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Avoid H1N1 with Vitamin D Supplementation

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.

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If you understand the seriousness of flu, why aren't you encouraging vaccination?

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Cummins

I am still unsure about the safety of the vaccine. Until I figure out what to do, I'm going to do what I can to protect myself. I also know a LOT of people who won't vaccinate under any circumstances, so I am sharing what I learn.

I have, however, already gotten my seasonal flu shot... with no side effects at all. I have gotten the yearly flu shot and NOT gotten the flu for about 7-8 years now, so it isn't like I am anti-vaccination. I am just nervous about this one.

October 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Can you point me to a good source that explains exactly how much vit. D should be given to children?

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Banana Peel

To the first commenter- the vaccine isn't the only answer and doesn't necessarily mean it is the safest answer.

Navelgazing Midwife- thank you for this information!

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Come on Navelgazing Midwife, the H1N1 vaccine is made the same way the seasonal flu is made - it is a flu virus, if you get the seasonal flu vaccine you know how it works, it's the same with this strain!

Gosh I hope it doesn't visit your family though, even for us with my upper respiratory go straight to pneumonia boys it's scary.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEthel

hi Barb, Thanks for sharing this study.
Our local NYC doula group (about 600 doulas on the yahoo) are all talking aobut VIt D for general good health, correcting deficiencies, and related to swine flu.
It's a true dilemma for many doulas.

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdewi

What brands of vitamin D are safe? Do you think we should get a prescription? I am pregnant and my doctor has suggested Vitamin D for me, but I don't know what is the best type to take...

October 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

When I was really deficient, I was on a prescription Vit D... 50,000 IU taken once a week. From what I know, OTC Vitamin D (3) is basically the same. I encourage you to pick a brand you are comfortable with and start taking it. I have used brands from Costco to Henry's and have done fine, not feeling any difference between the brands.

Here is a really good article from Dr. Mercola about the woefully inadequate recommendations for Vit D supplementation and what studies are really showing... including information about testing.


October 13, 2009 | Registered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

A GREAT source of Vitamin D is Fermented Cod Liver oil. It also provides Vitamin A which helps prevent infections as well. There are several great options. Try the Weston Price Foundation website for specific brand names.

October 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramelia

I take 10,000IU D3 everyday since mine was low to start.

Children can take 1 capsule (1,000IU) per 25lbs.. All my older ones take it (ages 10, 8, 4 and 2) as well.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandice

Vitamin D can actually impact a number of other cancers, as well as diabetes, the immune system as a whole, and neurocognitive diseases. It's really, really important, but can be overdosed on too. Check out the link under my name for more info on some of those aspects of Vitamin D.

A link just incase the name one didn't work (i'm not familiar with squarespace at all): Vitamin D Supplementation and Neurocognitive Disease

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November 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershallu

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