Vitamin D – an update

The definition/level where Vitamin D deficiency is diagnosed has been controversial since 2010 or earlier. The commonly measured 25-D can become fairly low while the active 1, 25-D form is still present within normal or even elevated levels. The lab test to measure 1, 25-D is more expensive and time consuming than simply measuring 25-D and generally only the 25-D form is measured.

A recent review of the issue suggests that the medical community is recognizing that the low levels may not be a risk and that over supplementing can sometimes lead to overdoses. (

The review discusses bone fracture risk as a reason to be concerned about vitamin D levels, however supplements of vitamin D and calcium were not found to be reliable for reducing bone fracture risk in post-menopausal women. ( Adequate magnesium, vitamin K, and possibly boron are also needed for maintaining bone density along with vitamin D and calcium. Supplements with all of those nutrients and which also included copper, zinc, and manganese have been found helpful for preserving bone density in post-menopausal women. (

Vitamin D also is important for the immune system and reducing the risk of autoimmune disease, infections, and cancer. Having enough is important and too little can be a risk for more than just bone fractures.

The food supply has a good amount of vitamin D fortified foods in dairy products or dairy substitutes and naturally vitamin D rich foods such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and other fatty fish. Egg yolks and mushrooms can also provide small amounts of naturally occurring vitamin D.

Fifteen to thirty minutes of direct sunshine during summer months also can provide vitamin D when the face and arms are exposed and there is adequate cholesterol and the necessary enzymes. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin it is a secosteroid hormone that we can make by slight changes to cholesterol. Excessive levels of active hormone D can cause mood symptoms including anger (similar to steroid abuse- “roid rage“). The enzymes needed to produce vitamin D with sunshine and to activate the vitamin form to the hormone form may be a limiting factor.

It has been theorized that glyphosate from the herbicide Roundup may inhibit the necessary enzymes. Supplementing with the vitamin D3 form would be more active/more likely to bypass a problem with inhibition of the enzymes, having adequate magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids might also help. See links for more info on glyphosate and vitamin D metabolism: (

Recent update on glyphosate research found reproductive and developmental effects may be possible at the dose that is currently considered safe: (Global Glyphosate Study)

If glyphosate is not safe at the dose that is considered safe in the U.S., then how safe can it be to have in the majority of processed foods? (Glyphosate/Roundup has been banned as an agricultural chemical in a large number of other developed nations.)

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use.While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Educators provide information

Adults like to do things their own way, and may prefer hands on, learn by trying rather than following advice. Public health education is about informing and since everyone varies, the goal is to provide information about the range of possibilities that are typical, so individuals can decide for themselves which parts might apply to their own life. Seeking more information on the topic or bringing it up with an individual health care provider is then possible.

What can’t be done by a public health educator is the actual work – cooking the meal, eating the potentially healthy food, or trying the Epsom salt bath or foot-soak.

I care a lot about survival of the human race and about other species and the ecosystem – but I can’t eat healthy foods for other people. I can share links of available research but even that can be varied in helpfulness for the individual because people vary. Not everyone will be helped in the same way by the same experimental treatment.

We have a need for individualized care and physicians and care providers need enough time to do a thorough differential diagnostic process – our current medical/insurance system is making it difficult for health care teams by limiting appointment times and limiting the number of symptoms that can be discussed. Differential diagnostic process requires exploring all of the known symptoms in relation to a variety of possible diagnoses and deciding on treatments to try based on the most likely diagnosis and then modifying the treatment if necessary because the second most likely or even an undiscovered problem might have been the correct condition.

I can work towards making a clinical trial of Epsom salt treatments for people who have symptoms of chronic magnesium deficiency but it takes time and money and approval for the an ethical research design when human patients are involved. I can use pomegranate peel extract for my own health issues and share information about research – but – until funding is available for more clinical research it is unlikely to be recommended as a medical treatment, or paid for by health insurance.

  • Whole food based health care has the benefit of being more environmentally sustainable, less processing, less packaging, less additional chemicals used to make a product that can be patented.
  • Collection of research regarding potential health and industrial uses of pomegranate peel extract, (doc)
  • (Big Pharma – the down side of for profit medication) a
  • Health from whole foods is inexpensive – not able to be patent protected.

“A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a mental asylum.” – Alfredo Bowman, also known as Dr. Sebi (Who is Dr. Sebi?) (Usha village alkaline geothermal healing spring water)* (pH in Honduras river water, Figure 19)* (mineral content & pH of a different hot spring resort)* *magnesium would likely be part of the beneficial effects from soaking in an alkaline hot springs.

In the mean time – the goal of public health education is to provide information for individuals to look into for themselves, with their own healthcare team. It is also to look at the larger level of health of the population – is the public on average healthy and happy?

Climate change is real and involves more than carbon dioxide and warming. Scarcity of water and food are likely, change is needed. Building differently now could help make the transition better.

“Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them” – Albert Einstein

We need more geniuses preventing problems, because we already have enough problems. It may require intellectuals to solve problems, or just a skilled technician, however looking ahead and making changes that prevent problems is the more economical move, whether a genius or a regular maintenance schedule and skilled technician is a matter of labels, or administrative plans with a reliable budget and adequate oversight of work quality. Children’s proverb: “A stitch in time saves nine.” – repair the minor tear in the clothing now and many stitches will not be needed if the tear is prevented from becoming a large rip. The child is a genius.

“Our grand duty is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” – Thomas Carlyle

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. It is not intended to provide individualized health care guidance, please seek an individual health care professional for individualized health care purposes.

Melatonin and the Pineal Gland

Melatonin is a hormone with immune and antioxidant importance. It is produced in the pineal gland at nighttime when there is no light present. The pineal gland can be at risk of calcification. It needs iodine and may be more at risk of calcification when excess fluoride is present and/or limited magnesium. (See: Alzheimer’s Disease & Pineal Calcification, Carolyn Dean MD) (Magnesium sources) (Pineal Calcification, Melatonin Production, Aging, Associated Health Conditions and Rejuvenation of the Pineal Gland, PubMed)

Calcification of the pineal gland may also interfere with our sense of direction possibly due to disruption of internal magnetic fields. (Pineal Gland Calcification and Defective Sense of Direction, PubMed)

Complete darkness during sleep hours with blackout curtains and any nightlight/alarm clocks or other electronic equipment lights are covered. Having some full spectrum light during awake hours may also help. (See: Sleep and Health).

Lack of typical levels of melatonin is more common in patients with breast or prostate cancer or for people on the autism spectrum. See ~ 1:08:00 in the video: Quiet Wars: Frequencies of Death. 

There may be a protective effect by female hormones or increased risk for males- more severe calcification is associated with more severe prostate or pancreatic cancer and less severe with breast or cervical cancer. (Pineal Calcification Among Black Patients, PubMed).

Quiet Wars: Frequencies of Death.

/Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./