Thanks to All Who Took Action on Vitamin D Last Week. If You Did Not, Please Take Action Now!January 12, 2010
Please read the following article or Take Action Here!
Last week we highlighted the government’s complete silence about Vitamin D during this flu season, complete silence despite the scientific evidence supporting the use of Vitamin D to prevent or treat flu. Not a word has been said by our health authorities despite projections that there would be hundreds of thousands of seasonal flu-related complications, more than 35,000 related deaths , and an unknown number in addition from the H1N1 flu.
We asked you to take action to tell the responsible government agencies that further silence, even efforts to censor information, about Vitamin D and its role in preventing or treating so many different health conditions including flu is simply unacceptable. Our thanks to those of you who took the time to respond and send a message to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), NIH (National Institute of Health), and HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) to let them know that they are failing in their duty to support the health of all citizens.
This week we are again asking those of you who have not yet responded to Take Action by signing our petition to the same agencies. Then ask your friends and family to do the same.
Our goal is to persuade the CDC, FDA, NIH, and HHS to step up to the plate and help educate the public about the critical role Vitamin D plays. In particular, we are asking them to issue statements outlining the immense benefits to be gained from supplementation during the flu season. In addition, HHS should update the government’s web site, www.flu.gov to include well established facts about Vitamin D.
When Vitamin D is lacking, we become a prime target for flu and the H1N1 Swine Flu. By contrast, those with sufficient levels of Vitamin D are able to fight off or throw off these attacking pathogens.
Vitamin D boosts the innate immune response in many ways. It also balances the immune response, preventing inflammation that can lead to flu-related complications such as bacterial pneumonia or lung infection. Inflammation was the leading cause of deaths in the 1918 influenza pandemic.
In anticipation of the government’s programmed response – that even more research needs to be done – we are also asking the CDC, FDA, NIH, and HHS to support and fund additional research on the importance of maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D, including the link between Vitamin D and flu prevention and treatment.
Executive Director, ANH-USA
Read the more complete discussion of our Vitamin D campaign contained in last week’s newsletter followed by helpful articles from a variety of reliable sources and databases of scientific research on Vitamin D.