While holed up in London’s Ecuador embassy, it seems Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is using a lamp to create some vitamin D.

One can only hope that he was attracted to the idea from a certain London-authored book!…

[Source: Reuters:]


Vitamin D consumers don’t need to worry about kidney stones

Taking vitamin D does not increase the risk for kidney stones, the study found. People’s age, gender and weight, however, may play a role in developing the condition.

…The new study used data on more than 2,000 adults of all ages. After following the participants for 19 months, researchers found that only 13 people reported being diagnosed with a kidney stone during that time

…Men also are at greater risk for kidney stones than women, the study found. But vitamin D users are not, it suggested.

As a comment, I’ve been taking high dose D for about seven years now and have never had an episode of kidney stones.

[Source: WebMD]

1 in 4 black men will develop prostate cancer – Prostate Cancer UK

One in four black men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime – double the figure for all men.

…The chance of developing prostate cancer in a lifetime is one in eight for all men, rising to one in four for black men.

Genetics or environment, or genetics and environment? Read my book.

[Source: Daily Mail. Prostate Cancer UK]

An unsavoury blow to vitamin D today

Prof Ian Reid, lead study author, from the University of Auckland, said the findings [of a new meta-analysis of all vitamin D studies to date] showed that healthy adults did not need to take vitamin D supplements.

“Our data suggest that the targeting of low-dose vitamin D supplements only to individuals who are likely to be deficient could free up substantial resources that could be better used elsewhere in healthcare.”

This study of studies relies on data from “inception to July 8, 2012… of vitamin D (D3 or D2, but not vitamin D metabolites) on bone mineral density.” The major problem with that is historical low-dose trials, mostly with D2. It also talks nothing of other diseases and the various barriers most people having in making vitamin D.

This media blow to vitamin D activism is an indirect victory to Big Pharma.

[Source: BBC News, contains link to meta-analysis]