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Hello Sunshine

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Buried in the chaos that is prostate cancer, we often forget the basics.  When we are ill, we don’t remember that we need sunshine to maintain our Vitamin D levels.

Q. Before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was exhausted most of the time. My doctor tested the level of vitamin D in my blood after my diagnosis. It was at 12, well below the minimum!

I just read that vitamin D might reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and that people with adequate levels of this vitamin have better survival stats. How much should I be getting? Is it better to get your vitamin D from the sun or from a pill?

A. A large study showed higher vitamin D levels were associated with a lower likelihood of lethal prostate cancer (Journal of the National Cancer Institute, May 2, 2012). One protocol suggested benefits for men with prostate cancer who took 4,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily (Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism online, April 16, 2012). This dose is high, so please check with your doctor. Read more:

The last ten years has seen a huge body of research evidence  (must read) showing that:         

        * Vitamin D is an important factor in cancer prevention.

        * Vitamin D activates the immune system to work against rogue cells

        * Vitamin D has the ability to normalise and correct cancer cells.

So it boosts the immune system, prevents cancer, AND can even help beat it.

Everybody with cancer should take vitamin D 
If you cannot spend one hour a day in the sunshine, everybody with cancer should certainly include vitamin D supplementation in their integrative treatment package if they want to increase their personal odds of beating the disease.

Dr David Christiani said the survival differences were ´dramatic´; the highest levels of  vitamin D saw 72 per cent 5- year survivals compared with just 29 per cent for people with the lowest levels.

You can only obtain reasonable quantities of this vitamin through exposure to sunshine; a far lesser amount may be obtained through consuming oily fish. After that, other foods contribute very little.

Before diagnosis in 2008, I spent ten years on a farm and working in the vineyards receiving ample sunshine.  Since diagnosis, I rarely get outside for a dose of Vitamin D.  I will try and change that.

On the other side of the coin

Epidemiologists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center showed that calcium and vitamin D supplementation did not prevent bone loss and, in fact, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and aggressive prostate cancer. (Source)

“The wakeup call of these findings,” said Datta, “is that the presumption of benefit from calcium and vitamin D supplements that have been routinely recommended to these men must be rigorously evaluated.”

Written by Greg Naylor

14 September 2012 at 12:00 am

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  1. I am so glad you made the comments on Vit D.. I am rather tired of talking, and most all, just glaze over when you try to..

    Unfortunately, VERY few are prepared to accept any link as the time line is so very long, and yet we collectively ask WHY is there more cancer today, and we ask WHY did I get cancer…
    Could it not be considered as obvious, that for thousands of years , we chased animals with spears, and today we push a shopping trolley.
    For thousands of years we lived in the sun and did not get skin cancers…
    What is the link? Well some leading alternates have made the link between NQ Surf Life Savers and NO skin cancer…

    As you have said, VitD is crucial to the background bodily functions, and few doctors know of the link between sustained deficiency and failure of the immune system..

    The remaining question is WHAT is the therapeutic dose… We take at least 10000 iu a day, along with Curcumin , and our OPC…

    I have been taking 10000 a day for some time and my VitD 25 levels are just at the upper end of recommended levels.

    How much does a healthy body need, in order to maintain a viable immune system.. We will likely die finding out…


    14 September 2012 at 7:58 am

    • I am not offering fast track cures or prevention methods. I have been researching what the body needs to minimise the possibility of contracting (prostate) cancer. I will feel better for having offered some advice on what we eat etc.

      How do you obtain 10000 iu/day and can you clarify the iu definition?

      Greg Naylor

      14 September 2012 at 11:23 am

      • The VitD that we take is from the US, and it comes as 5000iu capsules.. the fact that typical sups in Australia might only supply perhaps 500iu, shows that large dosage is not seen as beneficial….
        We would all like to find the miracle cure, and would be happy to find a prevention..
        How can you hope to convince the younger folk that stupid VitD and anti-oxidants, might actually save their lives..


        14 September 2012 at 12:18 pm

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    3 July 2013 at 1:22 am

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