November 26, 2014

Letter from the Director


On the eve of Thanksgiving we would like to take the time to thank you, our participants and followers, for all the work that has been done since we founded GrassrootsHealth in 2007.


Some of the changes are overwhelming! Can you imagine going into a grocery store or pharmacy and not finding a vitamin D supplement? Well, that was the case in 2007.


Can you imagine an insurance company listening to the benefits of vitamin D and even funding a project in their local area? Can you imagine a State Representative from Alaska, Paul Seaton, spearheading a project for all citizens in Alaska? Can you imagine a local community center or public health official creating a local project where they give 4000-5000 IU vitamin D daily to their constituents? These things are happening, now in 2014 - and I am very thankful.


People are now taking action in response to the vitamin D prevention message. It is hitting home. This may be because of the changes in insurance laws, or because we are all sick of our family and loved ones being diagnosed with diseases we now know can be prevented. Regardless of the cause, more people are taking steps to prevent disease now in 2014, than in 2007 - and I am very thankful.


I am also thankful for my great GrassrootsHealth staff. They do so much for our organization that goes beyond their jobs. They all believe firmly in the cause and definitely show it with their own contacts with their families and friends. And I am thankful for the scientists we are privileged to work with. Their science and their participation are the backbone of the organization. Our staff and some of our panel scientists are working together on the seminar coming up - Vitamin D for Public Health - Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement for Optimal Health. I'd love for you all to consider coming, and to share the information of this educational seminar with others.


The seminar is shaping up to be a gathering of activists, from the exhibitors to the attendees and speakers. Those coming are indeed eager to share and learn new ways of promoting public health.


Thank you!

Carole Baggerly 

Director, GrassrootsHealth

A Public Health Promotion & Research Organization

Moving Research into Practice NOW!

Thankful for the Changes in the US


Let's take a few minutes to look back to when we founded GrassrootsHealth in 2007. We hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.


Vitamin D Research


A search of PubMed reveals that there were only 749 research papers published in 2007 concerning vitamin D. Most of those papers dealt with bone and skeletal health - not disease prevention.


That same search reveals 2051 papers published in 2014, and we are not even done yet! (2186 in 2013).


Also, there is increasing research and acceptance to the findings that vitamin D can indeed promote health, as witnessed by doctors now encouraging their patients to take vitamin D supplements and some even being pro-active with vitamin D testing (in 2007 many doctors denied their patients vitamin D blood tests when asked, citing it was a waste of money).


GrassrootsHealth Scientists' Call to Action


One of the cornerstones of GrassrootsHealth is its panel of 42 scientists and the first published press release of GrassrootsHealth - our Call to Action. We wanted to attack this prevention problem from a different direction, and it has been very successful. 42 scientists agree that:

  • 40-75% of the world is vitamin D deficient.
  • 4000 IU vitamin D per day can be considered a safe upper intake level for adults aged 19 and older.
  • The public should have vitamin D serum levels between 40 and 60 nanograms/milliliter (100-150 nanomoles/liter) to prevent disease.

This consensus is now commonly accepted by many in the medical community and has been quoted in books, such as The Vitamin D Solution by Michael Holick, PhD, MD. It is also included as part of a recommendation from The Vitamin D Society, an advocacy group in Canada.


Specific Findings Yield Big Results

When we started GrassrootsHealth most of the research with respect  to vitamin D was on bone health and a growing amount on cancer. Evidence showed that circulating blood levels of 25(OH)D between 40-60 ng/ml could reduce the incidence of breast cancer by up to 77% and other cancers by varying amounts.


We are thankful now for new research on vitamin D during pregnancy that shows some amazing results in a very short time period. One outcome is the reduction of preterm births, potentially by 50% or more when pregnant mothers have a 25(OH)D measurement of 40-60 ng/ml. We are taking steps to move this research into practice in local community centers through our Protect our Children NOW! project. It is a project that can be done quickly, and findings can be reported (there is no speculation whether a baby is preterm or not, it is based on gestation time).


The Protect our Children NOW! project is up and running and we can present it to any interested community center or public health officer in the country. Together, we can make an impact and we are thankful for those that are willing to act with us.


Thankful for D*action


D*action was started in 2009, and we have had over 10,000 participants. 74% of D*action participants come in to their first test already taking some level of vitamin D supplements.


We have 210 participants who have completed 10 or more tests! Thank you for staying with D*action for the 5 years it takes to run those tests and thank you for your data and consistency. It is very helpful for our data analysis and studies to have multiple tests from each participant spread out over time. Ideally, we would like participants to take a test every six months.


We continue to have new people signing up for D*action and we are thankful for participation of any length of time. 
Editor's Note


I am going to take a minute and express my thanks on behalf of many of you. I have heard this expressed many times, so I am just the pen to put it on paper (or the typist to put it in the word processor).


Thank you, Carole Baggerly, for your dedication, your drive, your intellect and your founding of GrassrootsHealth. It is truly a one-of-a-kind non-profit and has found a unique niche in getting research into practice. You have taken a bunch of individual scientists and united them under one banner. You have allowed research to get more press and take hold with the medical community.


Thank you for your drive. You never stop trying to make the world a better place, a place without disease.  


Thank you from all the participants, scientists, and people you have touched!


Susan Siljander       


Marketing Director, GrassrootsHealth

A Public Health Promotion & 

Research Organization  

Moving Research into Practice NOW!


Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our videos on YouTube   Visit our blog

Free Seminar
Integrating Sunshine, Supplements and Measurement for Optimal Health

11 CME credits 


La Jolla, CA

December 9, 10

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Order Your Home Vitamin D Test TODAY!
Your participation in this project funds all the GrassrootsHealth research and promotion.
Do You Qualify?
Women, 60+ years
Test every 6 months
Sign up Now


Find vitamin D research papers
What is Protect our Children NOW! with Dr. Carol Wagner
Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, interviews Lead Investigator, Dr. Carol Wagner and discusses the Protect Our Children NOW! Project.
Watch Video

Protect our Children NOW! Campaign
Learn more about this important campaign
View Here


Share this newsletter on Facebook! Click on the top left social share buttons to share this entire newsletter. 


You can prevent disease if just one more person finds out about the preventative properties of vitamin D and starts moving their blood serum levels to 40-60 ng/ml. 


Contact Us