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Power Of Vitamin D - book

Excellent book
Subtitle: Learn How You Can Reap Miraculous Health Benefits Of Vitamin D!
By Sarfraz Zaidi, MD Jan 2010 URL for the book

New Edition Power Of Vitamin D: 2nd edition Zaidi – July 2013


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He points out that after testing every patient for over ten years, only one had a 25(OH)D exceeding 50 ng/mL without taking megadoses of D3: a young woman who is a lifeguard.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why is Vitamin D important? ............................ 1

Health Benefits of Vitamin D ................................................1
“Why hasn’t my Doctor told me about all the beneficial effects of Vitamin D?” ....3

Chapter 2: What is Vitamin D? .......................................... 5

The Long Journey to Understanding Vitamin D ......................5
Vitamin D: a Hormone .......................................................6

Chapter 3: Misconceptions About Vitamin D ...................... 9

Chapter 4: Natural Sources of Vitamin D ......................... 13
Sun .................................................................................13
Diet.................................................................................14

Chapter 5: An Epidemic of Vitamin D Deficiency .............. 17

Age .................................................................................18
Geographic Location ........................................................18
Race ...............................................................................19
Causes for the Epidemic of Vitamin D Deficiency ................19
Life-Style ....................................................................19
Sun Phobia .................................................................21
Obesity ......................................................................21
Medical Illnesses .........................................................21
Medications ................................................................22
Flaws with the Current Recommendations on Vitamin D Intake. ....................23

Chapter 6: Vitamin D Deficiency and Body Aches, Pains and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome .....25

The Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Body Aches,
Pains and Chronic Fatigue ................................................25
Secondary Hyperparathyroidism ........................................28
Tertiary Hyperparathyroidism / Primary Hyperparathyroidism ..................29
Case Study ......................................................................30
When to Consider Parathyroid Surgery ...............................31
Vitamin D Replacement Even After Parathyroid Surgery ........32
Case Study ......................................................................32

Chapter 7: Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis .......... 35

What is Osteoporosis? ......................................................35
Diagnosis of Osteopenia / Osteoporosis ............................35
Who Gets Osteoporosis? ..................................................36
The Relationship Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoporosis ..........36
Treatment of Osteopenia/Osteoporosis ..............................38
Case Studies ....................................................................38
What Osteoporosis really is and how Anti-Osteoporosis Drugs work. ............41
Drugs to Treat Osteoporosis ..............................................42
Side-effects of Anti-Osteoporosis drugs ..............................43
Vitamin D as an Anti-Osteoporosis agent ...........................45
My approach to the Treatment of Osteopenia/Osteoporosis .............45

Chapter 8: Vitamin D Deficiency and Steroid Use ............. 47

Chapter 9: Vitamin D Deficiency and Immune System Diseases ...........49

Common Colds ...............................................................51
Asthma ............................................................................51
Tuberculosis .....................................................................52
Rheumatoid Arthritis .........................................................52
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)....................................52
Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) ....................................................53
Case Study .................................................................55
Type 1 Diabetes ...............................................................56
Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases ...........................................58
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis ................................................58
Graves’ Disease. .........................................................58
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) ......................................59
Ulcerative Colitis .........................................................60
Crohn’s Disease ..........................................................60
My Approach to the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases ......61
Causes of Autoimmune Diseases .......................................62
Genetics ....................................................................62
Vitamin D Deficiency ...................................................62
Diet ...........................................................................62
Stress .........................................................................62

Chapter 10: Vitamin D Deficiency and Cancer ................. 69

What Promotes Cancer Growth? .......................................69
Vitamin D Deficiency ...................................................69
Insulin Resistance Syndrome .........................................69
Evidence for the Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Cancer ............71
Role of Vitamin D in the Treatment of Cancer ......................72
Case Study ......................................................................73

Chapter 11: Vitamin D Deficiency and Heart Disease ....... 75

Evidence for the Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Heart Disease ...........75
How Vitamin D may Prevent Heart Disease .........................76
Vitamin D Supplementation To Prevent Heart Disease ..........76

Chapter 12: Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetes Mellitus .. 79

