When 75% of the population is deficient in Vitamin D, and it’s possible that the RDA could be 10X too low and all the evidence shows a stunningly high correlation between low-D and calamity from CV19, it is medical malpractice to not aggressively promote Vitamin D supplementation* as a critical public health policy. Better yet, get out into the sun every day!
Getting Vitamin D levels to robust levels within the population should be the #1 public health priority today. We know that Vitamin D is critical to the body, we know that most of the population is deficient, and yet there is no general public health effort whatsoever to fix this situation (AFAIK). WTF?
It’s absurd that the critical information is nowhere near being properly evaluated... isn’t this a public health emergency that has locked down the entire country and destroyed the health and livelihoods of tens of millions? Fiddling while Rome burns.
Sadly, that’s not what is happening—sad because Vitamin D might not fix things once they are serious; it is more likely to be a strongly preventive measure in improving baseline health, and thus helping ward off infection severity and slowing down progression. The policy of “wait till it’s broken” is beyond stupid—it’s deadly.
To those “experts” who fallback on saying that the preventive aspect is unproven: have any of those done a risk assessment? It’s an untenable and unethical position, given the very low risk of modest D-supplementation and/or sunlight—OK for researchers to intellectually ponder as if there were no urgency, but incompetent risk assessement and terrible public health messaging.
Compelling findings: Vitamin D COVID death rate
Vitamin D supplementation* is cheap and can be used by entire populations at extremely low risk—risk assessment says that if we can get a million people with low-D using it, that’s more than ample to see how their outcomes from COVID vary from the general population. The reward to risk ratio is highly promising. This needs to be done 5 months ago!
At the least more data should be gathered: every COVID patient should have the Vitamin D levels taken and the correlation proven out with a very large cohort as to bad outcomes. But I’d go much farther and say it is awful medicine to not make sure ever at-risk person have the Vitamin D levels tested. Supplementation or sun exposure should be used to push that level to at least the middle of the “normal” range.
IMO, a double-blind study would be highly unethical, so strong is the correlation. Just make sure everyone is well above the recommended RDA, aiming to the high end of the range. The body makes 10000 IU in just 15 minutes of strong sun (fair skin).
This could be done in a matter of a month or less to generate a huge dataset from a very large cohort, making it possible to study gender and racial and age-related trends.
* IMPORTANT: always magnesium supplementation and Vitamin K2 with Vitamin D supplementation. See Health and Vitality Start with getting Key Nutrients: Best Sources for Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, Vitamin A, Vitamin C.
- RED PILL Yourself on Sun Exposure vs Skin Cancer Melanoma, Sunlight and Ultraviolet and Vitamin D
- Health and Vitality Start with getting Key Nutrients: Best Sources for Magnesium, Vitamin K2, Vitamin D3, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
- SARS CoV2 aka COVID-19: Recommendations for Healthy Body and Immune System
- Science Daily: “Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19 so government advice needs to change”
- BMJ: “Subclinical magnesium deficiency: a principal driver of cardiovascular disease and a public health crisis”
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