Millions of people are deficient in magnesium, omega-3, vitamin K2, and yes, vitamin D. Are you one of them? The Organic & Natural Health Association is committed ensuring the public has ample access to high-quality vitamins and dietary supplements. We believe supplementation plays an essential role in achieving optimal health. Critics’ claims that a well-balanced diet eliminates the need for supplements are false. Modern agricultural practices have depleted the soil, and subsequently our fruits and vegetables, of essential nutrients. Too many chicken and cattle are raised on unnatural diets that deplete their nutritional value, and you just can’t eat your way to a healthy vitamin D level. How will we help the general public understand the impact of nutrient deficiency?
People participating in research and changing healthcare
We recently launched The Power of D campaign, created in partnership with GrassrootsHealth, a nonprofit organization that has engaged more than 12,000 consumers in its D*action group. Using a translational research model, versus the randomized clinical trials approach designed to measure the impact of ingredients/pharmaceuticals that are foreign to the body, GrassrootsHealth documents the impact of vitamin D on health status and conditions. This research, conducted under the leadership of 48 peer-reviewed published scientists, is changing how health care is delivered.
The results of this ‘crowd sourced’ research effort are startling.
- Study participants have a 60 percent lower rate of incidence of type 2 diabetes in the D*action group;
- GrassrootsHealth estimates anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of cardiovascular disease can be prevented by ensuring adequate vitamin D levels. That translates to a minimum of 300,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes every year;
- There is a growing body of analysis related to vitamin D levels and cancer. Approximately 75 percent of breast cancer is related to vitamin D deficiency; and
- In a program at the University of South Carolina, increasing vitamin D levels has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in pre-term births.
The documentation goes on. Reductions in pain, healthier immune systems, alleviation of seasonal affective disorder, represent a few more ways vitamin D impacts health.
The key to success? Monitor your blood serum levels and get to 40ng/ml.
GrassrootsHealth scientists recommend a vitamin D blood level between 40-60 ng/ml for disease prevention. How to achieve that goal? Exposure to the sun, food and supplementation all play a role. Needless to say, less exposure to the sun (in winter or alternatively through the use of sunscreen) leads to lower serum levels. The most common question asked is “how much vitamin D do I need to take?” The answer is, it varies. Because we all process vitamin D differently, the daily dosage required to achieve a serum level between 40-60 ng/ml ranges from 1000 IUs to 10,000 IUs.
Throughout the year you’ll be hearing about the impact of vitamin D on health from the Organic & Natural Health Scientific Advisory Council. Our central message is this: Monitor your vitamin D serum level using a simple blood stick test at home. Take the next step. Become a part of the D*action study. Purchase your kit and be a change agent for your family. Understand, own and create health, the natural way.
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Biography: Karen Howard, CEO and Executive Director of Organic & Natural Health Association, is a visionary and results-focused leader who has spent more than 30 years working with Congress, state legislatures and healthcare organizations to develop innovative healthcare policy and programs. She has held a variety of executive positions, including serving as professional staff for a Congressional committee, and has policy expertise in the diverse areas of integrative and complementary medicine, managed care, healthcare technology and mental health. An advocate at heart, she has worked to strategically advance the mission and vision of organizations through effective advocacy and strong collaboration.