Type 1 Diabetes ...............................................................79
The Relationship Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Type 1 Diabetes ............80
Evidence that Links Vitamin D Deficiency to Type 1 Diabetes 80
Evidence that Vitamin D may Prevent Type 1 Diabetes ..........80
Type 2 Diabetes ...............................................................82
The Relationship Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Type 2 Diabetes .............83
Evidence that Links Vitamin D Deficiency to Type 2 Diabetes .............................83
Evidence that Vitamin D may Prevent Type 2 Diabetes ..........84

Chapter 13: Vitamin D Deficiency and High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) ....... 87

Evidence that Links Vitamin D Deficiency to Hypertension .....87
How does Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Hypertension ...........88
Evidence that Vitamin D may Reduce Blood Pressure ...........90
Vitamin D - A Natural Anti-Hypertensive Agent ....................90
My Approach to the Treatment of Hypertension ...................90

Chapter 14: Vitamin D Deficiency and Kidney Disease ..... 93

Chronic Kidney Disease Causes Vitamin D Deficiency .........93
Vitamin D Deficiency Worsens Chronic Kidney Disease ........94

Chapter 15: Vitamin D Deficiency in Stomach Bypass Surgery Patients ........ 97

Case Study ......................................................................98

Chapter 16: Vitamin D Deficiency and Dental Problems . 101

Chapter 17: Vitamin D Deficiency and Depression ......... 103

Chapter 18: Vitamin D Deficiency and Skin Disorders .... 105

Chapter 19: Vitamin D Deficiency During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding .......... 107

Why are Pregnant Women low in Vitamin D ......................107
Don’t Rely on Prenatal Vitamins for Vitamin D ...................108
Case Study ....................................................................108
Low Vitamin D in the Mother can cause low Vitamin D in the Newborn ..............108
Effects of low Vitamin D ..................................................109
Risks to Mother .........................................................109
Risks to Newborn ......................................................110
Low Vitamin D in Breast-fed Infants ..................................113
“So, What Should I Do?” ................................................113

Chapter 20: Vitamin D Deficiency in Children and Teenagers ..................... 115

Vitamin D Deficiency is Common among Children ............115
Causes for Vitamin D Deficiency in Children .....................116
Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency in Children .......................117
My Recommendations to Parents of Children and Teenagers ..........119
Daily Dose of Vitamin D for Children and Teenagers .........119

Chapter 21: Vitamin D Deficiency in the Elderly ............. 121

Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency in the Elderly ...................121
Effects of Low Vitamin D in the Elderly ..............................123
“What should I do?” .......................................................124

Chapter 22: Diagnosis of Vitamin D Deficiency .............. 127

What’s the Right Test to Diagnose Vitamin D Deficiency and Why? ......127
Case Study ....................................................................128
Interpretation of the Test ..................................................129
Why the Normal Ranges for Vitamin D are Inaccurate .......129
Watch out for the units used by the Laboratory ..................130

Chapter 23: Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency .............. 133

Why Recommendations on the Daily Dose of Vitamin D are Flawed ..............133
My Approach to the Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency ......135
Sources of Vitamin D ......................................................137
The Starting Dose of Vitamin D Supplement ......................142
The Maintenance Dose of Vitamin D Supplement ..............144
Case Studies ..................................................................145
Monitoring Vitamin D Level .............................................145
Dose of Vitamin D Supplement in Special Situations ..........147
Case Studies ..................................................................148

Chapter 24: Vitamin D Toxicity ....................................... 151

What is Vitamin D toxicity? ..............................................151
What level of vitamin D causes damage to the body? ........151
Frequency of Vitamin D Toxicity ........................................152
Risk of Toxicity; Over the Counter Vitamin D3 versus Prescription Calcitriol (Rocaltrol) ......152
Can You Develop Vitamin D Toxicity From Too Much Sun? ..........................153
How Do You Detect Vitamin D Toxicity? ............................153
Symptoms of Vitamin D Toxicity ........................................154
Treatment for Vitamin D Toxicity .......................................154
In Summary .................................................................. 157
Acknowledgments....................................................... 159
Conversion Table (Reference Values for Converting Units) ........ 161

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