The mainstream may want to cling to their claims that vitamin D isn’t as big a deal as we make it out to be, but that slippery line is getting harder and harder to pull.
Especially when it comes down to the link between vitamin intake and cancer — that’s when the mainstream’s willful ignorance gets downright dangerous.
Recently, a group of researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center released the results of a groundbreaking study, one of the first to examine the relationship between vitamin D and cancer progression. Breast cancer, specifically.
And what they found was big — so big that it surprised even these expert scientists. They’re calling for doctors to "strongly consider monitoring vitamin D levels among breast cancer patients" and to correct those levels as needed.
Why? Because they found that low levels of vitamin D are linked to more aggressive tumors and poorer prognosis. Translation: Vitamin D could make a very big difference in beating breast cancer.
Researchers looked at prognostic factors for 155 women who went under the knife for breast cancer between the beginning of 2009 and September 2010, as well as records of blood tests of vitamin D levels for one year before or after surgery.
They also looked at several other factors and worked with a new test called the Oncotype Dx score, which determines the likelihood of a recurrence of cancer based on a score of 0 to 100 (higher risk coming with scores over 30).
When vitamin D test results were separated into "optimal" and "sub-optimal" groups, they found that more aggressive cancers were correlated with low vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D levels were linked to high Oncotype Dx scores. As if that weren’t enough, women with invasive cancer were also more likely to have low levels of D.
Something tells me we’re not going to see these discoveries about D openly celebrated in the mainstream press. Which is a shame, because who knows how many lives could be saved.
But no matter what the mainstream says, don’t let them convince you that vitamin D levels aren’t a big deal. Work with a physician skilled in natural medicine to find your optimal levels of D (and other vitamins). And please make sure every woman in your life sees this post.
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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