I’ve been talking a lot about vitamin D in the past few years. New data suggests that inflammation is the culprit for the incredibly high incidence of deficiency of this nutrient.
Low levels of vitamin D have been correlated with high incidences of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, poorly functioning immune systems, and musculoskeletal disorders.
A new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that 2 days after knee surgery serum levels of vitamin D dropped 40%, and that three months later levels were still 20-30% below presurgery levels. These researchers showed that this directly correlated with acute inflammation after surgery.
Surprisingly, they also found that the study participants were deficient in vitamin D before the surgery–so deficient that they had secondary hyperparathyroidism!
More research is linking vitamin D to musculoskeletal disorders. A recent study in Headache shows that headache increases with latitude and during seasons with shorter days. They correlated this information with evidence that vitamin D has alleviated headaches in some studies to form a hypothesis that Vitamin D deficiency plays a key role in the development of headache in some people.
Another recent study from the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Care found “a high prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in patients with non-specific musculoskeletal pain, headache, or fatigue.”
Inflammation is likely at the root of many cases of vitamin D deficiency, and all chronic degenerative diseases.
If your D is low, get a test that compares Arachodonic Acid to EPA–this is a sensitive test for inflammation that compares omega-6’s to 3’s in your body. If this ration is off it will deplete your vitamin D and erode your health.
The moral of the story is, get your D tested!
Dr. Craig Roberts graduated summa cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) in Portland, Oregon. He has operated Roberts Chiropractic on the North San Juan Ridge since 2004. Roberts Chiropractic in Grass Valley opened in November 2005. In 2005 he was appointed by the State of California as a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) and an Independent Medical Examiner (IME).
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