Alternative AIDS Conference 2013

This year’s annual Alternative AIDS Conference will be taking place in Manchester, England, and I’m delighted to say that I have been invited to discuss and promote Prescribing Sunshine…

There may still be some places available for the 2-day conference in mid-September, so if you’re interested in hearing opposing viewpoints on AIDS, I suggest you attend. Full details here.

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Review: Vitamin D – Improving Pregnancy & Childbirth, 17 May 2011 @ Wellcome Trust Conference Centre

First published on Mo Blogs.

If you weren’t there, you missed Oliver Gillie topless again, and the threat of Dr. David Grimes doing the same. The ladies had to be restrained, if my memory isn’t failing me.

This was the second of three (for now?) English vitamin D conferences – the third of which is on cancer, tomorrow, which I will not be attending – and this one focussed on vitamin D where it matters most: at the beginning of life.

The old adage that prevention is better than the cure may be cliché now, but for vitamin D it still couldn’t be more apt. You have to remember that vitamin D won’t cure or treat all illnesses, but betting that it could prevent most of them would give you a better return than playing the lottery. Besides, why should people suffer in the first place?

The aim of the worldwide vitamin D movement is to make sure that this substance is seen as on par with the clean water we take for granted in the developed world; and I think all the people assembled there – speakers and attendees – are willing soldiers in their own way. And what an assorted bunch.

It was great to see a speaker from India there as one weight I feel on my particular shoulders is that the message is not reaching many people of South Asian origin, which is my background. I’m hoping that my forthcoming book – which is not exclusively aimed at this one group – will help change that, and also find an audience with the almost equally afflicted black community.

Other speakers there included a fourth and final person whom I interviewed for my book late last year, and Elina Hyppönen.

I personally found this conference a bit more informative than the previous one as there were a few new perspectives, especially from Grimes’s presentation. His mention of dysbiosis and inherited susceptibility is almost in line with stuff I’m currently polishing up.

I didn’t mingle as much with people in breaks this time, but one woman I talked to raised my faith in humanity more; an Italian who has helped educate the local Somalian community about vitamin D (people who are black and can be conservatively dressed Muslims), thereby, undoubtedly, preventing some health catastrophes.
Indeed, the wonderful thing about this, and admittedly all health based events, is that they are gatherings for common good. And no one can stop common good. Time gives up in the end.

You can view the slideshow presentations and videos for this, and other conferences, at: www.vitamindassociation.org/events

Further vitamin D conferences in London

Just passing on some information:


The Vitamin D Association is organising 2 conferences in London in May that might be of interest to you and your colleagues:


May 17, Vitamin D & Obstetrics – Improving Pregnancy & Childbirth

Some of the world’s foremost experts will show the strong evidence that higher levels of vitamin D lead to easier conception, easier pregnancy, less gestational diabetes, less pre-eclampsia, reduced risk of emergency C-sections and an easier delivery, followed by less depression in the mother and a larger, healthier baby. There is also evidence that the risk of type-1 diabetes in the child is reduced and that the child will have stronger bones and teeth.

Professor Bruce Hollis will discuss findings from his recent trials on vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding. He is the director of Paediatric Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and has studied vitamin D metabolism and nutrition for the past 35 years. He has published significant scientific papers on the biomarkers of Vitamin D in the body as they relate to a number of illnesses

Professor Reinhold Vieth is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. His current research focuses on the roles played by vitamin D in many illnesses and especially gestational diabetes, plus toxicity and safe blood serum levels.

Professor Hollis and Professor Vieth will release findings of their recent work on what mothers and health professionals need to know about vitamin D – information that they hope will help clarify new guidelines for safe sun exposure, supplementation and suitable dietary sources of vitamin D.

More at: www.vitamindassociation.org/events


May 18, Vitamin D & Cancer – Treatment & Prevention

Long-term Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many cancers, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, insulin resistance, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory infections, muscle weakness, mood and cognitive function and infectious diseases such as influenza.

There is strong evidence that high levels of Vitamin D both help the body recover from cancer and also play a major part in preventing cancer.

Professor Joan Lappe is professor of medicine at Creighton University in USA. She will report on the results of a major Level 1 Randomised Controlled Trial that showed the preventive actions of Vitamin D and calcium against cancer.

Dr. Enikö Kállay will provide practical advice for Oncologists and other medical professionals about the latest genetic tests for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. She is Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Department of Patho-physiology and Allergy Research, where she studies the role of Vitamin D and dietary calcium in the prevention and pathogenesis of colorectal cancer, with special emphasis on the CYP24 gene.

More at: www.vitamindassociation.org/events


Maybe you would consider informing all your clinical colleagues who may be interested in these medical areas.

Regards,

Rufus Greenbaum
Vitamin D Project Manager
Email: rufusg@sbl-uk.org
Mobile: +44 7831 135428
Skype: rufusg