Posts Tagged ‘vitamin D’

Can Vitamin D Reduce Your Risk for Cancer and Many Other Diseases?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published online in PLOS ONE  concluded that improving vitamin D status by increasing the level in the blood could have a number of non-skeletal health benefits including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases reduction by impacting genes involved in a number of biological pathways associated with these conditions., The study shows that improvement in vitamin D status plays a large role in improving immunity and lowering the risk for many diseases.

The study involved a randomized, double blind, single-site pilot trial of eight healthy men and women with an average age of 27 who were deficient of vitamin D at the start of the trial.  Three subjects received 400 IU’s of vitamin D  daily and five received 2,000 IU’s  daily for 2 months. Samples of white blood cells (immune cells) were collected at the beginning and end of the two month period. Samples were subjected to a broad gene expression analysis and more than 22,500 genes were investigated to determine whether or not their activity  increased or decreased as a result of the vitamin D intake.

At the end of the trial, the group that received 2,m000 IUs achieved a vitamin D status of 34ng/ ml, that is considered sufficient, whereas the group receiving 400 IU daily received 25ng/mg that is considered insufficient. Results of the gene expression analysis indicated statistically significant alterations in the activity of 291 genes and that the biological functions associated with these genes are related to 160 biological pathways linked to cancer, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases and CVDs. The researchers concluded that the study “reveals the molecular fingerprints that help explain the non-skeletal health benefits of vitamin D.” They further said “While a larger  study is necessary to confirm our observations, the data demonstrates that imp[roving vitamin D status can have a dramatic effect on gene expression in our immune cells and may help explain the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of CVDs, cancer and other diseases.”

Can Vitamin D Levels affect the Risk of Premenopausal Breast Cancer?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

logo1267406_mdA new study published online in advance of the print edition of Cancer Causes and Control concluded that low serum vitamin D levels in the months preceding a diagnosis may predict a high risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

From a prospective study of the blood levels of 1,200 healthy women researchers found that women whose serum vitamin D level was low during the three month period before diagnosis had approximately three times the risk of breast cancer as women in the group of  the highest level of vitamin D.

The study utilized 9 million blood serum samples frozen by the Department of Defense Serum Repository for routine disease surveillance. Samples from 1,200 pre-diagnosed women were thawed and analyzed by the researchers. These samples included 600 women who later developed breast cancer and 600 women who remained healthy.The researcher said “Based upon these data, further investigation of the role of vitamin D in reducing incidence of premenopausal breast cancer , particularly during the late stage of its development, is warranted. “

Interviews with Cancer Survivors, Susan Gonzalez (breast) and Sam Corti (cervical) Now Available for Listening

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Guests for the Holistic Health Show on Saturday were Susan Gonzalez (left) and Sam Corti (right).

Susan is a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree and is in partnership with one of the top preventive cardiologists in the country where she counsels hundreds of patients on creating and meeting their lifestyle needs. Her upcoming book,. 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Tips for Surviving It is due on the market Spring 2013. More information was presented earlier on this website.

Sam Corti, from  England, survived cervical cancer using a combination opf traditional and natural intervention and now has a tea business called tea4life at http://www.tea4life.co.uk

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Can Vitamin D Protect Against Bladder Cancer?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Research published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluded that high levels of vitamin D are associated with protection against bladder cancer. In the study samples of blood were taken from over 2,000 people including some with bladder cancer and some without (controls) from 18 Spanish hospitals.  They concluded “We have seen that those subjects with the highest level of 25(OH)D3. a stable form of vitamin D in the blood, are those who showed the lowest risk of suffering bladder cancer. These results indicate that high levels of this vitamin are associated with protection from the illness, or similarly, that low levels are associated with a higher risk of suffering from it.”  The researcher further said ” We have also shown, using in vitro molecular analysis, that vitamin D regulates the expression of a protein–FGFR3—that takes part in the development of bladder cancer.”  Protective effects were   more obvious in patients with more aggressive cancers. and  an increase in  dietary  or supplement intake of the vitamin or from controlled sun exposure might be beneficial for prevention and treatment of bladder cancer.

Interviews with Bill Gottlieb, Andrea Beaman, and Ellie Peterson on Nutrition, Weight Loss and Meditation Now Available for Listening.

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Bill Gottlieb, Andrea Beaman and Ellie Peterson were interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie on the Holistic Health Show yesterday.

