Vitamin D3 News
Breaking news from: August 2009
Vol 1, No 6
In This Issue
The American Academy of Dermatology has recognized Vitamin D deficiency as a serious health risk.
Welcome to the latest issue of Vitamin D3 News. Dermatologists have long warned about the correlation between sun exposure and cancer of the skin and melanoma. Yet many believe that the use of sun screens has, in fact, resulted in a significant increase in the incidence of melanoma because the use encourages people to remain in the sun for extended periods of time. The latest release from the American Academy of Dermatologists suggests the organization is, at long last, rethinking their position.
Facts behind the American Academy of Dermatology's statement
The American Academy of Dermatology recently issued a position statement on Vitamin D3 after a comprehensive review of the increasing body of scientific literature on Vitamin D3 and its contribution to optimal health. However, many of their statements fail to take into consideration the opinions of Vitamin D3 experts.
The following are some key recommendations made the the Academy
Statement: The Academy continues to recommend that individuals obtain Vitamin D3 from nutritional sources and dietary supplements rather than from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a known risk factor for skin cancer, derived from sun exposure and indoor tanning devices. 
Note: Dietary sources provide minimal amounts of Vitamin D3 compared to that derived from exposure to the sun. Also, while exposure to the sun may increase the risk of skin cancer, lack of exposure results in higher incidences of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancers.
Statement: The Academy also states that individuals who regularly and properly practice sun protection, such as the daily use of sunscreen on exposed skin or the wearing of sun protective clothing, may be at risk for Vitamin D3 deficiency.
Note: It is important to clarify that sun screens block the one form of ultra violet radiation (UVB) that is responsible for the production of Vitamin D3, but fails to block UVA, which is a known cause of melanoma. Since the promotion of sun block by the Academy, the incidence of melanoma has increased dramatically, presumably because individuals now expose themselves to the sun for longer periods, having the misperception that they are protected from harm.  
Statement: A higher dose of Vitamin D3 may be necessary for individuals and others with known risk factors for Vitamin D3 insufficiency, such as those with dark skin, the elderly, photosensitive people, people who get limited sun exposure, obese individuals and those with fat malabsorption.
Note:  Multiple studies have shown that the vast majority of the population have Vitamin D3 levels far less than that believed to be optimal. Even those in sunny regions, because of lifestyle changes and the present belief that exposure to the sun is dangerous, are grossly deficient.
Statement: Many epidemiological studies suggest an association between low serum Vitamin D3 levels and increased risk of certain types of cancer, neurological disease, autoimmune disease and cardiovascular disease. It should be emphasized that the causal relationship of Vitamin D3 to these conditions has yet to be demonstrated through clinical trials.
Note: Vitamin D3 experts now believe that the epidemiological data linking Vitamin D3 deficiency to cancer is as strong and extensive as the data showing that smoking causes cancer. In addition, a placebo controlled trial published in 2007 demonstrated the relationship between Vitamin D3 supplementation and prevention of cancer. As a result of this study, the Canadian Cancer Society began recommending that everyone take Vitamin D3 supplements to prevent cancer.
Statement: The Academy encourages those with concerns about their Vitamin D3 level to discuss options for obtaining sufficient dietary or supplementary sources of Vitamin D3 with their physician.

"The Vitamin D3 position statement supports the Academy's long-held conviction on safe ways to get this important vitamin -- through a healthy diet that incorporates foods naturally rich in Vitamin D3, Vitamin D3-fortified foods and beverages, and Vitamin D3 supplements," stated dermatologist David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD, president of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Note: While the Academy stresses the importance of obtaining Vitamin D3 from the diet, experts recognize that the diet cannot replace the quantities produced by sunlight. In fact, the only way to obtain a sufficient amount of Vitamin D3 is through supplements. 
To see a complete version of the American Academy of Dermatology's statement, click on the link below:
VitaminD3World launches the first Vitamin D3 microtablet formulation 
VitaminD3World has launched the smallest Vitamin D3 microtablet in the world. Apart from being tiny, it is tasteless and perfect for those who cannot or do not like to swallow pills because the microtablet can be chewed and swallowed. 
Vitamin D3 tablets are less expensive and have a longer shelf life than soft gels. They are also ideal for vegetarians. Soft gels are made from gelatin, which is derived from animal bones, and cannot be produced in a form suitable to vegetarians. 
The issues with many tablet formulations is that they are often large and, most importantly, are made with cheap fillers which result in a pill with very poor dissolution characteristics, resulting in little of the active component being absorable. 
VitaminD3World has formulated microtablets with cellulose, which rapidly absorbs water, resulting in a pill that breaks up very quickly ensuring that the Vitamin D3 can be easily absorbed. 
Customers purchasing this new formulation can obtain free supplies of 400IU Vitamin D3 for their children. For more details, click here.
Editorial Comments:
More than twenty years passed before epidemiological evidence demonstrating that smoking caused cancer was generally accepted by the medical profession. Many Vitamin D3 experts now believe that a similar situation exists with regard to data on Vitamin D3 deficiency being accepted as a major predisposing factor for cancer. Hopefully, the Worldwide Web and its ability to rapidly disseminate new information will shorten the time to acceptance of these major findings. Spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to anyone who may be interested and encourage them to sign up for future updates from VitaminD3News. To sign up for our newsletter, click here.
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