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Acne - Accutane - vitamin A - vitamin D and suicide - Nov 2010

Report of increased suicides in patients taking Accutane to reduce acne (128 of 5,700)

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/news/20101111/severe-acne-raises-suicide-risk-study-finds

Many previous reports on the internet of Accutane causing dental problems CLICK HERE for example

So it appears

acne==> use accutane ==> many dental cavities, birth defects, depression, and suicide

which are all associated with very low levels of vitamin D


Dr. Cannell of vitamin D council explains the Accutane/vitamin D problem
which is in his May 2010 newsletter on VitaminDWiki

Another Vitamin D Council newsletter had the following comment

A person who had taken vitamin D for diabetes and found that in addition to losing weight that the acne went away

I have had some reports that vitamin D cured acne but frankly, I didn't believe them. Then I ran across this 1938 paper entitled Vitamin D in Acne: A Comparison with X-Ray Treatment (PDF format). You can read the entire paper yourself and see what 5,000–14,000 IU per day did for these patients with severe acne. When I was a kid, I always wondered why my pimples got better in the summer and worse in the winter.


This same concept was confirmed 3 days later on Nov 16 by FoodConsumer

Other possible relationships:

Low vitamin D ==> depression and suicide

CLICK HERE for Google Search
Psychology Today on the subject 2003
Prisoners have very low vitamin D – Cannell and another Feb 2010 and women in prision have 9X the suicide rate than outside

Low vitamin D ==> acne - see below

CLICK HERE for Google search of Acne and "Vitamin D"

Update from FoodConsumer May 2011

  • vitamin D better than Accutane/vitamin A for acne (observed in 1938)
  • get lots of vitamin D if take Accutane as chemotherapy

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See also VitaminDWiki

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