Bill Gottlieb worked for Rodale, Inc for 20 years in a variety of positions, has written 10 health books that have sold over 2 million copies, written hundreds of articles, and had extensive media experience.  More information was presented earlier on this blog or can be found at: http://www.billgottliebhealth.com

Andrea Beaman is a natural food chef, author and television host who has been a contestant on Bravo’s hit reality show, Top Chef, is a regular featured food and health expert on CBS news,  has been on several of the major  shows such as Barbara Walters, the View, and Whole Living with Martha Stewart radio, and written for many magazines such as Women’s Health Magazine, Whole Living, Forbes Traveler and others. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can be found at http://www.andreabeaman.com

Ellie Peterson is creator of an innovative technique that combines affirmations with meditation and yoga, and is author of Meditative Yoga ebook and Power of Positive Aerobics DVD. More information is available at: http://www.meditativemovements.com

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Can Vitamin D Shrink Fibroid Tumors?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

A new study published online in the journal Biology of Reproduction concluded that treatment with vitamin D reduced the size of fibroids in laboratory rats predisposed to the benign tumor.

Vitamin D was tested on a strain of rats genetically predisposed to developing fibroids. Twelve rats with fibroids were divided into two groups. One group received vitamin D and the other did not. In the study group vitamin D was  delivered continuously for three weeks  through a small pump planted under the skin.  The amount of vitamin D received each day was equivalent to a human dose of about 1,400 international units. This dose is more than the recommended dose for teens and adults age 70 and under of 600 units daily but under the dose of 4,000 units that is considered safe for children over age 9, adults, and for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

After three weeks both the study and control groups were  studied. Fibroids in the untreated group (controls) increased in size whereas the fibroids in the study group given vitamin D had shrunk dramatically. The uterine fibroids of the treated group receiving vitamin D were on average, 75 percent smaller than in the control group. The researchers concluded “Additional research is needed to confirm vitamin D as a potential treatment for women with uterine fibroids.”

Type 2 Diabetes Risk May be Reduced by Adequate Levels of Vitamin D

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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A new study from Germany to be published in the scientific journal Diabetes Care concluded that the Vitamin D status of individuals is inversely related to type 2 diabetes risk and the association may be partially related to sub-clinical inflammation. Thus, those with a good level of vitamin D have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with lower levels. The researchers used a cohort design in which 416 cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,267 controls without the disease were selected from a population of 7,936 middle-aged people in a population based group in the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA) study. The study evaluated chronic disease especially cardiovascular disease and diabetes by assessing the influence of environmental factors, behavior and genes on human health. Some factors studied iwere lifestyle factors including smoking, diet, and exercise, environmental factors included air pollution and noise, and genetics.
Researchers found a significant inverse association between serum 25-OHD and the incidence of type 2 diabetes after adjusting for diabetes risk factors and season. More research is planned.

Dr Michael T. Smith (conclusion) and Ron Brown Discuss Natural Solutions for Diabetes

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Yesterday on the Holistic Health Show Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show interviewed Dr Michael T Smith (above left) and Ron Brown.

Dr Smith is a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathy and nutrition for conditions including diabetes. He practices at the Carolinas Natural Health Center in Matthews, North Carolina. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at: www.CarolinasNaturalHealth.Com

Ron Brown is a retired hotel night auditor who cared for his wife when she was diagnosed with diabetes. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: www.webeardiabetes.com

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Skin Cancer Risk and Vitamin D Levels

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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A new study reported online in the Archives of Dermatology concluded that as individual’s vitamin D level increases their risk for nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) also seems to increase but factors such as untraviolet (UV) radiation exposure may complicate this relationship. The study was carried out among 3,223 white subjects in a health maintenance organization (HMO) with a high probability of developing NMSC, Between January 1997 and December 2001, subjects were assessed for levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (an indication of vitamin D levels), and parathyroid hormones, creatinine and calcium levels. Over 2/3 of the participants (n=2,257) seemed to have insufficient levels of vitamin D and the diagnoses of NMSC were made in 240 individuals including 49 with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), 163 individuals with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and 28 individuals with both (all forms of NMSC). Individuals who were not deficient in vitamin D seemed to have an increase risk of developing NMSC and although this relationship was positive it was not statistically significant for tumors developing on body parts routinely exposed to UV radiation suh as arms and legs. More research is needed in this area of study.

Vitamin D and Lung Cancer Survival

Friday, March 25th, 2011

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Recent research in Clinical Cancer Research reports finding an enzyme that plays a role in vitamin D metabolism and can predict lung cancer survival. Comparing the enzyme in subjects with lung adenocarcinoma with those with normal lungs the levels of the enzyme, CYP24A1, was as much as 50 times higher in the lung cancer patients. In addition, the higher the levels of the enzyme, the more likely the tumors were aggressive.
In their sample, about one third of the lung cancer patients had high levels of the enzyme and after 5 years this group had about half the survival rate as the subjects with low levels of the enzyme.
They found that the enzyme, CYP24A1. interacts with calcitrol, the active form of vitamin D, by breaking down calcitrol that has an active role in cancer protection when the enzyme is kept in check, but when levels of the enzyme climbs, it hinders the positive anticancer effect of vitamin D.
Because half of all lung cancers recur following surgery researchers are interested in finding ways to prevent or delay this recurrence. Finding drugs to block the action of the enzyme might allow the positive anticancer effect of the vitamin D to prevent recurrence.

More information is available at:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110301111656.htm