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Old 05-22-2007, 11:08 AM   #1
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Vitamin D and TB

It is interesting, but vitamin D was originally used to treat TB in sanatoriums before antibiotics came in to use, but until now no study has evaluated the effect of vitamin D on the body's immunity to mycobacteria, the family of bacteria that cause TB. A British study of 131 people found the vitamin actually helped to boost the ability of the body to inhibit the growth of the bacteria. Scientists from Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Imperial College said it could be used to target at-risk patients. The study appeared recently in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

 
Old 05-22-2007, 12:20 PM   #2
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Very interesting article about Vitamin D and TB and the recent British Study. Vitamin D offer protection against MS, diabetes, cancer & leg weakness. The recommended amount is 400IU daily. However, for someone over 70 years old it should be 600IU's. On a sunny day this is not a problem for seniors who spend lots of time outdoors. I'm wondering if Doctors are paying attention to all these studies like Selenium, Vitamin D, Fish Oil benefits and many others studies and passing this important information on to patients. I've never had a Doctor who recommended a supplement. I have a friend whose Mother is in a Nursing Home and she makes certain each day that Mom takes supplements. I plan to mention to this friend the 600IU's since the Mother is well beyond 70.

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Old 05-22-2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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Re: Vitamin D and TB

I have seen several articles recommending 1,000 IU, as reported in Newsweek, etc. I take between 1,000 and 1,400 IU. The problem with getting Vitamin D from the sun, is that UV rays are carcinogenic. One in five people get skin cancer, and over 2,000 Americans die every year from it (not to mention the wrinkle effect of sun exposure). 2,000 IU has been said to be the safe upper limit, but I've seen recommendations of D at that level and higher. Since I have already had skin cancer, I bundle up, wear a hat and use sunscreen, and take vitamin D supplements. A dermatologist at Johns Hopkins said that getting vitamin D that way was just as effective, and far safer.

 
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Re: Vitamin D and TB

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Very interesting article about Vitamin D and TB and the recent British Study. Vitamin D offer protection against MS, diabetes, cancer & leg weakness. The recommended amount is 400IU daily. However, for someone over 70 years old it should be 600IU's. On a sunny day this is not a problem for seniors who spend lots of time outdoors. I'm wondering if Doctors are paying attention to all these studies like Selenium, Vitamin D, Fish Oil benefits and many others studies and passing this important information on to patients. I've never had a Doctor who recommended a supplement. I have a friend whose Mother is in a Nursing Home and she makes certain each day that Mom takes supplements. I plan to mention to this friend the 600IU's since the Mother is well beyond 70.
I have never had a Doctor who recommended a supplement, either, except that a urologist recommended selenium once recently, after I brought up the issue of calcium and prostate cancer. If I had not brought up the topic of supplements and prostate cancer, I am sure he never would have thought to tell me about selenium. It was definitely an after-thought to him.

 
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I take between 2000 and 4000 daily - Bio-D Mulsion Forte.

 
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