I know, I know. You're tired of hearing about the H1N1 (swine) flu. The more I hear, the more confused I become, but I keep reading and learning and trying to decide whether to vaccinate myself; I am in a high risk category because of my past Disseminated Coccidiomycosis. My lungs have scar tissue that looks like lace on them. Sarah, too, is high risk; she had lung cancer when she was three-years old, having a third of her lung removed.
I've heard whispers of the Vitamin D Theory, but this is the first organized article that explains why and even dosages. The advised dose by our government is 400 IU every day. However, we continue being deficient, sometimes extremely so, in Vitamin D. Our indoor culture and sunscreen use when outside contributes to the cause of the deficiency. I take 8000 IU every day.
The article Swine flu deaths: What You Need to Know will share a good deal of information regarding our children, but this is the very important part I want to make sure people read:
Can we use vitamin D to prevent H1N1 flu or H1N1 flu death?
"...Cannell has reported on Sept 16 in his newsletter that two physicians, one in Wisconsin and the other in Georgia, suggested that vitamin D supplementation can be the key to H1N1 flu prevention.
"Norris Glick, M.D. of Central Wisconsin Center in Madison told Cannell in his email that 274 residents at his health care facility took vitamin D supplements and were monitored regularly for their plasma vitamin D levels; as a result, only two residents developed influenza-like illness and had positive tests for H1N1 during a period of observation. This compares to 103 of 800 staff members during the same period who were not required for the supplementation. This huge difference may be due likely to use of vitamin D supplements.
"Dr. Ellie Campbell, who also responded to Cannell's vitamin D theory, told Dr. Cannell in an email of a similar observation. She said she told her patients to take 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D regularly and monitored their serum levels to make sure her patients had sufficient Vitamin D in their blood. Campbell shared office with another physician. Her office mate did not do the same thing to his patients. When H1N1 hit George, none of her patients came to see her for H1N1 virus infection while the other physician was seeing one to 10 cases per week of influenza-like illness."
Please, please supplement yourself and your children. Even if you choose to vaccinate, Vitamin D supplementation could very well save your life.
I write this because one of my on-line doula friends lost her sister-in-law... sick one day and dead two days later. I don't want to know any more.