Vitamin D Council Newsletter
October 12, 2011
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October 11, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
Yet another paper by Dr. Muideen Bakare (Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Nigeria) and her two co-authors from Harvard are pinning down a relationship between vitamin D and autism.
Bakare MO, Munir KM, Kinney DK. Association of hypomelanotic skin disorders with autism: links to possible etiologic role of vitamin-D levels in autism? Hypothesis (Tor). 2011 Sep;9(1):6-14.
The authors found that children with albinoism and other disorders that leave the skin without pigment (melanin, known to be associated with very low vitamin D levels due to no protection from burning) are more likely to have autism.
The authors also review the data to date and conclude, “These results would also support clinical investigations of whether vitamin D supplements may aid in treatment and prevention of autism.”
Luckily, a 12-week trial is underway at UCSF testing that exact theory:
Autism Trial with Vitamin D
The Vitamin D Council has contributed the first $10,000 needed for the $20,000 study. If you are interested in contributing some of the rest, let us know.
A look at the “melanoma epidemic”
October 5, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
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Endocrine Society’s latest methodology to treat vitamin D deficiency.
October 8, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
Dr. Cannell reviews the latest recommendations regarding vitamin D from the Endocrine Society... continue reading
Rickets: a deficiency in vitamin D or calcium?
October 10, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
Dr. Cannell takes a look at whether rickets is a result of calcium deficiency or vitamin D deficiency, and how the two deficiencies present themselves around the world and in different eras... continue reading
Study on vitamin D levels and MRSA carriers
October 7, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
Study in Norway finds that the lower your vitamin D level the more likely you are to carry staph aureus in your nose... continue reading
Recap of an oral intake study led by Dr Cedric Garland
October 6, 2011 -- Dr John Cannell
Study tries to pinpoint what blood levels the average adult can expect based on specific supplement regimen... continue reading
Vitamin D Council wraps up late summer program
October 12, 2011 -- Brant Cebulla
The Vitamin D Council launched a pilot program this late summer to educate the public and hand out free supplement bottles. Staff member Brant Cebulla provides thoughts and observations on the program, and asks readers their thoughts... continue reading