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Can Vitamin D be a Cure to Health Care Sustainability (question mark) – symposium May 2014

Press Release CALGARY, May 1, 2014 /CNW/


Preventive health care has emerged as a potential solution to Canada's cash-strapped health-care system. Instead of absorbing costs associated with treating people that are sick, preventive care involves investing money to ensure people live healthier lives. One preventive strategy that has spurred serious debate is the use of Vitamin D. Uncertainty persists as to whether Canadians are getting enough Vitamin D and whether supplementation would lead to a healthier population.

Media are invited to an upcoming symposium devoted to assessing the merits of Vitamin D supplementation as a health intervention strategy.

Health researchers from leading Canadian and US universities and public health officials from the FDA and Canadian governments will assemble to discuss and debate the latest research into this emerging health topic.

Professor Herb Emery of The School of Public Policy will also summarize key findings of the event's proceedings at a media conference.

What: Vitamin D symposium and press conference
When: Monday, May 5, 2014: Symposium- 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Media Availability - 3 p.m.
Where: Fairmont Chateau Laurier, MacDonald Room / The Quebec Suite, 1 Rideau St. Ottawa, ON
For further information: Morten Paulsen, 403.399.3377, morten at paulsengroup.ca


Henry Lahore of VitaminDWiki talked with 2 attendies on the phone a week later

Consensus that 4,000 IU and 40 ng or 50 ng is needed
Consensus that a higher level of vitamin D would reduce cost of health care
No consensus as to how to achieve the higher level: fortification, etc.
Various doctors feared that food fortification which would benefit the fast majority might harm a tiny minority. (incorrect)
Note: The Canadian Federal govt decides how little of vitamin D to recommend, but the Provincial govts. pay the resulting health bill.
    See Typically takes a century for govts to fortify food with nutrients (like vitamin D)
Amazingly there was much more heated discussion about vitamin D than previous conferences on physician-assisted suicide

See also VitaminDWiki

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