intended to serve as a catalyst for conversation between like-minded people. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.[1]

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Espinosa, G. (2017). Why the New York Times Got It Wrong about Vitamin D.
Retrieved from http://todayspractitioner.com/cancer/why-the-new-york-times-got-it-wrong-about-vitamin-d/

Kolata, G. (2017, April 10). Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?.  The New York Times.  Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/health/vitamin-d-deficiency-supplements.html

PhD RSMBBS. Vitamin D Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease. JAMA Cardiology. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2615260. Published April 5, 2017. Accessed June 1, 2017.

[Digital image]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/vitaminD-diabetes#3

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