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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Vitamin D and Stroke

Vitamin D is getting a lot of good publicity over the last few years with its importance in managing heart disease, osteoporosis, insulin sensitivity, multiple sclerosis, and cancer prevention, to name a few. Another emerging benefit is in stroke prevention. Science Daily ran this article recently reporting on a study with outstanding results, showing patients with very low levels of Vitamin D were 78% more likely to have a stroke than those with normalized Vitamin D levels (i.e. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D).

The general consensus about Vitamin D is the observational and epidemiological studies are numerous and showing impressive results, however, the role of Vitamin D supplementation warrants well-developed, large, randomized, double-blind studies first, before cementing its place in western medicine. Don't hold your breath waiting for these studies as there's no financial rewards proving the need to normalize Vitamin D levels. Moreover, the statins would probably go the way of the dinosaur if pitted in a trial against Vitamin D. In fact, statins may be affording their slight benefit because thay activate Vitamin D receptors and in some studies involving atorvastatin (Lipitor) and rosuvastatin (Crestor) Vitamin D levels go up in patients taking these statins. This latter finding is quite intriguing but that's another story for another day.

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Andrew Wakefield Smearing is a Sport

Pediatric gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield is like a stuffed play rat in the jaws of one's pet kitty. The New York Times' Gardiner Harris just wrote this article stating that The Lancet (medical journal) is retracting a study of Wakefield's on the association of the triple MMR vaccine and autism. The author tried to balance the story but two-stepped enough to cripple his own credibility. He writes of a "British Journalist" who alleged Wakefield failed to make full disclosures yet leaves the name of the journalist out. The journalist was clearly Brian Deer who appears to live to attack Dr. Wakefield in the British press. The author of the Times piece failed to mention the massive use of ghost writers in the land of medical journals leaving one to wonder why this particle study of Wakefield's was cherry-picked.

If the truth about autism is sought why is the "Danish article" that manipulates statistics to prove the lack of association between vaccines and autism not ever in media reports? Why are media reports on attack rates of pathogens in the vaccinated verses unvaccinated population left out of the press?

MMR vaccinations in Britain are down since Wakefield's article. One wonders how much money may be getting funneled into the pockets of those who run The Lancet, New York Times and Brian Deer's pockets?

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