As many of know by now the US Institute
of Medicine (IOM) published a report this week
stating that people do not need to take vitamin D
supplements. They also warned that taking 10,000 IU or
more per day could be toxic without producing any evidence
to support that assertion. These recommendations fly in
the face of many recent scientific studies that have shown
the relationship of vitamin D deficiency to cancer, heart
disease, diabetes, depression, and immune system problems.
This evidence is so convincing that I advise all of my
patients and my own family to take vitamin D3 supplements
during the winter months, and to make sure their blood
levels of vitamin D are adequate.
The independent Vitamin D Council quickly published a
response to this report urging consumers to continue
taking vitamin D supplements and condemning the IOM for
suppressing testimony from recognized vitamin D experts.
You can view their response here.
Joseph Mercola has an excellent one hour lecture on
the benefits of vitamin D at his website.