Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia: Risk factors for autism?
July 14, 2012 -- John Cannell, MD
Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism directly affect the lives of tens of millions of people in the USA. Even if you are free of them, chances are that you know someone with one of the disorders.
Living in our world makes it easy to conclude that the incredible prevalence of these disorders is simply the way it has always been. However, substantial evidence indicates that all three disorders are rapidly increasing and that all three were rare two and a half centuries ago.
E. Fuller Torrey Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present [Paperback]
Is it possible that one factor is at work in all three disorders? Dr. Patrick Sullivan of my alma mater, the UNC School of Medicine, and 12 colleagues from around the world collaborated on the largest study to date that links the three disorders. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Dietary intake and stress fractures among male combat recruits
July 13, 2012 -- Jim Larsen
Jim Larsen reviews a study examining stress factor incidence and dietary status in male combat recruits. He suggests some changes be made to reduce the risk of fractures among this high risk population. Continue reading → (no membership required)
RCT: Dietary and supplemental vitamin D2 did not increase total vitamin D blood levels
July 16, 2012 -- Rebecca Oshiro
The newest addition to our blogging team, Rebecca Oshiro discusses a randomized controlled trial which found that D2, consumed as a supplement or included in a meal, increased vitamin D2 serum levels while decreasing D3 levels. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Vitamin D supplementation and sun exposure: Can we pick and choose?
July 11, 2012 -- John Cannell, MD
Dr Hart of the University of Western Australia recently published a paper which suggests vitamin D supplementation and moderate sun exposure may both be necessary to achieve optimal health. Continue reading → (membership required)
Study: Vitamin D's effect in MS may be larger than suspected
July 12, 2012 -- John Cannell, MD
Researchers out of France, led by Dr Pierrot-Deseilligny, found that vitamin D in combination with standard MS treatments greatly reduces relapse rates. Continue reading → (membership required)
Dr Cannell on the Healthy Living Radio's podcast
July 11, 2012 -- Kate Saley
Dr Cannell talks with Todd Whitthorne on the Healthy Living Radio’s podcast about the USFPTF task force recommendation and other recent vitamin D research. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Dear Dr Cannell: No improvement with vitamin D
July 10, 2012 -- John Cannell, MD
A doctor in Minnesota writes to update Dr Cannell on the status of his autistic son who has been supplementing with vitamin D3. He is concerned with the lack of improvement seen so far. Continue reading → (no membership required)
Review: High dose vitamin D decreases risk of fracture in older adults
July 9, 2012 -- Vitamin D News
A meta-analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine reports that higher doses of vitamin D do in fact decrease the risk of fracture in older adults. Continue reading → (news)
Attend upcoming conference in Warsaw, Poland on vitamin D!
Oct. 19-20, 2012
Remember to sign up for the upcoming Vitamin D - Minimum, Maximum, Optimum conference in Warsaw, Poland. The children's Memorial Health Institute is putting on the conference scheduled for October 19-20th, 2012 discussing updated recommendations for diagnostics, prevention and management of Vitamin D deficiency. Click here for more information.