Cancer just loves me, especially skin cancer.
It all started in 2004 with prostate cancer (age 59). Then came skin cancer on my back in 2009, on top of my head in 2011, on my right jaw in 2013, and the top of my right ear in 2014.
From childhood, I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors. I walked to and from school, lived on a farm, played in the mountains, gone walking, and then I walked some more. Since all that skin cancer became so onerous, now days the only time I spend outdoors is getting to and from my car.
Lay off the mega-doses of Vitamin D
Lenny Bernstein, WASHINGTON POST, March 2, 2015
Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, is good for your bones. You should consume modest amounts in your diet, if possible (and for most people that is quite possible), or in the form of supplements if you can’t get enough via food and drink.
We know this. But somehow we have arrived at a point when some physicians are prescribing large doses of Vitamin D supplements for their patients in the hope of preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and other maladies, despite a lack of evidence that this works, according to a new commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Other people are loading up on Vitamin D on their own.
. . . This practice isn’t totally harmless. You should be consuming 600 international units daily if you’re between the ages of 1 and 70, and 800 IU each day if you’re 71 or older, according to the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
. . . . Go above 4,000 IUs, unless there’s a specific reason that you need that amount, and you risk kidney stones, calcification of blood vessels and possibly the very cardiovascular disease you were seeking to prevent.
. . . how much vitamin D should you be consuming? The recommended dietary allowance works out to three or four servings each day of “fortified” foods such as milk, yogurt, soy beverages, orange juice or cereal, plus fatty fish twice a week,