In his job as a technology investment researcher, Patrick Cox surveys thousands of the most recent scientific studies in order to advise investors on current trends and opportunities. In his recent article, What Vitamin D Means to Your Technology Profits, Cox presents a bold commentary based on the most recent research findings of vitamin D’s physiological role and optimal dosage. Below is an adaptation of the original story.
Four decades of old “settled science”
Cox writes that the “scientific consensus” that has held sway for four decades regarding both exposure to the sun and vitamin D has collapsed. What has emerged in place of the old “settled science” is the knowledge that most people in America are seriously vitamin D deficient or insufficient. The same is true for Canada and Europe, and the implications are staggering. Vitamin D deficiency is not one of those metaphoric “epidemics.” It is an extremely serious public health problem that affects virtually all diseases.
New evidence to support optimal dosage
In the last few years, an overwhelming flood of new evidence has been produced supporting the view that the medical and nutritional establishments have been fundamentally wrong about the benefits of attaining optimum vitamin D levels. If researchers on the cutting edge are right, the benefits of raising your serum D levels from approximately 25 to about 40 ng/ml are enormous.
The silent epidemic
Cox credits Dr. Michael Holick, the researcher most responsible for this radical change in thinking and who has described the current state of widespread vitamin D deficiency as a “silent epidemic.” For the last thirty years, Holick has been gathering data, doing research and studying the role of sunshine and vitamin D. Supposedly objective journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, refused to publish his exhaustively documented research; research now accepted as both accurate and pioneering.
A simple solution to better health- vitamin D3
If you are not one of the few people with optimal serum D levels, such as lifeguards in South Florida, you can cut your risks from most major diseases by 50 to 80 percent. All you have to do is get enough vitamin D. Dr. Holick recommends 1,000 to 2,000 IU each day, or sun exposure, five to ten minutes, arms and legs, three times a week (do not burn).