Sun-Paranoid Cancer Societies Struggle to Promote Vitamin D
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
In the face of mounting evidence that proper vitamin D levels significantly reduce overall cancer risk, especially for colon cancer, both the Canadian and American Cancer Societies are caught in a dilemma: how to increase vitamin D intake which comes naturally from sun exposure while warning people to stay out of the sun.
This dilemma is further deepened by the fact that the only other alternative is taking a dietary supplement containing vitamin D. I wonder what will happen to the 50 billion dollar a year cancer treatment industry if rates of cancer drop 77% due to adequate vitamin D intake. It is clear that if vitamin D were a drug it would be the top prescription.
Enjoy the sun in moderation. Vitamin D intake up to 2000 IU per day is especially important in Northern climates, with a minimum daily intake of 1100-1500 IU per day for general health.
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