Kids, Health, and Vitamin D

If there were any easy way for tens of millions of people to reduce their risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and many other chronic diseases, shouldn’t that be in the headlines?

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered exactly that. In a large survey of the vitamin D status of children aged 1 to 21, they found that 7 out of 10 were deficient.

Did you know that if women maintain optimal vitamin D levels, their risk of breast cancer is cut in half? Did you know that maintaining optimal vitamin D levels also cuts the risk of colon cancer in half? In fact, getting this one single nutrient up to optimal levels would save untold lives and tens of billions of dollars annually in health care costs.

At Nature Cures Clinic we take this seriously. It’s why we test vitamin D levels on virtually every patient we see, and we make sure people get enough to get these protective effects.

Whenever you or children under your care have the opportunity, ask your physician to test your 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels. It’s a simple, relatively inexpensive lab test. And if you don’t have a physician who is willing to run it, or who is unfamiliar with the research regarding the optimal levels of vitamin D, contact our clinic. We’ll help you set up a consultation with a naturopathic physician who can order and interpret these and other important lab tests.

There is no single supplement that will be appropriate for everyone. But vitamin D, as part of a comprehensive wellness, is one of the most important for achieving optimal health.

Our public health institutions should be shouting this information from the rooftops. Since they aren’t yet, we’ll do it for them.

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