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Vitamin D Shrinks Breast Cancer Cells!


This is in reference to the Good Morning America piece on Vitamin D destroying Cancer Cells and the doctor  interviewed by ABC news as saying - “Results Encouraging, But Don\'t Read Too Much Into Them” (Dr. Richard Besser).


Suzan Clarke wrote about this on Feb. 22, 2010, when the TV segment aired. A video of the piece is actually available on the ABC News website.


Again there is evidence brought to light (no pun intended!) that vitamin D is beneficial to living things. New research shows that the sunshine vitamin can kill human cancer cells.


Here is an excerpt from the article:

JoEllen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, has studied the effects of vitamin D for 25 years. Part of her research involves taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. Within a few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up and died. Welsh said the vitamin has the same effect as a drug used for breast cancer treatment.


"What happens is that vitamin D enters the cells and triggers the cell death process," she told "Good Morning America." "It\'s similar to what we see when we treat cells with Tamoxifen," a drug used to treat breast cancer. The vitamin\'s effects were even more dramatic on breast cancer cells injected into mice.


After several weeks of treatment, the cancer tumors in the mice shrank by an average of more than 50 percent. Some tumors disappeared. Similar results have been achieved on colon and prostate cancer tumors in mice.


People should take care not to read too much into laboratory studies, said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News\' senior health and medical editor. Positive effects in a Petri dish or in rats may not necessarily mean similar results in humans, he said it’s also easier to treat cancer in mice than in people, Besser said. There is testing to determine whether patients are getting enough vitamin D, but Besser doesn\'t recommend it for everyone. If someone has repeated fractures or falls, his or her doctor may decide to do the test. To ensure adequate vitamin D intake, Besser recommended that people check their diets and get enough sunlight. Five to thirty minutes of sun twice per week -- generally between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. -- should be sufficient, he said. He also said that such levels of exposure won\'t increase the risk for cancer.


Ok….here it goes:
I have always had issues with the morning news shows when they take an important subject and only tell part of the story. It is misleading! Previously in real estate, I really took issue when certain “updates” & “special reports” would appear on the news in the middle of the “economic crisis” with useless tips for homeowners faced with foreclosure. Give me a break! (But….that’s for another blog!)


I really find it hard to believe that the senior health and medical editor for ABC News is suggesting that only certain people get their Vitamin D levels checked when it’s estimated that over 70% of the country is deficient and there is evidence coming to light (it seems every day!) that the sunshine vitamin is extremely important to overall health. He also stated in the video that your body will use the sunlight/vitamin D you get in the summer months throughout the winter. Ummm…wrong. Not unless you are a lifeguard in Miami, maybe! And supplement your diet, etc...


I also can’t believe this other statement from the doctor…” Five to thirty minutes of sun twice per week -- generally between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. -- should be sufficient, he said. He also said that such levels of exposure won\'t increase the risk for cancer.”….Perhaps I am just being overly literal here but this doctor is advocating going out in the sun during the strongest hours of the day! If you were to go outdoors when living in southern California, Arizona or sunny Florida at noon for 30 minutes you’d be fried to a crisp! Sun burning increases your chance of cancer. Again, the entire story about the sun & vitamin D is not being disclosed. It seems a bit piece-meal. Let everyone know ALL of the facts so that they may make their own determination on what is right.


I understand that not all doctors are going to agree….it’s probably a lot like The U.S. Congress! But I have a hard time with the fact that doctors (who have sworn an oath “to harm none”) aren’t encouraging every one they come in contact with to up their Vitamin D levels. Tanning Salons are a perfect environment to do this, since the UV exposure is controlled. No one is advocating over exposure and sun burning. It is impossible to get adequate levels of the vitamin from diet alone…period! There also has been no known case of vitamin D toxicity. Moderate sun exposure should be a part of your normal preventative health regimen. If you live in the northern, less sunny areas of the world, it is imperative that you increase your vitamin D levels…especially in the winter.


Interesting enough, of the 47 or so comments posted about the article on the website most were pro-exposure and several comments were very well thought out. A few came from people that were convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that the sunshine vitamin transformed their illness/condition.


What is your opinion on the benefits of Vitamin D through moderate UV exposure? Has a doctor prescribed time in the tanning beds for you? News and information is only as good as its source…we want to hear from you! Send a quick email to our Suntan Crew or start a thread in our Sun Forum!


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