Then I run into people, Phd's, who insist they are informed, but have not stayed current on many health issues. They will make blanket statements like: if you eat a balanced diet you do not need any supplementation at all. Gee they are Phd's and they should know what they are talking about! But if I eat a balanced diet, as perscribed by the latest food triangle and not take my supplements, I hurt so bad that only a very strong med stops it. And along with that med I get all the side effects of that med.
So, I take my supplements and a few natural anti inflammatories and the pain goes away. I am not imaging this. This has happened to me several times over the past ten years. I ran out or tried to cut back. Did not work!
I recall about twenty years ago, I was walking down the hall in the hospital and a surgeon said to me, "you are limping and you should make a appointment and see me". Today I do not limp. Every once and awhile the knee will do a funny thing or it will sort of "grind". It's rare but reminds me that I tore a meniscus in that knee when I was 28 years old. Never went to a Doctor! Know I am not against Doctors. I just wish they where better informed.
Ah, I can hear you say how do you know you did that. You admitt that you were not diagnosed!
Well the knee swelled up for three weeks and hurt terrible. When I felt the inside of my left knee, by the knee cap there was a, what felt like, a piece of cartilage sticking out. Hard and about a quarter inch in width.
Never went to a Doctor and was sort of embarrassed about how I did it. I am not going to tell you how I did it either.
So, I lived with and it and it stayed with me reminding when I walked to much, until I started supplementing. Today I walk on average three miles a day and have walked twice or more further without pain. I have one of those new fangled fitbits that records every step.
My point. The Phd's just don't stay current with what is happening in the new research. They don't read for the most part about this. What do they read. Honestly, they read the studies that are funded by drug companies and if there is no money in it, they don't study it.
When will this change. It will not. But you can count on this, some day the drug companies will come up with a good drug that does many of the same things as vitamin D and will raise your level of vitamin D. Then it will be promoted by every Phd. Only thing is it will cost a lot and will not be as cheap as the D3 you buy in the store that has hundreds of capsules for just a few bucks.
Such is the way of the medical profession. They can treat disease and save your life, but just remember you are the consumer and you have the internet to explore and understand your condition. You can be informed and ask intelligent questions. Your life depends on it...