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Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention

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Keeping your vitamin D levels optimized is vital in fighting or preventing cancer and other diseases

I love being in the sunshine. I lie on the beach; I go outside most days, midday, for at least an hour during the summer; when I am talking to a friend on the street, I always make sure we are standing in the sunshine. I avoid sunscreen. (I do work hard to never sunburn.) I go to warm, sunny places often and I have always had a voracious appetite for dairy products, including grass-fed, raw milk. I have also intermittently taken 4,000 to 5,000 IU of Vitamin D, or cholecalciferol daily.

Have your vitamin D level tested once a year. When these levels are low, add supplemental Vitamin D and retest until the levels are appropriate. However, until recently, I had never had my own Vitamin D level tested. I thought that it just wouldn't be possible for me to have low levels of Vitamin D.

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A month ago, I had my Vitamin D levels checked. I was shocked. My Vitamin D 25-OH or 25-hydroxyvitamin D level was a whopping 31. The doc told me this was just fine. The range they consider to be normal is between 20-100 ng/mL. Quite a range, wouldn't you say? However, I knew differently. The minimum healthy Vitamin D level is 50 ng/mL (see chart) and 50 is too low if you are fighting a disease like cancer or a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or Irritable Bowel Syndrome or if you simply want to reduce your risks of these health troubles.

Cancer is the number one killer in the United States. Over half a million people in the United States alone will die of cancer this year. Yes, a healthy diet is a cornerstone of prevention. Yes, coffee enemas are an excellent preventative measure. Yes, optimizing your adrenal health is key. And, the science is clear, keep your Vitamin D levels optimized to avoid cancer.

By Kristina Amelong