Vitamin D deficiency high in Ugandan TB (AIDS-defining illness) patients

This is from my dedicated AIDS blog.

AIDS Dissident

In the present study, researchers wanted to know if patients admitted to the hospital for tuberculosis in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, were vitamin D deficient or not.

They measured vitamin D levels among other things in 260 consecutively admitted tuberculosis patients. They found vitamin D deficiency was common, despite Uganda close proximity to the equator and having an abundance of sunshine.

…The researchers also noticed that vitamin D deficiency was more common in patients with HIV co-infection, low CD4 cell counts (a type of cell that helps your immune system) and anemia.

What’s the bigger problem: vitamin D deficiency or HIV-positivity?

[Source: Vitamin D Council]

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Evolution and cholesterol

A poser for you:

As evolution is fact, how can it be that cholesterol accumulation in the arteries – assuming the lipid hypothesis is true – was not deselected as a profitable variation in ancestors to man, and should not our teeth have been slightly blunted to deter the chewing of meat?

Then again, if we can’t find the lipid hypothesis to be very true in similar species, it maybe was never so in our ancestors, and so is not true in us. Cholesterol accumulation is poor design in response to natural foods whether you believe in evolution or creation.

Seizure control

“Previous research has shown that epilepsy can affect bone health in some groups. Some anti-epileptic medicines can affect bone metabolism. This is a process that gradually replaces old bone tissue with new tissue – important in healing fractures, for instance. The medicines can prevent the body doing this as effectively as it should.”

“the article was published in The Journal of Paediatric Neurosciences. In it, authors state: “Low-dose vitamin D supplementation… is now recommended for healthy children and it is biologically feasible that children with epilepsy may be at higher risk of clinically significant deficiency. It is important that neurologists ensure that low-dose vitamin D supplementation should be prescribed… in children with epilepsy.”

A personal story in my book lends credence to this.

[Source: Epilepsy Action]