Dr. Norman Allan's
5, No. 4,
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"Adults with low levels on Vitamin D face a 26% higher risk of death... The study, published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, is the latest to show the health benefits of vitamin D. Earlier research found it can guard against osteoporosis and may offer protection from breast and colon cancer, heart disease and dementia."
Toronto Star, 12th August 2008
Some of the "earlier studies" include...
"... vitamin D slashes risk of colorectal and breast malignancies"
Globe and Mail: 7 Feb 2007
"...increasing daily intake of vitamin D could prevent the development of breast cancer by as much as half and that of colorectal cancer by nearly two-thirds. ...They found a two-third reduction in the incidence of colorectal cancer in those who took 2000 IU of vitamin D... 'There's really no downside to taking 2000 IU of vitamin D...' "
D is this years panacea. Good for all sorts of stuff. ("A growing body of
work (and "meta-analysis) has shown that vitamin D in important in the prevention
of heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia
and multiple sclerosis, and of course, osteoporosis.") And fibromyalgia.
D, a new panacea!
"A daily dose of
vitamin D could cut the risk of cancers of the breast, colon and ovary by up to
a half." A growing body of work (and "meta-analysis) has shown that
vitamin D in important in the prevention of heart disease, lung disease, cancer,
diabetes, high blood pressure, schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis, and of course,
osteoporosis. Researcher, published in the American Journal of Public Health",
suggests that a dose of 1000 IU (two and a half times the current level recommended
in the US) would be beneficial. Remember, however, that very high doses can be
toxic (40,000IU /day produces toxicity within 1 to 4 months
- so don't worry. That's 40 times that suggested dose)
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Also: the article on filaggrin in Dr. Allan'sNewsletter: May 2008 is worth looking at: Filaggrin pulls together the keratin protein filaments in the skins outermost layer. The molecule also holds water in, Without filaggrin, the usually impervious barrier formed by the skin is compromised. It turns out that a large proportion of people with rashes have a filaggrin gene problem.
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Dr. Allan'sNewsletter: June 2008: snippets from newspapers which I hope are of interest.
Dr. Allan'sNewsletter: May 2008: as above
Dr. Norman Allan's Newsletter, March/April 2005: an essay on immune tonics published in "Healthy Directions" - and snippets from newspapers, various, which I hope are of interest.
Norman Allan's Newsletter, February 2005: snippets from newspapers, various,
which I hope are of interest - and a discussion of "C Reactive Protein"
as an indicator of risk for heart disease.
From vol 3 no 1: An interesting clipping that
I've stumbled on since the last letter concerns vibration:(Globe and Mail, 13
June 2006) "SCIENTIST GETS VIBES TO BUILD BONES. Device to help space travelers
approved to treat sufferers of osteoporosis." The device is a machine that
generates vibrations - vibration implies acceleration/deceleration, and is therefore
somewhat like gravity - therefore in theory, and it seems in practice, good for
maintenance of bone mass in zero gravity (it was designed for use in space). On
earth, the article says, "a person who stands on [the platform of the vibration
device] for 20 minutes a day can build bone density an average of 2 percent a
year. ... By sending small vibrations through the body - moving about 50 micrometers
(or the thickness of a few human hairs) up and down and repeating at a rate of
34 cycles per second - the platform triggers musculoskeletal stimulations that
naturally occur... the vibrations from the platform are set to a frequency that
[generates acceleration that] is one-third that of gravity... and is therefore
safe. Other devices (exercise machines) which generate 4 to 15 gravities are dangerous,
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The thing that I find interesting here is that a relatively subtle vibration is having an appreciable (positive) effect on body metabolism and function. I am therefore wondering what the vibrational effects of chanting, OM, for instance, are? We'd need an engineer to tell us about the difference in order of magnitude between that devise and the vibrations that are set up in your body by, a) a rock band in a bar, b) by chanting, OM for instance. However, orders of magnitude might or might not be of relevance here. Subtle vibrations may be having physiological effects. One would have to look and see.
Meanwhile, the safe course would be to do the chanting. It's bound to have salubrious effects at many levels (if not bone mass and muscle mass - muscles, that too was in the article). ("Salubrious" = health promoting - forgive the use of a relatively obscure word.) "Over all the bone density of the controlled group (the reporter has got this wrong - he means "experimental group" as compared to the control group) increased by 3 percent during a year, and muscle mass improved by 4 percent."
get chanting, OM (or what you fancy).