March 4, 2015

Letter from the Director:   


Our last newsletter put forth some ideas about a researcher's suggestion to wait for clinical trials to be completed before recommending vitamin D enhancement and, whether the current activities that we see with marketing supplements, tests, and education were actually hindering some research. Obviously, my take is that we need to proceed to take care of our health.

I wanted you to know that we got several responses and I smiled at them all: "You should look at the complaint as a statement that GrassrootsHealth is succeeding!"

I do look at it that way and, especially, give my thanks to all of you who participate in generating this success.

To this end, 'Success,' we are asking you to please take a few minutes this week to answer a survey about how we can add value to YOU as a participant in this process.  We have some great things... what matters most to you?  And, what else would you like to see?

Your feedback is both needed and appreciated to help us make sure we are generating value for you.

Have a beautiful week.  We are home in San Diego this week, back to Charleston, South Carolina next week to work with Dr. Wagner at the Medical University of South Carolina.  MUCH more to come on this project -- another major topic coming your way. 



Carole Baggerly 

Director, GrassrootsHealth

A Public Health Promotion & Research Organization

Moving Research into Practice NOW!

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Video of the Week 


Sunlight and Your Health: An EnLIGHTening Perspective


Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD 

Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics
Director of the General Clinical Research Center

Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory
Director, Biologic Effects of Light Research
Boston University Medical Center


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Dr. Michael Holick Dr. Holick has made numerous contributions to the field of the biochemistry, physiology, metabolism,
and photobiology of vitamin D for human nutrition. Dr. Holick has established global recommendations advising sunlight exposure as an integral source of vitamin D. He has helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical communities regarding vitamin D deficiency pandemic, and its role in causing not only metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults, but increasing risk of children and adults developing common deadly cancers, infectious, autoimmune, and other diseases. He has written more than 300 peer reviewed articles and edited or wrote 12 books including "The Vitamin D Solution," and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine.

This jam-packed presentation gives you all the information you need to understand the benefits of sunlight, while debunking the current thoughts of our culture.This presentation gives you the science behind the benefits of the sun, but in a very entertaining and fast-paced presentation. It also chronologically goes through medicine's relationship with the sun and vitamin D.

Some points from this presentation: 
  • In 1933 common medicine recognized 133 different conditions that were treated by sunlight.
  • Sun exposure is healthy! (Watch this video to understand how the sun works and not burn.)
  • In the winter the sun is at too low of an angle over most of the US (above Los Angeles/Atlanta) and all of Canada for us to produce vitamin D from sun exposure.
  • Cats don't make vitamin D.
  • Reptiles have sun lamps for their health.
  • Diet alone won't provide enough vitamin D to become vitamin D sufficient.
  • Sunscreen reduces vitamin D production by 98%.
  • Black (dark) skin pigment needs 5-10 times more sun exposure than Caucasian (light) skin pigment to produce the same amount of vitamin D.


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Letter from the Editor


We are eager to see the comments from the survey. It will only take a few minutes to complete and we really value your feedback. Feedback always helps "right the boat." This will help us focus on what is more important and valuable to our participants, you!


As we are nearing the end of winter, how is your D level? Do you think you are getting enough sun? Note from the video above, Dr. Holick states that if you live above 32 degrees latitude you won't produce vitamin D from the sun in winter. I know I am not - we have had too much rain and cold weather. Are you supplementing? Using a sun lamp? Going to a tanning salon? 


Sometimes it is easy to remember vitamin D when we are in crisis, but remember vitamin D sufficiency is about prevention. If we keep our bodies functioning the way they are meant to, we will fight disease and sickness.  


Have a great week!


Susan Siljander       

Marketing Director, GrassrootsHealth

A Public Health Promotion & 

Research Organization  

Moving Research into Practice NOW!

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Do You Need a Vitamin D Supplement to Maintain Ideal Levels

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Vitamin D for Public Health Seminar

December 9-10, 2014

La Jolla, CA


Sunlight and Your Health: An EnLIGHTening Perspective  

Michael F. Holick
Phd, MD
Boston University Medical Center

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