Does the Government Get It About Vitamin D?

Expert Doctor Says RDA Guidelines Are Below What's Needed to Help Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease and Other Diseases

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2010) - What if there was one pill you could take that could possibly help reduce your risk for 17 types of cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, and childhood asthma -- and it wasn't a prescription drug? It's a pill that some recent studies indicate could lower the incidence of breast cancer by as much as 50 percent and reduce our national cost of cancer treatment by $25 billion annually, while costing consumers only pennies a day.

That pill exists, according to Dr. Soram Khalsa, a member of the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. It's Vitamin D, a nutrient that has been common since the 1920s, and new data suggests it could help stem the tide of many chronic conditions at a cost of under 10 cents a day.

Dr. Khalsa -- a board-certified internist, 30-year practitioner and pioneer of integrative medicine and author of the book "The Vitamin D Revolution" ( -- believes that the U.S. recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D is outdated and too low, based on the long standing premise that Vitamin D only helps fight rickets.

"Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in conditions including cancer, coronary artery disease and even chronic pain," Dr. Khalsa said. "Estimates indicate Vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. alone costs consumers between $40-$56 billion annually. Dozens of scientific studies have proclaimed that the incidence of these illnesses is lower in people with higher levels of Vitamin D in their systems, and is higher in those who lack it."

Some of the symptoms of low Vitamin D levels can include:

--  Muscular weakness
--  Feeling of heaviness in the legs
--  Chronic musculoskeletal pain
--  Fatigue
--  Frequent infections
--  Depression

"Because of the vast lack of access to basic healthcare, we have a massive population of people who don't feel good, and don't know why," Dr. Khalsa said. "By adding Vitamin D to their daily health regimen, consumers can proactively mitigate certain risks and improve the quality of their daily lives."

About Soram Khalsa, M.D.

Dr. Soram Khalsa, a board-certified internist on the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is a pioneer and 30-year veteran in the practice of integrative medicine.

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